Product category

The Product competition category invites submissions of products that are available on the German market including products from all sectors and all areas of design. The following three products ultimately went on to win the award:

C1-mini-HC LED spotlight
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The C1-mini-HC LED spotlight is specially designed for the flexible illumination of cabinets in museums, exhibitions and shop fitting. It can be aligned without tools as well as freely positioned on the contact rail through the use of a magnetic ball joint and mount. Every spotlight is individually dimmable via a magnet sensor. In the event of a power failure, the set value is saved and preserved.

Jury statement:
“Museums place high requirements on the lighting of exhibits. The C1-mini-HC LED spotlight sets design standards through a combination of minimalist design language, outstanding flexibility and maximum light quality. The product is also exemplary in terms of its environmental impact. Sophisticated operation allows for the tool-free replacement and repair of components. The luminaire is energy efficient and has a long fatigue life.”
Dr. Claudia Perren

G 6000 EcoFlex dishwasher
Miele & Cie. KG

The G 6000 EcoFlex dishwasher combines excellent ecological values with technical and creative innovations. Newly utilised materials and well-conceived design facilitate the ideal positioning for gentle cleaning and drying of stemware. The use of a heat accumulator contributes to a considerable reduction in energy consumption. The materials used feature a high degree of recyclability, and composites have been largely eliminated. In addition, the units have been tested for a service life of at least 20 years.

Jury statement:
“As regards life cycle assessments, the area of domestic appliances has achieved significant improvements in recent years. This is all the more remarkable when you consider that the award winner has beaten the best energy class, namely A+++, by an additional 20%. Among other features, the G 6000 EcoFlex dishwashers from Miele achieve this through the use of a heat exchanger with two separate water circuits. Thereby, fresh water is preheated via the circulation of the wastewater. The intelligent control system allows for the use of hot water from a solar system, and can also be time programmed to carry out the washing process during cheaper electricity tariffs. Moreover, the units are designed for a longer service life. It’s a clean solution all round!”

Prof. Matthias Held

Natascha von Hirschhausen – Design. Mode. Ethik.
Natascha von Hirschhausen

In her fashion collection ‘Natascha von Hirschhausen - Design.Mode.Ethik’, the designer uses only IVN BEST and GOTS-certified materials, while plastic has been avoided in all components. The clothing is manufactured locally in Berlin, and production is made to order, which minimises transportation routes and prevents overproduction. Special cutting techniques have reduced overall waste to just one percent. The innovative cuts, each of which spans several sizes, are independent of the season, and repairs are guaranteed at no cost.

Jury statement:
“With extremely well-conceived cuts and patterns, Natascha von Hirschhausen has succeeded in creating contemporary fashion with waste of just one percent. Thereby, the size-spanning cut can be adapted to every circumstance. Local production to order rounds off the label’s terrific sustainability concept.”
Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter

Service category

The following two projects were ultimately granted the 2017 German Federal Ecodesign Award:

Germany-wide comparison portal for repair solutions / GmbH

Users of can search for self-repair and third-party repair solutions for defective electrical appliances (currently smartphones and fully automatic coffee machines). On the basis of user-generated parameters, the online comparison portal recommends repair videos and spare parts dealers, local repair services and alternatives to repairs, such as options for second-hand purchases, renting, as well as the sale or recycling of a device. Repair recommendations help to extend the service and useful life of electrical appliances, and offer alternatives to new purchases.

Jury statement:
“The online platform offers straightforward options for self-undertaken and third-party repairs of defective electrical appliances, and helps to ensure that broken devices are not necessarily replaced by new purchases, but can find continued use after repair. To curb the rapidly increasing amounts of old electrical equipment, we need solutions that can be well integrated into our daily lives.”
Dr. Thomas Holzmann

Too Good To Go
Too Good To Go GmbH

Too Good To Go is the app that rescues food from an undue fate. With the app, catering establishments can sell their over-produced foodstuffs at a discounted price to customers, who collect the food themselves. Restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and hotels are no longer forced to senselessly dispose of their perfectly edible food, customers get a delicious meal and discover new outlets in their local area, and above all, the entire approach conserves valuable resources! The overarching objective is to move towards a world in which the food that is produced is actually consumed.

Jury statement:
“Every day in Germany, huge quantities of food are prepared, only to be later thrown away. For little cost, this app enables users to collect left-over meals from their local area, shortly before the establishments close. Food waste is reduced and both sides benefit. For the jury, this idea was worthy of commendation.”
Prof. Anna Berkenbusch

Concept Category

The Concept competition category invites submissions from pioneering concepts, studies and pilot projects. The following project was ultimately granted the 2017 German Federal Ecodesign Award:

The ‘Baubotanik’ approach combines biological and constructive principles with an architectural concept. Thereby, trees are affixed to constructional elements. Over time, the increasing size and stability of the trees has the effect of creating living structures. Additional constructions that are required only at the beginning of the process can be later dismantled. In addition to its uniquely welcoming qualities, the project contributes to the urban climate and highlights the potential of the ecological and spatial utilisation of plants in architecture and urban planning.

Jury statement:
“Baubotanik, or construction using ‘grown’ structures, is a visionary design approach that connects architecture with nature. Here, the steel framework and the structure provided by the growing tree form a symbiotic connection that serves as a stable bearing structure. This results in living structures that grow and change, becoming more stable over time. All of the advantages offered by nature, such as shade and the absorption of CO2, are integrated into the building concept.”
Werner Aisslinger

Young Talent category

The Young Talent category is to be understood as a cross-section category for projects from all areas of design. One project in the Young Talent category went on to win the 2017 German Federal Ecodesign Award. The awards in this category also include a cash prize of 1000 euros.

DfC x JNJ Curated Circularity – Designed for Infinity
Design for Circularity, Ina Budde

The fashion collection ‘DfC x JNJ’ impresses not only through a consistently-applied recyclability-oriented design, but also thanks to intelligent communication solutions and the underlying EXTENDED CLOSED LOOP model. The aim is to improve networking within the fashion industry and to enhance return structures as well as opportunities and services for reutilisation. Every garment in the collection includes a scannable label that, among other functions, highlights the material composition for customers and recycling companies and provides information on options for leasing and returns.

Jury statement:
“Here, sustainability is not only intelligently solved at the level of materiality – for example thanks to the innovative biodegradable products from the company Lauffenmühle – but the entire fashion system is also taken into consideration: QR codes on the labels ensure transparency and traceability, while attention is given to secondary uses as second-hand or leasing models. As a start-up design agency, the approach is set to be launched with young labels such as JAN ´N JUNE.”
Prof. Friederike von Wedel-Parlow

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