EcoDesign Circle: Ecodesign as driver of innovation in the Baltic Sea Region is a three-year (2016–2019) development project partly funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme of the European Union. The project is for developing circular economy and related business, research and educational activities with the means of design and design thinking.
Ecodesign is both an approach and a concept. The objective of EcoDesign Circle is to connect and network various actors, e.g. design organizations, professionals and teachers, as well as companies. Thus ecodesign thinking, expertise and methods can be taken into efficient and extensive use. At the same time carbon dioxide emissions are decreasing and the employment is improving.
The results of the EcoDesign Circle project will include a web portal promoting sustainable development; tools for evaluating and developing competences in companies; a multidisciplinary study space and platform EcoDesign Learning Factory; a touring road show; and study material and background information about ecodesign, among other things. The target groups of the projects are designers, companies, various organizations and the public sector, plus schools and universities.
The Lead Partner of the project is the Umweltbundesamt UBA of Germany. The other partners are Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin (Germany), Eesti Disainikeskus (Estonia), Lithuanian Designers' Society (Lithuania), Design Forum Finland (Finland), Stiftelsen Svensk Industridesign (Sweden) and Gdynia Innovative – Pomeranian Science and Technology Park – Gdynia Design Centre (Poland). The total budget of the project is € 2.2 million.
Project Manager Aino Vepsäläinen
aino.vepsalainen(a)designforum.fi, +358 (0)50 355 6606