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EcoDesign Circle

Approximately 80 % of the environmental impact of a product or a service is defined during the design phase in product development. This is why it is extremely important that designers are aware of their responsibility and know the principles and possibilities of ecological and circular design.

Ecodesign, ecological design, is an approach where the aim is to minimize the environmental impact of products and services and to optimize this impact through their life cycle. The objective of EcoDesign Circle is to connect and network various actors, e.g. professionals of design, circular economy and sustainable development, enterprises, schools and universities, and design organizations. The project strives to increase the understanding and expertise of various interest groups in circular economy and ecodesign, and further the implementation of the methods of circular economy.

EcoDesign Sprint -tool for business development, was created in the EcoDesign Circle project. Other outputs are EcoDesign Audit, a tool for evaluating ecodesign in a company, the touring EcoDesign Road Show, Sustainability Guide -website and Learning Factory -training programme, among other things. The target groups of the projects are designers, companies, various organizations and the public sector, plus schools and universities.

Contact person:
Project Manager Aino Vepsäläinen
aino.vepsalainen(a), +358 (0)50 355 660


EcoDesign Circle project

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.

The Lead Partner of the project is the Umweltbundesamt UBA of Germany. The other partners are Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin (Germany), Eesti Disainikeskus (Estonia), Lietuvos Dizaino Forumas (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.

Download here EcoDesign Circle presentation (pdf)


EcoDesign Sprint

As part of EcoDesign Circle, Design Forum Finland has created the EcoDesign Sprint tool where companies get to know ecodesign and circular economy, as well as circular design methods, together with circular design professionals. The goal of the Sprint is to provide the client companies with new business concepts in accordance with circular economy and thus develop the business operations of the company, creating competitiveness and more sustainable products and services for it. Design Forum Finland also piloted the EcoDesign Audit tool, created by Eesti Disainikeskus, with the companies selected to participate in the Sprint.

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Reconsider Design

Reconsider Design exhibition
21 February–11 March 2018
Science Centre Pilke, Rovaniemi

The exhibition Reconsider Design was on show at Science Centre Pilke in Rovaniemi in February. The exhibition presented products, concepts and projects encouraging to more ecological considerations, from the Baltic Sea countries participating in EcoDesign Circle. From Finland on show were Hiilinielu Design Studio, PuzzlePhone, RePack, and PureWaste.

The exhibition was part of Arctic Design Week and Design Forum Finland was responsible for its showing in Finland. Reconsider Design is an exhibition touring Baltic Sea countries.

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Breakfast event: Design and circular economy 
26 February 2019 8.30–10.30am
Design Forum Finland

The topic of the breakfast event was design and circular economy. With the guidance of the circular economy expert Anne Raudaskoski (Ethica Oy), we became familiar with the principles of the circular economy and how the design can influence the lifecycle of products and sustainable services and business models. During the morning the EcoDesign Sprint, coaching programme for SMEs, was also introduced. 

What is Circular Business Development? - Introduction to EcoDesign Sprint
12 February 2019 at 9am–4pm
Architects’ Association of Lithuania, Kalvarijų St. 1, Lithuania

This event was EcoDesign Sprint introduction day targeted at SMEs, designers and innovators. During the day participants learned the key principles and tools of EcoDesign Sprint through various exercises. The participants had an opportunity to test the tools, discuss and reflect the ideas on their own business operations.  

DESIGN FORUM Talk <3 Circular Economy
13 September 2018  9am–16pm
Allas Sea Pool, Helsinki
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Breakfast event
15 September 2017 9–11am
Design Forum Finland

The topic of the breakfast event was Circular Economy and Disruptive Design, with designer Leyla Acroglu, UN Champion of the Earth and TED speaker as the keynote speaker. EcoDesign Sprint, the training program for SME's and design agencies, was also launched during the morning.

Design <3 Circular Economy
14 September 2017 8.30am–4pm
Allas Sea Pool, Helsinki

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