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EcoDesign Sprint

EcoDesign Sprint combines training, practical learning, innovations, and product development with design methods.

EcoDesign Sprint teams have been selected!

The open call to EcoDesign Sprint program in September resulted in a set of great applications from both companies and design agencies. In the selection of participating client companies, versatility and divergence were underlined; thus SME's from the food, building and textile industries were chosen. The client companies are Järki Särki Oy, Lumir Oy and Rockseri Oy (R-Collection).

The selection of design agencies was based on the applications and underlining the mutual compatibility of a client company and a design agency. The matching design agencies are Pentagon Design for Järki Särki; Muotohiomo for Lumir, and Arctic Design Factory for R-Collection.

The Sprint workshops of these teams will take place in December. The Sprint teams will be instructed by Anne Raudaskoski from Ethica Oy, a company specialised in circular economy.



The programme is intended for SMEs, regardless of their sector, location or experience in the circular economy or design. Another target group are design agencies. After an open call three SME's and three design agencies will be selected and three Sprint teams will be composed out of these. The teams will apply themselves to the operations of the client companies and develop their business according to circular economy. The teams will be facilitated and mentored by Ethica Oy which is the expert in circular economy.



Open call for client companies and design agencies: 1–30 September 2017
EcoDesign Audit in selected client companies: October 2017
EcoDesign Sprint Kick-Off: 14 November 2017
EcoDesign Sprint: November–December 2017

More detailed schedule will be agreed upon with the Sprint teams.




Both companies and design agencies can apply for the programme 1–30 September 2017.

The Sprint is free for SMEs and design agencies. Each design agency will receive EUR 4,000 for their contribution to the development of their client’s business.



As part of EcoDesign Circle, Eesti Disainikeskus has created the EcoDesign Audit tool which maps the current stage of clients' environmental and design practices. Audit points out what a company should do in order to adopt circular economy and ecological design as part of its strategy and product development process. In addition to this, the Audit tool helps recognize the possibilities of circular economy and corresponding design, as well as their application in the company. The Audit stage will take place in October. The companies should reserve one working day for the interviews of 1–3 key persons and workshop. Design agencies are not part of the Audit stage.



The sprint workshops of the selected teams will take place as an intensive period of a couple of weeks in December. In the workshops two business concepts after the principles of circular economy will be developed for the client companies. One of the concepts will be a short-term proposition which the company can immediately apply in its operations. The other concept will be further developed to a roadmap or a vision which will provide with ideas for longer-term changes and operations. The Sprint teams will be instructed by Anne Raudaskoski from Ethica Oy, a company specialised in circular economy.



The most important selection criteria are an interest in product and service development according to circular economy and the willingness to invest time in the process. Both the client and the design agency are expected to spend approximately 5–7 workdays on the process as a whole.





Ethica is an internationally awarded consulting company specialised in circular economy, developing customised solutions for both public and private organizations in Finland and abroad.

In the heart of our approach is to find versatile opportunities for enterprises in business and service models of circular economy.

Developing and improving circular design strategies is an important part of our expert services. Ethica works iteratively in developing business models, circular design, and improving the customer experience.



Ecodesign, ecological design, is an approach where the aim is to get as small an impact as possible and to optimize environmental effects of a product through its life cycle. The aim of EcoDesign Circle is to join and network various actors, e.g. professionals in design, circular economy, and sustainable development, enterprises, schools and universities, and design organizations. The aim is to increase the understanding and skills of various interest groups in ecological design and circular economy, and to further the implementation of circular economy methods.

EcoDesign Sprint is part of EcoDesign Circle: Ecodesign as driver of innovation in the Baltic Sea Region, a three-year (2016–2019) development project partly funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme of the European Union. EcoDesign Circle develops 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), 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.



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More information:
Project Manager Aino Vepsäläinen / Design Forum Finland
+358 50 355 6606