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EcoDesign Sprint

EcoDesign Sprint is a training programme intended for SME's and design agencies interested in the possibilities of circular economy.


EcoDesign Sprint is a unique business development and acceleration programme: it is a combination of innovation, practical training and product & service development through circular economy thinking and design methods. It is a strategic and hands-on tool for companies of all sectors, bringing together a multidisciplinary team of experts to work with the client company’s needs and novel circular business opportunities. 

The primary goal of EcoDesign Sprint is to develop the business of SMEs and create more sustainable products and services for them. Another goal is to provide the participants with in-depth knowledge on the possibilities and business models of the circular economy.

EcoDesign Sprint has been developed by Design Forum Finland as part of the EcoDesign Circle project. So far, EcoDesign Sprint has been piloted in six client companies and six design agencies in three of the partnering countries of EcoDesign Circle – Finland, Sweden and Estonia. The partner of Design Forum Finland in this project was Ethica Oy, a consultant specialised in the circular economy.

Download Introduction to EcoDesign Sprint -booklet 

Download EcoDesign Sprint canvases:

Lifecycle Model
What Next
Task Cards

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Contact person:
Project Manager Aino Vepsäläinen
aino.vepsalainen(a), +358 (0)50 355 6606



Pilot stage EcoDesign Sprint workshops

At the pilot stage, the EcoDesign Sprint workshops of the selected teams were carried out in an intensive period of a couple of weeks in December 2017 and March 2018. In the workshops two business concepts after the principles of circular economy were developed for the client companies. One of the concepts was a short-term proposition which the company can immediately apply in its operations. The other concept was to be further developed to a roadmap or a vision which would provide with ideas for longer-term changes and operations. The Sprint teams at the pilot stage were instructed by Anne Raudaskoski from Ethica Oy, a company specialised in circular economy.


Pilot stage EcoDesign Sprint teams

The open call to the pilot EcoDesign Sprint program in September 2017 resulted in a set of 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 were 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 were Pentagon Design for Järki Särki; Muotohiomo for Lumir, and Arctic Design Factory for R-Collection.


Ethica Oy

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 Audit

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 took place in October. The companies had to reserve one working day for the interviews of 1–3 key persons and workshop. Design agencies were not part of the Audit stage.


EcoDesign Circle

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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EcoDesign Sprint Kick-off 23.11.2017

23 November 2017 8.30–11am
Design Forum Finland, Helsinki

The launch event of EcoDesign Sprint was arranged in November 2017. The aim of the event was to build a network of companies and design agencies interested in circular economy, including those that were not selected to participate the EcoDesign Sprint programme this time. Anne Raudaskoski from Ethica Oy gave a lecture and organised a workshop about circular design.


Design Forum Talk <3 Circular Economy 13.9.2018

Design Forum Talk <3 Circular Economy Day focused on the circular economy, its business models and circular design. The experiences and benefits of the EcoDesign Sprint programme were presented during the afternoon session. EcoDesign Sprint is an intensive 3-day training and acceleration programme targeted at SMEs and design agencies. For the SMEs, the Sprint is a concrete and rapid service/product development process furthering the company’s strategic goals. For the design agencies, the Sprint provides a great opportunity to learn and embed circular design principles into their own work. EcoDesign Sprint has been developed as part of the EcoDesign Circle project by Design Forum Finland.




Other events

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.  

EcoDesign Sprint workshop
21 February 2018 at 1–4pm
Arctic Design Week, Science Centre Pilke, Rovaniemi

The workshop guided the participants into the world of circular design. The workshop was arranged by Design Forum Finland as part of EcoDesign Circle and it was led by circular economy expert Anne Raudaskoski from Ethica Oy. The workshop was arranged in connection with the Reconsider Design exhibition at Science Centre Pilke.

Breakfast event
15 September 2017 9–11am
Design Forum Finland

The topic of the member morning coffee 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.