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.