The extent to which products influence the environment and our everyday culture is determined greatly by their design. The German Federal Ecodesign Award, which was launched in 2012 by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the German Environment Agency, in cooperation with the IDZ, recognises innovative products and concepts that embody high ecological and aesthetic aspirations. The overarching objective is to promote innovation and to support the market introduction and diffusion of environmentally sound products via a high-profile award. For companies and designers, the competition provides a platform for showcasing products and ideas of outstanding ecological- and design quality.

The International Design Center Berlin (IDZ), with the support of a project advisory board, has been commissioned with the development of the competition format and -implementation.


Ten years of German Ecodesign Award


This year, October 1 to 10 was not only the period in which all nominated entries and those admitted to the jury session were exhibited, but this was also the continuation of our anniversary program. Themed SPOTLIGHT ON, excursions and online talks did once again shine a spotlight on the nominated and winning projects from previous years, in addition to the current submissions:
What has become of the projects? What are the challenges of the future in the areas of nutrition, fashion and urban mobility? What role can designers play in this? Those questions formed the basis for discussions and mind games.




Past events

Sunday, 10/10/2021
3.00 pm–4.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award 2021| Exhibition tour
On this weekend of the anniversary week, the last guided tours through the exhibition for the jury session in the Metropolenhaus Berlin will take place.

Those who would like to gain deeper insights into the individual projects and learn more about the background of the competition process will have the opportunity to experience the exhibition for the jury session as part of a guided tour that requires registration. Some of the entrants will also be on site to present their projects in person.

More information about the anniversary program and the competition can be found here.

To participate in the event, you must be tested, recovered or vaccinated. Masks are compulsory for the stay in the exhibition space.

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Saturday, 10/9/2021
3.00 pm–4.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award 2021| Exhibition tour
On this weekend of the anniversary week, the last guided tours through the exhibition for the jury session in the Metropolenhaus Berlin will take place.

Those who would like to gain deeper insights into the individual projects and learn more about the background of the competition process will have the opportunity to experience the exhibition for the jury session as part of a guided tour that requires registration. Some of the entrants will also be on site to present their projects in person.

More information about the anniversary program and the competition can be found here.

To participate in the event, you must be tested, recovered or vaccinated. Masks are compulsory for the stay in the exhibition space.

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Friday, 10/8/2021
5.00 pm–6.30 pm
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award 2021 | Online Talk – On the road to Future City
Online talk on the topic of sustainable mobility in urban areas.

Following the previous day's bike tour, this online talk is about urban mobility of the future. Matthias Heskamp from the Radbahn team will be joined by environmental expert Alena Büttner (German Environment Agency), Annalena Horsch, Managing Director of Coboc GmbH (2012 award-winning project) and Michael Volkmer, Managing Director of the agency Scholz & Volkmer.

Further information is available on the website of the German Ecodesign Award.


Thursday, 10/7/2021
5.00 pm–7.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award 2021 | Cycling tour – On the road to Future City
Cycling tour through Berlin Kreuzberg with the project Radbahn U1 - winner of the German Ecodesign Award 2015.

It doesn't always have to be down-, re- or upcycling - to live more sustainably, sometimes just cycling is enough! On a short bike tour through Kreuzberg with the team of the project Radbahn U1, which wants to transform the fallow space under Berlin's elevated train line U1 into a largely covered bike path, we think about the future of urban mobility.

Meeting point is at 5 pm in front of the exhibition rooms of feldfünf e.V. in the Metropolenhaus Berlin with your own bike.

To participate in the event, you must be tested, recovered or vaccinated. When standing closer together, it is requested to wear a mask.

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Wednesday, 10/6/2021
4.00 pm–5.30 pm
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award 2021 | HOW TO? – Circularity in Textiles
Online talk on circular economy in the textile industry.

Environmental expert Jan Gimkiewicz, designer and winner of the German Ecodesign ward 2017 Ina Budde and scientist Kerli Kant Hvass will explore the question of how a circular economy can prevail in the textile and fashion industry.
The online talk will take place in cooperation with the Estonian Design Centre as part of the series "HOW TO?" in English.

More info about the event and registration can be found here.


Tuesday, 10/5/2021
5.00 pm–6.30 pm
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award 2021 | Online Talk – Boiling Future
Online talk on the topic of sustainable nutrition.

Environmental expert Andreas Detzel and the two former competition projects Querfeld and Falscher Hase will outline and discuss which impulses and solutions design can offer for the problems of our existing food culture and production. What will be boiling on our stoves in the future?

More information on the website of the German Ecodesign Award.


Monday, 10/4/2021
5.00 pm–8.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award 2021 | Cooking Event – Boiling Future
Joint cooking and discussion with the projects Querfeld and Restlos Glücklich in the project rooms of feldfünf e.V. in Berlin.

We make pots and heads boil! Together with the project Querfeld and Restlos Glücklich, up to 15 participants create a culinary delicacy from crooked fruits in organic quality.

Querfeld and Restlos Glücklich are fighting against food waste and will stimulate not only the appetite but also our brain cells with exciting input on food consumption of the future.

To participate in the event, you must be tested, recovered or vaccinated. Masks are compulsory for the stay in the interior.

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Sunday, 10/3/2021
3.00 pm–4.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award 2021| Exhibition tour
Guided tours of the exhibition for the jury session will take place at Metropolenhaus Berlin on both weekends of the anniversary week.

Those who would like to gain deeper insights into the individual projects and learn more about the background of the competition process will have the opportunity to experience the exhibition for the jury session as part of a guided tour that requires registration. Some of the entrants will also be on site to present their projects in person.

More information about the anniversary program and the competition can be found here.

To participate in the event, you must be tested, recovered or vaccinated. Masks are compulsory for the stay in the exhibition space.

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Saturday, 10/2/2021
3.00 pm–4.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award 2021| Exhibition tour
Guided tours of the exhibition for the jury session will take place at Metropolenhaus Berlin on both weekends of the anniversary week.

Those who would like to gain deeper insights into the individual projects and learn more about the background of the competition process will have the opportunity to experience the exhibition for the jury session as part of a guided tour that requires registration. Some of the entrants will also be on site to present their projects in person.

More information about the anniversary program and the competition can be found here.

To participate in the event, you must be tested, recovered or vaccinated. Masks are compulsory for the stay in the exhibition space.

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Friday, 10/1/2021
6.00 pm–10.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award 2021| Vernissage
To kick off the anniversary week, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the German Environment Agency and the International Design Center Berlin invite you to the vernissage of the exhibition for the jury session in the Metropolenhaus on the premises of feldfünf e.V.

Over champagne and snacks, there will be a review of the last ten years and the political significance of the competition. In addition, selected projects from the current exhibition will be presented. We look forward to an enjoyable evening together with you!

To participate in the event, you must be tested, recovered or vaccinated. Masks are compulsory for the stay in the exhibition space.

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Tuesday, 9/28/2021
9.00 am–7.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award 2021 | Jury Session
On September 28, the jury will decide for the tenth time on the awarding of the German Ecodesign Award.

The interdisciplinary jury will meet at the premises of feldfünf e.V. in Berlin to decide on this year's nominees and winners. The prize can be awarded several times in the four categories product, service, concept and young talent - as long as innovation, design quality and environmental characteristics are convincing. The jury session is not open to the public.
Further information on the anniversary program and the competition can be found here.


7/14–30/2021
10.00 am–6.00 pm
IDZ Event

Touring Exhibition 2021
"SPOTLIGHT ON – 59 ideas to make the world more sustainable" is the title of this year's touring exhibition, which is part of a varied anniversary programme. The ceremonial opening on 14 July will take place online this year. For the public, the exhibition opens already on 6 July on the premises of the Kunstverein in MIK Museum Information Kunst Ludwigsburg.


Thursday, 6/3/2021
5.00 pm–6.30 pm
IDZ Event

SPOTLIGHT ON | #1 Online Event "Shifting Boundaries"
As part of the anniversary year, the German Ecodesign Award kicks off the SPOTLIGHT ON event series on 3 June with a virtual talk at the BNDNWK.

Themed Shifting Boundaries, former award winners Marcella Hansch, Tobias Becker and Lea Schücking will present their projects and discuss, among other things, how good ideas can be put into practice. The discussion will be moderated by Liza Sander, who researches and teaches on the topics of circular design and circular society at HTW Berlin and HfK Bremen.

Please note: The presentation will be held in German!

Monday, 11/30/2020
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award 2020
Announcing and honoring the winners

On 30 November, the winners of the Bundespreis Ecodesign 2020 will be announced in a digital award ceremony starting at 17.00.

More information: bundespreis-ecodesign.de/en

9/23–27/2020
IDZ Event

German Federal Ecodesign Award 2020 Nominee-Exhibition
The exhibition with the entries admitted to the jury meeting will be open to the public from September 23 to 27 in the Metropolenhaus Berlin.

Monday, 9/21/2020
IDZ Event

German Federal Ecodesign Award Jury Session 2020
On September 21, the interdisciplinary jury will meet at feldfünf - the project rooms in the Berlin Metropolitan House to evaluate the entries for this year's Federal Ecodesign Award. Afterwards, the exhibition with the entries admitted to the jury meeting will be open to the public from September 23 to 27.

1/13–4/6/2020
IDZ Event

German Federal Ecodesign Award 2020
The German Federal Ecodesign Award 2020 has been launched!

The German Federal Ecodesign Award is looking for products, services and concepts that are outstanding in their design, their ecological quality and their innovative approach.

Participants can submit their projects to this years' competition until April 6.

Further information: Bundespreis Ecodesign/Award.

Monday, 11/25/2019
5.00 pm–10.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Federal Ecodesign Award 2019
Award Ceremony

At the award ceremony, Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze honoured this year's prizewinners. For invited guests only. More information at: bundespreis-ecodesign.de

10/25–27/2019
IDZ Event

Exhibition at Designers' Open
in Leipzig

From October 25 to 27, the touring exhibition with the nominees and winners 2018 will be presented at Designers' Open in Leipzig.

9/17–22/2019
IDZ Event

Federal Prize Ecodesign 2019 Exhibition
at 'feldfünf - den Projekträumen im Metropolenhaus'

On 16 September, the jury of the Federal Ecodesign Award will meet in 'feldfünf - den Projekträume im Metropolenhaus' to examine the submissions for the year 2019 and then open around 130 projects to the public in an exhibition from 17 to 22 September. Admission is free of charge.

Location:
feldfünf
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelsohn-Platz 7-8
10969 Berlin

Opening hours:
Di 17.09, Mi 18.09., Fr 20.09. 14:00 – 18:00
Do 19.09. 12:00 – 20:00
Sa 21.09., So 22.09. 10:00 – 18:00

4/11–5/22/2019
IDZ Event

Exhibition at designtransfer, UdK Berlin
German Federal Ecodesign Award

From April 11 to May 22, the touring exhibition with the nominees and winner 2018 will be presented at designtransfer (Berlin University of the Arts) in Berlin.

For more information about the German Federal Ecodesign Award and the touring exhibition, please visit: bundespreis-ecodesign.de

Location
designtransfer
Berlin University of the Arts
Einsteinufer 43-53
10587 Berlin-Charlottenburg



2/11–3/10/2019
IDZ Event

Exhibition at MIK Museum Information Kunst in Ludwigsburg
German Federal Ecodesign Award

The kick-off event for the opening of the touring exhibition take place at Scala in Ludwigsburg on 11 February 2019.

From 12 February till 10 March we are showcasing the exhibition of the winners and nominees 2018 at the MIK Museum Information Kunst in Ludwigsburg.

Please RSVP here: koala.kdrs.de

For more information about the German Federal Ecodesign Award and the touring exhibition, please visit: bundespreis-ecodesign.de

10/16–11/4/2018
IDZ Event

Exhibition at the Grassi Museum of Applied Arts
Ecodesign for SME

From October 16 to November 4, the exhibition "New Conceptions" with the winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2017 will be presented at the Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Leipzig.

Program:

October 21, 4 pm:
Guided tour with Sabine Epple (curator GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts)

October 30, 6 pm:
Lecture "dispose – reuse – recycle. Strategies, difficulties and potentials for the development of sustainable products", Prof. Mareike Gast (Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle)

5/29–6/3/2018
IDZ Event

Exhibition at the 30th Coburg Design Days
Ecodesign for SME

From May 29 to June 3, the exhibition "New Conceptions" with the winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2017 will be part of the 30th Coburg Design Days.

Details about the program will be available soon.

1/15–4/9/2018
IDZ Event

Call for Submissions 2018: Good design has nothing to hide
German Federal Ecodesign Award

The German Federal Ecodesign Award is looking for products, services and concepts that convince through design quality and ecological credibility.

Projects can be submitted from January 15 to April 9, 2018 online (in German language) via: bundespreis-ecodesign.de

1/15–2/18/2018
IDZ Event

Exhibition at MIK Museum Information Kunst Ludwigsburg
Ecodesign for SME

The kick-off event for the environmental communication project and the opening of the touring exhibition take place in Ludwigsburg on January 15, 2018.
From January 15 till February 18 we are showcasing the exhibition of the winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2017 at the MIK Museum Information Kunst in Ludwigsburg.

Monday, 2/12/2018
IDZ Event

Workshop „Ecodesign“
at MIK Ludwigsburg

On February 12, 2018, Dr. Ulrike Eberle will conduct a workshop on the topic "Ecodesign: Evaluating products and services on environmental and sustainable aspects" at MIK Museum Information Kunst in Ludwigsburg. Participation will be for free.

To register please send an e-mail to medien@ludwigsburg.de .

9/29–11/19/2017
IDZ Event

Exhibition at Darmstadt

From 15 September till 19 November we are showcasing our exhibition "More than beautiful: The winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2016" at the Designhaus in Darmstadt.
The vernissage takes place on 29 September.

Monday, 11/27/2017
6.00 pm–10.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Federal Ecodesign Award
Awards Ceremony at the Federal Ministry for the Environment

The awards ceremony takes place on 27 November 2017 in the Federal Environment Ministry. Admission by invitation only.

Saturday, 10/7/2017
2.00 pm–3.30 pm

Workshop "Digital Tools for sustainable development"

During the annual designerinnen forum conference the Designhaus Darmstadt will offer a workshop on "Digital tools for a sustainable development" by Stefan Bohle (futurestrategy).

Application: designerinnen-forum.org

Saturday, 10/7/2017
10.30 am–11.30 am

Lecture "Die Matrix von mehr als schön"

During the annual designerinnen forum conference the Designhaus Darmstadt will offer a lecture on "The matrix of more than beautiful" by Dorothea Hess, who will be talking about evaluating environment and design, product-life-cycles, and the effect on every-day life culture as well as the process and criteria of conducting evaluations according to the sustainability-codex.

Application: designerinnen-forum.org

Wednesday, 9/13/2017
10.00 am–6.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Federal Ecodesign Award
Open jury exhibition at Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin

On 12 und 13 September the jury exhibition of this year's competition will be open to public visit. The museum's entry fee amounts to 8 Euro (reduced 4 Euro).

Location:
Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin
Sonderausstellungsbereich
Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin

Tuesday, 9/12/2017
12.00 pm–6.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Federal Ecodesign Award
Open jury exhibition at Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin

On 12 und 13 September the jury exhibition of this year's competition will be open to public visit. The museum's entry fee amounts to 8 Euro (reduced 4 Euro).

Location:
Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin
Sonderausstellungsbereich
Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin

Tuesday, 9/12/2017
10.00 am–12.00 pm
IDZ Event

German Federal Ecodesign Award
Guided tour through the jury exhibition 2017 at Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin

On 12 September, a guided tour through the exhibition of this year's competition will take place in the special exhibition area of ​​the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin from 10 am to 12 pm. The tour will be in german language.

Please register via the calender on the German Federal Ecodesign Award’s website calendar: www.bundespreis-ecodesign.de/de/calendar

The museum's entry fee amounts to 8 Euro (reduced 4 Euro).

Location:
Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin
Sonderausstellungsbereich
Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin

7/13–8/27/2017
IDZ Event

Exhibition at German Environmental Agency in Dessau

The opening of the touring exhibition "more than beautiful" at Federal German Environment Agency in Dessau takes place on 13 July 2017. Speakers will be Dr. Thomas Holzmann, Vice President of the Federal German Environment Agency, and Dr. Claudia Perren, Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. The exhibition with the winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2016 will be shown at the UBA foyer until the end of august 2017.

For directions and opening hours please visit: umweltbundesamt.de

Monday, 7/17/2017
10.00 am–6.00 pm
IDZ Event

Workshop about ecodesign in education
at the German Environment Agency Dessau

At 17 July there will be a workshop about ecodesign in design education for free at the German Environment Agency in Dessau. It is open for companies, design teachers, students as well as designers who are interested in sustainable design. The workshop is at no charge and will be held in German language.

More information
Registration

Friday, 6/30/2017
IDZ Event

Circular Design @OSCEdays
Agora Rollberg, Berlin

In cooperation with Berlin Partner for Economy and technology, IDZ arranges an event in the context of OSCEdays Berlin 2017 focussed on circular design: how can designers contribute to closed loop recycling management? It includes lectures, best practice examples, a discussion, a world cafe and information about aids for projects.

Programme: community.oscedays.org

To participate for free, please register via hannes.lebert@berlin-partner.de with your name and institution or company.

Further information about the OSCEdays: oscedays.org

Tuesday, 5/30/2017
4.00 pm–6.00 pm

+Material seminar: HELLER-LEDER
WissenschaftsForum Berlin

Sustainable design requires knowledge and experience of new materials. On 30 of May the BAU International Berlin and IDZ invites for a lecture focussed on producing eco-friendly leather.

Frank Fiedler, CEO of HELLER-LEDER GmbH & Co. KG, talks about tanning and graftage of high-quality leather. HELLER-LEDER sets a high value on ecological dyeing using leaves of olive trees.

Tuesday, 5/23/2017
4.00 pm–6.00 pm

+Material seminar II: TABU, colours of wood
BAU International Berlin

Sustainable design requires knowledge and experience of new materials. On 23 of May the University of Applied Sciences BAU International invites for a lecture focussed on dying woods.

TABU, the world leader in dyeing wood introduces their sophisticated and advanced technologies. In +MATERIAL seminar, TABU and Prof. Alessandra Angelini, the long term experimental research partner of TABU, will present their state-of-the art products, sharing their stories how to explore the potentials of natural-industrial materials to create one of the most innovative wood product in the world.

bauinternational-berlin.de

Thursday, 5/11/2017
IDZ Event

Exhibition in Berlin

On 11 Mai the exhibition “More than beautiful” will be shown in the framework of the conference „Wider die Verschwendung III“ of the German Federal Environment Agency at Jerusalemkirche Berlin.

Registration to the conference „Wider die Verschwendung III“
Catering expenses: 20,00 €

3/21–4/9/2017
IDZ Event

Exhibition at MIK Ludwigsburg

The kick-off event for the environmental communication project and the opening of the touring exhibition take place at Scala in Ludwigsburg on 20st March at 7 p.m.

From 21st March till 09th April we are showcasing the exhibition of the winners and nominees 2016 at the MIK Museum Information Kunst in Ludwigsburg.

Monday, 3/27/2017
IDZ Event

Workshop about Ecodesign
at MIK Ludwigsburg

On March 27, 2017, Dr. Ulrike Eberle will conduct a workshop on the topic "Ecodesign: Evaluating products and services on environmental and sustainable aspects" at MIK Museum Information Kunst in Ludwigsburg. Participation will be for free.

To register please send an e-mail to medien@ludwigsburg.de .

Wednesday, 4/5/2017
12.30 pm–1.30 pm
IDZ Event

German Federal Ecodesign Award
Guided tour through the exhibition at MIK Ludwigsburg

The "Museumspause" is a guided tour through the exhibition "More than beautiful: The winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2016" by Tanino Bellanca. It starts at 12.30 am and costs 5 €, coffee included.



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