German Federal Ecodesign Award.
Award ceremony at the Federal Environment Ministry, Berlin
27 November 2017
The German Federal Ecodesign Award focuses on the development of concepts and products that are designed in such a way that they have as little negative impact on the environment as possible, while remaining innovative. Various aspects come into play here, including the production cycle, the operating life, recycling options, the method of production and the materials of which the product is made.
The Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin (IDZ) has held this competition every year since 2012 to celebrate innovation in the field of sustainability, provide backing for the winners and draw attention to environmentally friendly design.
The prize was first launched by the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Environment Agency, with the IDZ subsequently taking over the competition and developing a set of criteria that now also serves a tool in design practice. The competition is split into Product, Service, Concept and Emerging Talent categories.
Winners in the Product category:
Miele & Cie. KG
This dishwasher contains a number of technical innovations that result in lower energy consumption, such as the heat accumulator. The recyclability of the materials used and the proven 20-year service life indicate a carefully considered product cycle.
Design: Jan Eickhoff
The C1-mini-HC is an LED spotlight developed especially for museums. Its magnetic attachment allows it to be freely placed on a power rail. Each spotlight is individually dimmable, thus offering customisable lighting management.
Natascha von Hirschhausen
The fashion designer Natascha von Hirschhausen uses only certified materials in her collections, avoiding plastics altogether. Her clothing line is made locally in Berlin. In addition, her cutting patterns are laid out in such a way as to minimise wastage. Repairs are carried out free of charge, regardless of when the clothes were made.
Winners in the Service category:
Kaputt.de is an online marketplace and comparison site that offers various options for repairing defective appliances. The site allows users to find local repair shops, offers video instructions and shows alternatives to buying new appliances, such as second-hand or rental models. The platform specialises in smartphones, with a concept that may extend the operating life of devices.
Too Good To Go
This app harnesses the power of digital networking to look at areas where resources are often wasted due to logistical difficulties, providing an interface between restaurants and consumers. Excess food can be picked up for a low price at certain times of day. With around two million “rescued” meals, it has already achieved its initial target.
Winner of the Concept category:
Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig
The Baubotanik concept brings plants, especially trees, together with building construction. Buildings are constructed with living plants integrated into them as structural components. At the outset, auxiliary structures are required for this to work, but these can later be demolished as the plants grow. The concept provides a fresh take on architecture and urban planning.
Winner of the Emerging Talent category:
Design for Circularity, Ina Budde
This fashion collection was developed in tandem with the product cycle. Every item of clothing comes with a scannable label that provides the customer and recycling companies with details of the material composition and recycling options. The designers wanted to create a networking platform for the fashion industry.