EcoDesign Circle, the first phase

EcoDesign Circle: Ecodesign as driver of innovation in the Baltic Sea Region was a three-year (2016–2019) development project partly funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme of the European Union. The project was for developing circular economy and related business, research and educational activities with the means of design.


In the course of the first EcoDesign Circle project the understanding of designers and design organizations in ecological product design and circular business models was increased. The output of the project included, among other things, the EcoDesign Sprint tool for developing business operations of companies; the EcoDesign Audit evaluation model for defining the level of circular economy and the use of design in companies; the EcoDesign Learning Factory training program, the touring exhibition Reconsider Design, and the website Sustainability Guide. The target groups of the project were designers, companies, circular economy experts, various organizations and the public sector, plus schools and universities. 

The Lead Partner of the project was the Umweltbundesamt UBA of Germany. The other partners were 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 was 2.2 M €.

Saija Malila

Project Manager, Circular Design training, Service Designer

+358 44 727 2280

EcoDesign Circle project partners