Eco Design

eco designAccept the environmental challenge!

Ecology is the study of environmental systems, or as it is sometimes called, the economy of nature. “Environmental” usually means relating to the natural, versus human-made world; the “systems” means that ecology is, by its very nature, not interested in just the components of nature individually but especially in how the parts interact.(I)

Eco Design is an approach to design of a product with special consideration for the environmental impacts of the product during its whole life cycle. In a life cycle assessment, the life cycle of a product is usually divided into procurement, manufacture, use and disposal.

There is a great opportunity for businesses to create a new and positive agenda, where the focus is on all the good that companies can do for the environment, society and economic growth.


Janine Benyus: Science writer, innovation consultant, conservationist

Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you’ll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.


Sustainable restaurants

sustainable restaurant

A “sustainable” restaurant can mean many things: an establishment that serves local food, organic food, sustainable seafood, or a combination of these. Green goes beyond the type of food on the menu.  It includes the farms it comes from and even the plate it’s served on. That’s why some guides to sustainable eateries also look at operating practices like Styrofoam products and recycling procedures….. More info


EcoDesign Japan 2011

The purpose of EcoDesign 2011 is to bring together worldwide professionals interested in advancing the state of the art in EcoDesign for exchanging knowledge that encompasses a broad range of disciplines among various distinct communities.

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Japanese eco design

Ikeuchi towel: thoughts of Mr Ikeuchi Keishi about the environment

 Japanese eco design Ikeuchi Keishi“Towels Woven by the Wind” that are made using only wind power.

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A promotional platform encouraging businesses to work alongside designers and manufacturers in creating sustainable, environmentally conscious products.

Eco Design Directory

Design from around the world

Featured Eco fashion designer

Reem Alasadi eco fashion designerReem Alasadi

Eco Fashion Designer Directory


Eco Design: China

Shanghai Roots & Shoots’ Million Tree Project

China eco design: Shanghai Roots & Shoots' Million Tree ProjectShanghai Roots & Shoots’ Million Tree Project, which began in 2007, aims to raise community awareness of the Earth’s precious environment while focusing on steps individuals can take to lessen their negative impact on the natural world.

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Eco Design: Best Practice

eco design - school of-artdesign and media nanyangThe increasing demand to preserve the environment, conserve resources, and form a sustainable society led to the publication of two types of ISO 14000 standards: management oriented and product oriented. The ISO 14000 product oriented standards includes Environmental Labels and Declarations, Life Cycle Assessment, and Design for Environment. These standards are intended to assess and report the environmental performance of products and services, and provide guidance on improving environmental performance within a product/service. ECO DESIGN_ISO14062 (pdf)

Eco Design Guide

eco design product developmentGuide to environmental improvement through product development has just been published. It is based on a detailed study of methods and experiences with environmentally conscious product development in Danish and international companies, and through a series of in-depth workshops with industrial companies in Denmark.

The Guide is primarily aimed at product developers, as a help to the integration of environmental thinking into the development process, and therefore into products. (download Eco Design Guide)

Environmental Labeling Guideline

Environmental labeling guide - eco friendlyStill unsure what “natural”, “biodegradable”, “compostable” or “ecofriendly” truly mean?  No worries, so is everyone else.  Fortunately, 2011 shows great promise for integrity in environmental labeling.

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Organic Cosmetics Fraud: Contrary to popular belief, the U.S. government doesn’t regulate cosmetics for safety….

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Eco Furniture Design

eco friendly office designLeaders in office furniture are transforming their manufacturing process.

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Green Design

green design“Green Design” is intended to develop more environmentally benign products and processes. The application of green design involves a particular framework for considering environmental issues, the application of relevant analysis and synthesis methods, and a challenge to traditional procedures for design and manufacturing….  More info




ECO Design: Sustainable Buildings for a New India

ECO Design: Sustainable Buildings for a New IndiaMost of today’s architectural expressions demonstrate human dominance over nature. That ‘The design process should leave a minimum footprint of man-made constructions on the environment’ is the philosophy that TERI abides by. This article focuses on some basic measures advocating sustainability for new built structures.
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Green Building Design – Ken Yeang

Ken Yeang green building design

I am going to talk about the work that I have been doing for the last twenty years: trying to design ecological buildings and master plans. I call this designing artificial ecosystems, because this is basically what I am trying to do.   More info

Ken Yeang - Green Building Design – Sustainability

Ken Yeang – Eco Design and planning – Ken Yeang


Green Roofs

eco design green roof

The scarcity of urban land demands an increasingly creative use of roofs and terraces to replace the land that is lost. The reduction of ground level urban land for open space demands the fullest utilization of green roofs….

Introductory manual for greening roofs in Canada

5 standout species for extensive green roofs

Green Roofs an overview

Green Roofs: Urban Heat Island Effect

Green roofs in North America

Green roofs in Tokyo Japan and Asia

Solar Ivy


Solar Ivy is a solar energy delivery device that draws inspiration from ivy growing on a building.

solar ivy

Just like its natural counterpart, Solar Ivy provides shade while collecting and converting sunlight into usable energy. A home or business utilizing Solar Ivy enjoys substantial savings from having to run air conditioning and HVAC units less.


Greenest city in the world?

curitiba Curitiba in Brazil does not lie at the seaside but a true ‘green sea’ is at the population’s disposal: altogether, there are 30 municipal parks and woods as well as dozens of squares, playgrounds, gardens and areas decorated with ornamental shrubbery….

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Eco Design Fairs

Shanghai, China

eco design fairOne of the main purposes of the Eco Design Fair is to educate the local community to come together and learn about sustainability.  The bi-annual event has become a staple in Shanghai’s green culture with a host of businesses participating and crowds attending, ranging from expat families to local design students and inquisitive locals getting their first taste of sustainable design…. more info

London, UK

eco design fairThe Eco Design Fair is an annual retail event. The aim of the fair is to encourage direct trade between the public and designer makers – all of whom focus on environmentally friendly production methods and/or fair trade principles. The fair provides a much-needed specialized platform for sustainable design in the UK, regularly hosting events in London.. More info




Fair Trade

Alter Eco

alter eco fair tradeWe are a team of fair trade visionaries and food-loving explorers on a mission to connect you to our farmers and their honest foods. When you taste the sweet justice of our mission you will understand our persistence, and our invitation to join us in finding your Alter Eco….more info


more fair trade sites

Jewelry made from bombshells

Ecological Art (“Eco Art”)

Eco Art Making a Difference – Bringing Respect and Awareness of the Environment Through Art)

Afrika Eco Art: Marie-Denise Douyon

UK Eco Art: Anna Garforth



Eco Living

Ultimate Eco Living – Chinese Cave Dweller









green livingTips for Responsible Consumption and Living

The friend of nature is not only one who has a speech defending the natural environment, but one who is revisiting his personal life every day, and adjusting where ever possible, the ideal life that he will constantly be sculpting…..





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