Joint press release by the German Environment Agency, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and the International Design Center Berlin (IDZ)

14 projects to be honoured with the German Ecodesign Award 2022

Awards conferred by Federal Environment Minister Lemke and UBA President Messner

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Jury of German Ecodesign Award 2022
Source: Sandra Kühnapfel © IDZ

The 14 winners of the German Ecodesign Award once again display a wide range of forward-looking solutions to tackling the most diverse challenges. These solutions include intelligent lighting systems, a seasonal calendar for green electricity, precast foundations for wind turbines, a deposit chair as well as concepts for transforming the clothing industry and data-based rewetting of peatland.

Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke said: “The design of a product largely determines how good or harmful it is for the environment. This is what makes the EU Commission's initiative for sustainable products so important. I am working among the group of EU member states to ensure that only truly sustainable products that can be repaired or recycled enter the domestic market in the future. For more than ten years now, the winning projects of the German Ecodesign Award have repeatedly shown what sustainable products or services of the future can look like. The unique selling point of the award is that it combines outstanding design with ecological aspects. Environmentally friendly products and services are the key to sustainable consumption.”

Dirk Messner, President of the German Environment Agency (UBA), said: “The winning projects make an impressive show of what ecodesign can really be. For our future we need more of these types of bold ideas which challenge established infrastructures and thought patterns and offer intelligent solutions.”

The winners of the German Ecodesign Award 2022:

Category “Newcomer“

  • 2harvest – OPV greenhouse foil | Hélène Fontaine (Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, Saxony-Anhalt)
    The durable and flexible PET greenhouse film integrates organic photovoltaic cells which enable a dual use of agricultural land – energy and food production.
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  • 5 TONS | Maren Klamser (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Thuringia)
    5 TONS is a recyclable mineral solid made using brick dust from broken masonry as well as recycled aggregate from mineral construction waste. The material provides the basis for a dry stacking system for masonry blocks.
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  • PeakPick | Sascha Greilinger (Coburg University, Bavaria)
    The PeakPick app is a seasonal calendar for green electricity that activates devices to a period with a high share of power of wind and sun, thus bringing the concept of “load shifting” to private households.
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  • re:wet – peat:lab | Milan Bergheim (weißensee academy of art berlin, Berlin)
    re:wet is a service blueprint for the rewetting of peatlands. Farmers can use peat:lab to determine terrain heights, water levels and collect data in a digital twin. It provides a basis for planning and coordinating rewetting measures.
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Category “Concept“

  • Shared Factory | ito ito GmbH (Bremen), one/one GbR (Bremen)
    The Shared Factory lets fashion labels and knitting mills become part of a digital on-demand design and production platform for knitwear. The SaaS solution enables designs to be digitalised, freely modified, purchased and only then manufactured.
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Category “Service“

  • supply | RS Recommerce Technologies GmbH (Berlin)
    The recommerce platform by offers an efficient solution for fashion retailers to set up or expand their own second-hand store and to deal with returns, overhangs or factory seconds in an economically viable way. (
  • REX | Circuform B. V. (De Meern, Netherlands), Studio Ineke Hans (Arnhem, Netherlands)
    As the first chair from the Netherlands to use a deposit system, REX can be returned at any time to local Circuform collection points. Returned deposit chairs are checked and cleaned, repaired if necessary and resold, also with a deposit.
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Category “Product“

  • AYNO luminaire range | Midgard Licht GmbH (Hamburg), Diez Office (Munich, Bavaria)
    Plug-in connections allow the LED and transformer to be replaced, making AYNO one of the first LED luminaires that can be repaired by customers without tools. Already manufactured from recycled materials, it can be easily separated into three recyclable primary materials.
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  • HIIVE | HIIVE UG (Teltow, Brandenburg)
    HIIVE provides honeybees with a near-natural, species-appropriate home by addressing the needs of the animals. The design replicates the microclimate of a tree cavity, the bees’ natural habitat. Its modular design ensures easy repairability.
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  • Bait protection box ToxProtect 1402 | ball–b GmbH & Co KG (Nuremberg, Bavaria)
    ToxProtect bait protection boxes guarantee that bait does not come into contact with water, even during floods. This saves up to 98% of toxic baits and hazardous substances no longer accumulate in the environment.
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  • Steelcase Flex Perch Stool | Steelcase AG (Munich, Bavaria)
    The Steelcase Flex Perch stool is the world’s first piece of furniture to be made with plastic from BASF’s ChemCycling project. This technology creates a new type of raw material from a waste stream generated in the production of electronics.
    Steelcase Flex Perch Stool (
  • V-Locker Smart Bike Parking System | V-Locker AG (Dübendorf, Switzerland), Meyer-Hayoz Design Engineering AG (Winterthur, Switzerland)
    The automated V-Locker Smart Bike Parking System can store up to 60 bikes in a single car parking space. Thanks to individual facade design, the modular towers blend into the urban environment. Operation via a smartphone app is intuitive.
    V-Locker Smart Bike Parking System (
  • Wind turbines: precast foundation | Smart & Green Mukran Concrete GmbH (Sassnitz, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)
    Precast foundations for wind turbines are made of prefabricated rib and ring elements together with anchor cage and require up to 70% less concrete. Transport to the construction site is possible in around 40 standard trucks, and installation can be completed within one week.
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  • X-Change Technology | Molto Luce GmbH (Wels, Austria)
    Molto Luce X-Change technology enables simple replacement of an LED circuit board without having to replace the entire lighting fixture. The light is replaced by means of a bayonet connection and can be done entirely without tools.
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The Federal Environment Ministry and the German Environment Agency (UBA) have granted the German Ecodesign Award every year since 2012 together with the International Design Center Berlin. The contest honours entries in the four categories "Product", "Service", "Concept" and "Newcomer" that are convincing in terms of environmental protection and their design. It is aimed at companies of all sizes and from all sectors as well as students.

The competition emphasises innovativeness, design quality and environmental properties. Effects on popular culture and consumer behaviour are taken into account along with the entire product life cycle, from the preliminary stages of production, manufacturing, distribution and use to "end of life".

Jury of German Ecodesign Award 2022

  • Werner Aisslinger (product designer)
  • Paula Raché (communications designer) on behalf of Prof. em. Anna Berkenbusch (communications designer, Professor em. at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle)
  • Andreas Detzel (environmental expert, ifeu Heidelberg)
  • Matthias Held (product designer, Professor at the University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd)
  • Anja Mager (Head of Division “Sustainable Consumption, Sustainable Product Policy“, BMUV) on behalf of Dr. Bettina Hoffmann MdB (Parliamentary State Secretary, BMUV)
  • em. Günter Horntrich (product designer, Professor (em.) for Design and Ecology at KISD – Köln International School of Design)
  • Bettina Rechenberg (German Environment Agency, Head of Division III “Sustainable Production and Products, Waste Management”)
  • Nicole Schneider (designer, Professor and Co-Lead Studio Industrial Design, FHNW Basel) on behalf of Prof. Dr. Claudia Perren (architect, Director, FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel)
  • Friederike von Wedel-Parlow (fashion designer, Founder, Beneficial Design Institute)

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