Joint press release by BMU, UBA and IDZ

Award ceremony for winners of 7th German Federal Ecodesign Award

Awards for clever solutions in sustainable design

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German Federal Ecodesign Award 2018
Source: Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin (IDZ)

The Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and German Environment Agency (UBA) are awarding prizes to this year's winners of the German Federal Ecodesign Award today in Berlin. Winning projects include sustainable silk production, a modularly constructed smartphone, an electric retrofittable bicycle engine, and an initiative to dispense free tap water for people on the move. The Federal Environment Ministry and German Environment Agency have awarded the prize since 2012 to outstanding examples of ecodesign.

Federal Environment Svenja Schulze remarked: "The broad range of the winning projects is proof of the creative solutions to more sustainability in many areas of consumption which combine design and ecology. I hope that all the award winners are rewarded by widespread use of their products and services. By consuming more sustainably we can conserve our natural resources and environment in the long term."

UBA's President Maria Krautzberger said: "I am pleased that there is such great interest in this competition, in particular on the part of designers. Their work is the launching pad of sustainable products and they make an important contribution to environmental protection."

Some 200 guests from government, industry, science and the design industry will be attending the awards ceremony at the Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin.

The Federal Environment Ministry and German Environment Agency have awarded the German Federal Ecodesign Award every year since 2012 in collaboration with the International Design Center Berlin. The prize is awarded in the four categories "Product", "Service", "Concept" and "Young Talent" to projects which are convincing in design and environmental consciousness. It targets enterprises of all sizes in all industries as well next-generation designers.


Winners 2018

"Product" category

Household product "1 für 4 Papier" (1 for 4 paper)  - COMPOSTELLA
Pure cellulose paper is produced from timber and can replace conventional household products such as aluminium foil and plastic wrap as well as siliconised baking paper.

GOTS-certified and non-violent organic silk - Cocccon
The silk is produced without the use of chemical pesticides and in a way that does not interrupt the metamorphosis of the silkworms. .

Modularly constructed smartphone - SHIFT GmbH
Click and screw connections make it easier to repair individual components The company offers tutorials and supplies the right tools.

Retrofittable bicycle engine - VELOGICAL engineering GmbH
Mounted on the rear wheel rim, the friction wheel drive transforms a conventional bicycle into a pedelec.

"Service" category

Free tap water while on the go - Refill Deutschland
Participating shops fill the water bottles people are carrying for free.

"Concept" category

Brake blocks with integrated dynamo bicycle lights – Magnic Microlights
The non-contact wheel rim dynamos work on the basis of eddy currents and require no additional components.

"Young Talent" category

Door frame with integrated module interface – M-frame
Objects positioned near doors such as light switches, thermostats and displays can be collectively supplied with electricity.

Urban mining project - Shards
A circular system which produces new tiles produced from used bricks and glass without quality loss.

Recycling building rubble - URBAN TERRAZZO
Concrete, bricks and other building materials are assembled according to the principles of traditional terrazzo art and with the help of modern technology.


Werner Aisslinger (Product designer)
Prof. Anna Berkenbusch (Jury chair, communications designer, Professor at University of Art and Design Halle)
Andreas Detzel (Environmental expert, ifeu, Heidelberg)
Prof. Matthias Held (Product designer, Professor at University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd- HfG)
Dr. Thomas Holzmann (Vice-President (retd.), German Environment Agency)
Prof. em. Günter Horntrich (Product designer, emeritus Professor for Design and Ecology, KISD)
Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety)
Prof. Friederike von Wedel-Parlow (Fashion designer, Professor at ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion)

Further information about the winners and nominees and jury:

For photo material contact: presse [at] bundespreis-ecodesign [dot] de

All the projects of the winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2018 will be part of a travelling exhibition which starts in February 2019. The first stop will be at the Museum Information Kunst (MIK) in Ludwigsburg.

The next round of the award kicks off on 14 January 2019.

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