Federal Ecodesign Award for outstanding ecological and aesthetic products and services
Hendricks and Krautzberger confer the awards
Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and the President of the Federal Environment Agency, Maria Krautzberger, honoured this year's winners of the German Federal Ecodesign Award. The prize is awarded to products, services and concepts that are outstanding in terms of ecology and aesthetics. Eight projects in the areas mobility, logistics, fashion, energy and nutrition have received awards.
Federal Environment Minister Hendricks said: "We aim to advance ecological product design with the Federal Ecodesign Award. Sustainable consumption doesn't start at the moment of purchase, it starts at the design stage. Most of the environmental impact of a product – sometimes up to 80% – is determined by its design. Consumers will only opt for the ecological alternative on a large scale once it is more durable, better and more attractive than the conventional rival. Our aim is to make sustainable consumption part of everyday life. Having the choice of a more sustainable alternative must become a matter of course for consumers, and something which is affordable for everyone."
Eight projects were honoured with the Federal Ecodesign Award 2015:
Engel GmbH for its GOTS-certified wool and silk athletic wear, machine washable thanks to a chlorine-free wool fabric and no added chemicals
hinterher.com for a bicycle trainer that can be easily transformed into a handcart or a luggage cart
Sunlumo Technology GmbH for a low-cost solar collector made without aluminium and copper for heat supply in emerging and developing countries.
FREITAG lab. ag for their collection of durable casual wear made of European bast fibres with an especially favourable life-cycle inventory
Robert Bosch GmbH/CoremanNet for an international logistics network for used automobile parts
Team Radbahn Berlin for a plan to realise a 9 kilometre-long canopied bicycle path in Berlin
Category "Young Talents"
Carolin Schulze, University of Art and Design Halle, for an alternative to meat consumption: "Bugs Bunny" renders insect meat in a new form
Armin Warnecke, Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts And Design, for a logistics system for container ship traffic
The environmental and design experts of the jury nominated 33 projects from a total of 288 entries in the competition categories Product, Service, Concept and Young Talent. Eight of those nominees have become winners of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2015.
The Federal Ministry of Environment and the UBA, in cooperation with International Design Center Berlin (IDZ), have awarded the prize every year since 2012.
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