Joint press release by the German Environment Agency, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the International Design Center Berlin

Ninth year of Federal Ecodesign Award for forward-looking projects

Die Jury läuft auf die Kameralinse zu.Click to enlarge
Jury of the Federal Ecodesign Award 2020
Source: Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin e.V.

A virtual journey to a high alpine glacier, rescued crockery, recyclable denim production or the revival of old variety vegetables – the winners of the German Federal Ecodesign Award look for solutions to a more sustainable lifestyle with pioneering projects that are both ecological and excellent in their design.

Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter at BMU said, "I am pleased to see that interest in the Federal Ecodesign Award remains undiminished despite the coronavirus pandemic. The design and ecological standards of the entries have steadily increased since the prize was first awarded. The Federal Ecodesign Award marks its 10th anniversary year as the most important government award for ecodesign."

UBA President Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner said, "This year's award winners clearly show that ecodesign is not just about improving products but about designing new systems and new ways of thinking. Designers are making an important contribution to the change towards a sustainable society and economy."

The video recording announcing the winners of the 2020 Federal Ecodesign Award will be published today (30 November 2020) at 17:00 on the websites of the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU), the German Environment Agency (UBA) and the Federal Ecodesign Award. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the awarding of the prize cannot take place in a festive setting as planned and the ceremony at the Federal Environment Ministry has been cancelled.

The Federal Environment Ministry and the German Environment Agency have awarded the Federal Ecodesign Prize every year since 2012 together with the International Design Center Berlin. The contest honours entries in the four categories "Product", "Service", "Concept" and "Young Talent" that are convincing from an environmental and design perspective. It is aimed at companies of all sizes and from all sectors as well as students.

Winnders 2020

All winning entries can be seen in an online exhibition:

Category "Product"

  • Startec Frame Fix – Häfele GmbH & Co KG (Firmensitz: Nagold)
    The mechanical door frame fastener does entirely without foam and, unlike fixed fasteners, can be adjusted using a dowel and screw.
  • EcoLine – Edding AG (based in Ahrensburg)
    The marker in the environmentally friendly product range is made of recycled plastic. The Edding brand also has options to extend product service life, for example through refills and replacements and a take-back system. The Edding highlighter pen has been awarded the Blue Angel.

Category "Service"

  • LED lighting – LaaS Modell – Deutsche Lichtmiete (based in Oldenburg)
    High-quality, energy-efficient LED industrial lighting is developed, produced and rented in an integrated closed-loop economy concept. Consumers can cut energy consumption, CO2 emissions and costs.

Category "Concept"

  • Expedition 2 Grad – Züricher Hochschule der Künste; Université de Fribourg (Zürich, Schweiz)
    The virtual journey into the world surrounding the Great Aletsch Glacier aims to show the impact of climate change on the Alpine environment in an interactive format and emotional way, in particular to schoolchildren.
  • LÜCKE-Geschirr – Susann Paduch (based in Weimar)
    Faulty crockery from Kahla Thüringen Porzellan GmbH is adorned to make unique design pieces and used by the pop-up restaurant LÜCKE in Weimar.

Category "Young Talent"

  • New Blue – Tim van der Loo (weißensee kunsthochschule berlin)
    The concept for a new way to manufacture jeans shows how old demin can be turned into a recyclable textile using nonwoven fabric technology and digitally supported industrial embroidery.
  • Old varieties, newly found – Jana Hoffmann (Hochschule Trier)
    The modular sales and information system promotes the use of old variety vegetables, advertises their advantages and is designed to be holistic and sustainable.
  • Paper pregnancy test– Yue Zhao (Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel)
    The paper pregnancy test made from recycled paper produces none of the unnecessary plastic waste generated by the common product and fulfils the same function, practically and accurately.


  • Werner Aisslinger (product designer)
  • Prof. Anna Berkenbusch (communications designer, Professor at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle)
  • Andreas Detzel (environmental expert, ifeu Heidelberg)
  • Prof. Matthias Held (product designer, Professor at the University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd)
  • Prof. em. Günter Horntrich (product designer, Professor (em.) for Design and Ecology at KISD)
  • Dr. Bettina Rechenberg (Head of Division III Sustainable Production and Products, Waste Management, German Environment Agency)
  • Dr. Claudia Perren (Architect, Director, FHNW Academy of Art and Design
  • Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, MdB (Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Environment)
  • Prof. Friederike von Wedel-Parlow (fashion designer, founder, Beneficial Design Institute)

For more information about the award

Contact for photos
E-Mail: presse [at] bundespreis-ecodesign [dot] de

All the winning and nominated submissions to the German Ecodesign Award 2020 will be on display in a touring exhibition in 2021.

The next round of the contest starts on 18 January 2021.


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