By ecology in this context is meant comprehensive actions that take the environment into consideration, minimizing the consumption of energy and natural resources as well as the production of waste and emissions. An ecological product is produced, used, recycled and disposed of in a natural manner.
The problems of sustainable development are challenging designers, manufacturers and consumers alike to consider ecological values and operating methods. A designer is in a key position to influence the operating
methods and materials used in the production of products. Ecological thinking brings forth new challenges, but at the same time offers completely new opportunities. The EcoDesign exhibition aims to highlight these matters and stimulate discussion.
The EcoDesign exhibition has been organized in conjunction with the Habitare Furniture, Interior decoration and Design fair since 2009. The exhibition is organized by Messukeskus and produced by Mainostoimisto Valo Oy.
Each year the designers have been asked to grade the eco friendliness of their product as regards to the following aspects in the design and production stages:
1. Foresight, planning and design
2. Selection of materials
3. Production process
4. Package and logistics
5. Use, durability and maintainability
The stories and ecoanalyses of the entries exhibited in series of EcoDesign exhibitions can be read here.