“In fact, ecodesign is characterized by a vibrant creative ability to search for alternative system, technologies and production strategies.” Designers have an interesting but also highly challenging task. They cannot limit their projects to functionality and aesthetics anymore, they also have to take into account a long list of factors starting with sustainable and multi-use materials.  ECODESIGN shows that many various features that help to sustain ecological balance can co-exist within objects we use in our everyday life.

From the introductory texts we learn more about various ecodesign approaches: when designing for components makes a difference, why reducing materials and volumes matters and what kind of bio-based materials it’s best to use or how important it is to design multifunctional objects. There is also a very intriguing part titled ‘0% products’ where the authors ask if an object can be replaced with a service stressing the impact of minimalizing waste and consumption.

Ecofriendly objects selected by authors have been divided into categories – from household appliances and furniture, through clothing and transportation to toys and graphic design, which perfectly shows that we’re able to use sustainable design in all areas. Within the chapters each project has a short trilingual description (English, German and French) and is richly illustrated. The design of the book itself is visually absorbing, the selection of images presenting objects is really good and they’re are put really nicely together. Additionally each project is marked with icons symbolizing their main feature. 

The book stimulates our environmental awareness and shows how to think about design to fulfil and demonstrate our commitment to the planet. I’m sure the book will successfully support fostering a new, eco-friendly, relationship between people and objects.  And last but not least – the book has been printed on eco-friendly paper!