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This blog serves as a platform for the discovery of Europe’s sustainable design and art scenes, and will gradually making its way to other continents of the world. Blog entries about creative thinkers, projects, events and topics of special interest will show the diversity of this platform.

Sustainable design made in NRW

Surfboards from Aachen, green fashion from Münster or an upcycling festival in Dortmund. Nothrhein Westfalia (NRW) is a diverse land and so is its sustainable design scene. Compared to average there are quite a lot designers in NRW hwo make sustainability a high priority in their work. Telling the story of this scene is what our NRW Special is about.


Feel free to send us comments, useful links and questions to redaktion@oekorausch.de. We are always open to guest contributions, just send us your ideas.

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Sustainable Living Film Festival

Sustainable Living Film Festival took place in 19 cities simultaneously all over Turkey on November 2016. 25 international documentaries were screened to inspire the audience for sustainable living.

Category: Shaping Society, StadtLandWelt / Keyword: , , , / 6. February 2017

ONYA Collective

The Onya Collective is group of architects, activists, community leaders, and volunteers who utilize community organizing principals to design public spaces that serve the needs of all of the residents of the area. We met them during our ECO DESIGN FORUM in Tel Aviv.

Category: ECO DESIGN FORUM, Shaping Society, Social Design & Arts / Keyword: , , , , , / 3. February 2017


iota is a social brand designing beautiful handmade objects for the interior while creating jobs for otherwise unemployed people worldwide.

Category: ECO DESIGN FORUM, Social Design & Arts / Keyword: , , , / 23. January 2017


The ecosign is a private and independent academy in Cologne-Ehrenfeld with a focus on sustainable design. We visited the ecosign to talk to Professor Karin-Simone Fuhs to find out more about the development of the academy since it was established in 1994.

Category: Ecological Product and Service Design, Shaping Society, Social Design & Arts, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , / 30. December 2016

Social Urban Design

Nicolas Beucker teaches design at the Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences and pursues the issue of shaping the city as a habitat for society. Here he presents the content of his field of Social Urban Design.

Category: Shaping Society, Social Design & Arts, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , , , , , , / 29. December 2016


KnowMe stands for eco-fair clothing from Münster – for upcycling and recycling of discarded clothes as well as DIY workshops. We visited Noomi in her atelier in Münster.

Category: Ecological Product and Service Design, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , , , , , , / 28. December 2016

MehrWert NRW

Design students at the University of Wuppertal and the Folkwang University of the Arts are participating in the contest “Lebensmittel sind mehr wert”, or “Food is valuable” and are designing sustainable media and product solutions. The project was initiated by the Consumer Direct of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Category: Ecological Product and Service Design, Shaping Society, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , , , / 27. December 2016

Change by Design (or by Disaster)

Ursula Tischner asks the provocative question: Change by design or by disaster? and talks about designers’ opportunities and responsibility with regards to the environment and society.

Category: Shaping Society, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , / 23. December 2016

Recycling Design Prize

The Recycling Design Prize is an open contest that has been organised by the Arbeitskreis RecyclingBörse since 2006/2007. The contest deals with the issues of resource conservation and recycling by way of redesign.

Category: Ecological Product and Service Design, Profiles Design & Art, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , , , , / 22. December 2016

Shaping Society

Positive impulses for shaping society can come about when design, art, architecture, social protest, politics and urban planning come together in public activities (as a reaction to societal events) while keeping the focus on creative answers to societal issues. Here, design and art can serve as the foundation for committed “change makers”.

eco design forum


Focus of interest of the ECO DESIGN FORUM (EDF) international are the stories of designers all over the world who explore green ideas and develop sustainable products. Designers, artists, creative thinkers and cultural protagonists are meeting up with sustainability experts to exchange thoughts about the relevance of design and art in the fields of economy and society and to learn from each other.

Social Design & Arts

Social design & arts are characterised by their usefulness. Creative thinkers are developing innovative solutions for social issues, encompassing everything from the design of fair trade products, which ensure a living wage for the producers, to interventions in public spaces. It’s all about social commitment.

Ecological Product and Service Design

Sustainable design aims at developing solutions to ecological problems regarding the production, the use and the disposal of products. It is also dedicated to the design of services that represent an improvement for people and the environment alike. “Good ideas” are often the source of truly useful products and range of services.

Sustainable Design NRW

Sustainable design made in NRW

North Rhine-Westphalia is home to many small design labels and creative thinkers that have dedicated themselves to sustainability. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the state of NRW, on 2 November 2016, we began a feature that will make this diversity more visible and to present designers and projects – all of which call the creative state their home – that work on an exclusively sustainable basis.

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Profiles Design & Art

The presented designers and artists are distinguished by their quality and originality. The focus here is on the heads and the philosophy behind the products and works: What distinguishes designers who are committed to sustainability? What motivates them especially? Stay inspired!