Ecodesign

Ecodesign, otherwise known as green design or design for environment, is the process of design that examines environmental impacts of a product in its whole lifecycle.

Though ecodesign is increasingly being adopted, it is a process that is not uniformly accepted, meaning that there is not one method that will make a product or service eco-friendly.  There are numerous different strategies for ecodesign that can be applied separately or combined to make a product more ecologically sensible.

Below you will find Knoend’s list of ecodesign considerations and strategies – though there is often overlap, all of them have separate definitions and one application does not automatically equate another.  This is an evolving list and we welcome any feedback in updating/maintaining the list.

Materials + Resources
Biodegradable/Compostable
Natural
Non-Petroleum
Non-Toxic
Organic
Recyclable
Recycled
Renewable
Salvaged/Upcycled
Sustainably Harvested
Energy + Production
Alternative Energy
Carbon Offset
Energy Efficient
Lifecycle Strategies
Adaptable Use
Designed for Disassembly
Resource Saving
Reusable
Shipping Efficient
Biodegradable | Compostable

biodegradable/compostable

A product that is biodegradable (compostable) facilitates the process by which organic substances are broken down by living enzymes.

Examples: Biodegradable Products Institute
Knoend Projects: Vot

Natural

natural

A natural product is primarily made of chemical compounds or substances produced by a living organism found in nature.

Examples: Mrs. Meyers Products
Knoend Projects: Bean Rockers, Cit

Non-Petroleum

non-petroleum

A non-petroleum product uses alternative materials to replace petroleum crude-oil components.

Examples: Ingeo Fiber
Knoend Projects: N/A

Non-Toxic

non-toxic icon

A non-toxic product is free of any toxic or poisonous components.

Examples: AFM Safecoat Finishes
Knoend Projects: Bean Rockers, Cit

Organic

organic

Organic materials are grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge, They are processed without ionizing radiation or chemical additives.

Examples: Loomstate Organic Clothing
Knoend Projects: Bean Rockers

Recyclable

recyclable

A product is recyclable when it allows for the reprocessing of old materials into new products, with the aims of preventing waste and reducing environmental impact.

Examples: Aluminum
Knoend Projects: Lite2go Lamp

Recycled

recycled

A recycled product incorporates reprocessed material into its production.

Examples: Preserve Products
Knoend Projects: N/A

Renewable

renewable

A natural resource qualifies as a renewable resource if it is replenished by natural processes at a rate comparable or faster than its rate of consumption by humans or other users.

Examples: Bambu Home
Knoend Projects: Cit

Salvaged | Upcycled

salvaged/upcycled

A salvaged (upcycled) product describes a process of repurposing or reapplying product or materials in a new function.

Examples: Freitag Bags
Knoend Projects: Newton

Sustainably Harvested

sustainably-harvested

Sustainably harvested materials are obtained from sources that have implemented responsible resource management.

Examples: FSC-certified wood
Knoend Projects: Bean Rockers