Guide

Ecodesign for goods and services

Introduction

Ecodesign - or 'sustainable design' - is a process where the raw materials, manufacture, distribution and end use of products are considered within the overall design of a product. It can help you to minimise the impact of products on the environment and society over their lifecycle. You can apply ecodesign to both existing and new products.

Ecodesign can help your business reduce raw material use, eliminate hazardous materials, reduce energy and water use, produce less pollution and waste, increase service life and efficiency, and ensure greater potential for reuse and recycling.

Adopting a more sustainable approach to product design will help your business to comply with legislation, reduce costs, become more efficient and open up new business and marketing opportunities.

This guide will help you understand what ecodesign is, how it can benefit your business, help improve overall sustainability and meet specific regulatory requirements.