Ecodesign Articles

  • Are you Avoiding, Setting, Undergoing or Enforcing the Product Rules?

    The European Union is a leader in regulating products to make them more environmentally friendly. In this article, Paul Olagnier, Product Stewardship Manager, discusses “The Ecodesign Directive” (2009/125/EC). This Directive sets stringent energy and resource efficiency requirements for many products placed on the European market, while its sister, The Energy Labelling ...

  • Marketing feasibility of Malaysian eco–products

    Green marketing as a term refers to the systematic process of planning, developing and promoting goods and services that meet the needs of consumers for quality, output, affordable prices, accessible service, without harming the environment. According to the literature, green marketing is neither merely a green way of marketing, nor just the marketing of green products. Green has to be both, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Green marketing: issues, developments and avenues for future research

    This paper aims to extract the development of the green marketing literature focusing on green product development, consumer behaviour, communication tactics, eco-labelling and greenwash in an attempt to critically review the topic and accentuate the imperative areas for future research. The paper presents critical reviews of research in the above areas of green marketing and subsequently offers ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An exploratory study of eco-oriented consumer segments at a retail store

    This paper reports on a segmentation study of eco-oriented customers of wood products. Convenience samples of customers at IKEA retail stores in England and Norway were surveyed on purchase behaviour and their weighing of product attributes. The interviews took part beside an existing IKEA dining table of pine, and they were also presented a designed prototype eco-label that should give a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Are you ready for carbon labeling?

    Governments start to lay the groundwork for mandatory labeling Consumers are sending a clear message that they want environmentally friendly products and are seeking more information about the environmental impacts that occur throughout a product’s lifecycle. As climate change concerns grow and an international climate agreement remains elusive, policy activity has accelerated in the area ...

  • Sustainable construction in Colombia - an eclectic approach to European and U.S. regulatory tendencies

    The Ministry of Environment, Housing and Development (MAVD) has approved a proposal to award the Colombian Environmental Label (Sello Ambiental Colombiano - SAC) for sustainable construction. The initiative is innovative amongst Latin American countries, as the existing regulatory instruments provide for energy efficiency in buildings, in products and in processes, but do not regulate ...

  • Material selection in product design subject to environmental taxation and environmentally conscious consumer buying behaviour

    As society is increasingly aware of environmental pollutions generated from products, the impact of toxic waste to human and the ecosystem has also received attention. However, the focus on preventing such toxic pollutions from the very source of material selection in product design has yet to gain sufficient research effort. To meet this critical need, this paper studies decision-making in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Market forces and the need to design for the environment

    This paper has three sections: Part I, Green House Gas emissions and environmental impacts as driven by the market; Part II, Design for Environment (DfE), designing to reduce environmental impacts with a set of rules for DfE; and Part III, toxic substances to be avoided in design. All three parts must be addressed by the EcoDesigner in any design situation. The ecodesigner cannot control market ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The development of an ecodesign product - the ecomouse case study

    In a KERP (Centre of Excellence Electronics and Environment) - BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna) cooperation, the aim is to develop and assess an ecodesign product (electronics product). As a widely used, comparable and simple product, a wireless computer mouse is chosen as a demonstration product for ecodesign. The targets of the newly developed product ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Eco-labels, Trade and Protectionism

    Eco-labels are suspected to serve protectionist purposes. We analyze the choice between an environmental standard and a voluntary eco-label scheme in a partial trade model with one domestic firm and one foreign firm. The environmental standard will only apply to the domestic firm, while both firms can adopt the eco-label. Pollution is production related, and domestic consumers demand products ...


    By Springer

  • EEB evaluation of the European ECO-label criteria and scheme `What we wanted-what we got...`

    This study was conducted by the EEB as one of the conditional elements for the EEB's involvement in the project ‘European Flower Week – Campaign on the Eco-label’, 2004. The purpose was to evaluate the performance and level of ambition of the EU Eco-label criteria so far, focusing on individual product criteria (20 products) and the performance of the EU Eco-label scheme as a whole over the ...

  • Extended Producer Responsibility

    Untitled Document 1. Introduction Over the last decade, we have witnessed increasing recognition of the importance of products and product systems as a target for both ...

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