Ecodesign in the Circular Economy: an Example of Packagings

Joanna Witczak


The article deals with the concept and meaning of eco-design in packagings within the context of the circular economy. Design for environment becomes more and more popular tool for improving environmental efficiency of products. The paper provides guidance on how to perceive and assess environmental aspects of packagings in the perspective of circular economy and support introducing the life cycle thinking development processes. On the basis of the existing literature on the subject, current legal regulations and data, the paper presents the idea and premises of the eco-design concept in question and points out their significance and possibilities of their practical introduction in the packaging industry. Implementation of the life cycle thinking in packaging management brings a wide range of benefits. The key elements which need special attention are the design and the role of designers. These elements are also a stage in the transformation process of packaging industry towards circular economy. The key principle is that at design level a packaging should be treated as waste. The result of treating packaging as a waste on the design stage is in its perfection as to optimizing environmental efficiency and reducing its negative impact on the environment. Thus, ecodesign allows realization of premises and aims of the circular economy concept. It may soon become a determining competitive factor.
Author Joanna Witczak (WT / KTiEPP)
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- Department of Industrial Products and Ecology
Publication size in sheets0.5
Book Knošková Ľubica, Jarossová Malgorzata A. (eds.): Desire. Design and Research in Business : Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference DESIRE, 2020, Vydavateľstvo EKONÓM, University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, ISBN 978-80-225-4705-5, 124 p.
Keywords in Polishekoprojektowanie, gospodarka o obiegu zamkniętym, opakowanie
Keywords in Englisheco-design, circular economy, packaging
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)5
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ScoreMinisterial score = 5.0, 22-06-2020, ChapterFromConference
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