Students who design a circular product or service that changes the world are worth gold to us! Not only for the future, but also for themselves. Because with their thesis they have a chance of winning the Ecodesign Award: a sustainable golden smartphone with a network of contacts that every product designer dreams of.

Your future is calling

Are you putting the finishing touches on your final project? Then put your sketch or design aside, because your future is calling! And this challenge will certainly interest you.

The OVAM and Circular Flanders challenge you to change the future with your thesis or dissertation. You do this with a circular, sustainable or ecological design of a product or service, which can also win you the Ecodesign Award 2022!

With this award you have gold in your hands as a student. Because you win a Fairphone with a network of contacts that every designer dreams of. With numbers of renowned product designers, sustainable entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers.... 

Are you a product designer, entrepreneur, investor or policy maker and do you want to give the winner of this Ecodesign Award 2022 a boost? Then send your cell phone number to That way we will fill this Fairphone with a fantastic network of contacts!


A jury of experts and professionals will award prizes in the categories 'Problem solving' and 'Everyday life'. 

Problem solving

Today's designers want to offer a solution to the challenges we face as a society, in ecological, economic and social terms.

In this category, we are aiming for entries that dare to be disruptive and have a systemic approach. The solutions may still be conceptual, but are already very well thought-out.

MAIN PRIZE: Fairphone with network of contacts

3 honourable mentions

Everyday Life

This category is for the projects that contribute to a more sustainable daily life. Every day we use dozens of different products and services: for our personal hygiene, to dress, to get to school or work, to cook and eat, to relax or sleep. All of this causes an impact on our planet. The products or services of these entries offer an alternative and have already been worked out in terms of prototyping and choice of business model.

MAIN PRIZE: Fairphone with network of contacts

3 honourable mentions

How to participate?

Registration form

You can participate in the Ecodesign Award for Students 2022 through the online registration form until July 11, 2022. The registration form is in Dutch and must also be completed in Dutch.


The deadline to submit is July 11, 2022. The awards will be announced in late August 2022.


You can read the rules and regulations here (only in Dutch) and they contain the conditions for participation, information about the prize money and the criteria that the judges go over during the judging. 



Winners Ecodesign Award 2021



Productontwikkeling UAntwerpen



GrO2 stands for the responsible production of microalgae in an innovative photobioreactor. It makes use of surplus heat and space from industry. The photobioreactor is highly efficient due to low energy and water consumption during the cultivation of the microalgae. This is made possible by the unique heating system that constantly provides the entire photobioreactor with the optimal growth temperature. The photobioreactor will create valuable biomass by absorbing heat, CO2, minerals and light through a photosynthesis process. The biomass can then be used in numerous applications including pharmaceuticals, food and feed, cosmetics, bioplastics and biofuel.



No Time To Waste

Textielontwerp KASK


Textile manufacturers generate lint. This lint is essentially an accumulation of very short fibers and 12% of these fibers are lost on the factory floor. The No Time to Waste project set out to find new ways to process the lint. The result is the development of sustainable and perishable lint sheets, blocks and yarns. To demonstrate the applicability of this material in everyday life, a prototype modular folding screen was designed. The panels of the folding screen have an acoustic and insulating function.



Industrieel Ontwerpen UGent


23% of traffic fatalities are cyclists. This is often due to poor visibility in traffic. The most common causes of this are: empty bicycle batteries, malfunctioning dynamos in case of rain or simply forgetting to light the bicycle light. The Thermolight project aims to provide a solution to this problem. This bicycle light works on body heat and stays on even when stopped. Moreover, this is a sustainable choice, because recycling batteries becomes unnecessary. Thermolight consists of an upper plate for capturing body heat, Peltier elements, a lower plate as a cooling fan and an energy conversion module that drives an LED. The Peltier elements generate a voltage as soon as heat flows through them.


Productontwikkeling UAntwerpen



Son-mat consists of a combination of physical and digital tools that provide guidance on fermenting food products. It guides the user through the fermentation process and helps prepare healthy and safe fermentations. The mobile application provides inspiration for recipes and shows the various possibilities of fermentation. The user is guided in finding the right salt content and the ideal fermentation time. By mapping out the most important parameters affecting the safety and taste experience of the final product, not only are tasty and safe fermentations created, but the user can reproduce all creations again using the recorded values.




Dorian Asscherick, Moses Ogundipe & Thijn Van den Bosch
Industrieel ProductOntwerpen Howest


A child costs a house, so the cliché goes. The Bizù project went in search of a solution to reduce the cost of baby shoes. From 6 to 18 months, a baby goes through 5 shoe sizes, which means that after only a few months it needs new slippers. In 12 months' time, 100 to 300 euros are spent in this way. Bizù are growing baby slippers that are suitable for different sizes. Bizù bridge the European sizes 18 to 22. They follow the growth of the feet and reduce the amount of wasted slippers.



Productdesign LUCA School of Arts Genk


The Grow Class is an ecosystem that serves as an active playground learning tool. The class consists of DIY vegetable garden modules, an educational curriculum and a community. Schools can build a vegetable garden by combining different modules. This allows each school to meet their own requirements and needs. The community is crucial for the sustainability of the project and consists of students, teachers and volunteers. Together they take care of the organization and maintenance of the garden. By interacting with the modules, the community, the modules and the curriculum form a circular ecosystem where active learning is central.



Andrei-Silviu Nitu
Industrieel ProductOntwerpen Howest 


A deeper look at the food delivery market, with a focus on reusable packaging. These findings led to the design of Smartaway, a series of conceptual packaging. The interaction between packaging and user is enhanced by integrated IoT technology. An electronic system allows data on labels or 'tags' to be read using radio frequencies. The packaging is designed with sustainability and industry 4.0 in mind. That means optimization of transport, storage, and above all circularity.

Winners previous years

Coffee Pulper



Little Beet

Concentrates for the people

Simplie Menstrual Cup


Ontwerp verlichtingsarmatuur voor de circulaire economie

Thin Tiny







De Nuffel

Zero Discards

Biekes van A

Project Fishionable


ECOmfort Toolkit




The greener yoghurt packaging

Urban Composter



Le Corps .7

Heavy Duty Laundry Aid

A Collection

Tre Gusti

Pattern of Recycling Mat





Bar Aparte

MICCO press


Expeditie Powerpack



Cardboard Light


Deco Nature


Retap Water Tap





De Bio(scoop)zetel



Living Furniture


Peppy Phone

Tire on retire


Tobias Knockaert (2014)
UGent Industrieel Ontwerpen


Joop Couwenberg (2014)
Thomas More Voortgezette Opleiding MeubelOntwerp


Niels Kinds, Korneel De Viaene , Sam Van Landuyt (2014)
UGent Industrieel Ontwerpen


Marylene Hariot (2014)
LUCA School of Arts Genk Productdesign


Lauren Fonteyn, Jonas Neo Fabry (2014)
Thomas More Voortgezette Opleiding MeubelOntwerp


Lotte Anthonissen, Soetkin Taghon en Gitte Willems (2014)
UAntwerpen Interieurarchitectuur


Arne Pauwels (2013)
UAntwerpen Productontwikkeling


Ward Vancoppenolle (2013)
UAntwerpen Productontwikkeling


Antoon Crabbe (2013)
Thomas More Voortgezette Opleiding MeubelOntwerp



Thomas Litière (2013)
UAntwerpen Productontwikkeling


Bert Schurgers (2013)
LUCA School of Arts Genk Productdesign


Hanna Eggermont, Cloë Vandamme, Sten Verhaegen, Peter Mortelmans (2013)
Howest Industrieel Productontwerpen