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9. German RecyclingDesignAward

The RecyclingDesignAward is a competition for the creation of new products from waste and residue material. We are looking for innovative upcycling ideas, new developments in the field of materials research and the circular economy, social design or transformation design – imaginative, visionary, original, sustainable.

A selection of the most interesting entries will be presented along with the "distinguished ideas" in an exhibition in the Marta Herford. Opening: 22.09.2019. Then the exhibition will travel to other international venues.

Organizer: RecyclingBörse! Herford


1st prize:   €2,500
2nd prize: €1,000
3rd prize: €500

The jury

  • Prof. Volker Albus - Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design
  • Carina Bischof - Upcycling Fashion Store, Berlin
  • Dana Giesecke - Scientific Director FUTURZWEI. Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit, Berlin
  • Udo Holtkamp - RecyclingBörse! Herford
  • Roland Nachtigäller - Director Marta Herford
  • Jaana Prüss - Culture activist, Berlin
  • Oliver Schübbe - OS2 design group, Herford
  • Sabine Voggenreiter - Design manager, Cologne
  • Imke Volkers - Curator at the Museum der Dinge, Berlin
  • Prof. Carsten Wiewiorra - Deacon OWL University of Applied Sciences, Detmold


The RecyclingdesignAward is an „open“ competition without a limit of age. All creatives and designers with professional or semi-professional education are invited to forward there objects or designs.

Aim of the Recycling Design Award Through the use of „discarded things“ - such as remnant material from industrie and manufactories, discarded materials„ rubbish“ - seemingly useless things should be made usable again. Bearing in mind the social criteria these products thereby developed should be sold also by job creating organizations  or similar institutions. The production of “clever”, “beautiful” and “useful” designed objects which awarded a prize conduces to the environment and is a contribution for employment promotion.

The Range of Required Developments

The aim is to discover and uncover the so-called „hidden meaning of things beeing thrown away or chucked away“ („der verborgene Sinn weggeworfender Dinge“). It is also asked for new developments in the field of materials research and the circular economy. The seemingly useless and disposed-off things should be re-used to create new objects. The range of required developments stretches from decorative articles, furniture, clothes/textiles, to various other accessoiries.


The objects and articels must be designed and made out of garbage and/or residues from industry and manufactures for our everyday use or to be used for decoration and furnishing. Exclused are all returnable materials. For participants from Germany: those materials with the „green dot“ are exclused either („green dot“/“Grüner Punkt“ is a special german collection system for packing material of consumer goods).

Rating Criteria

These are the rating criterias for the RecyclingDesignAward (at least one of the following characteristics should apply to your submission):

  • quality of lay out / form
  • utility value
  • environmental compatibility
  • novelty and future potential

objects should also be manufactured within the job creation scheme or by workshops which are able to produce those objects in series of smaller or bigger quantities  practicability also for production by physical or psychological disabled persons, youth workshops or job creation initiatives

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