“Have faith and try and change the world”
- Lord Philip Gould


The Green Product Award is an annual international competition for innovative, sustainable products & services. It is aimed at established companies & start-ups. At the same time, new concepts of students and graduates will be awarded. too.

The aim of the award is to create a collection of green solutions for consumers and buyers to make the products more visible and to help manufacturers market them. With the Green Network we offer a platform for green knowledge transfer through which we network designers, producers and experts and accompany them in product development, implementation and marketing.

The competition has been running since 2013 and has since received submissions from over 40 countries. Since then, the exhibits have been presented to more than 600,000 visitors at international trade fairs and design festivals. International media reports, business deals, licensing and investment prove that this award is different.

The submission is online. If your product is included in the Green Selection, we will contact you regarding the provision of exhibits. Please read the submission-asssitant to prepare your submission.

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Green Product Award 2018

The winners of the Green Product Awards as well as the participants who are admitted to the Green Selection receive a comprehensive service package:


  1. Use of the seals with unrestricted advertising rights "Green Product 2018" for the submissions of the selection.
    "The Best Green Product 2018" for the winners of the categories.
  2. Inclusion of the submission in the annual Award-Publication
  3. Presentation in the digital award gallery for one year.
  4. Social Media Sharing (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, ...)
  5. Participation in the public voting including digital promotion tools.
  6. Integration into the award press work
  7. Additional publication of product portraits on the website of md INTERIOR DESIGN ARCHITECTURE.


  1. Certificate with feedback based on points from the international Jury of experts.
  2. Each submission of the Green Selection is judged by 3 jurors under the aspects Design, Innovation & Sustainability
  3. Presentations and matchmaking formats on the day of the award ceremony

Business - for selected participants, subject to suitability of their products

  1. Integration into the Award-Shop
  2. Campaigning for products in the shop
  3. Integration in exhibitions & fairs

Exhibition Review 2017: Cologne, Leipzig and Shenzhen

    Exhibition Review: Green Product Award 2017

    Special call for students & graduates

    This call is explicitly aimed at students and graduates who want to develop innovations sustainably. Starting in February, we will organize workshops to which registered network members will be invited to better prepare for their participation. Participants who make it to the pre-selection receive an intermediate feedback to refine their concepts. The best concepts are then invited to pitch meetings of our venture network.


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    We are happy to assist interested parties and participants with innovation and communication services such as brand building, green innovation development, communication and product design, lectures & workshops, crowdfunding and much more.

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    Green Product Award 2018

    18th Feb. 2018

    Early Bird Submission - 20% off Selection Fees

    30th April 2018

    Deadline for submissions

    01st June 2018

    Determination of the Green Selection (Finalists)

    01st July 2018

    Publication of the Jury-Winners

    10th July 2018

    Start of Online Voting for Audience Award

    October 2018

    Start of Exhibitions, Forum & Award Event


    Green Concept Award - Special call for students & graduates

    April-June 2018

    Preparation - Events & Workshops

    April - July 2018

    Working on Concept Submissions

    31st July 2018

    Deadline for Concept Submissions

    17th Aug 2018

    Determination of the Concept Finalists

    October 2018

    Start of Exhibitions and Pitches for Finalists

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    The submission itself is free of charges.

    With successful admission to the Green Selection charges apply for the communication services (see advantages).
    In order to cater for the possibilities of the participants, there are reduced fees for newcomers.

    Selection Fees

    Professionals  950,- Euro 

    Newcomer      400,- Euro*

    Students &
    Graduates       free of charge

    All fees are payable per submission and displayed without value-added tax (net prices).          

    *Newcomers are small companies, whose formation dates back not more than two years at the time of submission or whose activities is "not feeding" the team so far. If you are unsure, please send a mail before submission.

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    Sustainable products and services are searched in the following categories – No matter, if there are already on market or not. We’re looking forward to receiving outstanding contributions!

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    • Architecture

      Category for material, products and systems that support a sustainable architecture.

    • Communication

      We are looking for sustainable packaging design, displays, campaigns, websites, etc.

    • Consumer Electronics

      We are searching for sustainable washing machines, vacuum cleaners, mobile phones, TV accessories, loudspeakers, headphones, control systems, measuring instruments, apps, and much more…

    • Consumer Goods

      Food, beverage, hygiene products, detergents, polishing or cleaning products, and much more…

    • Energy

      This category is for sustainable energy supply, innovative technology that uses clean energy forms, resourceful energy-saving strategies and so on.

    • Fashion

      Whether High Fashion gadget, leger/sporty outfit or accessory – This is the place for clothing, jewellery, watches, sunglasses, and much more…

    • Freestyle

      To think in terms of categories means to think in a limited way? For submissions that don’t fit into any pattern.

    • Furniture

      This is the category for living concepts and services as well as sofas, chairs, tables, wardrobes and all kinds of living room, bathroom and kitchen furniture.

    • Home Accessories

      Little objects with great effects – home decor and accents. This is the section for all kinds of sustainable accessories that make you feel at home.

    • Kids

      Children discover the world with all their senses. This is the category for sustainable learning concepts, toys, children's clothes, prams, balance bikes, kids’ furniture and much more...

    • Mobility

      Sustainable mobility concepts and services guide our way into the future. This category is open for vehicles and transportation systems of all kind, as well as products, services and applications for transport and tourism sectors and their components industry, and much more…

    • Office

      At least 30% of the day people spend their time at their workplace – a place with various possibilities for sustainable change. From the smallest working material via workstation equipment/gear to fitment and finally to entire buildings.

    • Research

      The foundations for new products and services are often laid in research or pilot schemes. This is the category for researchers and pioneers presenting new materials, machines, medical technologies and engeneering procedures.

    • University

      Category for student submissions

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    All the contributions will be revised in the categories design, innovation and sustainability. For that purpose two blocks have been developed: The first one is for judging the overall impression and the second one is for the three aspect-specific evaluations. The sum of these evaluations will make the winner.

    Important note: It is obvious, that there is no criteria fitting absolutely every product or service listed here. The listed criteria are therefore meant to be understood as an impulse.

    Overall Evaluation
    Approach – Here originality, feasibility and relevance of the submission are evaluated.
    Development – The development of the idea, its realization and – if applicable – existing certifications are assessed.

    Impact – Here, environmental effects, impact of the production conditions as well as the submissions’ potential for dissemination are taken into consideration.

    Subjectspecific Evaluation
    Design – Excellent design speaks for itself. The criteria are: Aesthetics, consumer friendly functionality, economic and ecologic ideas, the intertwining of product and packaging and the quality of communication on sustainability with the consumer will be evaluated.

    Innovation – Here, the level of innovation of submissions is evaluated. The following aspects will go into play: The originality of the idea itself and how it satisfies consumer needs in a better way. Also the submission will be reviewed as to which extent it is innovative in the fields of business, society or technology. With these concepts an additional focus is set to the business model.

    Sustainability – First of all, the contributions will be examined along all phases of the lifecycle (from conception, pre-production, production, distribution, usage, after usage). Information about special materials as well as information about the production conditions will be considered.

    We look forward to receiving interesting submissions!

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    Mentors & Jury

    Two mentors are accompaning the Award and it´s participants - Kerstin Andreae and Professor Dr. Martin Jänicke

    Next to that we have been able to bring together a panel of judges of distinguished, experienced experts. They will use their expertise to appraise the entries.


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    • Susanne Tamborini-Liebenberg
      Susanne Tamborini-Liebenberg, Chefredakteurin der Fachzeitschrift md INTERIOR DESIGN ARCHITECTURE aus dem Hause Konradin, begleitet seit mehr als drei Jahrzehnten kritisch das Branchengeschehen und die internationalen Strömungen von zeitgenössischem Interior, Design und Architektur. „Die Förderung von nachhaltigen Produkten ist mir ein persönliches Anliegen und wird künftig intensiveren Niederschlag in unseren Kommunikationskanälen finden“, kommentiert die studierte Literaturwissenschaftlerin ihr Engagement für den Green Product Award.

      Susanne Tamborini-Liebenberg, Editor-in-Chief of professional journal md INTERIOR DESIGN ARCHITECTURE published by Konradin, has critically overseen what has been happening in the industry and international trends in contemporary interior, design and architecture for over three decades now. "Encouraging the use of sustainable products is a matter close to my heart, and it will be reflected to a greater extent in our means of communication in future", says Tamborini-Liebenberg, a former student of literary science, commenting on her commitment to the Green Product Award.

    • Prof. Dr. Martin Jänicke
      The Green Product Award is under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Martin Jänicke. Prof. Dr. Jänicke is Founding Director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre at Freie Universität Berlin and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. He was political advisor for the German Chancellery, the Senate of Berlin and the Chinese government. Jänicke was member of the German Council of Environmental Advisors, the Enquete Committee „Growth, Prosperity and Quality of Life", the Board of Trustees of the German Federal Environmental Foundation, and the German Commission for UNESCO as well as member of the National Committee on Global Change Research. He was working on publications for the IPPC, is member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the magazine "Umweltpolitik und Umweltrecht" and has received several awards for his engagement in nature conservation and sustainable research.
    • Anja Grothe
      Dr. Anja Grothe was professor for Environmental Management (1993-2008) and today is professor for Sustainability Management at HWR Berlin. She has established the study programs Business Engineering in Environmental Science and Sustainability and Quality Management, and was (also) therefore honoured with the environmental award BAUM in 1998. She is co-founder of the Institute for Sustainability at HWR and of SUSTAINUM Consulting. Grothe is working in research projects such as Berlin Network for Innovation and Sustainability. She is member of the scientific advisory council at BAUM e.V., IÖW and member of the advisory board at "Fellows for Sustainability" as well as mentor for „Dream Mentorenprogramm“ at FU Berlin.
    • Katja Lucas, Dutch Design Week
      Katja Lucas, program manager, has been working for Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven since 2003. She studied at the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven. During her studies she developed a passion for design and collaborations. Katja Lucas has extensive management experience in design projects and programs. She has contributed to the success of Dutch Design Week, the event that is nationally and internationally recognized as the leading design event in Europe. Last year it attracted 275000 visitors and offered a platform for 2500 designers with over 475 events. Meanwhile, the last 9 years she is responsible for the content and quality of the program. She scouts and invites designers and strengthens the events by making the right connections. Katja Lucas among others was also responsible for several exhibitions at the Design House Eindhoven commissioned by Dutch Design Foundation. She cooperates in the online international design platform Dutch Design Daily’s, and is a member of the advisery board of TEDxEindhoven. She now attents LinC (Leadership in the Cultural sector), a learning programme for cultural professionals.
    • Xin Liu, Tsinghua University
      Vice Director in Tsinghua University, Art and Science Research Center, Sustainable Design Institute. Xin Liu, Dr. Design Art, graduated from College of Art & Design, Beijing University of Technology, in 1987. In 2006, he started to teach in Tsinghua University. His main research is on “Sustainable Design”,“User Research”, “Product Service System Design” and “Comprehensive Modeling Foundation”. In 2008, as Chinese coordinator, he participated LeNS (The Learning Network on Sustainability) Asia-Europe Sustainable Design teaching cooperation project. He founded LeNS-China China Sustainable Design Learning Network. In 2009, with Art and Design Department, Tongji University and 5 other famous design departments in China, they founded DESIS-China Social Innovation and Sustainable Design Alliance, China Branch together. At the same time, he was the principle of DESIS International Alliance Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University. In 2012, he was selected as Education Ministry “New Century Excellent Talents in University”.
    • Professor Martin Charter, The Centre for Sustainable Design
      Professor Martin Charter MBA FRSA is the Founding Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design ® at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) that was established in 1995. Martin has more than 29 year’s experience in a wide range of topics related to sustainable business with particular expertise in sustainable innovation and product sustainability. Martin has sat on many international expert committees and advisory boards including P&G, Interface, World Resources Forum and Eco-innovation Observatory. He is the organiser of the Sustainable Innovation series of international conferences that is now in its 21st year. Martin has authored research on new ‘green’ business models, sustainable innovation, product design and remanufacturing and marketing & sustainability.
    • Kiersten Muenchinger, University of Oregon
      Kiersten Muenchinger is an Associate Professor in the Product Design Program and a principle in the Green Product Design Network at the University of Oregon. Muenchinger researches and teaches the intersection of materials, manufacturing and design with an emphasis on sustainability tactics and metrics. Her research utilizes Kansei engineering principles to measure how consumers perceive the sustainability of materials. She will integrate her teaching and research at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the spring of 2016 as a Fulbright scholar. Kiersten was the Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) Young Educator of the Year in 2011, and one of the Design Intelligence 30 Most Admired Educators for 2015. Before joining UO, Kiersten was a design engineer with IDEO, Fitch, Sottsass Associatti, and Walt Disney Imagineering.
    • Julius Wiedemann, TASCHEN Publishing
      Anyone who wants to have a picture of contemporary sustainable product design must not neglect to read the book, "Product Design in the Sustainable Era" from the TASCHEN-publishing house. Here, Julius Wiedemann shows a variety of approaches for sustainable products. We, too, found in the book the impetus to launch this award, which we hope will continue this inspiring appraisal. Julius Wiedemann was born in Brazil, where he has studied design and marketing, and has lived and worked in Japan, Germany and in the UK. He accumulates the positions of Executive Editor for Design and Pop Culture, as well as Director for Digital Publications at TASCHEN Publishing House. He has edited over 40 books in over 10 years, is a regular contributor to magazines, and has been in the jury of several international awards. Wiedemann’s publications have sold over 1,5 million copies worldwide and among his most popular titles are "Information Graphics", "Product Design in the Sustainable Era", the series "Illustration Now!", "Logo Design", "Japanese Graphics Now!", and books about record covers and web design.
    • Meike Weber, detail Magazine Publisher
      Hon. Prof. Meike Weber is the publishing and general manager at the “Institut für internationale Architektur-Dokumentation” and responsible for the development and implementation of new strategies and business models, as well as for the editorial department “Architektur und Design”. As Senior Vice President Business Development of DETAIL research and DETAIL transfer, she has established an interdisciplinary platform for the future of building and coordinates cooperation among industry and architecture. She is also a consultant and gives lectures for companies such as BMW, Bulthaup, for foundations, startups and universities. Weber organized and was head of the communication department for HENN architects and is board member and consultant in several architecture associations. She is also member of the advisory board for i.a. Hannover and Munich fair, Nestlé Future Forum, and gained several awards for her publishing goods.
    • Prof. Claus-Christian Eckhardt, Lund University Sweden
      Claus-Christian Eckhardt was appointed in 2001 as professor and director of Lund University School of Industrial Design in Sweden. He studied industrial design at the Braunschweig University of Art. After graduating, he worked for Silvestrin Design, Blaupunkt and Bosch, where later he became head of design. He led the design activities of Tenovis and Avaya. He also a freelance designer since 2000.
    • Dr. Sascha Peters, Haute Innovation
      In various roles as an innovation consultant, product developer, engineer and designer in industry, science and innovation funding, Dr. Sascha Peters looks back at nearly 20 years of professional experience, which he employs for his clients in the automotive industry, the construction business as well as architecture and design. Since 1997, he has led research projects and product development at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen, was deputy head of the Design Centre in Bremen and head of Modulor GmbH’s Material Competence Center. Dr. Sascha Peters is the author of numerous publications for prestigious publishers like Springer and Birkhäuser publisher for scientific books. He gives lectures worldwide and conducts workshops on innovative materials, sustainable product development and energy technologies. The Agency HAUTE INNOVATION founded by Sascha Peters offers innovation management for material-intensive product development and application development for innovative materials.
    • Tina Kammer, Interior Park
      Tina Kammer follows the developments in the sustainability scene for more than 25 years. As cabinet maker she gained her solid knowledge about materials and their processing. Working after her studies for an award winning architectural office in London, she realized projects for Warner Brothers in India as well as international hotel projects. With focus on corporate architecture she was responsible for international projects for BMW, MINI and IBM. At HUGO BOSS headquarter she developed shop concepts of different labels and was responsible for international markets. In 2010, she has founded her own company InteriorPark together with Andrea Herold. They offer a unique combination of high-quality design solutions in architecture, interior spaces and communication. The online shop shows a breathtaking array of the very finest modern design pieces. In September 2014, the first store has opened its doors in Stuttgart where a curated selection is presented. She gives lectures, workshops and works as a consultant for DGNB. Her architectural projects focus on healthy indoor environment, sustainable design concepts and communication solutions.
    • Prof. Dr. Sabine Flamme, Münster University of Applied Sciences
      Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine Flamme teaches and researches in the areas of resource and material flow management. She coordinates research projects on urban mining and is currently dealing mainly with the subject of resources in electrical appliances and buildings as well as infrastructure. She also deals with qualities of waste fuels and directs the Office of Secondary Fuels and Recycled Wood. She leads the Convention Waste Economics in Münster, Germany.
    • Michael Weber, PTJ
      Michael Weber has been working for Project Management Jülich in the sustainability research management department for almost ten years now. He is head of the Department of Sustainability Strategy and EU environmental research. That's why he is aware of a wide range of topics concerning innovative ideas and solutions. After his opinion, sustainable innovation should be seen primarily in the development of a social action - that's how we can keep and even improve the quality of life for ourselves and future generations.
    • Mimi Sewalski,
      As Managing Director of the online market place, Mimi Sewalski is always on the look-out for new product ideas. She has been working with many sustainable start-ups from their beginning and helps them with online presence in brand building and product development. offers more than 45.000 green products from 300 retailers from all over Germany. All the products offered must meet at least one of the sustainability criteria set by Mimi Sewalski studied Sociology and Criminology in Munich. In 2005 she moved to Israel and worked there in a high-tech start-up in the eCommercials sector as a marketing and sales manager for the German and English market. At the same time, she became involved in the plastics recycling sector in Tel Aviv. In 2009, she arrived in Hamburg. After several years in advertising, she decided to specialise from henceforward in sustainable products for customers interested in sustainability. Since 2011, she is part of Together with her team, she is constantly in touch with sustainable retailers, new products and most importantly, the requirements and expectations of the end consumer.
    • Anna Theil, startnext
      Anna Theil joined Startnext in 2010 and is responsible for communication. She studied Communication Sciences and Media Studies. Previously she worked at DOK Leipzig, the International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film.
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