The new job of eco-designer

Being an eco-designer is part of one of the many new trades that have only been around for a few years now. It has mainly started to develop since the 90s in Northern Europe thanks to Victor Papenak who was the first thinker of the creation of responsible products that do not impact the environment from the beginning of their creation to the end their usefulness thanks to recyclable raw materials.

What is an eco-designer for?

First, the eco-designer can be called in several forms: eco-designer, ecological designer, sustainable designer or responsible designer. Despite all these different terms, they all have the same objective and all evoke the same thing: the intention to create or develop products or services respecting the principles of sustainable development through the use of recyclables or raw materials being recycled . Its goal is not to harm humans and the environment.

Within a company, the eco-designer advises and assists companies in their reduction of polluting emissions, creation and / or uses of products that do not respect the principles of sustainable development and also the reduction of their waste. He has the opportunity to intervene and work for many things. Indeed, it can propose to integrate organic materials in the design of a product, to replace chemical paints by vegetable dyes and good for the environment but also for the man or to reduce the boxes of packing within of a food industry.

His missions within companies

An eco-designer has multiple missions that can vary depending on the company or objectives set up but they are all related to the environment and the characteristics of the new product created. It must study and analyze the human and environmental characteristics of the territory, participate and offer the choice of components and raw materials to promote the recycling of the product, follow the technical and financial aspects of the new product and finally know how to highlight the ecological arguments of the product. In addition, he is also often in contact with other engineers and technicians of the company to design implementation plans. He is also generally involved in product design, hence the term “eco-designer”.

In France, there is an agency that encourages companies to use eco-design approaches: the Environment and Energy Management Agency whose head office is in Angers, but there is one little everywhere in France.

The necessary skills of an eco-designer

If you want to practice this profession, several skills and qualities are necessary to be a good eco-designer. Obviously, one needs to have knowledge in chemistry and chemical engineering, materials on product lifecycles and manufacturing processes. Regarding the qualities, it is necessary to know how to work in team, to be creative and to have a spirit of innovation in order to be able to propose new economic and responsible alternatives. In addition, you must have a good sense of contact and also persuasion to sometimes succeed in changing the minds of companies on environmental aspects.

What training options to become an eco-designer?

There are several possible courses that can be long but also short, to become an eco-designer. Masters in eco-design or solid waste and eco-design allow you to practice this profession. The baccalaureate level +3 courses will allow you to reach a position of assistant in eco-design, while a baccalaureate +5 will allow you to be an engineer in eco-design and therefore the creation of new products respecting the ‘environment. It is also possible to move towards a DUT engineering biology option genius
the environment then continue towards a bac +3 level with a degree in eco-design or towards a level bac +5 with a master in eco-design or engineering school.

Do not hesitate to find our article on other new professions!


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