Beyond Green

bridging Sustainable Innovation, design and industry

mednarodni povezovalni dogodek | 23. januar 2024 | MAO, Grad Fužine, Ljubljana

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There are already many green and innovative solutions from industrial designers and research institutes.


Why are companies not implementing them? Do they even know about them or is it just too expensive?


Our event’s primary goal is to bridge the gap between innovation and industry, fostering collaborative partnerships among designers, research institutions, and companies. We aim to facilitate the practical application of sustainable and innovative solutions, not only within laboratories or studios but also in real-world scenarios.



Main focus: eco-design of secondary materials (waste)





The "Beyond Green" event caters to designers, research institutions, and industry players who aspire to lead their respective sectors towards a circular economy through innovation.

Have you ever heard about fruit leather? It can be a healthy snack or a substitute for animal leather for your purse or shoes. But why is this important?


Fort he past few years, we are listening to IPCC about climate change and global warming. We hear the news about forest fires, floods and polluted air due to the CO2 emissions. We have disrupted supply chains because of the natural catastrophies or geopolitical events..


How many companies were impacted by them? What about the new sustainability reporting directive? Or Carbon pricing/tax? All of them are incentives for change. But the best motivation is not just a stick. We need a carrot also. And what can be the better carrot than making a positive impact and be environmentaly, socially and economically sustainable on the long run? We can achieve this with »clean« energy, substituting fossil fuels, carbon pricing but also with changing how we operate in the industry.


One of the steps there is ecodesign.

The event is organized as part of the "Communities go circular" project, which is co-financed by the EU, Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values program (CERV).

Nosilec projekta je združenje Zelena Istra, s projektnimi partnerj: Zelena Akcija (Zero Waste Croatia), Zero Waste Italy, Ekologi brez meja and Knof.


Partners in the organization and implementation of the event:

  • SRIP Krožno gospodarstvo
  • Beti d.o.o.
  • Center za kreativnost – CZK

Dogodek je zasnovan kot krajša konferenca s predstavitvijo dobrih praks implementacije trajnostnih rešitev v sodelovanju z oblikovalci, raziskovalnimi inštituti in industrijo, povezovalnica deležnikov ter razstava obstoječih rešitev in predstavitev ponudnikov v katalogu.

  • Designers, research institutes, private institutes and design companies as »suppliers«
  • Enterprises, sturt-ups, etc. as »buyers«
  • Ministry, institutions that finance collaboration projects between industrial designers, research institutes and companies


23. januar 2024 | MAO, Grad Fužine, Ljubljana


8.30 - 9.00 - Registration and networking over morning coffee
9.00 - 9.15 - Opening of the event with a presentation of the CERV project
9.15 - 9.30 - What is an environmental or ecological design
9.30 - 9.45 - Wasted Opportunities - Waste as a Secondary Raw Material use
9.45 - 10.00 - System solutions and EU regulations related to green claims
10.00 - 10.15 - Financing partnership and development projects 1
10.15 - 10.30 - Financing partnership and development projects 2


Break and networking time


10.45 – 11.00 – Primer dobre prakse partnerstev na področju grajenega okolja
11.00 11.15 - Good practice example of partnerships in the field of textiles
11.15 - 11.30 - Good practice example on packaging
11.30 - 12.00 - Good practice example in environmental design


Refreshment break


12.30 – 15.00 – B2B matchmaking
15.00 – 15.30 Panel session and conclusions


End of event


B2B Matchmaking
Are you searching for collaborators?
On the B2B matchmaking, taking place at the second part of the event (from 12.30 to 15.00), you will have the opportunity to have 1 on 1 prescheduled meetings with designers, research institutes and companies where you will be able to pitch your solution or search for a partner to help you with your sustainability challanges!

>>> Do you want to participate at B2B meetings?
Check the "B2B matchmaking" box in application form
Exhibition of sustainable solutions
23.1.2024 and 24.1.2024 | same venue - MAO - Castle Fužine
Selected designers, research institutes and companies will be able to showcase their developed solutions with the focus on material development from secondary materials.


>>> Do you want to exibit?
Označite polje “Exhibition” na application form.
Ecodesign workshops
24.1.2024 | same venue - MAO - Castle Fužine
As part of the Beyond Green activities, we will organise workshops on environmental design, starting with a workshop in Ljubljana , 24.1.2024 | MAO - Grad Fužine | Ljubljana

>>> Do you want to attend the workshop?
Označite polje “Workshops” na application form.
Ecodesign catalog
24.1.2024 | same venue - MAO - Castle Fužine
We will prepare a catalog with portfolios of designers and research institutes with their partnership offer.

>>> Do you want to be in the catalog that will be distributed through our our partners network?

Check the "catalog" box in application form.