Challenge #23

How can we …

turn e-commerce into green commerce?


This challenge is part of the project ‘Maakbaar’ where we stimulate social, ecological and economically sustainable design, inspired by nature. It is a project from BOS+, together with OVAM, Flanders DC, Aider Peru and Design Museum Gent, with the support of the Flemish and Belgian government.

Involved SDG's

#11 – Sustainable cities & communities

#12 – Responsible consumption & production

#13 – Climate action


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  • English

Problem description

Online shopping is booming in our country. In Belgium we currently do 15% of all our purchases online. Driven by ease of use and low prices e-commerce keeps growing, just like in the surrounding countries. This leads to way more packaging waste and transportations, which is of course not good for our environment.

Can e-commerce ever be turned into green commerce? And can we tackle this challenge from a design perspective? The challenge consists of two subquestions:

  • How can we package the goods in a smart way to avoid trash?
  • How can we deliver the package with less transportation movements?

Join this project

Do you want to work on a challenging project in one of the courses you follow? Let us know and we’ll bring you in contact with the contact person for this challenge. If other students are already working on it we’ll bring you in contact as well.

students are working on this challenge

What has been done already?

OVAM has organised an OVAM Ecodesign Challenge about this topic. 150 students have worked on this topic for two days and did come up with some first solutions.

What are the next steps?

We want the students to look at the same challenge and work on it for a longer period of time. An Ecodesign Challenge is only two days and too short to come up with well examined solutions. The concepts of the Ecodesign Challenge may be a start for a longer study.

Expected outcome

We would like that the students to come up with some achievable solutions that can inspire companies and consumers.