About the guide

The Sustainability Guide provides inspiration and knowledge by gathering information, methods and good examples of how to use design to achieve a sustainable and circular business as well as social development.

Many companies and organizations want to create attractive and more sustainable offerings for their customers, but are unsure of how to do it. The Sustainability Guide supports both designers and clients in their work to create innovative and change driven work that is needed to develop products, services, processes, systems, or environments that meet future requirements. The Sustainability Guide is for anyone who works, or wants to work, in a more sustainable way, where methodologies and processes contribute to creating new solutions. Sustainable solutions that benefit the individual, company, public sector and society, locally and globally long-term by working circularly.

At the guide you will find information about working methods, tips on tools, experts and good examples. You can search by a map, watch educational films and more.


The Sustainability Guide was launched for the first time in 2009 by SVID. By 2012 a second development stage was taken, in a collaboration between SVID and Green Leap at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. With the Sustainability Guide we want to create greater understanding and use of sustainability thinking, in combination with design, to develop sustainable business and work with circular economy.


The Sustainability Guide is since 2017 developed within EcoDesign Circle, a three-year project with the aim to increase the capacity of SMEs and design center’s in the field of ecodesign. In collaboration with design organizations from Germany, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland, SVID has developed the new Sustainability Guide. It has been done in close partnership with IDZ – International Design Center Berlin and in co-creation with users.


If you want to get in contact with Sustainability Guide, send an email to anna.velander-gisslen@svid.se.