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Mini guide: A sustainable DDW

Okay, okay, as an avid visitor, you know better than anyone else that sustainability (in the broadest sense of the word) plays a role during Dutch Design Week. Is this your first DDW? Then you're going to experience just that! From social impact to ecologically responsible fashion, all designs and expos have a link to sustainability. And let's not forget: you, too, can make your visit to DDW 2022 a little more sustainable. We share all the tips & tricks below. 


Our practical guide tips everything about transportation to and within the city. You probably guessed it: by bike or on foot is simply the most sustainable option. You can rent a bike at Ketelhuisplein, Fuutlaan, or central station. And all over the city, you'll find electric bikes and scooters from Go Sharing, Felyx and TIER. Prefer to go by car? With a DDW wristband, you can get a free ride in one of the MINI's Design Rides, which, not coincidentally, are fully electric. Enjoy the ride! 

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Beware: all those beautiful designs can make you greedy; just be warned. Small-scale, vintage, locally produced, or made from leftover materials, at the following shops and ateliers, you’ll find everything your green heart desires: 

  • TWEEK Eek: Twin sisters Roos and Geertje Eek make machine-inspired jewelry. See their creations (of which many fashion magazines are fans) with your own eyes in their new showroom or the Piet Hein Eek shop

  • Atelier Kringloop: Lovers of vintage and second-hand interior gems should not miss Atelier Kringloop's new shop at Sectie-C.  

  • Goejenhandel: Stichting Goejenhandel sells various products made by vulnerable young people from its Impact Shop. Located on Piet Hein Eek's platform!

  • YATVA: Let's keep it short and sweet; YATVA is the vintage Valhalla of Eindhoven. Visit them at Plan B!

Local design shops Vintage stores

Sustainable visit for those who don’t live in Eindhoven

There are many ways to make your visit to Dutch Design Week a little greener. But perhaps our biggest tip: stick around while you’re here! This way, you not only make your DDW trip more profitable (because more days = more time to indulge in design), but you can also get to know Eindhoven a little better. Check our ten tips for a sustainable city trip here. You'll need them ;) 

Food and drinks

Design shopping on an empty stomach is an absolute no-go (we know this from experience). Fortunately, the choice is vast when it comes to fine eateries, also with sustainability in mind: 

  • RESTY: Plant-based goodies made from residual waste. Fungi snacks, anyone?

  • Brasserie NEXT: Want to know what the future tastes like? Brasserie NEXT does things differently, from jellyfish sandwiches to space cake.

  • Bar Bistro Calypso: For french fries and Grandma Bob's bitterballen, among other things, all plant-based! 

  • Rabauw: Not only is the beer brewed on location, but the people here are also super social. You can read more about that in our web stories

  • Min Young Korean FoodLAB: Dining as a way to experience artistic creations? It's possible during the dinner event at Yksi Expo.

  • De Portiersloge: Warm apple pie and freshly baked fries are part of the ultimate DDW experience. The beauty: you can see exactly how everything is made at the Portiersloge. 

Vegan restaurants More DDW foodspots

The greenest side of Eindhoven

This guide is full of sustainable tips for anyone who likes to be kind to the planet. And to themselves, because sustainable choices are often the best choices, if you ask us. So get that vintage look, hop on your bike and explore the greenest side of Eindhoven, literally and figuratively.

Let's go green!


The theme of Dutch Design Week 2022 is 'Get Set' and focuses on a new mindset. No more waiting, but acting! It's about more than exhibiting; it's about really taking action. The following exhibits managed to capture that energy: 

  • The Green Wash Shop: The term greenwashing is probably not unfamiliar to you, but the New Order of Fashion LAB gives the term a positive twist. Here, they turn existing garments into new showpieces. Truly sustainable.

  • Why Colors Matter: Can sustainability and aesthetics be separated? Anne-Marie Sust shows with her project that they cannot. After all, how beautiful can environmentally unfriendly clothing be? 

  • Sustainable Tourism: At Eindhoven365's interactive expo, you can participate in thinking about more sustainable travel. 

  • The Mycelium House: The Mycelium House shows how a plant-based diet can be both nutritious and delicious.

  • Leftover Synthesis: Join us to explore the use of leftover wood.