Education Centre Library

There is a wealth of information available on various elements of eco-design, environmental development and product sustainability.

On this page we have selected and detailed the most useful sources of information we have come across. If you know of any other sources of information not already included on this page, please feel free to email us at and we will add this to the list.

Introductory Eco-Design Information

-          The Secret Life of Things –

E-learning eco-design centre, full of downloadable resources that will help you understand how products impact the environment, and the practical implementation of eco-design. Resources include videos, downloadable presentations and design playing cards.

-          Information/Inspiration –

Online tool designed to support the environmental improvement of product in real time. This tool can be used throughout the design process to provide inspiration and information at relevant points.

Life Cycle Asssessment, Life Cycle Thinking and Related Topics

- The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)

A not-for-profit organization composed of institutions, individual members, businesses and governments. SETAC was the first forum for interdisciplinary communication among environmental scientists. At present, thanks to its multidisciplinary approach, is broader in concept and application than that of many other societies.

- The Joint Research Centre

Provide scientific advice and technical know-how to support a wide range of European Union policies. The JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners;

- The United Nation Environment Programme .

This web platform has been created to share research contents and knowledge about Climate change, Environmental performance, Resource efficiency, Chemical & Waste and much more;

- The United States Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA’s mission is to protect human health and environment through the development and enforcement of regulations, teaching people about environment and help companies understanding requirements.

Legislation and Regulation

On Energy related Products (ErP) directive:



On Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals (REACH):


On Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive:


On Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS):


On End of Life Vehicles (ELV):


On Packaging and packaging wastes:


On environmental label and declaration:




This project is co-financed by the European Commission and made possible within the VII Framework Programme FP7-NMP-201 l-SMALL-5 - Grant Agreement Number 280371.