Paula Nerlich & Vanessa Rosenthal

Paula Nerlich & Vanessa Rosenthal

Exploring the circular materiality of (food) waste by turning what has previously been waste into tangible products - rethinking systems of waste, the food industry, economy and potentials for communities.

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Paula Nerlich: Paula is an award-winning entrepreneur and biodesigner whose work has been featured and exhibited at the London Design Museum, Wallpaper Magazine as well as in international innovation platforms. With her work she aims to support the elimination of so called food waste through the creation of circular biomaterials from industrial food production surplus and Paula iniciates discourse around the value of waste as resource and the place of new products and materials in a circular economy. Paula's research into sustainable materials has brought new materials, such as ‘Aqua Faba Biofoam’ and ‘COCOA001’. They are represented by Material Libraries and Agencies across Europe.
She works with diverse clients on material driven projects, is regularly is invited as a lecturer to leading Design Schools, such as Central St Martins and Design School Kolding and consults in material trends and material opportunities to companies with global impact.

Vanessa Rosenthal: Vanessa is an innovation consultant focused on bringing early stage research to life within sustainable ecosystems. As a believer in the power of collaboration, Vanessa leads the Speculative Futures London Chapter, taking alternative leaps into how the world could be through the lenses of arts, design and science - connected with 50+ chapters across the globe. She has worked across North America and Europe with clients like Google on the future of education and digital healthcare. Vanessa holds a Master in International Business from Hult Business School, London, San Francisco and Boston.

TOGETHER they founded 'Circular Home Lab' in autumn 2020 - reacting to the global change, aiming to offer workshop access without boundaries. In their virtual workshop series they invite to explore the circular materiality of turning food waste into home products and to rethink systems of waste, the food industry and community.

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