About

Organised as a non-profit, we accelerate Berlin’s transition towards a circular city.

Organised as a non-profit, we accelerate Berlin’s transition towards a circular city.

We are reshaping Berlin’s metabolism by developing the local circular economy agenda and its implementation, through research, community-building and practical programmes.

Our work spans the fields of built environment & urban strategy, product & material design, food & biomass and textile & fashion.

We envision Berlin as a resilient, citizen-oriented region. Resources are sourced locally if possible, used only if truly needed, and their value is maintained as part of a continuous loop ー within the limits of our planet. Waste and pollution are non-existent. People’s lives and jobs positively affect their neighbourhoods and communities.

Our approach

Open

We believe a circular economy can only happen when information is openly shared – all our work is publicly available and open source.

Systemic

Some problems can only be solved by looking at the system as a whole.

Collaborative

We are interdisciplinary, knowing that big challenges cannot be solved in isolation.

Enabled by technology

We see technology as a key enabler for a circular economy, but not a cure-for-all.

Local

The best way to make a change is in our immediate surroundings, directly benefiting Berliners and their environment.

Open

We believe a circular economy can only happen when information is openly shared – all our work is publicly available and open source.

Systemic

Some problems can only be solved by looking at the system as a whole.

Collaborative

We bring together interdisciplinary skills, knowing that big challenges cannot be solved in isolation.

Enabled by technology

We see technology as a key enabler for a circular economy, but not a cure-for-all.

Local

The best way to make a change is in our immediate surroundings, directly benefiting Berliners and their environment.

Who we are

A group of strategists, researchers, designers, practitioners and everything in between. What brings us together is the desire to positively affect the future.

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Dina Padalkina

Founder & CEO, City & Built Environment Lead

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Laura Grotenrath

Events & Zero Waste Lead

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Paul Anca

Paul Anca

Design Lead

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Leon Bucher

Leon Bucher

Education Lead

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Nicolas Sarmiento Sierra

Food & Biomass | Resource Manager, Manufacturing Engineer

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Georg Hubmann

Georg Hubmann

Systems Research Expert | TU Berlin

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Marina Petrova

Communications & Circular Built Environment

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Arianna Nicoletti

Textiles & Fashion Lead

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Phoebe Blackburn

Communications and Education

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Sofia Elisabeth Ratzinger

Sofia Elisabeth Ratzinger

Design and Visual Communications

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Marilu Valente

Industrial Design Expert | Founder of Cyclic Design

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Julius Schäufele

Julius Schäufele

Circular construction | Co-Founder of Restado

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Natalie Betts

Education

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Isabel Ordoñez

Isabel Ordoñez

Secondary Materials Expert | Industrial Design

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Friends of Circular Berlin

Partnerships

Our journey

Finding the local actors

Our story started when 4 volunteers  joined forces to organize the Circular Economy Mapping event in February 2018. Together we discovered more than 120 initiatives in Berlin which are involved in the circular economy. Along with the impressive results, it marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with EIT Climate-KIC and Berlin Partner.

Identifying industries with circular potential

The collaboration with Climate-KIC continued, supporting an in-depth research study on what approach should be taken to “anchor” the circular economy topic in Berlin. This gave the first impulse for developing Circular Berlin as a platform. The research identified 4 industries with great circular development potential in Berlin: the built environment, food & biomass, textile & fashion, and materials & products.

Mapping industry hurdles and opportunities

In a next step, we brought together the local actors through the dedicated industry events. We aimed to find the main hurdles standing in the way of developing more circular practices, as well as defining tangible solutions to overcome them.

Photo credit: Ian Delu / sinnwerkstatt.com

Expanding our reach

We are currently focusing on expanding our reach through community-building, education, project development, research as well as developing a local circular economy agenda.

As a non-profit, we rely on financial contributions from people and organisations who believe our work is valuable and helpful. We appreciate your support.

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