The great Pacific Garbage Patch three times the size of France may be an inescapable reality, but the circular economy and design can provide a sustainable solution according to independent strategist Katja Bartholmess who presented at this month’s Culture Crunch: Design for Sustainable Culture. Along with explaining circularity and its practical applications by major corporations, Katja detailed how design plays a large part in the new economy through product development, services, and engineering as well as influencing behavior. The session was followed by a brainstorm about ways in which C&G Partners can adopt sustainable practices across disciplines.
Katja has led strategy for accounts like Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, UNHCR, and Deloitte. Determined to use her skills and methods for positive impact and transformation, she has pivoted to exclusively work with organizations and businesses making strides in sustainability and the circular economy. She is an anthropologist by academic training and a native of Germany who’s lived and worked across the globe in Berlin, London, Pretoria, and Tokyo before taking root in NYC. Culture Crunch is C&G’s incubator series for the studio mission: design for culture.