There is cross-collaboration in multiple domains caused by scientific research and propelled by global needs such as the urgency to implement cleaner technologies where economy, society, and environmental protection can thrive. How might we move towards regenerative systems with textile materials?

Some years ago, I got inspired by the work…

What ‘ Local’ holds? And why? In the face of ecological collapse, the fundaments on these two questions cannot be overstated. Confronting how we view the term is paramount in tackling the planet’s environmental crisis.

As a non-native resident of Stockholm (I’m from Lisbon), I often reflect on the word’s…

I was running along an Atlantic beach in southern Portugal this winter. I like to run and think. Unusually empty this time of year, seagulls were crying. I have learned a lot about the environment and sustainability over the past year. This time at the beach gave me a moment…

How might we embrace circular design practices.

When I landed in Kagoshima two years ago in October, after a typhoon that happened 1–2 days before, it was impressive to see how much the Oceans were hiding under the water. It created more damage than usual. Thereby, huge volumes of plastic…

As our lives get busier, connected to technology, with nature deprivation, absorbed with our urban lives, we become increasingly disconnected from the natural world and the ecosystem. Traveling to the picturesque Carpathians, Skhidnytsya in Ukraine, where the air is somewhat rarefied and very clean, a way of life close to…

In a recent journey to the Swedish Lapland, I learned how human impact on Earth has been so profound worldwide, and how pristine areas are still preserved with the care of local communities. It is not only in the way we travel but how we collectively collaborate for a responsible…

Alexandra Mateus

Senior UX designer • Traveler • Circular design • Material futures • http://www.alexandramateus.com/

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