“Let’s start with a bit more personal introduction: I live with my family in a small village in Pälkäne municipality, about 130 km north from Helsinki. We live in a 117 year old house, which is also my money & spare time drain – and beloved hobby. I’d say that it is also my personal circular economy project – as we do our best to use only traditional, natural materials in the never-ending renovation.
Work & education wise, I previously worked for VTT a bit under five years as a Senior scientist focusing on sustainable packaging, circular economy, and more lately on systemic change in packaging and packaging reuse. My dearest topic is packaging reuse – I’ve been leading a BF funded 4everPack project for the past few years and just submitted the following project proposal to business Finland. Generally speaking, I am a packaging person, but lately I’ve been focusing on various other topics too and for the past year, I have also led a EU project focusing on circular bioeconomy.
Before VTT I worked at Fazer bakeries as a Senior specialist on packaging development and there I gained insights on the “reality” of the packaging industry and food producing industry. Before Fazer, I graduated as a M.Sc. on Paper converting and packaging technology from Tampere. During my studies I spent some time abroad as a researcher as well as worked on different paper mills.
What really drives me at work is being able to work with motivated people to make the future more sustainable – it is a bit of a cliché but an important motivator – there is so much we can do to ditch the old bad habits, systems & false believes and hopefully this is something I am able to continue to do herein CLIC with the beautiful CLIC team! I truly believe that we need to make a huge transition in the way we consume in order to save some planetary resources for the future generations to come.”