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"Why is design so important for the economy?" - Sophie Thomas

Sophie Thomas, at the Roca London Gallery, focused on the “take, make, waste”manufacturing systems and the new possible ways to get a more circular economy, taking into consideration all areas of design from architecture and interior to product.

Sophie Thomas

She is pioneer in sustainable design and jury member for the 8th edition of the jumpthegap®.

Sophie Thomas is Founding Director of Thomas.Matthews, the award-winning UK pioneers in sustainable communication design. She has been working in the fields of communication, sustainable design and material process for over 15 years, working with designers and engineers to create trailblazing work that explores the challenge of waste and the opportunities of a circular economy. Thomas has worked with major organizations on new models for circular business, internal communication of sustainable systems and external sustainability campaigns. 

In 2012, she founded The Great Recovery, a program to build capacity and understanding of circular design in the materials supply chain that ran through the RSA until 2016. She is a trustee of WRAP UK and the Useful Simple Trust, past trustee of the Design Council and was formally Director of Design and Circular Economy at the RSA.