Paula Malleus-Lemettinen

A master of upcycling

“I am all about meaningfulness. My personal aim is to make all the people I meet feel that they can find their own meaning and purpose in this life and existence.”

Paula Malleus-Lemettinen is a pioneer in upcycling and sustainable clothing design. For more than 15 years, the Finnish designer has been designing organic and sustainable clothing that supports a regenerative, circular economy.

Since 2007, Paula has led Remake Ekodesign, Finland’s eco-sewing studio that specialises in the post-consumer reproduction of textiles, but for Paula, education is just as important as design. She  teaches upcycling and regenerative design with the goal of ensuring a more enlightened generation of graduate designers in Finland. 


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