Sabine Rau-Oberhuber, Co-Founder of Turntoo
Material Matters, essential elements of a circular economy
Sabine Rau-Oberhuber is Co-Founder of Turntoo, a Dutch service company focused on achieving a circular economy. Turntoo works with manufacturers and consults with clients to help facilitate new processes and methods that reduce or eliminate material waste. The company also assists municipalities on circular city strategies and area development.
Turntoo regards the necessary transformation taking place on four levels: the design of products and supply chains; the financial and business models involved; the data and IT infrastructure supporting the transition and the mental transformation leading to a new way of thinking. With a multidisciplinary team, Turntoo is working with clients that wish to transform to a regenerative model.
Together with her husband, internationally recognized architect and sustainable pioneer Thomas Rau, Rau-Oberhuber co-authored the book Material Matters, which dissects and critiques our current linear systems of production, consumption and waste, proposing a new economic paradigm to radically change the status quo. One of the ideas proposed in the book is that buildings should be given a raw materials “passport” and material rights to keep them out of the landfill and instead in a constant cycle of use.