We help organisations with their material
and sustainability challenges.

And we can help you with yours.

Want to explore
more sustainable materials?

We can help.

Have sustainability goals
or targets to reach?

We can help.

Interested in circularity?
Where nothing is wasted?

We can help.

Big leaps or small changes.
Revolution or evolution.
Education or implementation.

That is how we help.

We work with consumer brands, governments,
schools and manufacturers in four key ways to become
more sustainable and future-proof.


It’s easy to get
overwhelmed by
sustainability and not
know where to begin.
We develop educational
resources to support
your teams. We conduct
learning and training
sessions that align
teams and help you get


We search high and low
for a material process to
suit your needs.
Our collective
knowledge and network
are constantly growing.
We leave no stone,
metal, fibre, paper,
coating or molecule


Materials-led design,
eco-design and storytelling.
We develop concepts
and strategies that
innovate, reduce
impacts and help to
spread your message.


You can’t manage what
you don’t measure.

We offer Life Cycle
Assessments (LCA)
identifying the highest
impacts through processing, manufacturing, distribution,
use and end-of-life.
We also create custom calculators to quantify
material inputs and impacts, helping you focus your sustainability actions.

We partner with some of the world’s leading organisations.

We’re proud of the difference we’ve made so far.

Need help with your material and sustainability challenges?

Case studies

The Challenge

Help a global cosmetic company to put its “golden rules of sustainability” into practice by making sustainability easy to understand and exciting to act upon.

Our Solution

Created a practical set of guidelines to inform and educate global design teams on how to evaluate and choose more sustainable materials.

The Impact

Education is key to improving sustainability. These guidelines are an easy-to-understand tool designed to inform better material and process choices at every level of the organisation.

The Challenge

To assess the ‘sustainability’ of materials being used industry-wide for Sanitary Pads and Tampons. Research and identify a range of more sustainable materials and processes.

Our Solution

We analyzed our client’s and competitor’s materials to uncover any ‘greenwashing’ claims and substances of concern. Then compiled a detailed report of the materials, processes or partners in that could enable impact reduction. And made final recommendations and facilitated introductions to suppliers for prototyping alternatives.

The Impact

Our research gave our client a picture of their current sustainability attributes and identified alternatives that could reduce waste, at a local and global scale. Our research then became the basis for a range of more sustainable design concepts.

The Challenge

Identify zero-waste materials as an alternative to current single-use plastic packaging. Develop more sustainable design concepts without compromising the size, shape, material performance and manufacturing method of the packaging.

Our Solution

We curated a selection of materials that were recyclable, compostable or monomaterial. Develop preliminary concepts inspired by these materials. We evaluated each concept and its supporting materials according to commercial viability, the path to market and the level of differentiation. A final design concept was detailed that kept the existing form but eliminated single-use plastic.

The Impact

We turned their single-use FMCG packaging into a compostable solution that would comply with Government single-use plastic policies.

The Challenge

Further develop a Reuse Impact Calculator for an NYC Government agency to quantify the effect of keeping donated clothing or household goods in reuse or recycling rather than landfill.

Our Solution

A simple-to-use online tool that measures how much material has been diverted from landfill. By categorising and classifying the donation data from a range of partner organisations, this tool provides supporting evidence for continued reuse programming.

The Impact

The software tool we developed helps more people to understand the significant difference reuse and recycling programs make in reducing landfill, and supporting the circular economy.

It’s what we’re made of
that matters.

Meet our team.

If you want to eliminate waste, help regenerate the environment and find opportunities for growth in all of the complexity, you’ll want Sarah on the team.

With a mission of nothing wasted, ever, Sarah is obsessed with the circular economy and how we can all become part of it. Responsible for gathering insights and developing concepts for products, spaces, and industries, she uses her experience in Industrial Design, Design Strategy, CMF Design and Eco-Design to help brands navigate the seismic shift we are experiencing when it comes to the materials we use. Sarah’s materials acumen grew as Senior Design Strategist at Material ConneXion in New York.

Sarah D’Sylva
Melbourne, Australia

There’s no one better to build your capability and move you forward when it comes to your material and sustainability challenges.

With experience in the fields of design, materials and education, Fiona loves partnering with companies to identify and implement new materials and processes. And she’s great at it too. She trained as a teacher before pursuing a Masters of Design and subsequently taught textile theory and technique at a university in Sydney. She has been a Material Specialist and Project Manager at Material ConneXion, and a Content Strategist with Gensler, both in New York.

Fiona Donaghey
Sydney, Australia

If you want to be challenged and inspired to make a material difference in your business you need the human material encyclopedia, Elodie, working with you.

A natural facilitator and organizer, Elodie is adept at questioning what we think we know about materials, where we use them, how to better use them and how we talk about them. Trained as both an engineer and a designer, Elodie has lectured extensively and curated numerous exhibitions across the world, challenging current beliefs in the process. Elodie was co-director of the material in Paris. She co-authored Materiology: the Creative’s Guide to Materials and Technologies and authored the Materials Encyclopedia for Creatives.

Elodie Ternaux
Paris, France

If you have sustainability targets, Laura can help you measure, adjust and reach them.

Laura makes an impact and measures them too. With an incredible depth of understanding when it comes to materials re-use and research methodologies, Laura can measure the impact of consumerism. In doing so, she enables businesses to better manage their product life cycles. Trained in Environmental Science with a Master's in Sustainable Interior Design, Laura has worked as a materials researcher at Material ConneXion and a project manager at the NYC Center for Materials Reuse.

Laura Novich
Sustainability Strategist
New York, USA

If you want to inspire your business to waste as little as possible Sam will have you excited to get started.

If it’s broken, fix it is Sam’s mantra. A design researcher and educator in the fields of space and objects Sam constantly sees the material world through an ethnographic lens. With a focus on human and environmental health and a passion for circularity, Sam is a skilled repairer and facilitates specialized repair workshops. Sam is also a senior researcher at Healthy Materials Lab and teaches textiles, research + writing, and interior design at Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Sam Bennett
Sustainability Strategist
New York, USA

If you want a partner to guide you to impactful change, Emilie is the perfect person.

Science meets heart. Emilie is kind and clever working alongside brands as they adopt sustainability strategies and circular design thinking. As a materials engineer and an LCA-trained analyst, Emilie brings both a scientific and humane approach to her work combining analysis and measurement of environmental and social criteria with guidance and understanding. It means brands are more able to adopt disruptive and sustainable solutions in alignment with their CSR goals.

Emilie Grossi
Lifecycle Analyst
Lyon, France

If you want to take a thorough, analytical approach to your material and sustainability challenges, you’ve found the right man in Albert.

Albert has a background in Applied Science and Intelligent Systems, going on to hold the position of Technical Manager for Research and Development at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Albert co-discovered how to make lignin into a water resistant coating almost a decade ago, holding patents in multiple regions for his work. Albert’s passion for more sustainable material alternatives, sees him working with Hyloh to identify new materials for a variety of industries including retail design, personal care and technical textiles.

Albert Tietz
Materials Researcher
Brisbane, Australia

If you want to help to write your own story and join the better material movement Irem is your go-to guru.

Materials have stories and Irem is a genius at understanding them. A Material and Sustainable Systems Researcher with a background in Textile Design, Irem looks at the role better material choices can play in creating a positive impact on people and places. A graduate of Central St. Martin's College of Art & Design, Irem has worked as a researcher, librarian, and curator in one of Asia's largest material libraries. She always takes a holistic approach to material design and application, helping brands and businesses become part of the material, manufacturing, and resource recovery scene in the APAC region.

Irem Arig
Materials Researcher
Shanghai, China

Get inside our minds


Hylohisms are articles created by our co-founders which act as the foundation or ethos of hyloh. But be warned, these philosophies challenge conventional notions that exist about sustainability and share our, rather proactive perspective when it comes to the circular economy.

Materials and people are alike. They come in many shapes and sizes. Their diversity makes for the richness of their realm, and reducing them to one attribute by applying a label is likely a hasty conclusion. No one is forever kind nor beautiful. Neither can we say that materials are undoubtedly healthy or smart. Relativizing is essential: it depends on the context and any generalisation and shortcut is detrimental to reaching our goals with care and honesty (see Transparency Is The New Green).

When it comes to sustainability, we, at Hyloh, strongly believe that there are NO sustainable materials. There are sustainable attributes that can be assigned to materials and their use — in context — that can lead us toward a lesser environmental (and/or social) footprint than others.
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Everything is made from something. Materials form us, as well as the world we see and feel around us: our flesh from water and tissues, our clothing from fibers, our furniture from wood, our plates from ceramic, our windows from glass, our homes from concrete, even the batteries that power our digital world. Given the physical nature of materials, they are central to many fields of science such as ecology, physics, geology and archaeology where whole periods in history have been named after them: Stone, Bronze, Iron!

At their most basic level, materials are matter: chemical elements organised in the periodic table, some of which are yet to be discovered… Each material has unique chemical and physical attributes which determine their performance and contribute to our perception of them. Materials are the common thread that connects design, engineering, manufacturing, sourcing, marketing, retailers and people.
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As awareness and importance grows around climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, human and resource exploitation, and the circular economy, we are no longer accepting loose environmental claims and empty promises from corporations and governments.

Greenwashing is the process of conveying a false impression or providing misleading information about how environmentally sound a company’s products or services are. This term greenwashing was coined by environmentalist Jay Westerveld in 1986, back when consumers were only able to receive news from television, radio and print media — the same outlets that corporations regularly flooded with a wave of highly-priced, slickly-produced commercials and print ads. They often presented themselves as caring environmental stewards, even as they were engaging in environmentally unsustainable practices.
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Our collective efforts to be more sustainable have not (yet?) been effective in minimising climate change. Nor have they reduced inequality. Are we missing something? Should the People-Planet-Profit trifecta be challenged? Prosperity has been suggested as a replacement for ‘profit’, as well as a fourth concept proposed by academics and experts: Purpose, or by humanitarians: Peace and Partnerships. As creatives, we decided to get more alliteratively poetic and add one more P word to the definition of sustainability: Pleasure — satisfaction, delight or joy.

Why Pleasure?

Firstly because sustainability is often anticipated as some kind of constraint, a request to be better with less — without additional time, resources or budget. 
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Sustainability is about making sure that future generations have what they need.
Our current practices of design and consumption, as well as population growth and widespread urbanization, have resulted in a depletion of resources, climate change and excessive amounts of waste. We lost our balance long ago. Humans looked at Nature as a bottomless reservoir, and kept on taking and taking.

We, at Hyloh, want to remain positive about what can still be done. We believe humanity is on the verge of unprecedented paradigm shifts (see Culture Shifts Create New Material Codes), and hope to modestly contribute to change and be able to witness it in full swing.
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The phrase “think globally, source locally” was first used for economic reasons: used in relation to establishing localized supply chains, manufacturing and sales when entering international markets because it is cost-prohibitive to ship finished goods internationally. This is essentially advocating for the duplication of operations in each locale. Even though Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) does not indicate that transportation accounts for the most impact in relation to a product, a shift away from shipping globally by sourcing locally, should ideally not result in impact transfer. The outcomes of engaging locally however can be very positive.

Increased international travel as well as the internet, both synonymous with globalization, expose people to new ideas and ways of life, promoting empathy, inclusivity and an appreciation for diversity. Globalization has also encouraged an exchange of foods, resources, design, language, materials and culture.
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As new generations emerge and we see social, cultural, and technology shifts, it is inevitable that our perception of materials will evolve in parallel.

Materials are everywhere, transformed into the products and spaces that surround us, and enabling the experiences of modern life. A material’s purpose is often two-fold; the first is the functionality, performance and capabilities of the composition and form. The second is the aesthetic and sensorial aspects, which convey the subjective by engaging our senses (sight, smell, sound, touch and taste.)

The material codes that exist in our past, present and future are a combination of technology advancements and cultural shifts. Let’s take plastic for example. What an amazing invention it was, providing new capabilities, characteristics and methods for manufacturing, changing the face of many industries, and enabling many more.
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We’re so committed to better materials, we wrote an entire encyclopedia on them.

From aerogel to zirconium get the lowdown on traditional and new and unexpected materials. What are their advantages and disadvantages… What material terms in product design, architecture and interior design do you need to know…
All are alphabetically ordered and cross-referenced to make it your go-to guide.

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