The Author

Sorting paper rubbish at Amma’s Ashram in Kerala, India.

Phoebe was born in the UK, and lives in Germany, where she first discovered, as a student in Bonn then as an intern in Düsseldorf, the potential of recycling and sustainable development. She also discovered German photographers Andreas Gursky and Hilla and Bernd Becher, known for their photos of industrial infrastructure.

Following literature studies in Oxford and Bonn, she worked at the French Embassy in London, where she co-ordinated a festival of photo and video. After eight years at the EDF energy Group working in communications and sustainable development/CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), she started her trip in August 2012. Looking for a theme for her photos which reflected her interests and inclination for the quirky, she spotted ‘Robot Bin’ in Tallinn, in Estonia: the ‘Plu’Belles’ project was born!

Today, Phoebe is a freelancer in Paris and Berlin, working on the circular economy/green issues and the arts, as a translator, editorial consultant, language & voice coach and facilitator. She has facilitated workshops on the circular economy for Orange, L’Oréal, Climate KIC, at Global Compact Germany, London fair Resource and Serbian circular economy event Mikser to name a few. She is part of a community of 70 international circular economy consultants in 20 countries, set up by French design agency Circulab, which she represents in Berlin, and recently also joined Circular Berlin for more local impact, in particular through education.

Delivering a workshop at business school ESCP Berlin in 2019, for the Masters in Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation. (Photo: ESCP Europe).