A systemic approach to sustainability.
At Metabolic, we strive to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable state.
A new economic model is necessary: one that ensures the wellbeing of all people and allows organizations to thrive without transgressing the safe boundaries of the earth’s natural systems. And we don’t have much time. Metabolic advises governments, businesses, and NGOs on how to adapt to a fast-changing global context, while creating disruptive solutions that can dramatically shift how the economy functions. We crunch data, provide strategies and tools, build pilots, and create new ventures that develop scalable solutions to critical problems. Core to achieving our mission is the transition to an economy that is regenerative and ‘circular’ by design.
Metabolic is made up of five entities working together in a symbiotic way. Each exists to address what we believe are the critical leverage points for systems change:
The Metabolic Philosophy
We come from all over the globe with a range of backgrounds and perspectives, but when it comes to changing the world there are some things we all agree on.
Founded in 2012, Metabolic is a group of organizations based in Amsterdam, working to drive systems change and build a sustainable economy. This timeline highlights the milestones of our evolution.
Metabolic celebrates 10 years of making positive impact
The first decade of tackling systems change in the global food system, in industries, and in urban areas has produced a total of 546 projects (and counting) across 43 countries. Our team now consists of nearly 100 dedicated people from all over the world, plus the additional 30 bright interns we host annually. The next 10 years promise to continue creating a world in which economic activity stays well within planetary boundaries.
That started in 2019 concludes with a digital tool to track resource flows in cities, circular strategies for the six pilot cities based on our material flow and environmental impact assessment of their urban plastics, textiles, food, energy, and timber flows. Of the six pilot cities involved, Metabolic Institute helped Amsterdam find ways to reuse textiles, Paris to remanufacture timber at an art fair, and Milan assess food at the wholesaling market level.
European industrial value chains embark on systemic changeThis month launches the SoTecIn Factory, which aims to stimulate systemic ventures that connect entrepreneurs, society, and industries within key industries defined by the EU Green Deal: electronics and ICT, batteries and vehicles, packaging, plastics, textiles, construction and buildings, and food, water, and nutrients. The goal is a transformation to low-carbon and circular value chains, thus strengthening the resilience and sustainability of European industry.
Ben van der Burgh
Jochem van der Zaag
Luuk de Vlieger
Elisabeth den Boer
Daniela Palma Munguia
Marta Sierra García
Sam van Hooff
Pieter van Exter
Anne de Valença
Josine oude Lohuis
Guillermo Corella Dekker
Olivier de Schaetzen
Brian James Shaw
Simon van Lierde
Marle de Jong
Join our team
We are a diverse group of data scientists, engineers, biologists, designers, systems scientists, and economists – and although we work on some pretty serious issues, we have a lot of fun doing it! Headquartered in Amsterdam, we have an international team that’s passionate about changing the way the economy functions. Find our open positions below. We also feature vacancies from across our ecosystem, including our spinoffs and ventures. Please check them out too!