Young people leading the way to a sustainable economy

Click on the pins to explore story-maps of young leaders across the Baltic Sea Region (scroll-down for full stories).

This platform was designed to collect stories of young people whose business ideas, jobs and other activities lead the way towards a different and more sustainable economic path. With a variety of different examples, young people from across the Baltic Sea Region, inspire new ways of making business while having a positive impact to the environment and society. The overall aim is to build a community of like-minded people, by sharing our stories and inspiring each other.

This initiative comes from the BeUBio project, a collaboration between different partners across the Baltic Sea Region pushing for youth participation in the transition to a bio-based economy, and create synergies with other actors and initiatives addressing the SDGs.


If you wish to share your story with us, for more information contact:
Alberto Giacometti, Research Fellow at Nordregio
alberto.giacometti@nordregio.org


Jussi Nissi: Cows are not the problem, but the system!
Jussi is a young farmer passionate about food production and carbon sequestration through sustainab...
Māra Lieplapa: Generating value in rural areas from wild herbs
Freshly graduated from university, in 2018, Māra Lieplapa founded PLŪKT, a company producing teas...
Juan Medina: From the grounds up - reaping the benefits of the coffee bean
Imagine a list of the top coffee drinking countries and you can be sure that the Nordic countries w...
Liisa Aavik – Zero Waste influencer, blogger and coach
With more than 2 years of experience living the 'zero waste' lifestyle, Liisa is an influencer, blo...
Vinh Hoang: Plant based alternatives to plastic
A small international team of young people driven by their love of the environment are using a cent...
Vaiva Žvirblytė: A young entrepreneur's bet with solid cosmetics
Nature and human friendly as well as practical in daily life products, telling the truth and fighti...
Marina, Ole Kristian & Mathias: Championing circular economy through material reuse at GreenStock
Circular economy. Reuse, recycle, find new opportunities in the old. We often hear this in connecti...
Nadine Sydow: ‘slugs-are-gone’ invention - an ecological 'repellent' for slugs and snails
Nadine Sydow’s unique invention, 'Schnexagon', or ‘slugs-are-gone’ in English, is a product t...
Fredrik, Leo and Angelo: Cutting up to 4% of global emissions by feeding cows with seaweed
Fredrik Åkerman, Leo Wezelius and Angelo Demeter are three young enthusiasts on a mission to reduc...
Mari-Ann Meigo Fonseca: 'Gelatex' leather like material - a better alternative for the garment industry
With seven years of experience in the fashion industry, Mari-Ann’s goal with 'Gelatex' is to scal...
'Care to Smile' - a sustainable high-school student company
Augustė, Julija, Gabrielė, Viltė, Aistė, and Saugintas – 'Care to Smile' toothpaste - Kaunas,...
Sami Holmström: 'Solar Foods' for health and sustainable environment
Not far from Sci-Fi, the gamble of Sami Holmström and 'Solar Foods' is to produce protein in a lab...
Anastasia Selezneva: Think globally, act locally - a grassroots approach to generate social change
Anastasia has long been interested in environmental sustainability and is today involved in many ac...
Amit & Monika: Digital tools and their potential in improving food systems
Agriculture is as old as civilization and sometimes its processes can look rather archaic. However,...
Ingrid Vik Lysne: ‘Sewstainability’ – the rise of reuse and redesign
Ever looked at your grandmother’s doilies and thought they would make an excellent top or scrunch...
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