Leyla Acaroglu

Sustainability strategist
Leyla Acaroglu uses innovative design and systems thinking to create positive change.

Why you should listen

Leyla Acaroglu breaks through our deeply entrenched environmental folklore in order to reveal the true impact of the products and materials we use every day. A designer and consultant, Acaroglu encourages both companies and individuals to look at the full life cycle of the things they create and use in order to understand their net effect on the environment. At Eco Innovators, an ecologically-minded Australian design studio, Acaroglu’s team makes award-winning designs and projects that tap into a sense of play in order to educate. From animations explaining the lifecycle of a cell phone to bookshelves made from construction scrap wood to workshops that help rebuild and repurpose broken everyday items, the goal is building savvy, science-based sustainability practices.

What others say

“Acaroglu’s suite of new creative projects not only hopes to redress what she calls the field’s “PR problem,” but engage and inspire.” — Dan Rule, The Age, March 19, 2011

Leyla Acaroglu’s TED talk

Leyla Acaroglu on the TED Blog


Can you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card game

February 11, 2014

Leyla Acaroglu aims to make people think about how the choices they make on a daily basis affect the environment. And she aims to make thinking about this fun. In today’s TED Talk, Acaroglu turns her attention to four bits of “environmental folklore,” like the idea that it’s more environmentally sound to opt for the paper […]

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Paper or plastic or what? Leyla Acaroglu at TED2013

February 27, 2013

We all know sustainability is essential to our future, in vague terms. But what does that mean for the choices we make every day? In other words: paper or plastic? For one thing, design consultant Leyla Acaroglu wants you to think beyond choosing a material for your grocery tote. Instead, she encourages us to think […]

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Sustain!: The speakers in Session 7 at TED2013

February 27, 2013

It’s no longer possible to ignore the effect humans have — on the environment, on each other and on the Internet. In that spirit, this session brings together people with big ideas on responsible design, creation, consumption and eating. From a renegade gardener to energy software maker, this session takes into mind that it’s not […]

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