Fiber Club

Together with her partners, BlueCity Lab organizes four online meetups about four fiber rich organisms, called Fiber Club. In these meetups, we co-create the valorization pyramid for this organism with the experts in and around the Netherlands in this field. Our focus lies on the fiber rich biomass that is not suitable for food or feedstock, yet we do not overlook . Unlocking existing knowledge about optimization of the use of materials and matter from the plants next to extracting fibers and sharing this knowledge with a wider group is our aim.

Hosted by: Nienke Binnendijk (BlueCity Lab) and Arie Hooimeijer (Paper Innovations)


This meetup is organized for experts and starters who work or want to work on valorization of fibers and are looking for knowledge, network and inspiration. We hope to lower the threshold for starters in this field and to support experts that have been working on these topics for years.


Recap Fiber Club: Flax, from ground to grave

Recap Fiber Club: Hemp, the green gold

Recap Fiber Club: Cattail & Reed from paludiculture

→ Recap Fiber Club: Elephant grass: fast and strong


With our focus shifting towards a circular economy, it is time to explore the endless possibilities of regenerative design. At BlueCity Lab, we believe that true circularity starts with regenerative design: designs that lead to a vibrant, biodiverse city in which ecological, social and economic values work together in a positive way. The former swimming pool Tropicana is a circular exemplary city in which entrepreneurs use residual flows from the city to create new products and services. In November 2020, BlueCity Lab opened the first circular built biolabs in the world for working with fungi, bacteria and biochemicals. The spaces are available for bioneers working on regenerative solutions.


The Fiber Club meetups are made possible with the support of the creative industries fund NL/Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and the Municipality of Rotterdam.

Various network partners support these meetups to strenghten the conversation with knowledge and best-practices from their communities:

Stichting Veenweiden Innovatiecentrum,
Vlas en Hennep NL
Vernieuwersnetwerk natuurlijke reststromen Zuid-Holland.

In the Netherlands, many knowledge organisations work on upcycling biomass by collaborating with businesses and educating the professionals of tomorrow. Check out the websites of these knowledge partners of the Fiber Club in case you like to cooperate with one of them or reach out for help to use the latest knowledge available.

HAN_BioCentre, Centre of Expertise in Applied Bioscience and Chemistry
Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy (CoE BBE).
Wageningen University Research

Join us as partner

Would you like to become a supporting partner of the Fiber Club meetups, or do you want to join as one of our network partners? Please reach out to Nienke Binnendijk via We look forward to learn and work together!