Bioproducts and Biosystems projects featured at Helsinki Design Week, 2019-2021
Each year during Helsinki Design Week in September, Aalto University showcases radical ideas and models contributing to a resource-wise future at the campus-wide event, Designs for a Cooler Planet. Researchers from the Department Bioproducts and Biosystems propose exhibitions, seminars, tours or other events related to each year's themes.
With a focus on multidisciplinarity and high technological and design expertise, featured projects aim toward better solutions for people and the environment to help reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Many such projects receive international recognition and can lead to startups, spinoff companies, and attract new partnerships with agency and company stakeholders.
Putretti® is a new organic NPK-fertilizer produced from local material flows: compost and wood ash. It can be used for forest fertilization, in agriculture, soil improvement or landscaping.
Gathering an understanding of forests, trees and wood material and seeking answers to the forest dilemma through design process. Designer Saara Kantele exhibits her research on forests, design and sustainability at Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021.
Through design creativity we can solve many problems in the fashion industry. Based on different kinds of fashion design approaches, we can take account the extended use phase, different body size, redesigning with old clothes, using natural dyes and creating sustainable beauty. Through these different design strategies, we can transform fashion culture towards one which is in better balance with the environment.
Is it possible to use trees in electricity production? Surprisingly, yes, it is! Transparent cellulose films enable greater efficiency of solar cells through their haze effect.
If all the buildings constructed in Finland each year were made of wood, the amount of wood needed for their construction would grow back in ten hours.
From a bio-adhesive to reed panels and cellulose foam, a unique work created in collaboration with designers and biomaterial researchers shows what natural materials can do.
Sustainable costume design is still in its early days. Despite efforts to move to 'greener' processes, stage and film productions still make costumes in traditional ways with little regard for their impact on the environment or employees.