Close the loops

Designs for a Cooler Planet Close the Loops

Making things and manufacturing processes produce pollution and environmental degradation, draining natural resources. 

Single-use and short life-cycle products and packaging generate a lot of waste. During ​​​​​​1950 to 2015, the annual production of plastic has increased nearly 200-fold. The fashion industry alone produces over 92 million tonnes of waste and consumes 79 trillion litres of water per year.

To close the loops, we need to design products that can be fully recycled and with materials that will be reused.

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What’s cooking? Bio-based material experiments by CHEMARTS

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.

Bioslime by Chiao-wen Hsu & Yu Chen. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

Shimmering Wood by Structural Colour Studio

Nature’s brightest colours – like those found in peacock feathers or butterfly wings – are created through microscopically small nanostructures.

Wood-based structural shimmering wood colour has no colour pigments. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya

Naturally Dramatic – sustainable textile and material design for stage and film costumes

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.

Textile design plays a central role in the creation of films and live stage performances: Costumes visually convey the story of the character.

Hidaka Ohmu – The seaweed pavilion

The seaweed pavilion Hidaka Ohmu’s message highlights our limits as humans. No human can ever know the ocean like the species that live underwater but at the same time, our way of life constantly impacts the ocean.

Julia Lohmannin Hidaka Ohmu. Kuva: Mikko Raskinen

FUNGI – an exploration to the future possibilities of Mycelium as a material

Mycelium is seen in the field of design as a potential future material in various applications.

Mycelium is seen in the field of design as a potential future material in various applications.

Biotech Talks I – NewSilk 2020

'Designing materials on molecular level – what does it mean for researchers, designers - and for the globe?’

Photo by Teemu Välisalmi

Capturing microplastics and pharmaceuticals from waste water

Hormones and other pharmaceuticals ending up in bodies from natural waters are a globally significant environmental problem.

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The targets to reach

Designs for a Cooler Planet

The event is a part of Helsinki Design Week’s official festival programme, the largest design festival in the Nordics takes place 3–13.9.2020. Designs For a Cooler Planet is also one of the EU's Green Week 2020 partner events.

Farewell to fossil fuels

More than half of our energy still comes from fossil fuels. No single technology can replace our reliance on them.

Designs for a Cooler Planet Farewell to fossil fuels

Close the loops

Making things and manufacturing processes produce pollution and environmental degradation, draining natural resources.

Designs for a Cooler Planet Close the Loops

Hack our habitat

Aggressive urbanisation is straining our ecosystem. Rising construction volume causes massive demand for energy-intensive construction materials, and construction already accounts for 39 per cent of the global CO2 emissions.

Designs for a Cooler Planet Hack our Habitat

Consume consciously

Household consumption accounts for more than 60 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and 50–80 per cent of total land, material and water use.

Designs for a Cooler Planet Consume Consciously

Please notice that exhibitions are in four different locations at the Otaniemi campus area which all have different opening hours. Please check specific details from the exhibition pages.

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and the event will follow all of the rules and regulations set by the Finnish authorities. The safety of the employees, students and visitors is always prioritised.

Graphic design: Olga Elliot & Milja Komulainen

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