Materials for change

Surprising bio-based experiments. See this and other fascinating projects on display in the Designs for a Cooler Planet main exhibition in Marsio on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024.
Example of materials for change project, yarn made out of fireweed
Photo: Iines Jakovlev

Potential of bio-based materials is often overlooked, as synthetic and non-renewable options are familiar and set high expectations for functionalities of the bio-based alternatives.

Only by allowing certain imperfection we can recognize the possibilities; to imagine a future where futile plants, industry side streams and agricultural waste are used as valuable resources for fabrics, packaging and even furniture production.

Materials for change invites us to rethink our approach to materials by showcasing surprising bio-based material samples that demonstrate alternative pathways towards a sustainable material future.

kuvassa kahdet kädet levittävät läpinäkyvää limaa punaista taustaa vasten

CHEMARTS - Inspiration for Material Enthusiasts (external link)

Biomaterials are the best options as we seek more sustainable ways for our current world of materials.


Enni Äijälä

Senior Specialist, Aalto Exhibitions Outreach

Designs for a Cooler Planet

This fall, the festival celebrates innovative and collaborative designs addressing the impossible sustainability challenges. Experience tomorrow in Otaniemi on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024!

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Wood crystals on a black fabric.
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