Wear the future!
Clothes matter. Dressing up is a form of imagination and self-expression. It’s one way we distinguish Saturday from Monday, work from holiday and night from day. It’s part of belonging to a culture and a time period.
If we want to keep enjoying fashion and cut down our carbon footprint, we have to take care of the clothes we already have. So, mend that old cardigan and swap wardrobes with a friend, but significant lifestyle changes are only possible if we also make broader systemic shifts.
Your future wardrobe can be a sumptuous collection of upcycled garments and high-tech clothes, such as sun-powered textiles, floral leather and modular outfits. Materials and colours in your future garments can be sourced from a field or forest, leftover materials or agricultural side streams, like willow bark or onion skins.
The bad news. The fashion industry produces up to 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and is also one of the biggest polluters. If you thought flying was bad, check this out: the fashion industry consumes more energy than international flights and maritime shipping combined.
The good news. We’re building the transition towards less polluting materials, business models for slow fashion and industrial processes for upcycling, recycling and repairing our clothes and textiles.
- As a decision-maker: Place restrictions and regulations on the fashion industry to reduce its emissions and recycle used textiles.
- As a consumer: Buy less, buy second-hand, buy from brands that only use recycled materials and sustainable biomaterials.
- As an individual: Don’t buy what you don’t need. Think of clothing as long-lasting purchases, not disposable, and wear each piece as many times as possible. Mend your clothes and upcycle clothing that can’t be mended. Recycle what you can’t use anymore. Wash your clothes with moderation.
Slow style, not fast fashion.
Explore these science and design collaborations that pave the road towards a better future. Welcome to visit the exhibitions also in person during 7.9. - 12.10. (Väre, Otaniementie 14).
An exhibition of prototypes of state-of-the-art textiles, clothing and fashion innovations from Aalto. These aren't design science fiction: they’re already well on their way to becoming reality.
This exhibition showcases a new method to produce textiles from cellulose-rich raw material without the use of toxic chemicals or expensive solvents.
Designs for a Cooler Planet 2022: Life 1.5
Read more about our main theme and explore the projects of the other sub-themes:
Designs for a Cooler Planet is a five-week-long festival celebrating experiments in planet-friendly materials, fashion, and food.