What's on the menu?

Better alternatives for food, food systems and packaging.
Black font stating "What's on the menu?" and Designs for a Cooler Planet logo on a white, fragmented background.
Visual identity design: Milja Komulainen & Hares Bassil

We all have to eat. But, in this day and age, eating responsibly means thinking about a list of questions touching on health, ecology, and labour. Meat or no meat? Organic or fair trade? Local or imported?

What ends up on your plate is a result of many decisions made before you get a choice, ranging from farming to packaging to logistics. These paths from farm to plate are called food systems. These systems are not currently sustainable: the production systems produce lots of greenhouse gases and reduce biodiversity, meat production takes up an excessive amount of farmland, and valuable food is lost all along the way, from transport losses to consumer waste. Our current production system threatens food security on a global scale. 

Better alternatives require creative thinking and political action. This includes ensuring environmentally sustainable farming around the globe, nudging consumers towards carbon-friendly food alternatives and creating innovations for a changing climate.

In Life 1.5, we need to use less to feed more.

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).

Two men shopping

Retail 1.5 – How can the retail facilitate 1.5-degree food?

This exhibition presents the concepts developed by students of the Design Approaches to Sustainable Consumption course.

Still image from the Urban Foodscapes video installation

Urban Foodscapes 1.5

This video installation and the related mapping workshops ask us to reflect on how our everyday urban environments and circumstances might affect the wider adoption of 1.5 degree lifestyles, or more specifically, of sustainable diets.

Still water packages designed by students of VCD’s Experiment Process course

The Next Water Packaging

Showcased in this exhibition, Aalto University visual communication design students present collaborations with NBW Finland to develop and design user-centered visual packaging and branding concepts for still water.

A pilot room of vertical farming

The Future of Vertical Farming

Join this panel discussion to learn more about the potential of vertical farming.

Color photo of vegetables, fruit, herbs on an oval wooden table

The Test Site 2022 Garden Party

Come hear from Aalto Test Site about their pilot project of three fertilizer research projects this summer


Designs for a Cooler Planet 2022: Life 1.5

Read more about our main theme and explore the projects of the other sub-themes:

Life 1.5 in black font and Designs for a Cooler Planet logo on a white, fragmented background.

Life 1.5 – an exhibition of planet-friendly materials, fashion and food

Designs for a Cooler Planet is a five-week-long festival celebrating experiments in planet-friendly materials, fashion, and food.

Black font stating "What's the future made of?" and Designs for a Cooler Planet logo on a white, fragmented background.

What's the future made of?

Planet-friendly alternatives for materials, mindsets and architecture.

Black font stating "Wear the future." and Designs for a Cooler Planet logo on a white, fragmented background.

Wear the future!

Slow and more sustainable textiles, clothing and fashion systems.


The event is a part of Helsinki Design Week’s official festival programme and a World Circular Economy Forum 2022 (WCEF) side event. Aalto University is also one of the EU's New European Bauhaus partners.

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