• Exhibition

Envisioning the Future of Packaging

  • Industrial design and products
  • Graphic design
  • Sustainability
Sep 5, Thu 08:00-21:00
Sep 6, Fri 08:00-20:00
Sep 7, Sat 09:00-17:00
Sep 9, Mon 08:00-21:00
Sep 10, Tue 08:00-21:00
Sep 11, Wed 08:00-21:00
Sep 12, Thu 08:00-21:00
Sep 13, Fri 08:00-20:00
Sep 14, Sat 09:00-17:00
Otaniementie 14
Event type
Free Admission
Accessibility for all

Location: Väre, LQ Lobby, Otaniementie 14, 02150 Espoo
Open: 5-26 September 2019

There is an urgent need for sustainable alternatives to oil-based packaging materials such as styrofoam. Emerging interdisciplinary practices in material research aim to develop novel wood-based biomaterials with similar or better properties to replace non-renewable and environmentally problematic plastics.

The exhibition features three sustainable packaging projects: CoCeA, Fold and Sustain, and Pack-Age.

The CoCeA project combined design thinking with a scientific research process to obtain unique material solutions by foam forming. This production technology uses wood-based cellulose fibres and enables the production of lightweight biomaterials that are renewable, biodegradable and recyclable, using a minimum amount of water. The main challenge was to reduce the weight while retaining the impact strength of the material structure. The project resulted in a novel production technique and materials with improved technical properties and appealing perceptual characteristics. The material prototypes presented in this exhibition can be developed into future packaging solutions, to compete with conventional packaging.

Designing wood-based lightweight structures for packaging. CoCeA (Complex Cellulose Structures or Consumer Applications) is part of the FinnCERES, a joint research programme between Aalto University and VTT.

Working group: Pirjo Kääriäinen, Carlos Alves (Aalto University), Jukka Ketoja (VTT), Atsushi Tanaka, Ilkka Nurminen (VTT), Anastasia Ivanova (Aalto ARTS/VTT)
Contact: Anastasia.Ivanova@vtt.fi

The Fold and Sustain project investigates patterns and folded structures which can be implemented in packaging design to replace plastic materials, concentrating especially on creating transformable, stable and protective structures. The aim is to explore more sustainable cellulose-based folded structures that could replace, for example, bubble wrap, polystyrene or other wrapping materials to protect the product inside the packaging.

Fold and Sustain is part of the FinnCERES joint research programme between Aalto University and VTT. The research group combines design, mathematics and material sciences.

Working group: Miia Palmu & Oleg Galkin (Aalto University MA students) under the supervision of Kirsi Peltonen (Aalto University) and Jarmo Kouko (Senior Scientist at VTT).
Contact: miia.palmu@aalto.fi

Pack-Age is Aalto University’s innovative packaging design course that combines visual communication, design, business, and engineering thinking with sustainability and project-based learning. Students from different programmes work in interdisciplinary teams with actual projects from the industry. The exhibition showcases sustainable package ideas designed by student groups.
Contact: markus.joutsela@aalto.fi

This exhibition is part of Aalto University’s Designs for a Cooler Planet exhibition ensemble at Otaniemi.
More info: bit.ly/acoolerplanet


Aalto University Otaniemi: Designs for a Cooler Planet

Aalto University Otaniemi: Designs for a Cooler Planet


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