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Wonderwater Café at Tian Hai restaurant, Beijing, 2011

Tian Hai restaurant

The Wonderwater Café menu illustrated the breakdown of water used to produce ingredients for Tian Hai’s dishes


Tian Hai restaurant menu with Wonderwater stickers which showed the water footprint of favourite dishes

Flags indicated the water footprint level: low, medium or high


Wonderwater Cafés: How Much Water Do You Eat? Beijing, Helsinki and London, 2011 – 2012

Wonderwater is an initiative co-founded by Jane Withers with Kari Korkman, CEO Helsinki Design Week, to develop awareness of global water issues and the role design can play in shaping a sustainable future. The first programme for World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 included the Wonderwater Café, designed to raise awareness of the water footprint and make us think about the impact of what we eat on local and global water resources. Café menus illustrated the breakdown of water used to produce the ingredients for dishes served. Developed in collaboration with water scientists at Aalto University and King’s College London, Wonderwater Cafés were also initiated during Beijing Design Week 2011 and the London Design Festival 2012.

Photography Paola Pieroni 

Wonderwater Café London poster

Wonderwater Café at Leila’s Shop during London Design Festival 2012

Blackboard menus raised awareness of the water footprint


Wonderwater menu asked diners to consider the impact of what we eat on water resources