Zero Waste Bistro


A pop-up restaurant that is built from recycled food packaging and that composts all of its leftovers has been set up at the WantedDesign Manhattan fair. The temporary eatery builds on the concept created by Helsinki's Restaurant Nolla, billed as the "first zero-waste restaurant in the Nordic region". Among its aims are to use foods that would typically be discarded, and to reject packaging from supplier, while working with designers, engineers and architects to rethink waste management and water efficiency. The concept as a whole provides an example of a circular economy, in which resources are kept and reused for as long as possible, compared to a linear economy where materials and products are made, used and then thrown away.