Sustainability is on the forefront of the restaurant industry these days, but it’d be tough to find a more eco-conscious restaurant than this pop-up experience. The Zero Waste Bistro was conceived at WantedDesign Manhattan during NYCxDesign 2018, in a partnership between the Finnish Cultural Institute, Finnish Design Shop, and designer Linda Bergroth. This pop-up restaurant is true to its name. From the walls, to the table, to the Artek stools, everything is reusable or recyclable.
The speckled-blue walls are constructed from a material made from food container waste, and the long dining table is made from a polyester surface material combined with granulated post-industrial waste. The Zero Waste Bistro serves lunch and dinner using plates, cups, and utensils from Iittala. Should you see something you like inside the restaurant, and want to add it to your own dining room, you can purchase it from the Finnish Design Shop.
Chef Luka Balac says, “Our dishes at Zero Waste Bistro in New York will be comprised of local and organic ingredients as well as commonly overlooked byproducts of our food system.” He adds that their menu was designed with an aim to “produce something delicious and authentic out of local ingredients that are often ignored.” And of course, the restaurant will compost all its leftovers.
If you’ve ever been scolded for forgetting to recycle, a few trips to this restaurant should silence your detractors.