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Welcome to the zero waste bistro

New York has opened its doors to a Zero Waste Bistro.

The pop up experience is currently located at design event, WantedDesign, in Manhattan until 22 May; with the bistro by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York showcasing the ‘zero waste philosophy’ of Helsinki’s Restaurant Nolla.

Kaarina Gould, Executive Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute, said: “It’s time to rethink the way we live, the way we eat and the materials we use. Our seas are filled with plastic waste. In the US alone, over 58 billion disposable cups are discarded and sent to landfills every year. What if all of those cups were reusable, compostable or recyclable? What if our everyday packaging was made of plastic-free materials, reducing plastic pollution and toxic microplastics in our soil and water supply. What if we collectively committed to only buying products that we love and that will last a lifetime? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves as a society. With Zero Waste Bistro, we’re proposing a future that reduces waste and helps to regenerate our natural environment, making it livable for generations to come; a future that’s already here if we make the right choices.”

Refuse, reduce, reuse and, only as a last resource, recycle is the philosophy of the bistro. Recycled or recyclable materials are used in the construction and the chef ‘minimises waste in the kitchen’.


Credit: Nicholas Calcott


“Our dishes at Zero Waste Bistro in New York are comprised of local and organic ingredients as well as commonly overlooked byproducts of our food system. With a strong focus on sustainability, our menu has emerged from creative thinking and the desire to produce something delicious and authentic out of local ingredients that are often ignored,” added Chef Luka Balac.

Space is limited at the bistro at WantedDesign in Terminal Stores (269 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th St, New York) and you need to book to attend a seating.

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