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Zero Waste Bistro at WantedDesign Manhattan

New York’s Finnish Cultural Institute presentedd a new pop-up installation and restaurant, the 100% waste-free bistro, designed using recycled Tetra Pak — a form of packaging typically using for common food and drink products. The eco-friendly space was brought to life using a concept from Helsinki’s Restaurant Nolla. Take a look at the complete story after the jump.

Launched as part of the NYCxDESIGN event, WantedDesign Manhattan, the Zero Waste Bistro was open May 19 through May 22, 2018. Designer Linda Bergroth designed dramatic space within the venue in collaboration with the Finnish Design Shop.

“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,” reads an official statement from chef Luka Balac. “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.”

“Finland is really known for its classic design; consumer products, furniture,” Bergroth adds in his statement to Dezeen. “But lately it’s been more about material innovations. Sustainable food packaging… biodegradable solutions.”

“It’s time to rethink the way we live, the way we eat and the materials we use,” explains Kaarina Gould, the Finnish Cultural Institute’s executive director. “With Zero Waste Bistro, we’re proposing a future that reduces waste and helps to regenerate our natural environment, making it liveable for generations to come; a future that’s already here if we make the right choices.”

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