Friday, July 14, 2006

SPROUT

Via culiblog - an awesome food culture blog - recent Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Matthijs Vogels turns food waste into naturally coloured and textured plates and bowls that, after you're done using them, can be converted to biogas for cooking more food. Lovely circularity, don't you think?

In his own words: "In the conceptual restaurant 'Sprout' vegetables are grown and consumed in a greenhouse. The vegetable parts that are not suitable for consumption which are normally thrown away in the kitchen, are used now as resource for products like plates and bowls. This is achieved by shredding, drying and moulding the vegetable fibres with a hand press. In order to make the products hygienic and moisture resistant a transparant sheet of biodegradable plastic (PLA) is laminated in the inside. The outside is left uncovered, in order to reveal the material by smell, touch and sight. Since the menu is based on seasonally grown crops, the material of the products changes accordingly, and are therefore intended to be used only once. After use, the dirty plates and bowls are fed together with foodleftovers to a biodigester to create biogas for cooking. The residue from this process is a nutrient rich fertilizer to grow new crops from in the greenhouse."

Locative technology geeks can also find tons of interesting stuff in the Locative Food category at culiblog. And by following some links, I also came to this post at Transition Culture on Jamie Oliver's School Dinners, which outlines ten lessons learned that, I figure, can be applied to all sorts of efforts to make the world a better place.

3 Comments:

Anonymous jean said...

First all that handmade cheese, and now this...do I smell a postdoc research project?

03:02  
Blogger Anne said...

you do ;)

03:08  
Anonymous molly said...

then i am *so* coming for a locative dinner in ottawa (or would it be montreal?)!

i absolutely love this project. a friend in san francisco has a ring made of a razor thin slice of radish. it's a different character of the material. it reminds me of this a little bit.

16:43  

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