Cool things about zero waste to check out
Words by Shannon Dillon
The V&A’s current exhibition Food: Bigger than the Plate is centred around the innovative ways that individuals and organisations are re-inventing how we experience food. It aims to challenge preconceived attitudes towards the production, consumption and disposal of edible produce. Visitors can debate and interact in activities such as talks and special events
Food: Bigger than the Plate hosts projects such as Selfmade, which compiles scientific studies of the microbiome and its relevance in the function of the human body. As a collective, the exhibit questions “how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.”
Get your tickets here: https://www.vam.ac.uk/shop/whatson/index/view/id/9996
Refettorio Felix at St Cuthberts provides support and care to those who are vulnerable. This includes utilising in-date surplus produce to make the meals. Their passion is minimising food waste and challenging social inequalities.
You can volunteer to help out in the kitchen or offer any other skills that could be useful at: https://www.refettoriofelix.com/get-involved/volunteer/
Grab some food at the UK’s only zero waste restaurant. Silo strive to ensure that they are as sustainable as possible. This includes the restaurants furniture, in which everything is up-cycled or recycled. They also have their own brewery and an aerobic digester, that generates any wasted produce into compost which is then utilised.
Tempted? see the menu: http://www.silobrighton.com/silo-food-menu/
Zero waste Inspo…
Anne Marie – The owner of @zerowastechef – uses Instagram to demonstrate the methods to become waste free. This is paired with a blog, that offers challenges, recipes and tips to help with the transition to zero waste.
Zero Waste Chef Instagram: @zerowastechef
Zero Waste Chef Blog: zerowastechef.com
Events on a Budget…
Going Zero waste may seem daunting, but there are many events to help you transition. Here are some of our affordable favourites.
Zero Waste Sunday's with Atul Kochhar
A 3-course lunch derived from leftover ingredients from Atul’s restaurant. In addition, all the money raised is donated to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital
Zero waste Tofu making workshop
Learn the techniques into making Tofu from scratch, using excess pulp from making soy milk. In addition, the workshop goes into depth about Okara and Yuba and what we can do with it
Waste Less Lunch Free - Hackney
This event provides advice and tips on how to reduce your waste; as well as offering tasters sourced from suppliers who provide food items coming to the end of their sell by date.
In chapter three of MANIFESTO we examine the intersection of art and food, because what you choose to put on your plate is both a political and ecological decision. We were incredibly fortunate to hear from an artist whose work begins with site specific research into local food production and wild edible plants, and culminates with a multi-sensory dining experience. We also spoke to a writer who found peace and fulfilment dedicating her life to a permaculture farm in South India.