Rubbish Cafe: Zero-waste meals “paid for” with an item of recyclable plastic

Londoners are being offered a waste-free meal in return for an item of recyclable-plastic at the Rubbish Cafe, a pop-up cafe in London’s Covent Garden.

The cafe, which will operate for two days only from today until 4 May, is the concept of eco-friendly cleaning products brand, Ecover, who is aiming to challenge people to rethink the value of their rubbish.

At Rubbish Cafe, customers pay for food and drink with a piece of recyclable plastic waste – anything from drinks bottles through to soup containers will be accepted.

Eco-chef Tom Hunt has created a zero-waste menu for the occasion. Guests can dine whilst learning how to live clean from upcycling expert and presenter, Max McMurdo.

The food is served on a first come, first serve basis to ensure nothing goes to waste and visitors can choose from a Revolution Bowl, a vegan-friendly Mother Nature Bowl, The Rubbish Bowl or some banana bread made from saved bananas. A piece of plastic can also be used to “pay for” a coffee.

Rubbish Cafe is kitted out using upcycled decor, styled by Max McMurdo. There’s upcycled chairs made from trolleys and several unique objects scattered around the cafe to prove waste can be re-used and made into pieces of furniture which can be both contemporary and functional.

The zero-waste experience at Rubbish Cafe aims to inspire people to reduce as much plastic waste as possible in their lives.

Rubbish Cafe is part of Ecover’s Clean World Revolution. By 2020, Ecover is aiming for all of their plastic packagings to be 100% post-consumer recycled and 100% recyclable plastic.

Ecover are currently trialling the use of an alternative packaging, which doesn’t rely on plastic and is biodegradable and bio-sourced.

Rubbish Cafe opens on 3 and 4 May between 8 am and 4pm at 25 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9JT

The Rubbish Cafe

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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