Clever Dining: BIOMAT Restaurant at Vienna Design Week 2013

Food waste has been a hot topic among designers for years, and we’ve seen a slew of projects crop up in recent months endeavoring to tackle this global issue, such as the online community Foodsharing, in Germany, and the Wikicells edible packaging concept.

Previewed during Vienna Design Week earlier this month, BIOMAT by product designer Vera Wiedermann, was a concept restaurant that invited diners to arrive with sacks of biodegradable food waste. These food bags were then weighed for their energy value, before being returned to the customer in the form of credit, or a voucher, to spend in the restaurant.

“Like the vision of the future, the self-sufficient kitchen, you pay more if you don’t bring any rubbish with you,” explains Wiedermann.

Once the exchange had taken place, the sacks were sent away to be recycled into biogas (a gas that is produced when food waste is broken down) for cooking use.

Discover the designers reusing food waste in experimental and unexpected new ways in our recent In The Air report, Materials: A Quiet Revolution. – Samantha Fox


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