Waste-free cafe in The Rocks

By Greenhouse Team On January 27, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

Minister for Lands Tony Kelly today launched an impressive new pop-up design installation and waste- free cafe – Greenhouse’ – that showcases sustainable living and will soon be opened in The Rocks.

“Greenhouse demonstrates how to use recycled materials in building design and how to produce food organically,” Mr Kelly said.

“The installation will feature a roof top garden, on-site water collection and recycling, and a generator that reuses cooking oil to create its own energy.

“The NSW Government is providing $300,000 in funding to bring this installation to Sydney in partnership with designer, Joost Bakker, to demonstrate to visitors a wide range of sustainable practices in an urban environment.


“Greenhouse was delivered to Campbells Cove in four 12-metre containers and will take around 14 days to construct.

“The cafe will use whole foods to make menu staples on site, including breads, pastries, pizza, yoghurt, butter and even tonic water.

“Around 1,000 customers are expected to be served daily, with the cafe open from 8.00am to Midnight Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 10pm on Sundays.

“The menu will be based on what is available locally and in season, with diners encouraged to be more aware of the impact of our food choices on the environment.

“With spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, Campbells Cove will also provide an idyllic location to begin Greenhouse‟s 2011 international tour, showcasing NSW as a leader in creative sustainable design,” Mr Kelly said.

Mr. Bakker, creator of the Greenhouse, said that the installation demonstrates that technology needed to live more sustainably is now readily available.

“Sustainable development and organic food production are viable alternatives to the status quo, and in many ways, are simply a matter of choice.

“The Greenhouse is an optimistic approach to life, from the buildings we inhabit to the food we eat. “By choosing ethical, natural and easily recyclable materials we can live sustainably,” Mr Bakker said.

The exhibition is also in keeping with Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority‟s ambitious plan to green The Rocks and Darling Harbour, which last year saw energy consumption slashed by nearly 21per cent and water use by 32 per cent against year-2000 levels.

Energy efficient lighting and HVAC equipment upgrades, the installation of bicycle racks in The Rocks and Darling Harbour, and initiatives that cut the carbon footprint of the Authority‟s free public events such as improving recycling and food waste separation, have contributed to these impressive results.

The Greenhouse installation will be open at Campbells Cove from early February to the end of March 2011 as part of the Foreshore Authority‟s program to provide dynamic visitor experiences.

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