In an effort to reduce commercial facility waste, Joost Bakker, zero waste advocate and visionary behind Future Food Systems, has teamed up with outdoor lifestyle brand, Kathmandu, to bring a sustainable facility to life. in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.
Driven by making a difference in the world, Bakker’s innovations in building materials and pioneering ideas have led him to embark on many ambitious projects underscored by the same fundamental notion – zero waste systems inspired by nature.
“You don’t need a big idea to change the world. I believe the biggest opportunity for us to bring about radical change is to change the way we live, and fashion consumption is a big part of that,” says Joost Bakker.
Bakker’s latest collaborative project involves a 3m x 9m tunnel created using a modified steel skeleton recycled from Bakker’s previous installations – which can be dismantled and reused for future projects as circular material . The steel frame is covered with a skin made from scrap agricultural plastics which will be used at the end of this greenhouse cover project.
“Better yet, the installation skin can now be fully recycled at the end of its life by polymer processors in Melbourne and then reconstituted in the same material for another life,” says Bakker.
Within the walls of the structure are over 3,000kg of recycled clothing from Upparel, giving a visual representation of the staggering amount of clothing Australians discard every 5 minutes.
Ensuring that the project remains as local as possible, all work and materials used in the realization of the installation have been completed and sourced in metropolitan Melbourne.
“Joost Bakker’s vision of a waste-free world reflects Kathmandu’s values and our goal with BioDown, we couldn’t think of a better lawyer to partner with on this meaningful project,” said Eva Barrett, Chief Client Officer. in Kathmandu.