Zero Food Waste Popup Debuts This Coming Weekend


miLES (Made in the Lower East Side) has an interesting project coming up this week. It’s the Zero Waste Food Popup, opening Saturday at 103 Allen St. It’s designed to help New York reach its goal of eliminating food waste by 2030.

From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a series of workshops and other events. There’s backyard worm composting with the LES Ecology Center; a brainstorming session with Jacquie Ottman, author of “The New Rules of Green Marketing;” and a composting tutorial from GrowNYC.

Here’s a project description from their website:

The Zero Food Waste Popup is the resulting prototype of the Do Tank, a project led by miLES in collaboration with OpenIDEO and the NYU School of Engineering. Leveraging the Human Centered Design process and the experimental spirit of popup entrepreneurship, the Do Tank gives concerned citizens the resources, space and community they need to help pilot and realize ideas sparked by impact driven challenges.  For the inaugural challenge around food waste reduction, the Zero Food Waste Popup delves deeper with this question: how might we educate city dwellers on the impact of food waste so that they may make informed decisions on waste management? Through the multi-day event, participants are invited to explore the impact of food waste and how to help reach the city’s goal of zero waste by 2030. The popup kicks off on December 12 with community-led programming and concludes with a party in partnership with Makeshift magazine on the 16th in conjunction with the celebration of the launching of their new issue “Harvest”.