This post was going to be about efficient house design, but I was side-tracked watching the visionary Joost Bakker on Gardening Australia (ABC Television). If you haven’t heard of him, Joost Bakker is a Dutch born Australian designer, restaurateur and innovator, who opened a futuristic pop up restaurant in 2008 at Federation Square, Melbourne.
The ‘Greenhouse‘ was unique in being constructed of light gauge steel, straw and plywood with recycled decor and a zero waste policy. A roof garden supplied organic vegetables for the restaurant. This concept is replicated with the permanent café Silo by Joost in Hardware Street, Melbourne, a permanent Greenhouse in Perth and the soon to be Greenhouse in the East End of London.
By using recycled and sustainable recyclable materials, Joost Bakker shows how closed loop production can work. Closed Loop Production or Closed Loop Systems is based on the principle that we are responsible for everything we generate and consume, so our base materials and processes are safe, sustainable, renewable and recyclable.
My big challenge is how to apply this to the Eucalypso label and every day living. The studio and house are now solar powered during daylight hours, so this is one small step in the right direction.