The Wonderwater Café at Leila’s East-London Shop is a pop-up space designed to raise awareness around the water-footprint of what we eat and drink. Opened for this year’s London Design Festival, this small but busy eatery sells only a few simple yummy dishes. An idea by Jane Withers and Kari Korkman (both experts on responsibly sourced food), and developed with the help of Dr. Naho Mirumachi (a water expert form King’s College London), the Wonderwater Café is a lovely spot that informs and delights people all in one go.
At the Wonderwater Café, we learned that in Britain each person consumes 4645 liters of water daily, and half of it is used to produce food. While drinking from the free, filtered tap water provided for each table, we discover that agriculture is the most water-intensive human activity in the world. Gulp. A kitchen sign reminds staff and visitors “Only 3% of the world’s water is fresh water.”
No-glue-no-screw wooden furniture and a recycled glass floor are the green interior choices for this beautiful London hub. After their meal, visitors are encouraging to answer how much water they were provided while eating — the menus provide a handy breakdown.
We are not sure if customers chose what to eat by its water footprint, the price, or just by what they were fancying at the time, but at least the little pop-up got people thinking while they ate.
Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat