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2 Filipino Women Serve Up Savory Sustainable Tacos from Their Quirky GuacTruck

Posted By Tafline Laylin On March 1, 2012 @ 9:24 am In Architecture,Gallery,Green Graphics & Packaging,Green Transportation,Innovation | No Comments

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Michealle Lee and Natassha Chan [1] had to endure several meetings with the overseers of Manila’s chic Bonifacio Global City before they could convince them that the Guactruck is by no means a roach coach [2], according to Core 77. After winning them out, they had to find customers. At first only foreigners came by for a taste, but now the tacos and burrito bowls served on an assembly line are a huge hit among locals too.

Not only do they use local ingredients [3] to keep their food miles low, but they encourage their customers to recycle by offering an incentive program. After returning ten packages, which either Lee or Chan take to a nearby recycling center [4] for processing, a customer gets a free meal. The cutlery is biodegradable, the interior is fitted with energy-efficient LED lighting, and the retrofitted Mitsubishi L300 truck goes on a hiatus during the heat of the day to cut down on energy use. The rest of the time, given that they are a mobile service, a small generator provides powers.

The Guactruck is completely accountable to its social and environmental context, but it is also chic, which sends such a healthy message to the community that has grown up around it. What a fabulous concept and what fabulous women!

+ Guactruck [1]

Via Core77 [5]

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[1] Michealle Lee and Natassha Chan: http://www.guactruck.com/design.html

[2] roach coach: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_truck

[3] local ingredients: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_food

[4] recycling center: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/inhabitat-visits-the-new-les-ecology-centers-e-waste-collection-warehouse-in-gowanus/

[5] Core77: http://www.core77.com/blog/food/tasty_sustainable_tacos_with_manilas_first_designer_food_truck_21851.asp

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