If you’ve been wondering how to maintain a kitchen that produces no waste whatsoever, take a look at this project. Designed by Austria-based furniture designer Ivana Steiner, this modern zero-waste kitchen incorporates unique features to be as environmentally conscious as any room of the home could ever hope to be.
Steiner put in the work to develop this zero-waste kitchen concept. She conducted field research, put together a zero-waste focus group and spoke with local shopkeepers and customers in Vienna.
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The design uses recycled materials such as stainless steel and glass and is built around a large table that can be used for cooking, food prep and eating. The kitchen itself has everything you need to create an environmentally friendly space. There’s a worm box, baskets for fruits and vegetables and glass containers to store all sorts of other foodstuffs.
There are linen storage bags, and there’s a vertical herb garden that produces fresh herbs. The worm box can be used to keep the soil healthy and organic. The worm box also works as a compost container where kitchen and lawn scraps break down and become nutrient-rich, dark soil.
A water jug collects excess water that is used when waiting for the faucet to heat up, for example. This can also be used to water the herb garden. This is a truly circular and self-sustaining design.
Minimalism often goes hand-in-hand with the zero-waste lifestyle, so this kitchen doesn’t have wall cabinets. There’s also no dishwasher, but there is a double sink.
This kitchen design isn’t made for a specific home; it’s made for any home. The design was created to work anywhere. There’s even an apartment version that’s more compact. Building a better tomorrow begins with better design. Rooms like this zero-waste kitchen are a great start.
Images via Ivana Steiner