Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
The saying goes that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Whilst it’s difficult to pinpoint the precise author of this pithicism (possibly Chambers Journal of popular literature, science and arts, 1879) it’s been used as the backbone for many a business in recent years – just look at eBay and Gumtree.
But eco-entrepreneur Joost Bakker has taken the brave step to use it as the basis of his new restaurant, BROTHL in Melbourne. Far from being a place to ‘have a good time’, its focus is on reusing unwanted offal and bones from local restaurants to make a range of tasty, nutrient-rich broths. Customers can then add their own choice of locally grown organic meat and veg.
“Worldwide, nutrients are being dumped into landfill,” says Bakker. “At the same time our food is becoming less nutrient-dense. Limiting organic waste by up cycling these nutrients back into the food system is what BROTHL is about.”
Bakker is no stranger to the world of repurposing ‘waste’ for better purposes. In 2012 he opened The Greenhouse Restaurant, which collected customers’ urine and turned it into crop fertiliser. Yummy.
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What happens to the feathers of chickens killed to make nuggets? To the wool of lambs slaughtered for Sunday roasts? Or the hide of cows used for meat?
Hang on, we can answer that last one. At least, we can if you live in New York. Husband and wife team Andrew Tarlow and Kate Huling are a restaurateur and leather goods specialist respectively. They both require one common ingredient – cattle – so they use the same cows.
Huling has just opened a pop-up store selling her range of Marlow Goods in the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, the same hotel which houses Reynard, her husband’s restaurant. So you can pop in to buy a leather handbag then eat a grass-fed burger made from the same cow.
All the produce comes from a slaughterhouse within three hours of New York City, creating a hyper-local, fully transparent framework for both businesses.
Talk about a marriage made in heaven. Could this kind of mutually beneficial partnership form the basis of a new dating site?
Freshly squeezed carrot juice. Goji berry, lentil and acai smoothie. A can of full-fat Coke. Chances are, if you asked people to name a healthy and nutritious drink, Coca Cola wouldn’t be high up their list.
But what’s a brand to do? Rather than hiding the nutrition of its brown fizz, Coca Cola is now choosing to comply with the UK Government’s front-of-pack nutritional labelling, which is totally voluntary.
The fronts of UK Coca Cola bottles and cans will now be graced with little white labels outlining calories and how much fat, saturated fat, sodium and sugar you’re about to slurp.
Next step: replacing the personalised ‘share a Coke’ names with numbers of local dentists and dieticians.
Hardcore, softcore, normcore. Meet the new buzzword taking the fashion world by storm, one slouchy jersey t-shirt at a time.
Apparently, Millenials are fed-up with over-styled, pretentious fashion and are going back to basics with brands like Birkenstock and Uniqlo.
‘Normcore’ was coined by New York trend forecasters K-Hole, made a household phrase by New York magazine, and has now been adopted by Gap. When the term first popped up, the brand tweeted ‘We’ve been carrying your #normcore staples since 1969’. And now it’s splashed across billboards and TV ads for their autumn 2014 campaign.
Want to get in on the trend? All you need is a t-shirt, hoodie and a pair of jeans. Wow, you’re a natural.
No time to make a cup of coffee in the morning? Queue at Starbucks snaking round the block? Colleagues finished off the last of the pot? Now you don’t need a cup of Joe to wake you up in the morning. You just need to brush your teeth.
Russian oral care company R.O.C.S has developed a toothpaste loaded with taurine, which gives you a minty morning boost while you brush your teeth. You can already get shower gels and shampoos made with the stuff, but this is the first ‘energy’ toothpaste of its kind.