Sno:la, the Eco-Friendly Frozen Yogurt Shop

Sno:la, the Eco-Friendly Frozen Yogurt Shop
Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 12 march 2009

We’re starting to see more fast-food concepts embrace eco-friendly business practices. Danku is a good example we found in NYC. And now there’s Sno:la, a frozen yogurt shop with a commitment to operating with limited impact on the environment. With a prototype store in Beverly Hills firmly established, recently a second shop in Kyoto, Japan has opened.

Sno:la’s owner Masako Kawashima specifically chose Kyoto as a symbolic nod to the protocol agreement to reduce international greenhouse gas emissions. AkarStudios developed the design which uses reclaimed lumber locally sourced from demolished buildings. They also installed soy-painted concrete floors. Much of  the furniture is made of recyclable cardboard and the counter tops are constructed from recycled circuit boards. Solar panels on the roof generate a portion of power for the yogurt machines. Like Danku, biodegradable cups and spoons are given to customers. Masako wanted every Sno:la to be a “no plastic zone”.

Sno:la will soon expand to sites in Tokyo and Osaka in Japan, plus New York, Paris and Santa Monica, Calif.

[via vmsd]


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