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The Rubbish Cafe in London raised awareness about the wastefulness of single-use plastics

The Rubbish Cafe, a London pop-up created by Belgian company Ecover, let its customers use recyclable plastic waste as payment for zero-waste vegetarian fare like grain and rice bowls as part of a clean living campaign. The cafe, which was located in Covent Garden on May 3 and 4, was designed to call attention to issues of sustainability surrounding single-use plastics.

Instead of cash, patrons were able to exchange one piece of plastic, like a bottle or takeout container, for a complimentary meal and a reusable Ecover detergent bottle. The environmentally-conscious menu was created by chef Tom Hunt, with coffee provided by Over Under. The cafe is just the latest of Ecover’s sustainability efforts. The company is working to make all of its bottles completely recyclable by 2020 and plans to test biodegradable packaging made from materials like potato-based plastic by then as well.

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The Rubbish Cafe, a London pop-up created by Belgian company Ecover, let its customers use recyclable plastic waste as payment for zero-waste vegetarian fare like grain and rice bowls as part of a clean living campaign. The cafe, which was located in Covent Garden on May 3 and 4, was designed to call attention to issues of sustainability surrounding single-use plastics.

Paid for my lunch with a milk carton earlier today @EcoverUK‘s pop-up Rubbish Cafe. So good to see so many people talking about how to reduce #PLASTICWASTE! #LETSLIVECLEAN pic.twitter.com/xytrSeivWI