Zero waste restauranteur
Dutch-born Joost Bakker is the creator of hospitality venues Greenhouse by Joost and Silo By Joost, as well as the building company Built By Joost. Over the last two decades he has worked on a multitude of concepts and products that have encompassed sustainable design practices.
Driven by making a difference to the world, Joost’s innovations in building materials, waste treatment and nutrition are attracting global interest. Living in a time where there are many challenges and uncertainties regarding resources and the state of the environment, people are welcoming Joost’s pioneering ideas and thinking. Joost is regularly invited to share the principles behind what he does, in order to inspire others to contribute to a better future.
Joost’s next project is names “Futurecave”, a new development Joost plans to build early next year, converting a decontaminated former service station into case-study sustainable houses. Bakker’s aim is to demonstrate an affordable solution to the roof-top garden – and encourage others to do the same. A documentary team is following the journey and so are we! Futurecave’s deceptively simple name hints at this ambition. Food and shelter may be primitive basic requirements. With Futurecave, food is the shelter. Or as the documentary working title says on the tin, “Eat my house”.
"I've set myself a goal of growing 5,000 kilograms of food on [the Kallista] building. That's a combination of fish, root vegetables, cucumbers, tomatoes. The ambition is to create a home that feeds its inhabitants and eliminates the waste it generates, and improve the health of people living in it."