The Real Junk Food Project is a social enterprise company that intercepts food, which would have otherwise been wasted. They then create innovative dishes from "Junk Food" and sell it on a pay-as-you-feel basis, from their growing network of cafés around the UK and worldwide.
Visitors can pay for food in time, services or money and we saw great potential with this trade model. With this philosophy in mind, it made perfect sense that the Armley community who use the café could use their skills and expertise to to regenerate the existing space.
Adam Smith, founder of The Real Junk Food Project, is doing so much to highlight and tackle the problem of senseless food waste on our planet and on a local level, Armley Junk-tion gives so much to our home community so we were delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to them.
To reflect the zero-waste ethos, RE-VIVE created a fully recycled interior concept that uses waste materials to create furniture for the café. We produced a set of visuals to outline the design; these were then displayed in the café to get interest from the amazing network of volunteers that make the project possible.
The interior is still developing by the volunteers who use the café, making it a real community space, made and used by the local people; and all created with materials that our society has grown to accept as 'junk'. We believe that this design and concept really does highlight the power and spirit of this social enterprise company, and acts as real-life demonstration that we have a problem with waste in our society, and that something can be done about it.