Kick off a zero-waste weekend. 

As part of Bangkok Design Week (Jan 27-Feb 4), Thonglor's foodie mall The Commons is dedicating a full day to sustainability workshops and zero-waste food and drink. 

This Saturday (Jan 27, 10am-late), the Not So Wasted! event will feature activities like a workshop dedicated to the basics of composting, a "surplus dinner" demonstration and pop-up bars serving drinks made from salvaged ingredients.

Proceedings kick off at 10am with a two-hour workshop (B500) led by Bangkok Soap Opera on how to recycle cooking oil into liquid soap, followed by free composting workshops from 1pm.

Then the scene is set for the winner of Top Chef Thailand 2017, chef Chudaree "Tam" Debhakamand, and Roast chef Pimmara Tangsukkasemsun to demonstrate the art of turning leftovers into creative dishes (4-6pm). There will be samples of their creations on offer, too.

From 6pm till late, some of city's coolest bars and beverage experts—including Coastal, Bootleggers, Broccoli Revolution, Soul Food Mahanakorn, Don Kuson and Pink Flamingo—will serve concoctions made from surplus fruits and homemade syrups. 

Bootleggers will also give a demo (6-7pm) on how to create your own cocktails from unused fruits, plus other eco-friendly techniques. 

A talk from 7-8pm will see the likes of chef Tam, Abigail Smith (Thai-SOS), Madeleine Recknagel (BU and Sustainable Self), Wanrob Wararasdr (Asylum Access), Naya Ehrlich-Adam (Broccoli Revolution) and Alex Chou (Grandma Jinn and Lamai) discuss ways to reduce waste in day-to-day life. 

As part of the campaign, The Commons is also running a canned food drive until Feb 28 alongside "food-rescue" organization Thai-SOS (read our interview here), who will turn the donated items into nutritious meals for those in need.

The Commons, Thonglor Soi 17, 089-152-2677