If you order a pizza-to-go from Warung Laos, you will be pleasantly surprised by the pizza box: it’s not the usual cardboard with colorful graphics and loud information about how you could order more pizzas from them. And you won’t end up feeling guilty about throwing stacks of (stained) paper boards, which have to be cleaned and recycled, using plenty of energy and water resources. Nope. Because their pizza box is made of woven bamboo, the kind you would get in a much smaller size when buying mochi (glutinous rice cake with sweet fillings, a typical ‘souvenir food’ from Bandung).
What’s so great about using woven bamboo box? First, it’s not made of paper; it doesn’t come from a tree so you don’t have to wait tens of years to get another boxes coming. You only have to wait for three years to make new boxes – without any damaging effect to our rain forest! And, producing the boxes, you actually provide jobs for the weavers, because it is all done manually, using basic weaving skills.
Inside, the pizza is covered in bread paper, with prints containing information about the restaurant (to make up for the ‘plain’ package?). Condiments (ketchup and chili sauce) that go with the pizza are not the industrial sachet you’d normally find in fast-food restaurant. Instead, these sauces are packed in a sealed mini plastic sachet. Who knows which version is better for the environment, but the latter one is arguably cheaper.
Last but not least, the pizza itself is a winner: it has crisp thin crust, delicious and generous topping – even unusual ones (banana & blueberry pizza, anyone?). It is, overall, a unique experience. Where else could you find pizza-to-go in a box with personality?
Jl. Prof. Eyckman 2 (Cihampelas) BANDUNG
Tel: +62 (0)22 203 0516