Meet Nolla, the cabin without a carbon footprint


Neste is building a prototype of a cabin that has a minimal environmental impact in terms of both carbon dioxide emissions and concrete impact on nature. The Nolla (= zero) cabin, fashioned by Finnish designer Robin Falck, is located just outside Helsinki city center, on the Vallisaari island, and has been built from sustainable materials and is designed for a simple lifestyle with minimal to no emissions, taking into account the surrounding nature in every respect.

Located on the island of Vallisaari, the eco cabin will be in Vallisaari until the end of September, demonstrating a lifestyle that generates minimal to no emissions. The designer hopes that it will encourage people to consider how modern solutions and innovations could enable sustainable cabin living. The cabin has been designed to use building materials as effectively as possible and is the size of a small bedroom and can be assembled and transported without heavy machinery, leaving its environment nearly untouched.

The energy supply of the cabin is entirely renewable; electricity is generated by solar panels, whilst the Wallas stove, reserved for cooking and heating, runs entirely on Neste MY Renewable Diesel, made 100 per cent from waste and residue. The Aava Lines raft operating between Helsinki city centre and Vallisaari will also run on Neste MY Renewable diesel that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 per cent.

“An ecological lifestyle does not only require giving up unsustainable commodities, but also discovering modern, sustainable solutions that can be used instead. This has been an essential part of the design of Nolla,” says Falck.

First to visit the cabin on the 18-19 August, are artist and multi-talent Sara Forsberg, also known as SAARA, Youtube personality Joonas Pesonen, and photographers Joonas Linkola and Janita Autio. During the weekend, they will explore the different aspects of living with minimal emissions. SAARA will also spend the night in the cabin. Their journey will be guided by Finnish zero waste influencer Otso Sillanaukee, who has written a guide on sustainable everyday living. The Nolla cabin is available for booking through Airbnb


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