While a large part of the world’s population has to live with scarce resources, at home we throw away a lot of food that could be taken advantage of.
Throwing food away, besides wasting the natural, technical, and human resources necessary for its production, also means generating waste, as well as its impact and the additional costs involved in waste disposal. So when it comes to preventing waste, we are talking about much more than taking full advantage of food. We’re talking about a responsible, critical attitude towards consumption and an effort to reduce the amount of waste we produce.
We understand time in school lunchrooms to be an educational opportunity to acquire healthy eating habits and social skills. We have the opportunity to raise the awareness of future generations regarding sustainable models. So we saw the opportunity of setting up the Weigh and Think project as a tool for developing a critical awareness of food consumption and a proactive attitude towards reducing food waste and waste production in general.
A pilot test was carried out from January to June, 2014. Starting the second month, and in a sustained manner, we achieved a reduction of 35% in food waste and 50% in the production of waste. Since then, the project has been implemented in schools in Catalonia.
Children, the driving force behind the change towards responsible consumption
Over the course of the 2014-2015 school year over 3000 children participated in this activity for schools in the Vallès Occidental, Baix Llobregat, Anoia, Penedès and Barcelonès counties.
Interest in food waste. The children and youth news program at children's television channel Super 3 and the Trend section of the La Vanguardia newspaper explained the process involved in setting the project up in a school lunchroom.