The Zero Waste project begins

17 Nov 21

The Zero Waste project begins and the website starts up! Here you will find all the resources you need to immerse yourself in this sustainable way of life. Here you will find everything from educational guides to workshops, infographics and practical advice.

In our “Intellectual Outputs” section you can find everything you need to learn more about how your food waste affects the world and what you can do to reduce it dynamically. Through gamified activities, you will discover different methods and develop critically and informed thinking to make decisions based on scientific knowledge.

In addition, we will periodically expand the website contents with infographics, tips and advice, which you can also receive through our newsletter. If you are a teacher interested in taking part in this project and bringing the activities to your school, please contact us.

Together we can reduce food waste and avoid its environmental impact!

What is Zero Waste?

17 Nov 21

Welcome to the Zero Waste project! If you were searching for a project with which you could learn how to reduce your environmental impact through reducing waste, you are in the right place.

The Zero Waste project tries to raise awareness on how our actions affect our environment through innovative educational methods, such as gamification. But the project tries to reach further than that.

Our main objective is to promote social inclusion in rural areas in the education field with content related to Food Waste. To do so, we intend to improve the professional development of teachers by creating educational gamification tools with scientific content.

On our website, you will find many educational resources available and ready to be used, so if you are new to the Zero Waste philosophy, you will be able to take your first steps with us.

Get to discover Zero Waste!

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

30 Sep 21

Today, 29th September, is International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, and the ZERO WASTE project has released its first findings.

These initial results comprise and present information gathered from a questionnaire distributed to individuals aged between 18 and 60 years old in Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and Romania. The questionnaire asked respondents about their shopping and habits and investigated perceived causes of food waste.

The results reveal that in the majority of the participants’ houses, relevant factors that contribute to food waste include purchasing more than necessary (16%), leftovers (18%), and “use-by” dates (19%). In relation to the latter, 24% of the respondents consider “use-by” to be synonymous with “best before” dates.

The questionnaire also explored the respondents’ views on food waste prevention. 22% of those surveyed believe that social initiatives are the most effective measures for raising societal awareness and reducing wastage. When asked how COVID-19 restrictions had affected their shopping habits, 52% of the respondents stated that it had changed the ways in which they manage food at home; for instance, they now tend to plan more efficiently and avoid extra shopping trips by compiling weekly menus, stocking more provisions, managing portions and rations, and ensuring that they had efficient refrigeration and storage.

Finally, respondents were asked to express their main concerns about food waste at home, and their main considerations when buying food. The data emerging from the first question revealed that 45% of the respondents are concerned about ethical aspects, while the remainder are concerned about environmental factors (28%) and economic factors (27%). Regarding the latter question, 23% of the respondents stated that that food prices are a major influential factor, while a minority said that buying local produce and having value for money are important. This last issue is a significant one, as it demonstrated that most consumers base their dietary choices on economic factors as opposed to making optimal decisions based on other considerations, such as health.

These outcomes support the view that such outreach activities are essential in raising consumer awareness and encouraging people to adopt best practices in food shopping and dietary habits.