Showcase “Food and climate” collaboration Antwerp and Zurich


Since September, there was an intense collaboration between the Swiss and Belgian classes and teachers. Here you can explore the results : listen, see, read …

The students’ teams present their project, both as an audio pitch and a written report and/or presentation created and experienced in the collaboration process of several weeks. The projects have been developed in the context of cross-border and cross-cultural collaborations and are based on The Horse concept (the-horse.education). A big challenge was that the Antwerp teams could only use 1 lesson per week and the holiday periods did not overlap.

Contents of the 6 teams’ contributions

1. Biopackaging ↓
2. Counteracting food waste ↓
3. Green Walls ↓
4. Maritime transportation ↓
5. Reduce the ecological footprint ↓
6. Say no to food waste ↓

1. Biopackaging

Listen to our message to the world! by Reinoud, Rahib, Catherine

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Unfolding the term

Bioplastic is really a generic term
‘bio’ – biological origin of the material, biological degradability of the material
There is waste -> it’s bio-degradable.

How can you change the packaging problem?

  • Influence your local store by giving them tips
  • Ask them to introduce paper bags in their market
  • Get very angry at your family members that buy pre-packaged vegetables
  • Spread the message trough social media!

Solution for a mass producers

  • Make your packaging creative and beautiful
  • Make real designer packages so people will keep them instead of throwing them away
  • Make the packages a collectors item
  • Sell it for an attractive price

Biopackaging presentation slides (PDF)
Biopackaging  report (PDF)
by Axel, Daan, Iben, Owen

Contribution of the collaboration team from Zurich: Sustainable Packaging

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2. Counteracting food waste

Listen to our message to the future!

Each year, about 88 billion tonnes of food are wasted in the EU! (picture source europa.eu)

Each year, about 88 billion tonnes of food are wasted in the EU. This is a huge amount and it causes both economical as environmental problems. That’s why we decided to investigate the causes, consequences and possible solutions of wasting food. This is what we have found out about it!

Counteracting foodwaste report (PDF)
by Anton & Joppe

Contribution of the collaboration teams from Zurich and India:
End Food Waste – The Challenge
Food waste in supermarkets
foodwaste at weddings

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3. Green Walls

Message to the future from Brik, Seppe, Aurélie and Antonela

Message to the future from April, Chloe, Jo-Lynne

Green walls at the Antwerp central city library

Green walls do beautify a city, we can only encourage this project. It has a lot of advantages such as producing oxygen, replacing bricks and of course they make the city more beautiful. We do know that different countries have different climates, but the greens walls are possible in every country, you just use different types of plants. It is both possible to make greens walls outside and inside.

There are always disadvantages for every project and for this one the price may be the one. It costs a lot of money, but we do think it’s worth every euro!

Conclusion
We only try to look at the advantages and we encourage this project!

Green walls for a green city (PDF)
by Brik, Seppe, Aurélie and Antonela

Green walls Report (PDF)
by April, Chloe, Jo-Lynne

Contribution of the collaboration team from Zurich: Green walls for a green City!

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4. Maritime transportation

Listen to our message to the future!

Antwerp, 2nd biggest container harbour in Europe, so important for food transportation! (Photo source: vesseltracker.com)

Maritime transportation of food: Is it ecological or can we still do better? To find out please read our full report.

Maritime transportation  report (PDF)
by Lisa, Evelyn, Sarah, Mayli, Jorn

Contribution of the collaboration team from Zurich: Maritime Transportation Challenges

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5. Reduce the ecological footprint

Listen to our message to the future!

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Our mentality needs to change from ‘More is better’ to ‘Less is more’. Once you’ve determined what your ecological footprint is, you can create a plan to reduce it. Try breaking down your consumption into categories: food, home and travel.

According to the WWF, food comprises 10% of the average person’s eco footprint. Typically, people who eat meat and cheese have larger footprints than vegetarians and vegans. Most animal products come from large, industrial farms, which require a lot of energy and water to operate. A tip for reducing consumption would simply be cutting back on meats and cheeses or buying them from a local, organic source.

How much energy you use at home makes up about 20% of your footprint. You can reduce this number by using energy-efficient products in your house and turning off lights, entertainment devices, electronic appliances and water faucets when they are not needed. Travel makes up the bulk (35%) of every person’s ecological footprint. Planes and cars use a tremendous amount of fossil fuels, which emit carbon when burned. Taking public transportation and carpooling or buying and driving a flex fuel, hybrid, or electric car is also a great way to reduce your environmental impact.

Ecological footprint report (PDF)
by Laurens, Maria Sol, Warit

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6. Say no to food waste

Listen to our message to the future!

Photo by Lise

The subject of food waste is a hot topic, because our world is changing really quick due to environmental changes. We think it’s necessary to give this subject more attention! It’s important to know that we all play a part in the changing world. And if we want to change anything we have to do it together and now. So if you want to prevent food waste, you can use the application ‘Too good to go’. Stores give away some ‘magic bag’s per day which you can buy for a significantly low price. Those bag’s consist of food that wasn’t sold that day. It’s something we really recommend you to do to prevent food waste!

Say no to foodwaste report (PDF)
Lise Mous, Marie Heyman, Laura Corman

Contribution of the collaboration teams from Zurich and India:
End Food Waste – The Challenge
Food waste in supermarkets
foodwaste at weddings

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