Green Spoon Project | Rethink food waste

One-third of all food produced in the world in a year goes into the garbage. In Metro Vancouver, almost 200,000 tonnes of food ends up in landfills each year.


The good news is that, according to the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, around 50% of this waste is avoidable. Moreover, it can be achieved by changing simple daily habits without sacrificing time, money, or the enjoyment of food.


The PMC team believe that small initiatives can add up to big changes in our community.


Thus, as Langara Students, we sought to address the food waste issue by implementing  the following initiatives on campus on April 3rd and 4th, 2018:

Education Initiative:

An online and off-line communication campaign featuring awareness on ways to reduce food waste on campus. 

Food Recovery Initiative:

Set up a Share Table* at Langara to test its feasibility as a long-term initiative. 


*Share table: a space where students can place unwanted packed food and drinks for other students to take.

Recycling Initiative:

 An ambassador group to stand by the Langara cafeteria bins to help students to properly throw their waste away, reducing the contamination of the organic waste.  

Project Achievements:

We reached a great number of Langara students with the initiatives implemented, as detailed below: 

We had the great honor to present this project at the 2018 Vancouver Wideman Education Foundation Competition.

We connected with some inspiring people and organizations that helped us to make all this happen.

  • Phil Mentacos | Project Management Instructor at Langara (Project’s Sponsor)
  • Dwayne Doornbosch | Director of Facilities at Langara
  • Alison Schatz | Love Food Hate Waste Campaign 
  • Tim Huguet | Proofreader
  • Felipe Moreira, Raphael Gomes, Flora Hua, Eduardo Nascimento, Nancy Pham and Guido Ruiz | Volunteers

Thank you all!


Conclusion:

What we learned from this project, will last forever in our lives. 

We are effectively rethinking food waste and adopting new habits to avoid edible food ending up in the landfill, and we would like to invite all of you to do the same.


For tips about how to avoid food waste, follow the project Instagram: @greenspoon_pmc


PMC team: Ana Gonsalves, Fernanda Maximo, Luiz Di Serio, Tatiane Procopio 

School: Langara College 

Course: Post Degree - Business Administration and Post Degree - Marketing Management