Name Društvo Ekologi brez meja (Ecologists without borders)
Title Ne meč’mo hrane stran! (Let’s not waste food!)
Where Are They Located?
- Ljubljana, Slovenia
About The Project
We carried out the first pilot study in Slovenia on the current situation and the possibilities of preventing food waste in a hospital and a home for the elderly. The results have shown that at least 5,700 tons (6,700,000 €) of food per year are discarded in hospitals at the state level and at least 3,600 tons of food in homes for senior citizens. Following the weighing of all prepared and discarded food during a period of time we have prepared recommendations for minimising this kind of waste. As crucial factors for wasting food in these institutions we have among others identified insufficient communication between departments, unadjusted portion sizes and the way of serving food (distributing food on trays results in 2.4 times more food waste than distribution in bigger food containers). As we know that households are the main culprit for the amount of food discarded in Slovenia, we also focused on them. We prepared a big advertising campaign for which we managed to get over 100.000 € of free advertising space in national and local media with more than 600 TV broadcasts, 230 radio broadcasts and over 80 billboards. The campaign and project have been covered by the media 216 times so far. The wider public has also been addressed through several screenings of the (translated) movie Just Eat It! In the third part of the project, we have cooperated with the Association of Pensioners' Associations of Slovenia, with whom we have developed and conducted workshops for retired and elementary children. The purpose of the workshops was intergenerational cooperation and the transfer of lost and forgotten practices of food prevention techniques.