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By September 2023No Comments

Plastic free Lunches at Waldorfschule Innsbruck

The Waldorfschule Innbsruck became aware of the project because of our successful community projects from the first round of SCPs. A first initial meeting between the MOST team Innsbruck and some teacher from the Waldorfschule led to a brainstorming about what is possible and how School Community Projects can be carried out in the given framework of the school.

Back in school, the students begun brainstorming about possible projects, therefore they observed the everyday life in school and became aware of some problems concerning waste topic issues.

Together they discussed on whom to involve in the community project with the result, that especially the family members and the neighborhood close by were integrated in the project. It shows a different approach as seen in the energy scout project, which is a reason, why we want to list this project as one of our best practice examples, as well.

The decision made, on what project to carry out, the students started to think of how to carry out the project. Observing their classmates in the lunch breaks, they recognized, that a lot of the students uses plastic bottles or lunch, which is wrapped up in plastic. So they decided to organize plastic free lunch to share their knowledge with the classmates. Since then, every Friday there is a plastic free lunch in the school, with everyone participating.

In several meetings they were thinking about what they can do and how they can find a solution. In the ende the solution found was to buy glass bottles, which can be refilled again and again. The remaining question was, what to serve the classmates. It should be healthy, with a low carbon foodprint and of course plastic free packed. The students decided to ask the local fruit supplier for support. Willing to participate, he provided fruit and vegetables for the project. To keep the carbon footprint as small as possible they searched for reusable kitchen machines to work on their smoothies.

The dissemination strategy was quite impressive in this case. Beside drawing a poster, which is in the school now, we received social media posts on facebook, where the project MOST was introduced and the School community project was presented as well. In addition, the students organized to participate on a local Christmas market, where they presented their idea and results and sold plasticfree drinks. In this case the students played a big part as multiplicators of the MOST idea and sustainable acting.

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