In October last year we were delighted to host 21 people from Spain, Portugal and Italy for our very first ‘Zero Waste’ Youth Exchange program, right here on the grounds of Sunseed. Financed by Erasmus+, the program raised awareness on waste around the world and demonstrated how we as individuals can easily reduce our environmental impact. During our workshops we delved into a mixture of theoretical and practical activities from introductions into upcycling, urban permaculture and the circular economy, to demonstrations of our solar cooker and the use of local medicinal herbs.
The concept of Zero Waste is a firm commitment to reducing, reusing and recycling – to minimising the amount of resources we use and throw away, by buying less and repurposing as many used materials as possible. A big part of our Zero Waste program was to equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to minimise their waste impact at home and to create a space for networking and the sharing of innovative ideas. At the end of the week a feeling of empowerment and social responsibility was felt amongst the students, and many went on to host talks and workshops in their own cities.
“It only took a one-week trip to a haven in the middle of a semi-arid desert to shift my life perspective radically. Unlike many times, when everything fades away after getting back to regular life, I’ve decided to do everything in my power to use the momentum and inspiration I got from the Zero Waste program to the fullest!” – Bernardo, program participant.