Windows are never enough as long as the King and the Queen of every window on this planet popped up. On the second trash[er] hunt our friendly window company introduced us to the King and the Queen Window. The most beautiful and royal couple an upcycled greenhouse could have ever wished to be made of. Additionally, the King and the Queen had a splendid daughter, Miss Door, that joined delightfully the greenhouse family. A younger car and a strong trailer were called for support and the result was astonishing. The two knights, Sir Manu and Sir Sam, managed to escort the new royal members safely to the castle of the Princess Helena who was impatiently waiting for celebrating the union of the greenhouse family.
Thursday 17th March | THE TRASH[ER] HUNT
The sun is shining and livin is easy … a perfect day to start the practical part of our project. The Agenda: Take Manu’s old Volvo, add some nice music, a couple of working gloves and venture out into the fearsome industrial jungle of Boländerna on a hunt for rubbish materials later to be transformed into a functionally practical & aesthetically appealing greenhouse.
The first destination seems obvious: The rubbish tip. It couldn’t start worse, however: Talking to the personnel, ready to jump into the dumpsters, we learn that, “rubbish, once in the containers, is private property” ... it would be stealing to take it out again!
We’re here on a mission, so we stop ourselves from discussing the rationale behind such a rule and swiftly move on to other hunting grounds: the lumberyard belonging to Beyers. Here our luck turns: we meet friendly personnel and plenty of wooden planks and plastic sheets that we eagerly cram into the car. Inspired by this stroke of luck, we navigate on to Bauhaus and then to IKEA - with equally fruitful results.
It’s noon by now, and we are hungry and quite content with our first dumpster-diver-accomplishments, so we decide to reward ourselves with a Veggie Burger and some fries, before heading back to the Waldorf school in Hågaby, where we can store the material in an old shed. Already on our way, however, we get the sudden notion to check out a nearby window company ... more with the aim of investigating, whether they have any idea, where (if possible at all) to get hold of old windows than actually expecting to find them here. Yet, you guessed correctly: it is exactly this that happens. Innocent like the most innocent of trash collectors, content like the most content of dumpster divers, we hit the holiest of holy jackpots! Not only are the owners super friendly and interested in our project, but they have a whole container filled with old windows that they are more than happy to get rid of: “Come back anytime”, they say! And boy, do we take those words to heart: The next 3-4 hours we spend shuttling back-and-forth between the window company and our storage at Waldorf school ... high on something that might be called ‘the trash[er] hunter’s happiness’!
There is a possibility to pick up and leave food at three places at Uppsala University! Do you wonder where? Well, here's the answer! Check them out.
/The LivsmeDela crew
So we have enabled the possibility of giving food to other peers if you're going away, bought to much or simply want to share and give some joy to other people!
We have three fridges;
Blåsenhus at the entrance from Botan.
Engelska Parken, student pentry 3-1014.
Ångström, stora lunchrummet Ång. 1K1636.
Check them out!
Blåsenhus at the entrance from Botan.
So, we're continuing in our project with organizing a workshop in order to educate peers about food waste.
We decided to have the workshop at the sustainability festival instead of a separate date at the CEMUS library. The reason to this is because of limited time to plan the workshop and the interest to participate was not as high as expected. We figured the interest at the festival would be higher among the participants and it is more spontaneously to attend. We have started to write down the content and the structure of the workshop and we have defined which parts we want to include. As a teaser, we can tell you that it is going to include some handicraft!
Also, our blog is evolving nicely and we have got some feedback from readers - so fun! One post about how to take care of over ripe tomatoes were especially popular! You can read the full post: https://livsmedela.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/grow-your-own-tomatoes/
Bye bye food waste!
Solar Easy Kit
Solar kit in Sweden? Yes, that works even in Sweden. In nowadays technology we could harness the energy that comes form the sun to its potential, if we intend to do so.
We thinK that the sun is our survival path in tackling climate change consequences. We therefore want to promote this alternative among people, specially young students for there roles in the future. They could tell other friends and families and from mouth to mouth we raise awareness in the society.
As the purpose of our project is educational, we intend to make a workshop in a school where where show the student (aged 14-15 year old) our prototype and how to build a solar kit in a simple way.
So far, we got contacted with Engelska skola in Uppsala, they agree to host the workshop. They tricky part is the materials. We have been in contacts with our stakeholders to funding the elements we need to build our prototype. We have not managed to get a good deal, by we are still trying to. We are concern about the time limit, in worse case we will by the elements from the internet.
In the beginning of our project, we asked ourselves, why is it happening?
We came up with these three explanations.
- Missing creativity: people don’t know what to do with the food they bought and leftovers.
- Disconnectedness to food: it seems that people do not see the value behind the food; it’s like a consumer good that can be replaced.
- Overconsumption: people buy more than they need.
We would like to do something about this, here in Uppsala. So we started the LivsmeDela project.
It consist of three parts:
- An online platform
- A Workshop
- Encourage people to share their leftovers with their friends.
We will tell you more about the seperate parts more in detail. Yay!
So finally came the day we met our classes at the school. We spent 30 minutes in each class to introduce the topics, stimulate thinking and give them a week to make preparations before our return the following week. These pictures tell the story....