Waste Policy

Have blogs replaced Grandmothers, and how does this relate to food waste?


20 Oct 2017

Written by

ZWE Staff


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How often do you check on your grandmother and how often do you read a blog? Just kidding. But there is a truth to this headline. It doesn’t have to correlate with how often you see your grandmother, but it is a fact that more and more young people turn to blogs rather than their family when they want to learn more about cooking, preserving fruits and vegetables or general household tips.

At the end of this article I have a tip how to connect both worlds (grandmothers and blogs).

Blogs play an important role to #reducefoodwaste

By sharing cooking tips and inspiring people to use what they have, bloggers help reduce food waste in households. It’s not only about cooking tips: many different blogs not focused on cooking raise awareness about food waste, for example by writing about start-ups that reduce food waste.

STREFOWA honors the important work of bloggers to #reducefoodwaste

STREFOWA, an EU funded project in Central Europe aimed to identify strategies to reduce and manage food waste, is giving visibility to the best European blog articles which help to reduce food waste.

Have you ever written an article to help reduce food waste? Do you know a great blog article? If yes, submit your nominations!

What can be submitted?

The articles can be submitted in all European languages, with a short abstract in English. Submission is open until the October 31st 2017. It doesn’t matter how old or new the article is (as long as it is published in time for the submission). In November, all accepted entries will be put to a public vote online, which will be supplemented by an expert jury

Timeline of the #reducefoodwaste blogger award 2017

Submission open from: 1.9 – 31.10.2017

Online Voting from: 10.11 – 26.11.2017

Announcement of the winners: 30.11.2017

3 Winners will be invited as an expert to the Transnational Blogger Meeting in Vienna, December 15th, 2017 (travel costs covered).

One last tip to reconnect with your grandmother!

My grandmother is a wonderful cook. Many Sundays of my life, I spent time at her house eating wonderful typical Austrian dishes. Now she is almost 85 years old and it is getting too much work for her to cook for the entire family. She sometimes takes us all to the restaurant, which is very expensive and just not the same. While writing this article, I came up with a cool idea. What if I went over to her next weekend and do the cooking under her guidance? I hope she will agree! Do you feel like joining me on this new trend and ask the best cook of your family to teach you a dish? If you do so, please write about it and submit your article before 31st of October. I’d love to read about how it goes!

Find out more about the #reducefoodwaste blogger award at:




STREFOWA stands for strategies to reduce food waste and improve food waste management in Central Europe. In this Central Europe project partners from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Poland will work for three years to improve food waste prevention and management in Central Europe to make our cities better places to live for all people. We will do this by testing strategies in 16 pilot actions in 8 urban areas, involving stakeholders and gathering existing knowledge.  This will all be fed in an interactive web-based tool that will help you make decisions and provide you with useful tips and strategies to reduce and manage food waste. These tips and strategies will be tailored to the needs of all stakeholders (consumers, retailers, farmers) along the entire value chain.

Find out more about the STREFOWA at: