Alternatives to single-use plastics
Related Course Concepts
Mission and Vision of Organization
To connect consumers directly with local farmers, small food producers and artisanal makers in order to support the community’s financial, social and environmental objectives.
To celebrate BC farmers, food and handmade items in vibrant, welcoming, community-connected markets.
Guiding Principles + Values
To support local farmers and small business people who grow, make, bake, raise, or wild-harvest their product in BC by creating strong sales channels.
- Primary Contact Person(s): Tara
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 6049882165
- Address: Burnaby, Lonsdale, and West Vancouver
- Website: artisanmarkets.ca
Preferred Method of Contact
- Best method(s) to contact: Email
- Best day(s) to contact:Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays too.
- Best time(s) to contact: Mornings, Afternoons
Context: What challenge or issue does the project aim to address?
In the Fall semester, LFS350 students surveyed farmers' market vendors to understand barriers to sustainable packaging. This project will use these past survey results to see why vendors do not switch to more sustainable packaging.
Main Project Activities
Students will research alternatives to single-use plastics, and investigate markets known for championing the use of compostable items.
Expected Project Deliverable(s)
- A "catalog" of preferred sustainable packaging (and sampling items) commonly used by farmers' market vendors. The "catalog" can be in many formats (e.g. an email, a webpage, a board at the BC Farmers' Market Annual Conference, etc.
Student Assets and Skills (preferred or required)
- Computer skills to be able to make a listing of packaging alternatives
- Interest in zero waste and sustainability
- Comfort level with speaking to market vendors
Student Assets and Skills (to be developed through the project)
- Data gathering skills
- Understanding differences, pros and cons of compostable food packaging options
Are there any mandatory attendance dates (e.g. special event)?
Is a criminal record check required?
Preferred Days of Week and Hours
- During designated LFS350 flexible learning times
Related Community Service Opportunities for Students
- Students are welcome to help setup the market.
Project/Partner Orientation Materials
Students should review these materials prior to the first partner meeting:
- Artisan Markets website
- Effects of Compostable Plastics In Vancouver’s Organic Waste Facilities (LFS350 student project, Winter 2016)
- Reducing Waste at Farmers' Markets (LFS350 student project, Fall 2019)
- Request additional past LFS350 student reports from your TA
Additional Project/Partner Orientation Materials
The following will be provided at the first community partner meeting:
- Students will visit a farmers' market early in the semester.
I hope students will learn about...
- Vancouver's upcoming single-use item reduction strategy
I think students will come to appreciate...
- the large number of single-use plastic items
Through this project, students will develop...
- research skills: online, via phone, and in-person
Intended Project Outcome
- A catalog of preferred packaging choices will help vendors make informed choices about food packaging
Medium Term Outcome
- Vendors will be able to make educated choices regarding sustainable packaging options
How does the student project contribute to your organization's mission and long-term vision?
- The project contributes to Artisan Markets' stated goal of having more earth-friendly markets.