CHINA Universities help cultivate thrifty habits


Universities help cultivate thrifty habits

By Dou Hanyang and Dai Linfeng | People's Daily app

09:01, August 19, 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed resolutely stopping food waste and promoting thrift. In response to Xi’s call, universities have been helping students cultivate thrifty habits.


Students at a college in Sichuan established a “clean plate “association to promote thriftiness. (File Photo: People’s Daily Online)

Westlake University in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province has carried out a “clear your plate campaign.” In the canteen, students are reminded to take a decent serving and avoid waste.

The eastern China university’s logistics department also monitors the number of daily diners to adjust ingredient purchases and adjust the menu.

 “Teachers should lead by example during the campaign,” says Li Juan, a teacher of Zhejiang International Studies University (ZISU).


Slogans promote food conservation at Jiangxi University of Technology. (Photo from Jiangxi University of Technology)

Thriftiness and opposing waste are values being fostered at ZISU.

“We promote thriftiness and healthy lifestyles and we advocate taking food moderately,” says Zhao Qingrong, a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC)  Committee and vice president of ZISU.

In the canteen of NingboTech University, slogans like “frugality should go hand in hand with life” and “no matter how much wealth we have, we should put an end to waste” are pasted on the dining table.

“Slogans that arouse resonance are able to convey the virtue of thriftiness,” says the head of the publicity department at the university.


A “clear your plate campaign” placard on the dining table in Zhejiang Wanli University Canteen. (Photo from Zhejiang Wanli University)

Zhejiang Ocean University made more than 1,000 posters to advocate thriftiness.

Nanchang Hangkong University (NCHU) in Nanchang, East China’s Jiangxi Province has combined its “clear your plate campaign” with school anniversary commemoration and launched a “practicing thrift and opposing waste” initiative.

“You can get one stamp after clearing your plate. When you collect 68 stamps, you can exchange for a set of hand-painted school anniversary postcards,” says Qi Chaohua, an NCHU student.


To prevent waste, a university canteen in East China’s Jiangxi Province offers free fruit for dessert to students who eat all the food on their plates. (Photo: Jiangxi University of Technology)

Since the launch of the “clear your plate campaign,” daily average food waste in the school has decreased 53 percent compared with the same time last year and the figure is continuing to decrease, according to Luo Xiaochang, director of the university’s logistics department.

After the new term begins in September this year, NCHU will recruit 680 college students as campaign supervisors and continue to foster a campus environment of saving food.

(Translated by Li Yiran and edited by Yang Yang and Huang Jingjing)

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