The Four Pillars of Sustainability

“Sustainable development can be defined as progress that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Brundtland

In the beginning we organized the sustainability in three pillars:


The three pillars of sustainability are important because they offer a framework that can be used to evaluate the sustainability of an organization, business, product, or service. Finally, the 3 pillars are also used to define the goals of green technology, leading the way towards a sustainable future.

But development happens and now we start discussing four pillars of sustainability:

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Train2Sustain LTT activity in Omnia, Espoo

Omnia hosted the fourth LTT activity of the Train2Sustain project in hybrid mode in Espoo, Finland on 15.-17.11.2022.

Partners from Vaasa, Denmark and Portugal gathered in Espoo for three days to discuss and work on the themes of sustainability and circular economy. Our Austrian partner couldn’t make it to Finland but participated online.

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Learning, Teaching and Training activity at ATEC – Portugal

From the 5th to 9th of September, the Train2Sustain partners met at ATEC in Palmela, Portugal, for the second face to face Learning, Teaching and Training Activity.

ATEC headquarters at Palmela – Portugal

The meeting started with a presentation of ATEC’s activities and the Portuguese Education and Training System, followed by a walk around the facilities, in which partners had the opportunity to follow the training developed by ATEC and talk with some of the trainees.

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Zero Waste

Buy less, choose well, make it last

Vivienne Westwood

What is the idea behind zero waste anyway?


Feel free to join a short thought experiment: When you get up in the morning, you brush your teeth and take a shower. The toothpaste tube, the toothbrush, the bottles for shampoo, shower gel and conditioner – everything is made of plastic. Then you go to the kitchen and make yourself a sandwich for work. The toast, the cheese, the ham and the peppers – everything comes from a triple layer of plastic. On the way to work, you get a coffee at the bakery – once again the lid is plastic. Now imagine that all these packaging materials are collected in a pile, probably this collection is quite big and only for the first hours of your day. Imagine how much plastic and waste in general accumulates in the course of the day for just one person.


Zero Waste is generally not about actually reducing waste to zero, as this is unfortunately almost impossible, but about increasingly resorting to sustainable, biologically degradable solutions and thus protecting the environment by avoiding waste.

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Different ways to travel

What is sustainable travelling?

Sustainable travelling is not just minimizing your carbon footprint choosing the most ecological transport. “Sustainable tourism is all about achieving a balance between economic growth, human well-being and environmental health. It focuses on reducing the negative impacts of tourism and on maximizing the positive benefits for communities, cultures, ecosystems, and the planet.”


https://sustainabletravel.org/top-10-tips-for-sustainable-travel/

We decided to find out the difference between travelling the traditional way or doing it in a sustainble manner. Our experiment was carried out during the trips to and from our project meeting in Sønderborg, Denmark.

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LTT meeting in Denmark

Twelve enthusiastic persons representing 4 European countries meet at EUC Syd in May 2022 in the project Train to Sustain. The topic was sustainability in many relations and contexts.

We need more globes

“Sønderborg Forsyning”, www.sonfor.dk, demonstrated how to handle waste and wastewater and here we learned about involvement of society, citizens, and educational programs from primary school and onwards throughout the whole education system – from ABC to PhD.
High-end engineering in combination with a clear vision is told to the public through events and clever information really made a change and impact in Sønderborg.


We need more globes if we keep consuming as we do now:
The world 1.6 – Denmark 4.2

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Fashion is one of the most polluting industries

According to Industry Europe, European textile consumption ranks number four in the terms of environmental impact after food, housing and mobility. Textiles is the third highest area of consumption of water and land use, and fifth highest for the use of primary raw material.


Textiles are used in clothing, household goods, furniture, medical and protective equipment and makes a day of our everyday life and the production and consumption of textiles continue to grow.


According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation global textile production almost doubled between 2000 and 2015. The European Environment Agency expect textiles consumption to grow by 63% by 2030.

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Green Tech Cluster in Austria

In this article, we want to introduce the Green Tech Cluster to you, which is located in Styria, Austria. The Green Tech Cluster is a global centre for innovative energy and environmental technology. It was founded in 2005 with 80 organisations. Nowadays, it consists of more than 200 companies and research institutions. Together, they want to make our planet greener.

The aim of Green Tech Cluster is to show that sustainable actions do not only cause costs, but they lead to a global competitive advantage. Therefore, the member organisations of the cluster are working on many diverse innovative solutions for more sustainable and circular actions and processes in different fields:

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Increase the amount of vegetarian food and reduce waste

Omnia’s student restaurants are constantly striving to find new ways to increase the amount of vegetarian food, reduce waste and operate in a safe manner.

Three thousand diners visit Omnia’s seven student restaurants every day. The more diners there are, the more food is also prepared, and the greater the impact of the choices made in the kitchen. Omnia’s food services are constantly considering how to produce food more sustainably and safely.

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Upcycling bread

Resurrect your Bread – again and again…


Reusing old bread in new bread recipes is a common way to use leftovers from a previous bread production.
According to various experiments (in house), it is possible to add up to 20% old bread in a bread recipe – of the same type of bread. There is a few conditions, which must be met in the process.

The bread should not be moulded in any way it is easy to smell if the bread has started to mould – it smells like an “old wet basement” or if the mould is visible on the bread. Discharge the whole bread if it is mouldy.

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