Ears of green oats on green background


Information on conscious nutrition at the University of Jena
Ears of green oats on green background
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Drinking water dispenser in Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3
Drinking water dispenser in Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3
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Drinking water dispenser

In front of the Uni-Shop in Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3 and in the Dining Hall Ernst-Abbe-Platz are drinking water dispensers. Here you can easily fill up your bottles. This saves resources in production and packaging compared to mineral water. Tap water is very strictly controlled in Germany and can therefore be drunk without worries.

Eating in the "Mensa" 

The  Studierendenwerk ThüringenExternal link is responsible for the economic, social and cultural support of approximately 50,000 students in Thuringia.

In the context of sustainability, the catering in the dining halls and cafeterias of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen is particularly relevant. In the following, we therefore present some of the measures that Studierendwerk Thüringen has taken to meet the challenges in this field of action.

Lettering MensaRegional
Lettering MensaRegional
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Regional catering

Currently, at least 15% of the processed products are regional, which means they come from Thuringia. In addition, many products are grown, raised and processed in farms in the immediate vicinity. To recognize regional products, you have to look for the small "r" (photo). It symbolizes the regional products in the menus on the web, on the display boards and on price rails. More information about the Studierendenwerk's regional offerings, such as a complete list of all regionally sourced products, can be found on the associated websiteExternal link.

MensaVital lettering
MensaVital lettering
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MensaVital is a menu concept of the Studierendenwerk that focuses on healthy nutrition. Balanced recipes create wholesome and sustainable meals prepared from natural and fresh ingredients. More information can be found hereExternal link.

Vegetarian and vegan offers

The Studierendenwerk Thüringen offers at least one vegetarian and one vegan dish every day. In this way, it wants to contribute to more animal welfare, climate protection and a conscious diet.

Organic food

All dining halls of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen are certified organic and offer food with organic components. In the respective current menus it is possible to find out about the corresponding offers.

Sustainable packaging alternatives

If you're in a hurry, you can also take food and drinks from the Mensa with you. Simply bring your own to-go coffee cup or reusable container.

Also, you can borrow a Relevo reusable container. All information is summarized hereExternal link.

Food waste prevention

The Studierendenwerk has taken measures to help reduce food waste to an absolute minimum. These include purchasing according to demand, planning ahead, batch production and further processing of surplus production.

By law, it is not permitted to sell leftover food for hygienic reasons. Once it has crossed the counter or is on display, it cannot be sold or given away to food-sharing alternatives. According to the company's own data, which is based on a study in Erfurt, the largest proportion of food waste is that which has not been eaten by customers. Such an investigation is also planned in Jena to find out where food waste can possibly still be prevented.

A practical tip: Ask for a smaller portion if you're not quite as hungry. That way, less ends up in the trash.