Grocery shops are places frequented daily by consumers. Eco-friendly or non-friendly choices are made each time a product or the way it is served is chosen. Considering the lack of sensitization in Albania on sustainability issues, the daily contact with an eco-friendly shop can be a very proficient way of increasing the awareness of the role of the individual in changes/effects on a local and global scale. These shops will not only support sustainable production, but also will function as a dissemination point for sustainability principles and information.
The course will be divided in three main parts:
1- Awareness of the situation - Students are acquainted with consequences of choices made by grocery store/supermarket managers and of those made by consumers. In this part students become familiar with the effects that the use of specific products or practices has, considering the whole ‘life’ of the item (ex. plastic bags, local organic products etc.). This part will have a special focus on the bags used for groceries (big problem in Albania) and the impact of local food systems.
2- Possible solutions – Students are presented with possible solutions and innovative ideas in organising a sustainable grocery shop and the role that it may play in the community that frequents it.
Students will be involved in surveys of the perception that consumers and grocery store managers have about sustainable principles and solutions. This will reveal the actual awareness of stakeholders, changes/ideas about the shop they are ready to accept and those that present more difficulties.
Students will interact with different stakeholders in order to exchange experiences and propose new creative ideas.
This part is manly focused on the presentation of innovative ideas (for Albania) in the management of the grocery shop.
3- Case studies – Students will collaborate with stakeholders in finding possible solutions and implementing them in specific grocery shops. They will identify local organic producers, bioplastic bag furnishers, investigate the possibility of having an info corner inside the market about eco-friendly products and choices etc. Possibly, for each product group, the chance of offering eco-friendly alternatives will be considered.