As part of the World Water Day celebrations on 22 March, 25 schools in Antwerp together will save close to 3 million litres of water by the end of the school day.
World Water Day has been celebrated every year since 1993 on 22 March. It is a day to celebrate and raise awareness of water conservation and its impact.
As part of the initiative, schools are offering a plant-based breakfast, snack or lunch. Serving plant-based meals to the 5,650 students in the schools will produce less water than a typical school meal.
Students have learned about the impact of their water footprints and water waste, less water is needed to produce fruits and vegetables, while meat requires a lot of water.
In a bid to save water, students at Technical Atheneum in Brasschaat made a plant-based breakfast on Wednesday, with wafers made from vegetables and tea made of fruit. The wafers were cooked in vegetable oil, and the students replaced eggs and milk with vegetable products.