Worth knowing - Naturally Organic - Sustainability
Not only is the Mensa in Witzenhausen is working hard to get and use groceries from organically run farms, so are the cafeterias in Kassel.
Inexpensive and quality organic products like breakfast eggs, coffee and tea, can be found in the cafeterias.
In 2003 the Studierendenwerk was awarded, after successful control, a Bio-Certificate and has since the been allowed to put the seal of organic control on all of its organic food (codenumber: DE-ÖKO-039).
Short distances for fresh products: Many foods we serve in our canteens are regional products - to give but a few examples:
Hephata Diakonie Companies:
- Gut Halbersdorf, Spangenberg
Origin: Hessische Staatsdomäne Frankenhausen (University of Kassel), Grebenstein
Organic meat products
|Butcher Armbröster, Lohfelden|
Organic breakfast eggs (boiled eggs)
Hessische Staatsdomäne Frankenhausen (University of Kassel), Grebenstein
Hephata Diakonie Company Gut Halbersdorf, Spangenberg
Fresh fruits, salats and vegetables from the region
T. Meissner Frucht-Handels-GmbH, Kassel
|Regional Salads of the season||Biohof Ruhlengut, Morschen (DE-ÖKO-022)||Biogemüse Nordhessen|
Fresh meat and sausage products
Fleischerei Dreßler KG, Großalmerode;
Fleisch- und Wurstwaren Werner Sauer, Naumburg
Landfleischerei Koch, Calden
Fresh dairy products and tofu products
Heinrich Stein OHG, Kassel
Fresh pastry products
Backhaus Schwarz, Bad Wildungen
|Fresh lahmacun||Orient Bäckerei e.K., Kassel||---|
Getränke Waldhoff GmbH, Kassel
|Fresh trouts||Aqua Handelsfisch, Edermünde||Aqua Handelsfisch|
|Various types of flour||Pariser Mühle, Kassel||www.pariser-muehle.de|
|Especially for the canteen in Witzenhausen:|
Organic dry goods, organic juices, organic lemonades
Naturkost Elkershausen GmbH, Göttingen
T. Meissner Frucht-Handels-GmbH, Kassel
|Juices from regional fruits||Saftmobil GbR, Gudensberg||Saftmobil|
Green means organic
Green bowls for side dishes in the dining halls allows for more transparency and proves without a doubt, that our boiled potatoes are 100% organic.
Next to that there are futher meals from organic products and more conventional ingredients, such as: raw vegetables-carrot salad, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes and potatoe soup. In Witzenhausen, a green bowl always means 100% organic.
In the interest of your health, we buy ingredients that are virtually free of any additives that are required to be labeled. For example, there is no sodium glutamate in any of our dishes.
No genetically modified foods
We do not use any products that are genetically modified in any of our dining halls. To guarantee this, we require our suppliers to bring non-genetically modified foods; for this they are obliged.
Transfair as much as possible
Fair to humans, fair to Nature: We serve fair-trade-coffee from egological production. Wherever economically possible teas and sweets are from fair businesses and ecological production, too.
Climate protection with a knife and a fork
Meatless and vegan food meet the trend and are part of our daily offerings in Mensas and cafeterias.
Of course environmentally friendly
In all our areas of responsibility, we work as sustainably and environmentally friendly as possible.
For example, since October 2022, the cheapest Mensa meal is always vegan - those who want to eat meat or fish pay more. There is a wide and varied variety of vegetarian and vegan options, supplemented by little but high-quality meat.
Disposable packaging is only available as a 1 euro costing emergency solution. Guests who want to take their food with them can have it filled at the Mensa counters in containers they have brought themselves. Those who do not want to do this can access the rezzeat pool system developed in Kassel for a small user fee. In Witzenhausen, glass boxes with lids are available. Those who nevertheless opt for disposable packaging made of sugar cane or the bio-plastic PLA pay an extra 1 euro per container. Hot drinks are only available in deposit cups - disposable cups are no longer available.
At our checkouts in Mensas and cafeterias, we no longer print out receipts on thermal paper. Instead, we are gradually introducing the e-receipt.
Energy-efficient renovations of student halls, the installation of photovoltaic systems for so-called “Mieter-Strom” (German for electricity supply for tenants) and the use of rainwater collection tanks are further examples of our efforts to protect the environment.