Pollution - Waste

Throwing away also means throwing away the chance to reuse and give value to materials. It also contributes to adding to methane emissions in the garbage dumps.

Recycling materials and composting reduce the impact of dumps as much as the need for more natural resources.

Over-consumption also contributes to increasing waste – sometimes toxic – that pollute the environment and threaten the health and life of the people in the countries that produce our products.

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Tips

Plastics

We generate about 300 million tons of plastics a year and we estimate that 8 to 12 million tons end up in our oceans – the equivalent of a garbage truck every minute…

So let’s remember to recycle, refuse products with too much packaging and the ones with microbeads or even pick up trash on the beach.

 

https://www.greenpeace.fr/limpact-plastiques-oceans/

Fast fashion

We now have “throwaway fashion”: we buy and throw away garments faster than the planet can absorb.

Within the framework of its “Detox” campaign aiming at fighting the use of toxic chemicals in the textile industry, Greenpeace has published several studies, which denounce the impact of this field on the environment: considerable consumption of energy and drinking water, pesticides to grow cotton, river and farmland pollution, greenhouse gases emissions and some of the world’s most remote areas contamination.

 

Let’s not forget inhumane work conditions imposed upon textile industry workers, especially in the developing countries.

So, we have to revise our way to “consume” clothes, buy less but of better quality, recycle, trade…

 

https://www.greenpeace.fr/soldes-la-planete-en-liquidation/

Reduce our electronics waste

Our smartphones, from the moment they are made to when they end up in a mountain of other discarded electronics are a true burden on the environment.

You have no idea how many dangerous chemicals come into the making of your smartphone. For instance, such carcinogenic substances as benzene and n-hexane as well as other just as dangerous substances so, instead of buying the latest model of smartphone that just came on the market, let’s try to keep our smartphones and other appliances longer, or have them fixed.

https://www.greenpeace.fr/telephones-portables-pollution-au-bout-du-fil/

On a picnic

When going on a picnic, bring along airtight containers for food, flasks and everyday hardware cutlery.

That way there is less rubbish left over at the end of the picnic, which of course will be thrown in the nearest bin, or even better taken home for separating and disposal.

Avoid excessive packaging

Many packaged foods come with several layers of packaging of a disproportionate volume to the contents.
We pay for packaging; it can represent up to 20% of the price of a food product. Try to avoid single-serving products (cookies, yogurt, drinks, cosmetic wipes, etc.).

Give your time

• Volunteer with associations, beach cleaning activities, or other waste collection programs.
• Spread the word on info, news and petitions related to waste and pollution and how everyone can make a different in their everyday lives.
• Work with your school: take charge and build awareness in your school community. You could help your institution become a model for recycling.
• Take action at work: encourage your employer to choose cradle to cradle, to generalize recycling in all services, and to banish disposable products as plastic cups.
• Make a Facebook group calling on your favorite brands or post on their Facebook wall to ask them to reduce packaging.

Pack smart

Use a lunch box or a reusable tupperware instead of plastic wrap for your sandwich. It’s both hygenic and reduces your waste. Replace cans, plastic bottles and other one-use drink containers with a solid drinking bottle, reusable and easy to clean.
Individual drink packaging represents a great amounts of waste to be recycled.

Choose durable products

Razors, tissues, wipes, paper towels . . .Many products, once made, transported, and used, are immediately thrown away.
Each step of this life-cycle has an impact on the environment.
It’s easy to avoid disposal products by choosing more durable alternatives: razors with changeable blades, cloth handkerchiefs, washable fabric towels and wipes, etc.

Decline disposable bags

Transport your purchases in reusable containers: cloth bags, caddies, baskets, backpacks, etc. Some smaller businesses aren’t able to offer reusable bags like supermarkets do.
Keep your reusable bags in a strategic location so you won’t forget them—in your hand bag, in your car, next to the front door, etc.

Avoid useless spendings

Waste disposal is expensive.
Seperating waste from recyclables can offer savings in avoided incineration. But transporting and processing recyclables isn’t without its own cost: the cheapest waste is that which never exists.

Use your consumer power

• Responsible companies and industries are on the path to 100% recycling (“cradle to cradle.”). You can encourage these businesses by choosing their products and services.
• Contact companies that have not taken action to reduce packaging, avoid toxic chemicals, stop pollution, etc., and let them know that their irresponsible practices will cost them your business.
• Write to Airlines and train companies to ask them about their waste collection practices : there are millions of cans, newspapers and plastic bottles used in their trains/planes each year.
• Request electronic receipts and invoices and don’t print them unless you need to
• Ask you printing or copy service or your workplace about their recycling systems
• Raise awareness by asking your vendors and partners about their waste collection practices

Buy by the slice and in bulk

Purchasing meat, fish and cheese by the slice allows you to buy exact quantities and avoid useless and non-recyclable packaging.
In supermarkets, weigh fruits and vegetables separately and carry them all in your reusable bag with their respective weight labels.
If you just need a cucumber, a pepper or a courgette, place the label directly on the vegetable – a great way to reduce your packaging use!

Ventilation

Indoor air contains humidity, allergens, gas emitted by various activities, and some chemicals.
Airing for just 15 minutes, 2-3 times per day can refresh the air in your home without losing all your heat.
But remember to turn off the heat before you open the window – no need to heat the whole world

Use your citizen power

• Call on your city to require waste sorting
• Visit your local sorting centers and ask lots of questions
• Participate in national or international waste collection days
• Why not utilize classrooms as a place to learn about sorting waste? The perfect opportunity to combine pedagogy and ecology!

Limit your exposure to formaldehyde

Wood furniture kits, chipboard wood and some glues may contain formaldehyde, a toxic chemical that should be avoided at all costs.
Make sure you know what kind of materials a product contains before purchasing and whether its best to ventilate the room for a few days after installation.

Avoid insecticids

Repellants for insects and other pests contain substances that have negative health impacts. The same goes for electric diffusers used against mosquitoes, which are especially hazardous in the bedroom.
Try lemongrass essential oil, a more effective and natural repellant for mosquitoes.

Trust in traditional products

Stubborn grease stains? Instead of using a complex and often dangerous cleaning solution, choose easy home-made cleaning agents that are both cheaper and easier on the environment. To combat limestone, use vinegar (bathroom and toilet). For grease and bad odours, try baking soda. Active oxygen works great for getting tough stains out of whites and whiten them.

Don't use disposable products

Always choose washable dishes and silverware. Kick your plastic dishware habit. If you don’t have enough plates for a large gathering, borrow a few (they are generally washed up for the same price).

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