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Economy

Companies who have chosen the Green Economy pursue their economic activities while helping to avoid, reduce or eliminate damage to the environment.

Examples such as the Circular Economy suggest a new way of seeing the Economy and lead to a greener Economy....

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Economy

FOOD COOP

Anglais, français - 97mn

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Economy Français, Anglais - VF 82mn - VA 52mn

DEBT MACHINE

What is the national debt? And why has it grown so much in recent years?   Laure Delesalle’s documentary is a...

Economy Français, anglais, espagnol - 44mn

FRACKING PATAGONIA

France, 2011: Following a very significant civic movement, a bill was passed prohibiting hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”)...

Economy Français, anglais - 96mn

GOOD OLD GROWTH !

Now that the crisis (economic, financial and ecological) has taken a firm hold over Europe and the rest of the world, the...

Tips

Choose durable products

When you buy a high-quality product, you ensure better performance as well as a longer life. It’s a win-win for your comfort, your wallet AND the environment!

When you buy imports, choose fair trade

When you can’t procure an item locally, choose an import with fair trade origins.

The fair trade label is most often applied to products that you can’t produce locally (bananas, chocolate, coffee) and are usually transported by boat, which is less polluting than air travel. The best way to protect the environment, however, is to stick to seasonal, locally produced items.

Be wary of promotions

Watch out for “clearance” promotions on fresh foods that might entice you to buy too much . . . and end up throwing most of it away. Certain foods, of course, will last a while in the fridge, but that means you’ll be paying for their keep in energy expenditures. Unless you’re getting something that really will last (jams, preserves), it’s always better to eat fresh foods quickly.

Choose eco-friendly products

There are many pictograms available to help you choose sustainable products.
Reputable ecolabels certify a soft global environmental impact throughout the life cycle of a product.

Use your citizen power

As citizens, we all have the right to demand responsible consumption from our government and public services. Municipalities are significant consumers, from administrative paper use, to building construction and maintenance, from the coffee served to the municipal assembly to government canteens . . .

Public entities not only symbolize the will of the people, they also represent a significant portion of global consumption. At the EU level, the 500 billion euros dedicated to public expenditures represents 6,3% of the combined GDP of the 27 member states, and most of this funding is used at the local or regional level.

Repair

In many cases repair is a better solution than replacement – for both the environment and your wallet.
When you can’t do it yourself, electricians or electronics shops can help, as well as cobblers, carpenters and seamstresses.
Repair prolongs the life of that which you already have and prevents waste and new purchases.
Make sure that electrical household appliances can be repaired and that the salesperson can get spare parts before buying them (after sale services).

Give your time

• Volunteer with solidarity associations, fair trade activities, or other charitable arenas
• Spread the word on info, news and petitions related to local and international solidarity 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 sustainability.
• Take action at work: encourage your employer to choose ecological products from fair trade sources to sell/use/manufacture.
• Make a Facebook group calling on your favorite brand to transition to 100% fair trade
• Write to your preferred brands by posting on their Facebook wall
• Ask your local grocers and storekeepers to offer more fair trade products

Think before you buy : what do you really need ?

What are you buying and why do you need it?
A new phone when your old one works just fine?
A new pair of shoes when your closet is already full?
An expensive toy that will only get a few uses?
Before you buy, ask yourself, “what do I really need?”

Rent

Join a library, a video club, a toy swap. You’ll gain access to an endless collection of entertainment options simply by joining or, in some cases, with a small fee-per-item.
You can also rent construction or gardening tools from certain home improvement stores. What if you could rent all of the things that you won’t use after the first months of life of your baby? A crib, a bassinet . . .
You can also take advantage of “on demand” offerings to gain direct access to films and music, replacing the need to buy CDs or DVDs.

Do-it-yourself

You can make your own bread, yogurt, and many dishes rather than buying them prepared : refurnish an old piece of furniture or fix up your bike; make your own cosmetics, knit your own clothes; grow your own veggies; make homemade games, costumes, jewelry, and decorations – it’s not old-fashioned when you make it new!
Do-it-yourself projects are great for learning, exerting creativity and imagination, and empowering yourself with new skills.

Share and borrow

There are many items that can be easily shared or loaned between neighbours or friends: tools, novels and films, a grill or a fondue set, extra chairs or table ware for parties or events . . .
The notion of sharing has become more and more prevalent in recent times, with programs offering cars or bikes to share.

Barter

Many different organizations facilitate bartering in different forms. Check phone directories or internet search “barter”, “swap meet”, or “exchange” and you’re sure to find a few options.

Buy second-hand

There’s nothing like buying second-hand for ensuring the long life of a product.
Many websites allow you to search a plethora of used products that are often still in great shape.

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