Ecological transition

Our way of life is responsible for considerable damage to ecosystems and biodiversity.

Our economic model, our energy and consumption use, our food habits are endangering the planet and its inhabitants.

A transition towards more sustainable societies is an absolute must!

Discover proposals, ways and ideas from people who want to change the world… for the better.


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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…

Buy green energy

Depending on your region, you may have the option to purchase green energy.
This can be an important choice for the environment, as standard fossil fuel generated energy emits large amounts of greenhouse gases.
Nuclear power, on the other hand, creates highly toxic waste.
Wind turbines and photovoltaic panels, on the other hand, involve significantly less CO2 emissions. Photovoltaic panels, for example, can pay off their CO2 costs in green electricity generated in just three years.

Diminishing traditional resources

Traditional energy sources (oil, gas, uranium, carbon) are running out.
These sources aren’t renewable, and their reserves are diminishing faster and faster: global consumption has increased by 75% in the past 30 years and doesn’t show signs of slowing.
If we don’t change our habits, we will surpass our planet’s capacity for supplying traditional energy sources in the near future.

12 tips for reducing your daily energy consumption

1. Keep your thermostat around 19 or 20C
2. Lower the thermostat to 16C at night or during extended absense
3. Keep your thermostat properly adjusted
4. Turn off the heat during summer or extended absense
5. Defrost your refridgerator and freezer regularly
6. Do your laundry at low temperatures
7. Choose “eco” cycles for washing machines and dishwashers
8. Avoid using a clothes dryer unnecessarily
9. Turn off electronics that aren’t in use – avoid standby mode
10. Take a shorter shower
11. Cover the cookware
12. Clean the light fixtures

Water foot print

We also talk of virtual water. This is calculated by taking into account the volumes of water withdrawn or polluted to produce a product (but not its transportation to where it is consumed).
It takes :
– 1,000 liters of water to produce a liter of milk (water consumed by the cow, animal feed and washing);
– 3,920 liters to produce a kilogram of chicken (30 liters to drink and 6,630 liters to grow its feed (cereals and oils);
– 100 liters to produce a kilogram of cotton (mostly for irrigation);
– 15,155 liters of water to produce a kilogram of beef (120 liters to drink, 35 liters for washing and 15,000 liters to produce the feed the animal consumes.

Save water

You can save water in your home by checking all pipes and faucets. Don’t ignore leaks! A leaky sink can waste up to 120 litres of water every day.
A small act for the planet: turn off the water while washing your hands, shaving or brushing your teeth.
A five-minute shower uses significantly less water than a full bath tub. You won’t get the same savings if your shower lasts 20 minutes, so don’t dilly-dally in the hot water!

Don't let the water run while you wash the dishes

Much water is wasted when you leave the faucet running while washing dishes by hand. Fill up two tubs – one for washing and one for rinsing. You can always replace the water if it becomes too dirty!

Wash in low or medium temperatures

Considering the increasing effectiveness of washing machines and frequency of washing, high temperature washes are hard to justify. Cycles that stay between 60C and 40C will do the trick – even 30C is good enough for most modern clothing.
At 40C, you’ll see a 70% energy savings compared to washing at 90C.

Reduce your water consumption

Just as using less energy is important, it’s also better for the environment and your wallet to reduce your use of drinkable water.
Low flow faucets, shower heads, and flush systems plus high performance pipes are examples that can help you reduce your everyday water use.
You can also save by supplementing your tap water use with rain water capture by installing a rain barrel and using the captured water for toilet flushing or washing machines.
When you reduce your hot water consumption, you save on energy AND water – a double bonus!

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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