Green Humans/ Zero Waste

Greener holidays

Have you ever thought of the impact of your trips on the environment? Well, it appears that their impact is worse than what you might think.

Let’s take them one by one:

  1. Duration – the shorter (#days) and farther (#km), the worse it is.

Take the city breaks that are so “in” right now in Europe – taking the plane for 2 hrs. each way for only one weekend will make you spend all the CO2 emissions you’re supposed to release into the air in a year!

So for short trips, you should first think of taking the train or doing car sharing. Instead, if you want to take the plane, you should take at least 2 – 3 weeks of holidays.

  1. Transportation

As said above, choosing the transportation depends on the duration of your holidays. So if you don’t have a lot of time, choose a destination nearby, for which you can take the train or do car sharing. You can also take the bus, but you will release more emissions into the air.

Here’s a chart that compares the CO2 emissions by transport mode: road, rail, water, air:

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Source: http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/figures/specific-co2-emissions-per-passenger-1

I found another chart here:

http://www.beagleybrown.com/planes-trains-or-automobiles-carbon-emissions-compared-for-different-forms-of-transport/

!! What doesn’t enter in these calculations though is how the energy is produced, for trains, for example. Right now, most of them are electric. But if we compare a train trip in France with a train trip in Germany, the one in France will be greener, because they use nuclear electricity compared to coal electricity in Germany. !!

  1. Accommodation

The accommodation also depends on the duration of your trip – we recommend Airbnb or Couchsurfing for shorter trips. Even though hosts propose bed sheets and towels, in order to reduce your holiday’s CO2 footprint, we definitely recommend you bring your own sleeping bag and towel (if possible, of course), because if you stay only a night or two the host needs to clean everything, which they wouldn’t have to do normally.

For longer trips, there are some great collaborative solutions as well: Home Exchange, House Swap, etc.

You can definitely book a holiday resort too, but the problem is that these are built especially for tourists, and sometimes they destroy natural environments just so that you can be “closer to nature”.

  1. Food & drinks

Wherever you are, try the local specialties! If you go to Dominican Republic, have a local breakfast, and not a typical European one for which the ingredients were flown in!

https://www.buzzfeed.com/irisestrada/what-to-eat-drink-in-the-dominican-republic-ewjg

For more insight on how tourism is destroying the planet, you can read the book below (don’t know if it has been translated to English yet): Tourism – a mass destruction weapon.

http://www.babelio.com/livres/Loubes-Tourisme-arme-de-destruction-massive/759270

 

What are your green trips tricks? Sharing is caring!

 

Iulia

Credit photo: http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Nature/Forest/wallpaper-41266.htm

 

 

 

Facts about water

World Water Day was on the 22nd of March 2016, so we thought of searching some statistics that can help us better understand the current situation.

So here are some useful articles about water:

http://www.gwp.org/fr/Press-Room/Water-Statistics/

http://water.org/water-crisis/water-sanitation-facts/

https://thewaterproject.org/water_stats

http://www.unwater.org/statistics/en/

http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/africa.shtml

How to use less water:

http://www.hercampus.com/school/brandeis/world-water-day-2016

http://www.treehugger.com/cleaning-organizing/eco-friendly-laundry-washing-clothes-more-sustainably-low-tech-and-simple-methods.html

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credit photo: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/03/23/city/lahore/world-water-day-observed-in-city/

Consommer français, c’est possible !

Avec quelques mois de retard, voici notre note sur cet evènement.

On y croyait pas trop, mais on y est allé quand même : le salon du Made in France.

A sa 4ème édition, MIF Expo n’a pas déçu : entrée gratuite, plus de 400 exposants des domaines très variés comme la cosmétique, l’énergie renouvelable, la nourriture, les vêtements, etc.

Voici donc quelques marques/ initiatives qui nous ont beaucoup plu :

Photo :

http://www.monsieur-canvas.com

Vêtements :

http://www.mohairducoteau.fr

http://www.arod.fr

http://www.jeanstuffs.com

www.1083.fr

http://www.lamarcellaise.com

https://www.lamaisonborrelly.com/

http://www.maison-bonnefoy.com

Nourriture :

www.commedespapas.fr

Cosmétique/Féminin :

http://www.lemoly.fr/6-savon-corps

http://www.plim.fr

Energie :

http://www.cleanenergyplanet.com

www.eolie-energie.fr

Si vous souhaitez vous informer et découvrir tous les produits français, un des meilleurs sites est http://www.le-bottin-du-mif.fr/

Bon shopping 100% français !

Iulia

crédit photo: http://media.senscritique.com/media/000007311434/source_big/Made_in_France_l_annee_ou_j_ai_vecu_100_francais.jpg

 

Ecological alternatives for feminine protection

Because in a lot of areas around the world the menstruation is still taboo, quite a few women don’t know the alternatives to plastic sanitary pads and to the cotton tampons that we throw away every single month.

So the recent scandal on Tampax made think that I should share the alternatives I know and use:

The cup !!!!

Videos below in English and French

http://www.madmoizelle.com/pourquoi-passer-cup-coupe-menstruelle-19695

 

The washable pads – these are great if your menstrual flow is not very high. I recommend buying 6, because like this you can easily wash them and reuse them during a cycle. Plus they will last for years and years!

The washable daily pads – they are a great alternative for your daily liners (if you use any!).

The organic tampons – in case you’re not 100% ready to move to reusables, you can buy organic certified tampons, and combine them with the use of washable pads.

Where do you buy these? Well, if you tap on the Internet you’ll find a million stores that sell these kinds of products. But don’t forget, before you buy, make sure you read the comments.

Where did I buy my cup and my washable pads: http://www.bebe-au-naturel.com/protections-lavables,bebe,rubrique,3551,3.couche-lavable.html

Where did I buy my daily pads: http://www.plim.fr/fr/

Of course, I bought them in France because that’s where I live, but I’m sure you can find (or make!) products that suit you close to your home.

Good luck trying these out and finding your fit!

As usual don’t hesitate to share your experience with us! 🙂

p.s. if you’re a mother, please share these solutions with your daughter! It is so important to be informed and get the best and ecological solutions from the beginning!

xx

Iulia

photo credit: http://www.plim.fr/fr/protege-slip-plim/69-protege-slip-mini.html