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Some tips to reduce econological impact of your purchases. Your wallet and the environment wins!

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  • Use biodegradable bags and / or reusable several times or other means of transport for your goods: shopping bags, crates ...

    Most supermarkets now offer alternative solutions, and practical, the classic plastic bag.

  • Pay attention to packaging as well:

    - Avoid small packages (see unit packages) and multiple packages (some products have 3 or 4 "layers" of packaging).
    Examples: some buns, individual dishes, some cellophane fruits, new "marketing" products in unit packages ...

    - Buy products in bulk or in larger quantities of packaging, even repackage them home.

    - Take into account the nature of "packaging": prefer biodegradable packaging (paper, cardboard) or better recyclable (glass, metal, milk bricks ...) rather than plastic packaging ... If possible prefer returnable packaging

    - Prefer products with can recharge. Still rare enough (some cleaning products) this idea nevertheless allows savings (financial and environmental: éconologiques) interesting to packaging level.

  • Seasonality: are promoting the purchase of fruits and vegetables in seasonWhich require less treatment and transport.
  • Regionality: are promoting the purchase of local products.

    Also less transportation and econological costs of logistics. Examples: produce fresh and seasonal recess, but also some clothes. Do not forget that the "ugly" globalization is also created (and maintained) by us consumers who want ever cheaper products ...

  • Read the label of your productFor particular find:

    - Origin

    - Treatments performed

    - Attention to labels, there are many and not all are equal. The NF-Environnement brand or the EU Ecolabel have a good compromise, for example. They point products both more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

  • Prefer small neighborhoods of traders (Those still exist), local and if possible markets, direct sales from producers. Remember that using your vehicle for small urban routes is catastrophic for your wallet and the environment.
  • Consolidate your purchases: try to space your "big races" in hypermarkets to buy in larger quantities, even if you want to return more often to the grocer or grocer who is near you

The shelves

  • Drugstores:

    - Avoid hyper-specialized products or redundant. For example: use dish soap diluted as window washing, even fill out the handy dispenser bottle.

    - Choose "rechargeable" products or eco-refills

    - Choose "green" products that are less aggressive for nature (necessarily more expensive but, it must be admitted, sometimes less effective ...)

    - A washing powder rejects three times less surfactant than liquid detergent. A similar use, compact powder is much less polluting than ordinary powder.

    - Remember the advice of our grandmothers, always much econological. For example: vinegar to dissolve the limestone milk to loosen the ink or tomatoes on sunburn.

  • Food, choose:

    - The purchase to the Glass: cheese and butchers. In larger quantities (if retainable recess) that pre packaging. These products are often of higher quality but also quite expensive.

    - The purchase in glass jars for canning or returnable packaging for drinks.

  • Toys:

    - Prefer more natural materials, such as wood.

    - Avoid gear requiring disposable batteries, choose the battery appliances included.

    - Try not to give in to the fashions of the moment, even if your child is crazy. For example: merchandising of reality TV shows, there's a good chance that your child loses interest in a few months ... (weeks?)

    - Give priority to "sustainable" and evolutive toys (construction, company games ...)

  • Home appliance :

    - Opt recess energy saving LED bulbs not necessarily more expensive in the end than conventional bulbs especially if the purchase price is reduced

    - Compare recess energy consumption often related to product quality.

    - Privilege quality equipment of "mid-range": their lifespan is higher than the low end, you will be winners in the end (better a device that costs 300 € and lasts 5 years or device equivalent that costs 500 € and that lasts 15 years?). Taking high-end is, however, not econological since their life and consumption are generally equivalent to the range.


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