What if, among the good resolutions for 2020, we took the one to make our daily life greener? In general, we don't know where to start, but sometimes changing a few habits is enough to do a lot of good for the planet. At La Chambre, we don't pretend to know everything, but here are the daily ecological gestures that we can't wait to adopt!
Replace plastic bottles with a water bottle
In order to fight against plastic pollution at your level, swap plastic water bottles for a water bottle. A simple gesture but one that can have a considerable impact. Indeed, nearly 12,000 plastic bottles of mineral water are sold and then thrown away every second in the world! There are water bottles to suit all tastes: glass, aluminium, stainless steel and even recycled plastic.
Do your own laundry
We love having clean smelling sheets! But since we've learned that commercial household products are very polluting, we thought we'd try doing our own laundry. For three liters of laundry, you need 100 g of Marseille soap shavings, 2 liters of hot water, 1 liter of cold water, 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 20 drops of essential oil of your choice to scent your laundry.
Buy in bulk
Today, most supermarkets have a section where you can buy cereals, seeds, oilseeds and even cakes in bulk. This is a simple way to significantly reduce your consumption of cardboard and plastic. All you need is some nice glass jars at home to store your products.
Adopt reusable bags
If you want to go a step further in your eco-friendly approach, use reusable cloth bags. According to the UN, 5,000 billion plastic bags are used every year and only a tiny fraction are recycled. Since 2016, single-use plastic bags have been banned from store checkouts in France. And since 2017, they are no longer found in the fruit and vegetable aisles. A first step towards the end of the marketing of single-use plastic packaging set for 2040, in France.
Get inspired with the Basilic podcast
We love this podcast created by Jeane Clesse, an environmental lawyer. Every two weeks, she interviews people who are working for sustainable development. A great opportunity to highlight the positive initiatives they are putting in place. Numerous themes are addressed, such as zero waste, vegetarianism, ethical fashion and organic cosmetics. An endless source of inspiration for those who wish to change their way of consuming.
Giving instead of throwing away
What if, instead of throwing away, you chose to give a second life to objects you no longer want? It's called the sharing economy and it's clearly on the rise. You can give away your furniture, your electronics, your clothes and even your sheets! Associations such as Emmaus will be delighted to collect them and you're sure to make people happy!