Mission et valeurs
Buy locally-sourced fruit and vegetables
Buy direct from the farmer or from a local market. Seasonal produce is good for you and for the environment. The less packaging your food requires and the fewer miles it has to travel to get to your dinner table, the less pollution and waste it causes.
When possible, choose organic food
No chemical pesticides are used in the production of organic foods. Organic food production also results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and usually makes for more biodiversity in farming areas.
Eat less meat
If you eat meat on a regular basis, think about reducing your meat consumption. Go for quality, rather than quantity. Meat production is extremely energy-intensive, not just because animal feed has to be produced and transported, but also due to the energy consumed in heating, air-conditioning and lighting huge stock-rearing sheds. Eating less meat is not only good for the environment, it’s also good for your health.
Eat seasonal fruit and vegetables
They’re tastier, better for you and their production is less damaging for the environment.
Don’t put your fridge or freezer too close to a heat source
If they’re too close to a cooker, radiator or even a south-facing window, this will mean they will end up using more electricity.
If you have an old fridge or freezer
Defrost it at least every six months, or, better still, replace it with a new model with an auto defrost function, which generally consumes only half the electricity of your old model.
Always run your washing machine or dishwasher on a full load
These appliances will use the same quantities of water and electricity whether they are full or empty – so you may as well make the most efficient possible use of them.
Choose the greener option!
When buying a washing machine, look for an energy-efficient model that uses the smallest possible quantity of water.
Cover your pots when cooking
This enables you to cut down on your electricity use by up to a quarter when cooking. Pressure cookers and food steamers are even better, enabling you to reduce your electricity consumption by up to 70%!
Let hot food cool down before putting it into the fridge
Also use the fridge to defrost food that’s been stored in the freezer. This will help you save money on your electricity bill. Remember to keep the fridge door open for no longer than you really have to.
Problems with limescale build-up?
Instead of using traditional chemical products, get rid of limescale build-up on tiles, in taps, kettles and steam irons with the help of some vinegar.
Buy eco-friendly washing-up liquid
It’s biodegradable, is less polluting for aquatic habitats and is just as effective a cleaning agent as less ecologically-friendly alternatives. You can find out more about environmentally-friendly washing-up liquids such as those bearing the European ecolabel flower symbol, on the www.eco-label.com website, which provides information on products available in your country.
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