On June 4, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the destruction of unsold consumer products is to be prohibited, and it will become compulsory to reuse or recycle such goods.
The ban on the destruction of non-food goods – such as clothing, electronic items, hygiene products and cosmetics – would come into force within the next four years. According to the French prime minister’s office, more than 650 million euro’s worth of consumer products are thrown away or destroyed in France, which is five times the value of goods that people donate to charity.
said Philippe when he announced the measures at a Paris discount store.
Junior environment minister Brune Poirson promised in January to solve the problem of consumer products that are thrown away, after a television documentary proved that the online store Amazon was destroying millions of items returned by its customers.
The British fashion house Burberry has also caused outrage last year when it admitted burning unsold goods worth some 28.6 million pounds a year to prevent them being sold off cheaply. The French prime minister has stated that special provisions were being considered for the luxury sector to force companies to reuse products.
Most people are aware that any unnecessary calories we ingest are detrimental to our health, but few consider that food consumed in excess of our real needs – and the energy, water and other resources used for its production – is of little utility, it is practically wasted.
The textile industry is one of the most polluting industries of all: it produces microfibres and chemicals and uses huge quantities of water while making 150 billion new articles of clothing every year. The environmental load caused by the fashion industry causes inestimable damage, and the best way to counteract that is to choose clothing made of more sustainable textiles. But where are they?
Food waste is a growing problem in developed countries. Massive amounts of perfectly edible food is thrown away because of merely aesthetic blemishes. The psychological factor behind the phenomenon is disgust, which may apply in relation to edible insects, as well. That attitude ought to be reconsidered from a climate protection perspective.
In recent years, a new concept related to environmental pollution has gained wide-ranging recognition: microplastics. The term denotes pieces of plastic smaller than 5 mm resulting from the break-up of plastic items. During washing, clothing made of synthetic fibres sheds many microfibres that pollute our waters and damage our environment.
A BBC article suggests that people’s personal responsibility doesn’t stop at reducing car traffic: eating and shopping habits must also be rethought.
Pope Francis urged people to change their lifestyles and to take concrete action instead of empty words in his message communicated on the Fifth World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, issued to young people raising their voice for the environment on 1 September.
The population of Earth is growing drastically, while the planet has had a constant quantity of water ever since its creation. So, in addition to the sparing use of water, it is equally important not to pollute our existing stock of water.
How do you encourage people to use less water? This was the quandary that Denver Water hired the creative agency Sukle to help solve. Their cooperation has resulted in over a decade of spectacular advertising campaigns that have inspired the citizens of Denver to save water.
Jem Bendell, a professor of sustainability leadership at the University of Cumbria asks the most depressing question of our age in his paper entitled Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy: what will happen if the most pessimistic scenario plays out concerning global warming?
A video published by The Economist entitled “How could veganism change the world?” claims that if we all consumed less meat, emissions of greenhouse gases could be reduced significantly, while the consumption of fresh water would drop to 70 percent and land use to 40 percent.