Today in the Bonheur Club, we welcome Marion Gaulin
In this episode, Marion Gaulin, founder of the media Nouvelle Empreinte, talks to us about responsible and sustainable consumption. Marion gives us her advice for consuming better, choosing products better and sorting through everything the industry tells us. Are you ready to get better?
What is New Footprint?
Marion, the founder of Nouvelle Empreinte explains to us that it is a media: a newsletter and an Instagram account, which explores cool and sustainable initiatives. Every week, subscribers receive an eco-responsible selection in their mailbox with useful, engaged and inspiring content!
It is above all a personal project for Marion, a journey towards a more sustainable life but also which aims to raise awareness among as many people as possible by sharing educational and accessible content!
Why is it particularly important to learn to consume more sustainably?
For Marion it is important to learn to consume more sustainably because we need collective awareness. Indeed, we are the generation that must make the difference. We are increasingly noticing the negative impact of our consumption on our lives: heat waves, floods, epidemics. We all have a role to play and we must all participate in this change! We must also be careful because some companies are taking advantage of this movement by using eco-responsible values as a publicity stunt while behind them they advocate overconsumption, poor production, etc. This is why it is important to learn and inform yourself regularly on these themes.
Do you have any tips for starting or continuing a more sustainable lifestyle?
The first thing Marion recommends is to educate yourself because you can't have new habits if you don't understand why you're doing it. You need to know why you are doing it and then fix it.
Here are some tips to implement on a daily basis:
In the bathroom: favor solid soaps and cosmetic products in glass bottles to limit plastic. Check the composition, production etc.
In the kitchen: be careful to buy seasonal products and eat a little less meat. Indeed, meat consumption contributes to deforestation. Avoid plastic as much as possible: by going to the supermarket with a tote bag, favor tap water, etc. Use household products in reusable bottles thanks to TheNakedshop (store in Paris) for example.
In the wardrobe: try to buy fewer clothes but beautiful, timeless pieces from ethical or second-hand brands. You can also create or upcycle your old clothes.
Do you have any eco-responsible cosmetics sites or brands to recommend?
How do I stay informed about initiatives?
The Nouvelle Empreinte newsletter is divided into two stages: first we understand what the problem is on a certain subject/theme then Marion presents the brands and the initiatives that can help us consume better and deal with this problem.
For research, don't hesitate to talk about it around you, discover Instagram accounts, etc.
Do you have any tips for making responsible change at work?
As an employee, you can apply individual actions that other employees can copy, such as: using less paper, cleaning up your emails or printing less, for example.
And if the company itself wants to set an example (which is also important), it can install sorting bins, order fewer goodies, eliminate plastic cups for coffee, etc. To raise awareness, it is possible to bring in speakers on digital awareness, form small groups between employees to implement joint actions, etc.
Why consume local?
Normally, it is important to consume local because it involves many things: supporting traders, artisans, creators. We support a local economy and dynamic! It is also very important to support them now during this time.
To finish, Marion Gaulin gives us her advice and recommendations by taking part in the “Tonic Quiz” game (quick questions - quick answers):
A book to recommend: Unbearable Paradise by Grégory Pouy
A favorite eco-friendly product: His water bottle
An app or site for more local consumption: The green market (collaborative map)
A responsible activity: Upcycling: renewing your old clothes, accessories
Next person to interview: Inès Leonarduzzi
One last tip: Make meaningful gifts and support local businesses
We'll see you next week for a new episode of Club Bonheur.
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