Ban our plastic items
Most everyday items are made of plastic. If this material remains economically interesting, ecological alternatives are emerging. Like Greenfib, a responsible brand producing a 100% biobased material. Behind this attractive formula are mixed polyamide 11 (based on castor oil), wood, talc, reed or even oyster shells. Greenfib does not directly manufacture the objects but supports companies in the development of “Greenfib” products. The brand’s main ambition is to become a benchmark ecological material! “We can produce a multitude of objects in Greenfib material”, assures Cyr Dioré, one of the co-founders. Thus, 40,000 spectacle frames have already been manufactured and, soon, remote controls, pens, food containers will be available in Greenfib!
Meet the most precarious
The first Solidaribus tour of Loiret started in October. This converted motorhome travels through six towns far from urban centers to provide food, clothing, advice, and IT support to people in precarious situations. Set up by the Secours populaire for 60,000 euros, the vehicle was notably financed thanks to the State recovery plan. In 2022, the charity led by Nicolas Jaffré aims to extend its field of action to around fifteen rural villages. In 2013, the Red Cross launched a similar operation called “Carré rouge mobile”. When great ideas swarm …
Discover ideas to protect children
At the end of 2020, the Make.org platform had conducted an online consultation on violence against children, which we had relayed in these pages. More than 70,000 participants had spoken. Nine actions have emerged from citizens’ proposals, which must be implemented over the next two years: an “anti-hate keyboard” detecting insulting messages, support groups for victims of harassment, more hearing rooms in gendarmeries for child victims… The summary of the consultation and the details of the actions launched can be found on the site.
Cook like the Pope
Here is an original cookbook which proposes to be inspired by Pope Francis, or at least from the encyclical Laudato si’, even in his kitchen. But how ? By feasting on preparations that do not pollute our ” commune house “. You can eat less meat (with “chili sin carne”), choose local products (for a fig pie), aim for zero waste (with a pesto made from radish tops)… Not only are the recipes appetizing, but they are also delicious. are accompanied by specific advice (for example, on the health benefits of raw products). The author is a dietitian and volunteer worker at the Lazare association, which offers solidarity-based shared accommodation between young workers and homeless people. It will donate half of its copyright to the association. But good !
Ma petite cuisine Laudato si ‘, by Anne Moreau, CLD éditions, 240 p., € 24.90
Find inspiring initiatives
There is a plethora of associations and positive actions on the Internet. But to identify them more easily, the site La France des solutions lists the articles published in the media evoking an initiative. They are classified by section: culture and education, planet, society, economy, science and technology. And for an exhaustive search, all users are invited to share their findings!
Support a young person
On the one hand, young people who need a helping hand to motivate themselves, find their way, get an internship… On the other, citizens who want to commit to equal opportunities. Launched by the government, the 1jeune1mentor platform puts them in touch by relying on the forty associations of the Mentoring Collective: Afev, Article 1, Chemins d’avenir, Socrate, Télémaque, etc. The mentor can be an employee, retiree or student, and support a young person under 30 for a period ranging from three months to six years. The associations are responsible for training the mentor and supporting him in this commitment.
Getting into permaculture
Gardening by imitating the functioning of natural ecosystems is a great bet for sustainable development. But how to cultivate his land? In the garden of the presby’Terre, in Brissac-Loire-Aubance (Maine-et-Loire), two-day courses are offered by Véronique and Marc Butruille (holder of the CCP, certified permaculture course). This course raises awareness of the ethical values of the practice: respect for the soil (both the earth and the planet), respect for people and sharing of resources (if there is a surplus harvest, have the reflex of give it to neighbors or associations). The learning is both theoretical, by retracing the history of permaculture, and practical.
Cost of the course: 150 € excluding accommodation. lejardindupresbyterre.com
Contribute to food aid
Since its launch in 2013, the Solaal association (Solidarity of agricultural and agro-food producers), which facilitates donations of agricultural products to food associations, has donated nearly 24,000 tonnes of food, the equivalent of 48 million euros. meals distributed. These are in particular fruits or vegetables which can be consumed but which do not fall within the standard of sizing for mass distribution. More than 400 farmers deliver their food to Solaal via the nine local branches (Hauts-de-France, Grand Est, Occitanie, Normandy, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, etc.). In Aquitaine or in the overseas regions, farmers have also contacted the national branch directly to organize donations.