Ecology : Meeting a Zero-Waste french family !

"Nothing is lost, nothing is created, all is transformed", Antoine de Lavoisier - Choosing the Zero Waste lifestyle

We are Eléonore and Jacques Dupont, we have been married for three years, and we are the parents of a little 10-month-old Ombeline.  Eléonore is a medical intern and Jacques is a stay-at-home dad and a reserve constable. Eléonore was raised in a family that has always been sensitive to the protection of the environment (CPN club, recycling, ...). Our wedding had already been placed under the sign of recuperation, since we had created tablecloths from old sheets, collected towels here and there, made all our decorations from recycled objects and distributed ecocup to our guests.

Two years ago, our zero waste approach was accelerated by the acquisition of a lumber composter and the registration to a basket of local and organic vegetables. Seeing the quantity of waste diminishing at a glance since we were already consuming mainly vegetables, the question quickly arose to go further by making this famous dustbin as light as possible. We therefore embarked on a " zero plastic " approach, as eliminating plastic still seemed difficult to achieve. So we started to turn to bulk via several grocery stores in our city. We also registered on a You can use the "locavor" to regularly order local products (meats, dairy products, herbal teas, vegetables) to complete the items in our basket.

Another aspect of our approach is reuse and recuperation. Thus the collecting of "bulky items" on the pavement has become a regular activity on the monsters' days out. Our basement collects wardrobe boards, wooden plates of various sizes, beams, garden chairs that just need a little bit of tinkering to make them functional again. We also do this in order to save money, because we don't have to buy everything we collect. The money we save allows us to visit our families regularly and consider energy renovation work because that's also what zero waste is all about, being in solidarity with each other and with the planet.

The birth of Ombeline also led us to think about the model we wanted to give it. So we opted for cloth diapers most of the time and handmade diaper wipes. The furniture in her room comes from second hand furniture either recovered from our families or bought in sales depots. We have also chosen to have her kept by her father so that he can communicate our values and our taste for nature to her from a very young age. Thus she will learn early to take care of the garden, to wait before the fruit ripens and to respect the weather and the seasons.

What has delighted us the most since we began our approach is that our friends, at first cautious or even sceptical, have also started this approach, each one on a particular wheel: some by doing a lot of home-made food, others by hunting in the sales depots, others by modifying their diet. Some have even participated in climate walks! Also so that everyone can share their little exploits or discoveries, we have created a Facebook group that we try to feed regularly "Ecolo à la maison et au jardin" (Green at home and in the garden).
We still have a long way to go, for example by doing our own laundry or washing up, but each step in its own time. We believe that for an integral ecology approach to become possible, it must be progressive and non-exclusive from the very beginning, otherwise we will soon be overwhelmed.