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Ever heard of kintsugi? It’s the Japanese art of repairing broken china or ceramics using a gold-based glue, which makes them more attractive and extends their life. What’s more, the Japanese value the restored objects more highly than the original ones. An interesting philosophy when you think that today, various marketing tactics are used to make us think...
Actualité - 1 February 2018 - Tag : Responsible consumption, Responsible consumption
Our bright little elves have some great suggestions for going green this holiday season. Équiterre and the Centre for Sustainable Development created a short video for you and wish you a wonderful holiday season. The video is only in French for the moment, but the English version will be posted on our website and social media accounts (facebook.com/equiterre.en) very soon!
Imagine a law that ensures products last for years and don’t wear out too soon. A world where products can be easily repaired. A society free of obsolescence—or almost. Like to join us in drafting provisions for this law? READY? LET’S GO! If we want to curb obsolescence, the law should focus not just on manufacturers and retailers, but consumers, too, as they...
Actualité - 29 November 2017 - Tag : Responsible consumption, Responsible consumption
This is the story of a light bulb that has been burning for the past 111 years and has seen 444 fashion seasons and 8 iPhone generations. And when the consumer society as we know it today was born, it witnessed the first agreements between manufacturing companies to reduce the lifespan of products, such as nylon stockings and light bulbs (1). Welcome to the world of...
Actualité - 31 October 2017 - Tag : Responsible consumption, Responsible consumption
What’s hygge? Hygge (1)  is a Danish word that describes a moment when you feel comfy, cosy and connected. Imagine sitting around a candlelit table with friends and woolly socks on—that’s hygge. As we head into the darker months, don’t let the short days give you the blues. Just get into hygge—the state of mind that values quality of life...
Actualité - 30 October 2017 - Tag : Responsible consumption, Responsible consumption
July is moving time! It’s also a good time to give a second life to dated or damaged furniture and household items instead of getting rid of them over the summer holidays. Doing it yourself, or DIY, means making everyday, technological or artistic things, usually by hand—alone, with friends or family. And what’s more rewarding than making your own...
Actualité - 28 June 2017 - Tag : Responsible consumption, Responsible consumption
Come and walk or run with us on Mount Royal’s green trails and support the environment! You can do 1K, 5K or 10K, and participate as an individual or team, with friends, family, neighbours or colleagues. The second Change the World with Équiterre run—a 100% sustainable event—will be held on May 27. Our goal is to raise $50,000 so we can continue our mission...
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “one third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year.” In Canada, up to 40% of all food produced is wasted, of which 30% doesn’t even make it onto store shelves and
Actualité - 29 April 2016 - Tag : Food choices, Responsible consumption, Responsible consumption
By Rosalie Vendette Senior Advisor - Socially responsible investment - Desjardins It’s never too early to start thinking about the best way to save. For many, our sole concern is whether we will have saved enough by the time we retire. But what of the decisions we make when we invest our savings for retirement? First and foremost, we must consider the following:
Actualité - 9 September 2015 - Tag : Responsible choices, Responsible consumption
Does your school or daycare offer educational activities involving healthy local food? Have the children put a garden in the schoolyard? Is there a composting project? Does a local farmer deliver fruits and vegetables? Support and draw attention to these initiatives promoting local food by putting your school or daycare on a national food activity map.
Actualité - 14 May 2015 - Tag : Food, Insist on fair trade, Local food, Responsible consumption