Yonne: A family from Vaumort takes up the zero waste challenge

Yonne: A family from Vaumort takes up the zero waste challenge
Yonne: A family from Vaumort takes up the zero waste challenge

Started by qfour communities of communes in the north of the department – communities of communes of Jovinien, Yonne-Nord, Gâtinais-en-Bourgogne and La Vanne Pays d’Othe – this challenge lasts until June. We followed a family, that of Fédérica. With her husband and 12-year-old daughter, they took on the challenge of becoming a zero-waste family.

This makes 2 months since the challenge started to reduce their waste for themselves, but also for the planet. 50 challenges listed in a calendar, this is the objective of this zero waste challenge and the family has already achieved around twenty: “We discovered the possibility of buying in bulk. We try to do natural cleaning with Marseille soap, bicarbonate, but also use cloth napkins rather than paper. We’re changing our mentality a little bit.” But be careful, because there are things that the family is not ready to do: “We were also talking about reusable toilet paper, for example, but that’s a no-go for us!

A challenge to reduce and reflect on this waste

The challenges allow them to discover ways to reduce waste and find what suits them: “There are several possibilities, we don’t have to do everything. What we were advised to do was to try everything and find what suits us.” Jennyfer, the 12-year-old schoolgirl, saw her habits change: “I was used to using things made of paper. Nor make compost, I had never done that“.

Wanting to be a zero waste family requires lots of organization and some challenges are not easy to implement as Fédérica Christelli explains: “The last challenge was three weeks without supermarkets and I didn’t manage to do that. It’s a bit because of my work. I am a doctor in a hospital center, sometimes I also work weekends. It’s not that simple because it takes time.” But she is already proud of herself: “We resisted for 10 days and it’s huge because I go every other day. Me, I already feel like a winner“.

She continues: “The challenges force us to think, for example, about emptying our cupboards, preventing things from expiring because they are at the bottom of the cupboard. It’s really a way of thinking about what we really need.“.

Next goal for the family, invest in a chicken coop and create their own vegetable garden.

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