1 kilo of waste is produced on average by each French person in a day.

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At home, waste accumulates very fast without our realising. In 1960, a French person produced 180 kg of household wastede. In 2006, this figure practically doubled and went up to 354 kg of household waste. That is almost one kilo a day per person. It’s a long list ; wrapping, disposable products, razors, personal hygiene products, leftover food and so on. We have gradually gotten used to sorting what can be recycled from the rest. 70 kg of these 350 kg could be composted.

Reducing waste firstly means reducing it at the source, especially because wrapping alone accounts for a third of the weight of our bins and half their volume. The best thing is of course to not produce waste so why not favour unpackaged products or large amounts rather than those packaged individually?

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