Did you know that every year, the average French person generates about 5.1 tons of waste, of which only 20% is recycled? If these figures distress you, join us in our journey towards Zero Waste. Committed through our CSR policy, Campanile hotels have long been working to significantly reduce waste volumes. This extensive endeavor involves simple eco-friendly actions that anyone can adopt. These actions are so straightforward that sharing them with you seemed to be the best way to collectively and rapidly advance environmental preservation. Plus, let's admit it – having fewer trash bags to take out is always a pleasure!
As we delve into the Zero Waste journey, we've learned a fundamental rule: the best waste is the waste we don't create! To reduce waste, we need to consume less or, at the very least, consume more wisely. It all starts with cutting down on food waste. Each year, a French person throws away nearly 30 kg of food, including 7 kg that haven't even been opened! This observation strongly urges us to reverse this trend.
To begin with, the first tip is simple – don't bite off more than you can chew, as grandma used to say! Whether at Campanile restaurants or during grocery shopping, learn to portion correctly to avoid excess that will end up in the trash. As a reference, consider around 500g of food per person per meal.
If you're unsure, turn to anti-food waste recipes. With a bit of imagination, you can work wonders for an unbeatable price. Stale bread becomes French toast, overly dry cheese turns into grated cheese, overly ripe strawberries transform into jam, and burst tomatoes become pickles for your sandwiches. Jars, frozen goods, syrups – Zero Waste recipe ideas are abundant. The key is to act before it's too late!
In the kitchen, also consider using less noble parts, like using carcasses to make broth or using vegetable tops to create a flavorful pesto. And if you truly have more provisions than a battalion, give and share! Each month, Campanile restaurants save over 20 baskets on average in partnership with the TooGoodTooGo app. Take a look when the opportunity arises – your favorite dish might be waiting for you like a fork-wielding hero!
Let's address those overflowing trash cans. Upon closer inspection, it's the packaging taking up most of the space! Plastics or cardboard, they still weigh 496 kg per household per year.
To put your trash can on a diet, start by getting rid of plastic bottles. You won't find them in your Campanile hotel rooms anymore. Opt for a water bottle or a mug for your coffee breaks. Alternatively, favor Tetra Pak packaging or glass bottles, especially when they're recycled. Don't forget the spoon – we've also done away with plastic stirrers!
Gradually, replace disposable products with durable items. Among our eco-friendly actions, we've swapped plastic straws for a less polluting material. Reintroduce cloth napkins, which are very elegant, or replace plastic storage containers with glass, and plastic wrap with an adjustable resin. Conventional cleaning products are also out, replaced by solid soaps and refillable containers.
Outside the home, also consider limiting excessive packaging by carrying your meal in a reusable container, refusing plastic bags, buying in bulk, and more. The secret to a Zero Waste lifestyle is also taking the time to question your true needs before giving in to temptation. Less shopping = less waste!
Currently, only 1 in 2 French people diligently sorts their waste. Between storage space, color codes, and schedules, it's easy to get confused! That's why we have some tips to share with you on how to properly respect this regulatory requirement.
Selective sorting is a family mission. To involve children without making it a chore, it's best to explain the importance of recycling. For example, you could organize a Zero Waste challenge once a month. At the end of the weekend, everyone compares their trash, and for once, the smallest one wins! You can also come up with upcycling activities by reusing textiles, packaging, and cardboard to create new toys, as a family!
To simplify waste sorting – and have no more excuses – create a sorting station at home with colors associated with each trash bin. Don't hesitate to display a memo that reminds everyone that plastics, metals, paper, and cardboard should be sorted and placed in their respective bins, loose and well emptied. For organic waste, equip yourself now with a composter, even indoors. Sorting biowaste will be mandatory by 2024.
Lastly, set an example! By raising awareness among your children, as we've done with our teams, you spread the message that we should all contribute our energy to a cleaner planet. Explain to your children that preserving our planet is the responsibility of each of its inhabitants!