In a few words who are you and what do you do for a living?
My name is Marie, I am 25 years old and I am from Meurthe – & – Moselle in the north-east of France (not far from the Vosges where Ernest & Luluhandkerchiefs are made). I am an agro-food engineer and often describe myself as a consumer actress. Today, I am the founder of the In Extremis brand, a brand of anti-waste food products that revalue the losses and waste of food companies. The first product is a breakfast cookie made from unsold bread and wheat bran. Beyond anti-waste products, it is important for me to make the general public aware of the fight against food waste, so I carry out workshops with professionals (companies, communities, etc.) and share tips, advice and anti-food recipes. -gaspi on social networks and the website. I am now in the midst of creation, all information will soon be available on inextremis-antigaspi.fr.
What was your trigger to turn to a zero waste approach?
It’s a question that I get asked regularly and that I also ask myself, but I don’t remember a particular click. I think part of it comes from my upbringing. I had the privilege of growing up in the countryside, of having parents and grandparents who grew their own fruits and vegetables. So I was quickly made aware of seasonal, local foods, etc. Food was the starting point from my childhood, and as I emancipated myself afterwards, I quickly turned to a more sustainable and responsible lifestyle in all areas of my life. Food, cosmetics, fashion, transport, travel, etc.
What daily actions can you reduce your impact on the environment the most?
First on the kitchen side, probably because that’s what is most important to me and nowadays it’s a big part of my job as well. Eating in season, as much as possible locally, not wasting anything (cooking leftovers, tops / leaves of vegetables), buying mostly in bulk and no longer consuming meat are my cooking actions that contribute the most to reducing my environmental impact.
On the side of my closet, I have a pretty minimalist closet and buy almost exclusively second hand (and I’m lucky to have a mum with a passion for sewing who sews some clothes for me).
In the bathroom, solid cosmetics (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, moisturizing balm, etc.), washable make-up removing wipes, oriculi allowed me to remove the trash from the room.
Finally, with regard to transport, on a daily basis I travel exclusively on foot or by bike and for longer journeys, I prefer the train, the bus or carpooling.
Let’s talk about handkerchief, because here, it’s kind of our specialty! Do you use handkerchiefs?
Yes, I use handkerchiefs every day. No tissues at home for a few years now. And to tell the truth, I did not adopt this gesture while moving towards a zero-waste lifestyle, but since my youngest age. Rather, it is a gesture that I saw in my parents and grandparents and that I also reproduced. At my parents’ house we have a drawer where the handkerchiefs are, and I quickly got into the habit of turning to handkerchiefs instead of paper.
Beyond the family mimicry and zero-waste aspect, the comfort aspect which totally confirmed my choice. A handkerchief is still much nicer and less harsh than a paper handkerchief!
What do you think of ernest & lulu organic handkerchiefs? Ready to take the plunge?
A transparent and committed approach that speaks to me completely. I share the values in terms of short supply, craftsmanship and quality defended by Lucie through Ernest & Lulu. Ready to take the plunge, especially with the new designs launched recently!
Any advice or a simple trick to help our readers reduce their waste too?
Educate yourself, be curious and give it a try. Start because something that seems accessible to us and gradually move forward in this direction. Do not feel guilty for not doing as much as the neighbor, do not flog yourself and accept your flaws. If you are more sensitive to the way clothes are made then review your wardrobe first, if you are more sensitive to the food waste produced each year then review the organization of your shopping, your closets and do proof of imagination in your kitchen. The key word in my opinion is to listen to yourself, to move at your own pace and not hesitate to share with others, in all kindness. These are new small seeds sown which will in turn sprout.
Do you have any literary recommendations?
I am a big fan of podcasts and listen to a lot. I have an article on my personal blog where I share my favorite podcasts on the topic of ecology and the environment.
Still on my blog, I share 12 documentaries engaged on different themes (food, fashion, ecology, environment, etc.).
With regard to books, I recently read L’abuse de consumption responsable fait rire, by Marie Duboin and Herveline Gireaudeau and highly recommend it for those who are starting to wonder about their current lifestyle and who would like to turn to more responsible consumption.
Do you have an Instagram account or blog we can follow you on?
Of course, you can daily on Instagram @marieeppe and my personal blog of consumm’ation marieeppe.fr.
Otherwise, I can only invite you to follow the adventure of the anti-waste food company In Extremis which is beginning, on Instagram @inextremis.fr or on the inextremis-antigaspi.fr website.
Marie EPPE , Nancy, 25 years old.