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March 22nd is World Water Day 2013 - this year's theme is 'Water Cooperation'.

By mid-Century, the world population is projected to reach 9 billion thereby increasing the food and fibre demand by 70%. If the pressure on water resources is not solved, there might be severe food and water shortage. If you think you are not going to live that long to see the shortage, think of the place you are leaving for your children or grand-children or loved ones to live in.


Water-day-2013

Read more: Save Water Save Life

 

Christmas is a magical time whether you believe in Santa Claus or not. There is festive spirit in the air- the decorated show windows, illuminated streets and avenues, heavy duty shopping, animations, family get-together, celebrations and gifts.

 

Danish Christmas Tree

© Malene Thyssen. Creative Commons Attribution

All this is not without its impact on the environment as the days following Christmas turn out to be heavily charged for garbage collectors what with gift wrapping and other packagings of Xmas gifts and of course, the Christmas tree itself.

Read more: An Eco-Friendly and Responsible Christmas

 

Travel is a way to understand, appreciate and create bonds with a culture that is different from one's native culture. It should also be a means for the host population to benefit equally from the social, cultural and economic exchange in a sustainable way. Fair Trade Tourism aims to maximise the benefits of tourism, not only for the tourists but also for the local, host communities through mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships.

Read more: Fair Trade & Eco Tourism in France

   

When was the last time you looked at foot fashion from an ecological point of view. Does the idea of environment friendly shoes throws you into a dilemma of choosing between good conscience and fashion sense ? If yes, read on to find out about the creators who have turned similar predicament into fashion statements in the foot world.

 

Moyi Ekolo Shoes by Annbel Gérenthon

courtesy: Annabel Gérenthon, Moyi Ekolo Shoes

Read more: Eco-friendly Shoes & French Fashion

 

More than 3000 products labelled Fair Trade / Max Havelaar are sold in France from various outlets that range from specialised shops to mass retailers. Fair trade products have more and more takers in France as is evident from a sale of 287 million euros in 2009.

Read more: Organic and Fair Trade Shopping- Fair Trade in France III

   

We have all heard of or used organic products at some point or the other. What exactly is an organic product ?

 

Organic Certifies logos for France

French Organic Certification Logo © Agence Bio

As per the European Rule of Harmonisation* for defining what constitutes an 'organic' product, there are several guidelines- a sustainable production; respect for natural equilibrium and biodiversity; a product of high quality that is not detrimental to the health or the environment and the traceability of ingredients**.

 

Read more: Organic Food- Fair Trade Consumption in France- II

 

Sustainable development, citizen's engagement and ethical consumption are coming out of their fancy, 'intellectual' mode to touch a larger base as more and more people are aware of and have means to allow themselves and others the practice of fair trade.




Fair Trade Breakfast

© Max Havelaar - Stiftung (Switzerland)

More than 80 million families in 40 countries have consumed fair trade/ Max Havelaar products. More than 6 million people in 60 countries- of whom 1.2 million individual farmers and workers- benefited from an estimated €3.4 billion generated in global Fair trade retail sales in 2009 that saw a growth of 15% compared to previous year. In France, in 2008, one household per three, bought at least one product labelled Fair trade-Max Havelaar offered by 205 enterprises. Fair trade sales generated 287 million euros in 2009 in France.

Read more: Fair Trade Consumption in France- I