Environmental news in France for January 2021

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Survey on illegal pesticides in Normandy

20 people in La Manche, in Normandy, were questioned by the police following an investigation into the trafficking of certain banned pesticides.

Among those questioned were 14 market gardeners (fruit and vegetable market gardeners) accused of using phytosanitary products banned in 2018.

In all, 20 people were questioned, some of them in custody in Coutances. The majority of those involved, the prosecution said, admitted the importation and use of banned products.

Almost 80 tonnes of banned products were illegally imported from Spain and used in the Coutances region. Green News

Hunters help preserve wetlands

A hunting federation in the Dordogne intervened to help preserve part of the Beunes valley, a protected wetland.

The reserve, which is home to a wide range of birds, snakes, dragonflies and butterflies, is part of the Natura 2000 classification but has been drying up for 15 years.

The federation therefore bought plots of land and is now working alongside farmers to ensure that water continues to circulate in the region.

Marie Auclère, its communications manager, said: “The primary objective of hunters is to take care of nature. This valley is incredibly rich and we had to act to preserve it.

Launch of a charitable children’s clothing business

An eco-responsible children’s clothing brand launched in Vienne, NouvelleAquitaine, raised € 5,000 for animal welfare associations in its first two weeks.

15% of the purchase price of all items sold by “Animal Kids” – the original idea of ​​Benoît Richet – goes to an association of the customer’s choice (among the options, Save the Rhino, Panthera and Oceana).

The company’s ecological credentials extend to its raw materials, with all organic cotton clothing coming from European farms.

“We have tried to seek cotton production as close as possible to French territory to limit transport,” said Mr. Richet. France Blue. “We have chosen Greece and Portugal for our cotton and the clothes are produced locally.”

Hair today, hair tomorrow

Customers at hairdressers in Poitiers My exclusive hairdresser can now donate their cut hair to create wigs for people with cancer – as long as they are at least 10 inches long and are not colored or discolored. All other hair can also be recycled into fertilizer or insulation, or to filter out oil or even to strengthen concrete. The salon also uses vegetable hair dyes to avoid using toxic products.

Mask recycling points in Tours

The authorities in Tours (prefecture of Indreet-Loire) are setting up 100 drop-off points – including town halls and schools – for the recycling of fabric and disposable masks used by residents during the Covid pandemic.

“We noticed that there were too many masks on the street and people who wanted to recycle them weren’t necessarily sure what to do with them,” said Martin Cohen, the city’s deputy vice president for waste collection.

Before being recycled, the masks collected will be quarantined and then decontaminated.

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