This week at Ohlala French Coffee we're going to talk about how we consume on a daily basis, so I'm going to tell you about how I consume. This will allow you to see the useful vocabulary to talk about it. Here we go.
I don't pretend to be perfect in my way of consuming at all, far from it. There are things, I think, that are good, that are responsible. And, there are other things that I need to improve. I am well aware of that
Food products :
As far as food is concerned, I go shopping once a week. Since the health crisis, I shop at the drive-through and I like it. I find it more convenient. I shop in a French supermarket called Super U, because it's the closest to my house.
Before I go shopping, I look in the cupboards and in the fridge, to see what I have left, so I don't buy products I don't need, to avoid wasting. I also think about what I will eat this week. In general, I eat almost always the same thing. In fact, there are always starchy foods, greens and a source of protein.
The last order I made, for example, had fruits and vegetables. I buy some of them at the supermarket and I also go to a small store that sells organic and local vegetables. However, it's not cheap in that store.
We started a vegetable garden a few weeks ago, and I hope to have my first harvest soon. This allows me to buy a little less fruit and vegetables and to be a little more independent.
I also bought fresh products, in particular yogurts. We have some salty and sweet products. And I bought litter for the cat, very important.
It's very simple and there's not much. I try to be careful not to consume too much and to plan a lot to avoid wasting as much as possible.
I also go once a week to the butcher where I buy a little chicken, beef and sometimes cordon bleu.
In terms of product selection, I find it important to choose products with as little plastic packaging as possible. I also look at the origin of the products, if they are organic, local and of course the price. It's a balance of all that. If I can, I try to buy fair trade products.
Of course, I recycle my waste. I also have a compost where I throw my vegetable waste.
For cosmetic products, I buy and make some of them. The products for my hair, I make them: shampoo, care and dry shampoo. To make them, I order the ingredients I need on the Aroma-zone website. It's a French website that provides the ingredients to make your own cosmetics.
For the soap, I buy it from a local producer. And for the rest, I like to buy the brand So'Bio Etic.
Other products :
Other than that, I'm not a big consumer. I buy a few electronic products when I need them for my work.
Most recently, I bought a tripod for filming and some tips for my Ipad pen.
I buy these products on Amazon. I know very well that this is not responsible. But, I don't have a store to buy these products near me. I have to drive an hour to get there and with the lockdown, we have to avoid traveling as much as possible.
For books, I have an e-reader which is dematerialized.
Otherwise, I don't buy much else. I rarely buy clothes and if I need them, I try to buy as much as possible second hand.
In summary :
In short, I try to find a balance in my way of consuming between quality, respect of the environment, origin and price. This is not always easy.
When I buy something, I try to be well-informed about the product I'm buying, I compare it to the other products offered, I look at customer reviews and I also use Yuka. It's an application to know if a product is good for your health. Buying something is for me an act that requires asking myself several questions like:
Do I really need it?
Will this object last over time?
Can this object be recycled?
Does the price correspond to the value and usefulness of the object?
What environmental impact will this object have?
French Consumer Vocabulary:
Your Turn: What questions do you ask yourself before buying a product ?
I'll see you soon for new adventures, in French of course! 🇫🇷