We have entered the season of rearranging and clean up. We all tend to accumulate stuff that clutters our spaces during the winter, especially if we have procrastinated for a while in the organization of our spaces. Yes, it can be very daunting, a colossal task for many, but if you want to make room for new, or prepare for a move, you will not be able to escape the reality. You need to proceed methodically and the result can be pleasurable.

In 1938 Finland started a social project in order to provide all the mothers who had just given birth a starting kit to ensure that infant babies had everything they needed. At the time, the depression had increased the infant mortality rate. This box contained everything needed to ensure basic care for infant babies. The need for this set for newborns is still very relevant, and Finland has inspired other major cities around the world to follow suit. Studies have proven that the cardboard box is ideal to serve as a cradle for a newborn until the age of 6 months. Frankly, if you are unsure as to the quality of a cardboard box to be used as a cradle, let us share this new trend.

As the school year begins, all families are busy with preparations, including the infamous and scary back to school shopping. With lists of school materials remind us that learning has a cost. A cost that continues to rise according to a recent study on the costs of school indicating an increase of 43.5%. Faced with this inevitable exercise, we can ask ourselves about the relevance of this extreme capitalism. How can we revise this great expense and try to minimize our environmental footprint in passing?

Ecological debt has obtained alarming growth

Green financing to support sustainable development

Just two years ago, we shared an article with you on the new carbon exchange to explain in a simple way how this new economic instrument works. If you missed it, you can read it here. In fact, what is marvelous about this type of capitalism which has been adapted to the green economy, is that it rewards the efforts of companies that reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and charges for those that exceed Reduction targets. A scholarship that deals with pollution is already a very big step. And here is another big step that is emerging: green financing!

We have already printed an article on the issue of packaging products that revealed that 9 out of 10 products suffer from over pack. In Europe, the issue is still relevant with a survey launched by the ObSoCo in collaboration with the Paris All4Pack 2016. They proposed five topics to investigate consumers' expectations about the future of packaging. We have no equivalent program here in Canada or in Quebec, but we have a EQA organization (Eco Enterprise Québec) that supports companies in their packaging reduction challenges via the optimeco.ca initiative. Cartonnerie Montreal has therefore asked the question: what packing material do customers require or expect? What would be the priorities to be developed for a more ecological and economic future for packaging?