How to limit the ecological impact of DIY activities and its tools?

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In order to reduce our ecological footprint, DIY is a real solution. It allows us to reuse our objects and avoid a large amount of waste by repairing them, transforming them or by creating new objects from used materials. Tinkering (and therefore, learning to tinker) is a civic act that everyone can implement in their daily life to respect the principle of the 3 Rs (Reduce - Reuse - Recycle).

 

However, to carry out his work, the handyman equips himself with tools and equipment. To be manufactured and transported, this equipment emits CO² and requires the use of raw materials. These tools are often little used and take up space in our living spaces. On average, a drill would be used 12 minutes over its lifetime. Once broken down or damaged, they are rarely repaired, remain at the back of the garage, in the cellar or land in the container park. How could we transform their life cycle to optimize their use or give them a second breath?

 

Equipped with his tools, the handyman builds and repairs, but he also generates waste. In the Province of Liège, Intradel collects more than 250,000 tonnes of waste per year in their recyparks. Among these, a lot of waste comes from DIY or gardening. After collection, most green waste and wood waste (respectively representing 23% and 10% of the waste collected by Intradel in 2018) is transformed into compost or incinerated to create gas. Could we not better promote them and reintegrate them into a chain with higher added value? In a context where resources are limited and scarce, the objective is to make our waste a resource for tomorrow.

This issue concerns citizens as well as DIY, gardening and construction / renovation companies like Brico.

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