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Petition against over-packaging
To the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament,
We, European citizens and residents of the European Union,
consider that the growing increase of over-packaging, that is to say all packaging materials obviously over-sized only to promote the sales of these products, is an offence against the principle of sustainable and environmentally-friendly growth expressly mentioned in the Treaty on the European Union.
consider that the waste reduction and environmental protection required to take measures in order to limit over-packaging, as well as the research into environmentally-friendly packaging or the development of packaging waste recycling procedures are not an end in themselves. We consider that only significant waste reduction at source will enable us to limit the impact of our consumer goods on the environment.
consider that if packaging does not play any role or does not contribute to the protection of the product during its preservation, transport, storage, identification or to inform consumers, it can be eliminated.
As packaging can represent up to 80 % of the total weight of the finished product and thus constitute up to 65% of its price, packaging reduction must enable every consumer to reduce the global volume of her/his waste production and to save money proportionately.
However, as European Union Law, and especially the European Directive 94/62, does not propose any criteria to limit packaging marketing, we ask European Institutions to take measures to impose packaging restrictions on manufacturers.
This petition asks for measures to limit packaging in quantity and volume, and to restrict its use to the strict respect of the security and hygiene requirements of the products concerned.
The petition was translated accurately from the original text. However, in the event of dispute, the French version shall be deemed authentic.
<!– With the participation of Pierre-François MORIN, barrister at the Barreau de Paris.
Positive Piece of News Project
art one year after the eathquake
Listening comprehension: an orphanage in Haiti.
What is an orphanage?
an orphanage is a place for children who need to be taken care of when parents or families
cannot (can’t) care for them or will NOT (won’t ) take care of them .
I-Underline the correct answers:
A-The young woman who is working in the orphanage is called:
1- Martha- 2- Melinda 3- Melissa
What ‘s her nationality?
Welsh – Irish- Scottish -Canadian – French – American – British
B- The orphanage is located :
1 – at the very bottom of Port au Prince 2- in the mountains above Port of Prince (the capital city of Haiti)
3- by the seaside
4- in a beautiful place with a breathtaking or an amazing viewpoint
C- The name of the orphanage is :
Little Angels God’s Littlest Angels God’s Little Angels
II-We are given a tour of the orphanage
How many children (babies and toddlers) are living in the orphanage?
What is the name of the baby who has a scar but who is doing well?
Jude – Jade – John
What is the name of the place for babies who are in need of special care :
Special Care Unit Intensive Care Intensive Care Unit
III- Do you agree or do you disagree with the following statements?
Some babies will be reunited with their families later on in the future when they have a proper house to live in .
Some will be given for adoption .
Some babies are staying in the orphanage because their parents cannot take care of them as their house collapsed during the earthquake .
One baby is here because her mother can’t (cannot) take care of her as she has a defect in her legs .
IV- What about Ti’dada?
He is the son of one of the nannies .
He is lots of fun or on the contrary he is no fun.
It is a nickname .
He hasn’t got an older brother.
He will go back to his home once his house is rebuilt .
He is staying there until they can get their home rebuilt.
He has been abandonned by his family.
V- What about the lady who is talking to us? true or false?
She is enthusiastic and says she is happy to work there because it is the best place to be .
She tells us that volunteers come and help them on the balcony of the nursery.
She likes the balcony at the top of the house and she feels she is blessed to be there .
Her final words are: “What else can you ask for!” ” What can I say?”
VI -Express yourself :
In my opinion this video-clip is a relevant , interesting and genuine(authentique)– or uninteresting and boring – document about the work done .
Would you like to work in an orphanage? Where? Why ? Why not?
It is a very interesting report and I like the baby Ti’ Dada!
It was the very first island to get its independance during the
slave trade ( commerce des esclaves)
It became the very first republic made for and by Black people.
Toussaint -Louverture had a lot of arguments with Napoleon
and both men (tous les deux) had the same personality:
they were determined and strong -minded. The “white ” emperor was facing the “black” emperor.
Haiti is the poorest or one of the poorest island in the world.
Haiti was the victim of one of the biggest earthquake.
Toussaint -Louverture was imprisoned in the Château de Joux!
He eventually died here! (il a fini par mourir ici) eventually= finalement