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survival kit on campus

The “smartbook� in which you are the Hero

A book for one a book for all

p.4 autumn : Let’s revitalize!


winter : Let’s wake up !



who are we ?

Etu’Récup is a non-profit organization, located at the center of the campus of Bordeaux (in Pessac), at the bow of the boat at the RU2. Our deckhands are mostly students, but we are open to all (campus staff, residents…) who want to participate in their own way. Be it ecological, social transition of our society or by raising awareness of more sustainable ways of living.


Creating this Resource at the heart of the campus was originally based on the desire to give objects a second life, by collecting, restoring and seeling them at affordable prices for students.





This workshop focuses on how to create an atmosphere of community and exchange. The “Do it Yourself, Do it Together” sphere of influence is also a central theme of this workshop with the aim of opening up the campus to its surrounding areas. All year round you can find workshops that teach you how to repair your household and personal belonging as well as give you the opportunity share your skills with others. This includes bikes, fabric, wood, furniture, electronics and computers devices.


autumn how to set up home on the cheap ! It’s not easy to set up home on the cheap. Most people buy their furniture from big retail outlets that force you to consume more and more without even guaranteeing good quality. To buy second-hand is getting cheaper and more people enjoy repairing, decorating and creating original items ! It’s also an opportunity to contribute to waste's reduction given that many objects that are still useful and in good condition often get thrown out. By recovering them, we give them a second, and even a third life. This gives you inexpensive, original items for your house whilst decreasing trash. You can buy almost everything second-hand : • furniture, • books, • crockery, • household appliance, • clothes etc. The Resource on campus is abound in treasures and offer low cost objects.There is even a free-area. Let’s reinvent our way of consuming. You’re moving out ? Think of giving !

Before you go on to new horizons, you can give away items and furniture you don’t use anymore (besides, it avoids trash on the pavement). By passing your items around, new students on the campus will enjoy them next year. Isn’t that nice ? Beyond giving new students the opportunity to move house and be equipped, donating to the Ressource helps reducing the waste and pressure on our natural resources by limiting consumption of new products. Those objects can be reused, repaired and customized making more people happy ! /4

Let’s revitalize ! Let go of disposable, a gesture of ecology and solidarity There was first disposable wraps, then tissues, pens, lighters and, eventually, all the daily objects we own have become disposable or given a limited life… This tendency has grown with the technological innovation and the planned obsolescence of our goods. How can we avoid the industrial trap to get us to consume even more ? In order to limit our impact on the environment and natural resources, we have option : to inform ourself about the 2 0% industrial strategies and to favour sustainable, rechargeable and repairable goods.

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When we buy something, let’s ask about how long the warranty is but also the availability of the spare parts. Craft persons and even associations are specialists when it comes to repair items to make them last longer.

We are the resourcefulness generation !! But new technologies aren’t that bad ! Learning how to repair objects or recycling things is possible thanks to the numerous tutorials online that give all the advice required. Alternative places are growing which let people – even the beginners –have a go at doing more or less complex repairing : bikes, clothes, kettles, and even objects that have been created from collected materials. Those places provide tools and workshop, and they promote skill sharing and mutual exchange. We all have a super-power hidden inside of us, waiting to be transformed into a handy Hero and do our own part in reducing overconsumption.

To go further…

Les Ressourceries : Bike workshops : Where to repair ? Where to inform ? ADEME / Les Amis de la Terre www.


WINTER Gifts and decoration, do it yourself ! Every year before Christmas it’s the same pain : more and more gifts but no ideas and no money… What if the solution was to make them yourself ? With a little motivation and imagination, you can make great gifts., The icing on the cake is the satisfaction of doing it yourself. At the Ressource you can use tools to make unique gifts : crafting wooden toys, storage boxes, personalized furniture… Even Christmas decorations and gift wrapping would be unique thanks to salvage. And why don’t you make sofas and chairs with pallets ? At the Ressource, it is also possible to recover abandoned or throwned away objects and customize them for original and green gifts !

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If you’re not good with your hands, there’s plenty of solutions. Instead of searching for THE material gift for our brother, parents or friends, why don’t we try to find THE “immaterial” pleasing surprise ? A concert ticket, a guided visit, a museum ticket or maybe a box with personalized activities to pick. It would limit the accumulation of objects that will inevitably become, some day, garbage. No more excuses to make an original, green and low-budget Christmas !


Let’s wake up ! New Year’s Eve left traces, it’s time to clean ! Making your own cleaning products without ruining your health and wallet, it is possible ! Cleaning products (all-purpose cleaner, washing powder, dish soap…) contain phosphates, additives, whitening products, sulfuric acid and plenty of other chemicals products which have significant consequences on health and environment. We can take care of our houses inexpensively and without harming the environment by making our own products. No need for complex formulas to remove dirt.Basic products are very effective and can easily be found in the shops such as white vinegar or baking soda. Just add a few drops of essential oil to have a natural perfume for your interior and that’s it !

Party wake-up, change your face ! Is it difficult to recover from that New Year’s Eve party ? No luck, it’s time for the family dinner and you need to freshen up without spending a fortune ! In the shops you can find products (usually expensive) with doubtful formulas and incomprehensible names which we don’t know the long-term effects on our health. To avoid traps, learn how to decipher logos and labels* and even better, to have natural and low-coast cosmetics… make them ! Besides, more and more websites offer recipes to make facemasks, lip balms, make-up removers, creams… Everything you need to get your glowing complexion back after waking-up from a party with healthy and home-made products. That way, you preserve not only your health but the environment and your money ! To go further…

To inform and get recipes : Les Ecomatismes : Les jeunes Consom'acteurs de Bordeaux* : petit-guide-du-jeune-consomacteur Génération Cobaye :


spring Let’s become conscious consumers ! What are good ways to consume local and seasonal products ? First of all, there is the CSA system (Community-Supported Agriculture) where you can order from local producers seasonals products which provides you local and organic products each week (fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat…). With no obligation, you can also choose the “Petits Paniers Campus” (Little Campus’ baskets) : quality, reputable origin, variety and sometimes a surprise! All of this in a basket especially made for the student’s budget (5 or 7 euros). This available on every Bordeaux’s university campus. Your belly will thank you, as well as your wallet ! Another possibility is to consult the town hall’s website to see when the markets take place. There is always a market somewhere near you.

Let’s become producers ! A pumpkin on my balcony… Vegetable's gardens can be all sizes, the little ones fit on your window still or your balcony ! You can easily sow seeds to grow fresh aromatic plants, ready to be consumed (parsley, basil, coriander, mint, chives or maybe verbena). Some fruits and vegetables don’t need a lot of space to grow. Cherry tomato, strawberry, radish or lettuce, feel comfortable in pots or window boxes. Think bigger with community gardens ! Those places, and the gardener communities that make them live, would be happy to see you join them and their noble garden cause ! You could also ask them to share their advices and ideas with you. Nowadays, you can easily join one of the 3 communities gardens on the campus* and plant your own piece of land. /8

Let’s grow ! So, do we compost ? Composting is sorting all of our organic waste to let them decompose naturally with the micro-fauna, bacterias, fungus and super-earthworm. Compost becomes a great manure that enriches the soil. It also contributes to considerably reduce domestic waste and, therefore, the landfill sites for our waste.

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What can I compost ? • Fruit peel • Left-over meals • Coffee and tea • Organic material • Paper tissues and paper towels • Crushed eggshells, walnuts…

Avoid diseased or chemically treated plants, uncrushed shells, citrus fruits overdose and, above all, everything inorganic (plastic is a super-bad guys). To compost on the campus is super easy ! Put your cloak on and bring your box to one of the student's garden compost tray or at village1 .

Let’s favour biodiversity on the campus ! The urban expansion which has led to natural specie isolation, as well as a lack of genetic mixing weaken the animal and plant populations leaving them a trisk of extinction. The 3B project (Biodiversity Biomass Bordeaux) attempts to develop natural areas on the campus and to make people aware of the ecological corridors’ importance. Those little in lets of nature within the cities conceal priceless treasures ! With that project, numerous actions have already been undertaken: tree planting, late mowing, nesting boxes, keeping track of plant's lifecycle, and various educational activities… with more to come. To go further…

Community gardens on the campus* : L'Astragale et la Fourmi - Facebook/ La Fourmilière AOC :, Karavan bordelaise : 3B project : Biodiversité Biomasse Bordeaux Baskets :


summer Easy sorting ! First day of summer ! What better than an improvised picnic, especially after a 4-hours essay ? But when you know 7 million tons of plastic bottles are produced every year in France, it makes you think (twice) about what to put in your basket. So, these are some good habits to adopt :

Each French person produces about 590kg of waste (all mixed) a year. And even if the household containers’ recycling rate is 67% (Grenelle Environment Forum’s objective 75%), the recycling rate for plastic packaging is only 23%. So, let’s avoid plastic every time we can. What’s more, plastics aren’t all recyclable in Gironde with numerous recycling false-friends, especially soft plastics : yoghurts, ham wrapping and all the plastic’s bags go right to household waste. /1 0

When your nature outing is over, think of the environment by picking up your waste and sorting them in the appropriate bins.

Let’s plan ! Sustainable festival practices When mid-terms exams are over, it is time to have fun ! To party all through the night, the Ecocup limits the disposable cups. But what about glass bottles ? Hup ! 1 00% recyclable !goes to the glass container. May the force of sorting be with you : locate the sorting containers dispersed at the event to take part in the reduction of incinerated waste and the increase in the rate of recycling for paper, cans, plastic wrapping… Choose a sun protection in a bottle (because it is recyclable) rather than using a tube or spray. Let’s be careful about the composition and prioritize eco-friendly formulas. It has become increasingly common for festivals to use dry toilets – this has become the norm. Wooden chamber, odour control, but mostly, the water economy is absolutely phenomenal (as his name says– dry toilet). Did you know a single flush uses 1 0l. of drinking water ? So, if your favorite event’s organizer still lives in the chemical toilets’ era, the “pee-break” may be the right time to raise awareness among the event’s organizers.

Festivaly yours ! What about the organizers ? What can we do ? Whatever the size of the event is, there is plenty of choices : • rent Ecocup* with a deposit system, • choose local products (it limits the greenhouse ? gases emitted by transport) , w o n k Di d you • give out the unsold products or left-overs to participants (this is the best compost of all !), • set up a communal washing-up area, • avoid mineral water bottles (encourage reusable flasks and cans), • inform yourself about the collection method in the area • set up dry toilets (see above) To go further… Waste sorting on the events : * Ecocup rent and lending : department of Gironde / Etu’Récup lending for students’ associations and Autowash Ecological/dry toilets :

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The Docks

Shop Bike workshops & Woodwork


Textile workshop Electronic & Computer Workshop

Etu'Récup - The Campus’ Ressourcery University Field 1 3 et 1 1 avenue Pey Berland - 33608 Pessac Tram Doyen Brus - Pessac

Opening hours : 1 1 h-1 8h on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and during workshops Contact : - tél : 8

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Naomi Marty talented student

Sophie Pelé

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Lore Laffargue inspired student

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Caroline Gury

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Eturecup livret 2017 anglais  
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