La Cité Écologique – ECOVILLAGE

In my opinion, the biggest difference between our ecovillage and other similar places would be our financial independence. Although we are not self-sufficient in terms of food and do not live off the grid, those are goals we could meet in the long run. For now, all of us work for a company that belongs to La Cité Écologique’s residents. From the beginning, we have been working hard for companies that are now flourishing. This level of entrepreneurship is often less developed in ecovillages which focus solely on sustainable development. Yes, ecology is a priority, but we have found a balance between sustainable and economic development.

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Huehuecoyotl – ECOVILLAGE

In 2013, I flew to Mexico with the intent of working on different farms and ecological sites. After spending two months on a construction project with organic materials, building an igloo-shaped house out of adobe, I decided to look for another project. This is when I came across the Huehuecoyotl ecovillage site. It was the first time I heard the word “ecovillage”, which sparked my curiosity right away. Hence, I contacted one of the members and agreed to spend the next two months there.

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Giving a Voice to the Workers: Interview with Ugo

I am in charge of Sales and Marketing and am the client contact for sales. Basically, this involves selling our collections to shops every six months, developing new markets, and nurturing relationships with clients. I also respond to corporate requests, in which businesses ask us to sew garments bearing their logo. Those include Radio-Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and some spas.

In terms of marketing, I take care of creating catalogues for our collections, thinking up posters, and designing new undergarment boxes. I also manage the Respecterre website—that includes implementation and maintenance, newsletter and blog post writing, and promotion for our apparel.

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Giving a voice to the workers : Interview with Lisette

Today we continue our series of interviews with Respecterre employees, who give you an inside look at the ecological, local and ethical world of fashion. We invite you to discover Lisette, a woman with great experience in the field of clothing making. But above all, a cheerful woman, who thrives in life and enjoys every moment.

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What’s project 333 ?

You may have heard about the project (or challenge) 333. In a spirit of minimalism and responsible consumption some people take on the challenge to only use 33 articles of clothes, jewelry and accessories for a period of 3 months. The purpose of this project is to become aware of our behavior towards of fashion, to use less and to find out what we really need. Also, see if there is really a difference in how we feel and how others perceive us with a smaller wardrobe.

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Giving a voice to the workers: Interview with Noëlline

I am responsible for the boutique adjoining our sewing shop, the online boutique, and inventory management. In Respecterre’s early days, we decided to open our own shop in the rural areas! This allows us to receive guests on the wonderful ecovillage site while working in the shop. Increasingly, people also like to buy online, so I work on the online boutique at the same time.

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How to Repair Clothing Yourself

A part of sustainability in textile is decided when we buy a garment. The fibers it’s made of, the dyes, prints or countries of origin all have an impact on the environmental footprint of a garment. Thereby, the other part is indirectly linked to the life cycle of the garment. The longer one uses his or her clothing, the less he or she buys new one, the smaller the environmental impact.

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Plastic Clothing Causes Microplastic Pollution

Since the early 2000s, a large part of the population has begun to question single-use plastic grocery bags as well as the pollution that they cause when they end up in landfills, as they take up to 400 years to decompose. I worked in a grocery store at the time, and the controversy led to much more discussions after my favourite automatic question: “Hello, plastic or paper bags?”

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Giving a voice to the workers: Interview with Hideliza

Apprentice seamstress Hideliza has great inner strength and a beautiful authenticity. Born and raised in Cuba, she moved to Quebec, surprisingly in a small rural village! She quickly got accustomed to the French language and Quebec customs and is now fully Canadian, but each day, she has many stories to share from her homeland. I invite you to discover here a curious, funny, and very optimistic person!

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