Le Van is above all the story of Charles, Stéphane and Maxime who wanted to make sense of their business by reducing their environmental impact through returnable drinks.
40 years ago, the deposit was part of the daily life of the French, each container then had a value. With Stéphane and Maxime respectively experts in tech and purchasing, we created Le Fourgon to update the deposit box and adopt new consumption habits, by offering a simple, fast and practical customer experience with the delivery of drinks to their homes. during the day. Charles tells us.
Returnable bottles are back
Do you remember when the use of the returnable bottle was common? This practice almost completely disappeared in the 90s in favor of plastic bottles, selective sorting and individual packaging.
“Disposability” became a recurring sales argument in the aftermath of the war: putting in the trash was much more than a means of simplifying everyday life, it was now a true “art of living” of modernity. “. Announced Baptiste Monsaingeon, sociologist.
Cafes and restaurants have never stopped selling returnable bottles. However, abandoning the guidelines to the general public may not have been the best idea. In 2019, 571 kg of waste per year and per inhabitant were counted (figures from ADEME).
But fortunately, at a time when everyone is wondering how we could reduce our environmental impact, the deposit is making a big comeback.
A local project that makes sense
Le Van is part of an environmental logic where the production of household waste per French person has doubled in forty years:
- 4.5 million tons of plastic waste are produced each year
- 1.5 million disposable plastic bottles are used every hour (36 million per day) and only a third are recycled.
- Of the 20% of greenhouse gases produced by food, 40% are drink-related.
Thus, the introduction of returnable glass bottles allows consumption without creating additional waste. Remember that a glass bottle can be reused 20 times on average.
Rebooteille is a major player in the establishment of the Van in Lyon. The association is a key solution for collecting dirty bottles, washing them and redistributing them to producers.
Beyond the environmental aspect, the use of returnable beverages makes it possible to create jobs that cannot be relocated and to support short circuits.
Also, this approach is a solution to the anti-waste law. This law aims for a circular economy (AGEC). The objective is to reuse 5% of packaging in 2023 and 10% of packaging by 2027. It introduces the principle of standardization of packaging for reuse, which has been reinforced by the Climate Law. The funding allocated by CITEO to supporting the development of reuse has been increased from 2% (AGEC law) to 5% (Climate law) of its budget.
Le Fourgon aims to reuse 200,000 bottles per month in Lyon within a year. Knowing that approximately 20 billion bottles are sold each year in France, this objective is achievable.
Using a deposit drink represents:
- A 75% reduction in energy consumption
- A 79% reduction in CO2 emissions
- 33% water saved
Returnable glass products generate less waste than non-returnable bottles. In fact, the packaging of crate pallets of bottles which are returnable uses much less plastic film than non-returnable bottles which are lighter and therefore less stable.
Refundable drinks are one more step towards eco-responsible driving. Visit lefourgon.com to discover their concept.