In Concarneau these young people who live in low-tech apartments for the planet – Concarneau



Faced with climate change, he illustrates this summer drought and fires the two young Concarnois who hit the region went low-tech. These simple, repairable and accessible technologies, which had their festival in Concarneau last June, respond in an ecological way to various everyday problems.

In the apartment of Solenne Caous and Baptiste Le Sommer, 29 and 28, the refrigerator was replaced by a pantry. The shelves are arranged according to the needs, in air and light, of the vegetables to be preserved.

“After all, a refrigerator is nothing more than a large shelf. Mustard or eggs do very well without it. If you want to eat meat or fish, you eat it the day you buy it,” says Baptiste Le Sommer.

A cheese box discovered at a garage sale is kept cool by plants installed on top. (The Telegram/Marine Forestier)

Cold beers with a desert fridge

On the central kitchen island, a cheese box found at a garage sale is kept cool by plants installed above. The couple still has a – very small – fridge lit in the summer for certain products.

A “desert fridge” is installed on the terrace for drinks. It is a system of terracotta pots surrounded by wet sand, which drops about ten degrees below the outside temperature.

The desert fridge lets you keep drinks cold using terracotta containers surrounded by sand!
The desert fridge lets you keep drinks cold using terracotta containers surrounded by sand! (The Telegram/Marine Forestier)

To reduce water consumption, the couple also installed dry toilets. Conventional toilets actually account for 20% of a person’s daily drinking water consumption in France, second only to personal hygiene.

An optimistic attitude that gives hope

Guests can therefore relax in the water you can drink or in the stainless steel bucket and its bench nicely decorated with a nautical theme. “It is important for us to produce attractive things that can easily fit into a classic apartment,” explains the electrical engineer.

“For example, our parents were very skeptical. But when they came, they saw that our toilets were nice and beautiful. It’s also combativeness,” he continues.

At Baptiste et Solenne, guests have a choice between classic toilets and dry toilets.
At Baptiste et Solenne, guests have a choice between classic toilets and dry toilets. (The Telegram/Marine Forestier)

The bucket is equipped with a urine separator and must be emptied approximately every two weeks. “We would like communal compost for emptying dry toilets. It is the scale of the territory that best corresponds to the low-tech lifestyle”.

Meanwhile, Solenne and Baptiste bring their waste to a friend who has a compost yard. “The low-tech approach creates social bonds and brings joy. I hope that young people follow this path, even if it is a long one. We act, it gives hope and calms the sense of environmental anxiety. »

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