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March 5, 2014, students from the campus of the University of Cergy Pontoise (France) decided to dedicate a day to to honor the Upcycling and more generally called the Circular Economy , in creating UPCYCLING DAY
Before getting into the thick of things trying to see more clearly the terms “barbarians”
The attached video published by the Ellen Mc Arthur Foundation explains what is called the Circular Economy
We invite you to read a definition of Upcycling published in Wikipedia
Returning to this day of March 5, 2014 :
Upcycling Day is a special day that allows everyone to immerse themselves in the world of circular economy and upcycling , through educational and practical workshops and conferences bringing together the best experts and most iconic actors .
The objectives set by the students are:
- Awareness of the use of a new resource: the waste.
- Promote the practice of upcycling for individuals and in organizations.
- Provide a friendly and positive attitude participatory, sustainable development.
- Mobilize students around new environmental practices.
- Unite students, associations, businesses and the general public in a common and responsible action.
The program of the day
Recognized experts held accessible to all conferences, helping to understand the major environmental issues
Unpublished animations and friendly stands to immerse themselves in the world of recycling
About animations, I was asked to participate as Marron Rouge and I have not accepted immediately (November 2013) , because I wanted to have the program and the course of the day that was sent to me in January 2014 and there I said YES .
That’s what I have proposed for this day : I lead a workshop during the day. During the day students will have collected plastic bottles to be entrusted to the workshop. With all these plastic bottles we will create an object that remains on the university after this day. The ideas will of course object to define (non exhaustive list): a light , a seat , a sculpture …
To do this I asked a colleague designer, Gregory Hoogstoel to join me on this workshop .
We will agree with Gregory to think 3-4 objects we could create during this day. The morning of March 5, 2014 and will choosse one or two items at the end of the day that students will pick from our selection.
Upstream of the day, the project manager for the University will launch the ” password” in the campus so that the maximum plastic bottles will be collected . We hope that these plastic bottles are of the same brand so that we make a rather creative design. Of course since we have limited time, we also requested that plastic bottles are washed of every label.
We therefore expect many on this great event and feel free to come and share.
Date March 5, 2014.
Place : Universy of Cergy-Pontoise, site des Chênes – Accessible by RER (train) à 30 mn from Paris
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Today we decided to be nice, nice for no reason just for fun.
Our four accomplices Jerry , Jim, Jimmy, and Jamie have decided to lower…. their prices and until 31 December 2013.
These 4 card holder made in crazy materials: recycled seatbelt, Tube recycled, recycled bike tire went down to
Marron Rouge organize a little game to understand how you are “Marron Rouge “. Send us your photos featuring our fashion accessories and decorative objects with a small funny text (or not). Allow us to publish these pictures on our social networking pages and our blog. Discount vouchers and / or small gifts to win. This game is also open to business users, send us pictures to see how you scenery our articles
Mail address for pictures and texts : email@example.com
End of this game : December 31, 2013
We reserve the right to publish the photos that were sent to us
End of April 2013 , I received in my mailbox a resume to apply for internship. I read the CV : keywords ,the letter and the CV hang my curiosity :
WASTE – ECO DESIGN – DEVELOPMENT OF SPACE …..
I decided to see this potential intern for a one in two projects
Preparing for the next staging of Maison et Objet in recycled pallets
- Repeat the land showroom Marron Rouge with the same scenery .
I met Alexis André, and we go to local bar to talk about target of the project. I met a smiling, enthusiastic and excited young man at the idea of this project I explained him.
After the interview, I asked Alexis , before to accept him or not as an intern , to address within 10 days , a draft of the understanding of the project.
Alexis sends me a summary document of several pages, that ”proved” the understanding of the total project and he had also good sources of documentation.
Alexis has integrated Marron Rouge as an intern on July 15, 2013 and will leave Marron Rouge October 15, 2013.
The first 15 days we thought the project, it was amended, and it was finalized :
- Storage spaces visible in the showroom to store the goods, prototypes, components used for trade shows, and the ” paperwork “
- Large cubes on wheels with a dual reporting function and storage
- Floors made of pallets to introduce decorative elements
- Small cubes of different sizes used to store or presentation
- Frames to showcase products
- To order s recycled pallets through BIOPORT
- Start of construction of the various structures
- Changes in certain structures in progress
The month of August 2013 has been intense since the first big deadline was Maison et Objet for September 4, 2013 .
A beautiful scenery was made and implemented on this latest edition of Maison et Objet .
And finally implementation of the showroom had been done.
A great team where each of us there used his own skills: design, modification, implementation, patience, satisfaction, frustrations, disagreements, symbiosis, laughter … a beautiful human project as I like
I would like to congratulate with this post Alexis André for his work , his commitment , his talent, his sense of humour. I wish him a bright future which I’m sure will be brilliant .
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It is not so common that I give you some very personal things, but I’ll make an exception to the rule and to share with you one of my musical passions.
Indeed the first Thursday evening in August 2013 I was in Vence right next to Nice to attend a concert that I “dreamed” all my life!
I really realized a dream and what a beautiful reality that I was there! I had missed thems when they produced at the Mogador Theatre in Paris about thirty years ago
I went to see Nile Rodgers, one of the two founders of the group CHIC. Of course you’ll say, CHIC making machine discos commercial hits … well yes but not only that. I am really went to see his talented guitarist and I really enjoyed.
This story began in 1977 in the record store named Point d’Orgue boulevard Malesherbes in Paris, France . I became a client and friend of the shop hard which was held at the time by Caroline and Marie-Agnes .I was working in a company near the shop.
I had the privilege and the right to open all the boxes of new arriving almost daily. So I had the chance and find the first album called CHIC simply, and at first listen I fell in worship on his unique sound of guitar that appears on almost all the songs on this first disc. Tubes with Dance, Dance, Dance and Everybody Dance, or Strike up the band. All the pieces you will hear the guitar solos with a beautiful soaring brass and violins. This album was considered disco music, although I do not hate, but his unique sound of guitar does not exist. There were plenty of things resembling soul and funk but nothing really unique as its Nile Rodgers.
Ce disque n’a pas pratiquement jamais quitté ma platine et je le réécoute avec autant de plaisir que 35 ans (eh oui !!) auparavant. Et là ce disque a été le déclencheur d’une véritable passion pour ce musicien.
This disc has almost never left my turntable and I replay with as much fun as 35 years (yes!!) before. And there was the hard trigger a real passion for this musician.
At the same time produced simultaneously CHIC Group and Sister Sledge, and both groups had the same sound that dominant bass Bernard Edward (now disappeared) and that his unique sound of guitar of Nile Rodgers.
From 1978 to 1979 came the tubesLe Freak, Good Times, Lost in Music, We are Family, He’s the greatest dancer… After Good Times, the recording career of CHIC group as such was less successful, but I was always a fan by finding the sound that I had discovered.
Meanwhile Nile Rodgers began appearing as a guitarist with other artists: Cindy Lauper, Duran Duran, INXS, KID Creole, Paul Simon ….
Quickly the group CHIC became producer and composer of many groups and not least surprises and even some French artist had his English career that was produced by CHIC.
Musique du film Soup for One : des mesures de ce moprceau de musique ont servi au morceau Lady de MODJO
In short, the list is long and it’s not going to stop including today tube Daft Punk, Get Lucky is still Nile Rodgers. He is working with Etienne Daho for the next album which is expected in October 2013.
Revenons à ce concert ou j’ai été gâté, Nile Rodgers a joué tous les morceaux légendaires de CHIC et Sister Sledge mais aussi il nous a joué
Returning to the concert where I was spoiled, Nile Rodgers played all the legendary pieces of CHIC and Sister Sledge but he played also Diana Ross, David Bowie, Modjo, INXS, Duran Duran, Sheila, Madonna highlighting his guitar and being really happy to be here.
Oh and surprise we had the chance to see U2′s Bono on stage which made a very brief appearance
It was like seeing a “kid” who comes having pleasure playing music and being happy to share this with an audience. He asked us, throughout the concert, and a sweet and funny way.
Two hours together moving (for me), it remembered me a lot of memories for those years CHIC I have shared too!
Nile Rodgers was invited by FNAC in Paris Saint lazaire on June 25, 2013.
Un very truth interview made by the French magazine Télérama
Finally to complete a compilation containing all the success of CHIC, Sister Sledge and CHIC productions with unreleased remix, this is a beautiful cabinet that includes most of the career of this group
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The adventure of Marron Rouge started “head-on with the cartons” for me.
After a first interview, in January 2013, to evaluate in which way I could come and help him in the project, it is in his ready-to-move showroom, right in the Village des Créateurs, that I joined Jean-Marc, the very first day of my internship, 3 weeks ago. Struggling my way through the boxes in a messy room, I found that day Jean-Marc with nostalgia and emptiness across his face, although he was smiling to me to greet me. After a few days, I realized I arrived in in the company when a chapter was coming to an end in the history of the little indian-style logo… gone were the days in the little “cocoon” of the “Passage Thiaffait”, it was now time for Marron Rouge to move on and stand on its own feet. But my mind was made up, I would definitely be a part of the new chapter!
My name is Adèle. A young, eco-freak, 27 year-old woman, graduated from Lyon II University with a Master in Brand-strategy and, as Jean-Marc, willing to build a cleaner and even more beautiful future for the mankind. I’ve always yearned for a job in a “conscious” and “conscientious” company. Conscious of what it would bring to the society, and aware of how and why it would do it. Keen on Marron Rouge’s creations, but also on the project’s “ethicological” integrity, I could only join the adventure… even if this would first mean carrying all those boxes and bags, the great teak table and the old little sewing machine table that seemed to weight like a ton! And the new shop with the exposed ceiling beams and the stone wall was absolutely gorgeous! I knew it, Marron Rouge was going to work, but also Marron Rouge and me would hit it off!
After three weeks spent in the company, I could now understand the organization of Jean-Marc’s enterprise : a “multi-task” founder that devotes himself to the design of his products as well as to the monitoring of the production chain, logistic chain, but also to the prospecting of retailers, to the brand’s web-marketing and even to the development of an e-commerce platform.
After visiting the premises of Bioport in Vaulx-en-velin and after taking part in the press day organized by the press agency in Paris, I discovered Jean-Marc’s work hinges on the help of two professional teams for the press relations and logistics :
- My Beautiful RP press agency, dedicated to the development of his press relations, and specialized in the “ecological and ethical” press world is absolutely crucial for Jean Marc and his brand to be renowned in the fair-trade design area. Besides, the agency’s work has clearly a revenue impact for Marron Rouge.
- Bioport logistics platform: its job is to make the link between the manufacturers in India and the final customer or retailer in France by storing Marron Rouge’s products and preparing the various orders.
Both of them provide Jean Marc with more security concerning tasks that require much time, much accuracy and great professionalism and that Jean-Marc cannot do alone.
As regards the brand positioning, I think I understood Marron Rouge seeks to appear as a green fashion and design products quality brand that would sell up-market and yet not so expensive products.
Concerning its brand identity, Marron Rouge seems to have understood the importance of dedicating itself to the materials which introduced it to the public –recycled bike-tire, inner-tube, parachute bag canvas and security seatbelt. As a matter of fact, it sounds that the brand DNA is about recycled gum, canvas and security seatbelt and that Marron Rouge ought to preserve it… without curbing it though!! And in fact, Jean-Marc hasn’t hesitated lately to expand his parachute bag canvas bags collection, develop its fleet of furniture, and much more! From may on, you will be able to wear Marron Rouge not only on your shoulder, on your ears or under your bottom but on your feet!!!
After doing bags, furniture and jewelry, thanks to the encounter between Jean-Marc and his friend Stéphane Bourmaud-Baudet, the idea of extending the collection to the footwear was born! And now we only can wish good luck to our multi-recycled brand!