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What impact will the ecological transition have on craft trades?

Crafts encompass a wide range of creative, manual trades that reflect the know-how and passion of artisans. Crafts include carpentry, pottery, jewelry, sewing, leatherwork, glasswork, ceramics, carpentry and many others. These talented craftsmen work with materials such as wood, metal, fabric, glass and stone to create unique, high-quality objects. They master traditional techniques and often use specific tools to bring their creations to life, combining aesthetic beauty with functionality.

Crafts and skilled trades are also undergoing significant change as a result of the ecological and social transition. More and more craftspeople are turning to sustainable, eco-responsible practices. For example, some craftsmen use recycled or reclaimed materials to reduce their environmental footprint. They also favor the use of natural, non-toxic products, both in manufacturing and in processing materials. In addition, the growing demand for local, artisanal products fosters the local economy and strengthens the social bond between artisans and their communities. Some artisans specialize in specific trades linked to the ecological transition, such as eco-friendly product manufacturing, sustainable fashion design, antique furniture restoration and the creation of ecological and reusable objects.

Craftsmen specializing in the energy renovation of buildings are essential in the transformation of buildings towards greater energy efficiency. These craftsmen work on key aspects such as insulation, carpentry, plumbing, electricity and many others. For example, insulation craftsmen improve the energy efficiency of buildings by installing high-quality insulating materials. Joinery craftsmen manufacture and install energy-efficient windows. Plumbing and electrical tradesmen install efficient heating and cooling systems, as well as environmentally-friendly electrical installations. The importance of these trades lies in their contribution to reducing energy consumption, cutting carbon emissions and improving comfort for residents, while creating more sustainable buildings for future generations.

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