Passionate About Paris: March 14th 2012

Welcome to a new post in my weekly blog series, Passionate About Paris.

We’re all encouraged to be aware of our carbon footprint and never more so than when travelling. Regular readers may recall that I waxed lyrically in a previous post on the joys of journeying to Paris by train on Eurostar, which is of course the green way to travel.

 This week’s blog post has some ideas on accommodation, eating out, shopping and an exhibition, all with an eco-friendly slant.

Staying                                                                                                                         The Hotel Gavarni is the first independent Paris hotel to be awarded the European Ecolabel. From ecologically efficient heating and water systems to organic food and cleaning materials, the hotel strives to offer every comfort while considering the environment. They even cover the costs for their staff to travel to work on public transport!                                                                                                   5 rue Gavarni, 16th arrondissement.                                                                                 Métro : Passy

Eating                                                                                                                           The Comin Garden is a new canteen-style Parisian cafe with wooden tables and seasonal organic food. Open Monday – Friday 1000-1500                                           63, rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 9th arrondissement

A firm favourite of mine is Pousse Pousse at 7 rue Notre Dame de Lorette. Lawrence Aboucaya’s delicious vegetarian, vegan and detox food will leave you feeling cleansed, yet satisfied. And yes, there are some wickedly delicious desserts!                                                                                                                                 Métro: Notre Dame de Lorette, Saint Georges, or Le Peletier

Shopping                                                                                                                TierraUna sells fair trade products, developing partnerships with small producers from around the world and with a particular focus on Colombia. Products include textiles, coffee and soap.                                                                  46, rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 11th arrondissement

Eco-friendly menswear brand Cyclus can be found at Bazar Ethic. Using the upcycling concept waste materials (including truck inner tubes) are turned into shoulder bags and other accessories. Open Tuesday to Saturday 1100-1930 and Sunday from 1430 to 1900 on Sundays.                                                                        25 rue Beaurepaire, 10th arrondissement

Ethical and cutting-edge clothing can be found at Dupleks in the Canal St Martin area. Featuring young designers and wardrobe staples, the shop is open from Tuesday to Saturday 1130 – 2000; Sunday 1430 to 2000                                         83 quai de Valmy, 10th arrondissement                                                                 Métro: Jacques Bonsergent

Over in the Bastille area, 39 Charonne is the place for cosmetics, clothing, accessories and home ware from around the world                                                    39 rue de Charonne, 11th arrondissement                                                              Métro: Bastille or Ledru Rollin

What’s on

From March 16-19 the Paris Salon Bio Vivre Autrement exhibition is being held at the Parc Floral de Paris. Showcasing organic cuisine, detox diets, recycling and gardening this annual event is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.Route du Champ de Manoueuvres, 12th arrondissement

Getting around                                                                                                         The Velib bicycle hire scheme has been operating in Paris since 2007 and it’s a great (as well as green!) way to get around.  All details on their website: http://en.velib.paris.fr/

À bientôt!

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