Eco-tourism and ‘green’ tourism are always in the news; if shopping is on your agenda while in Paris here are some ideas for some seriously green shopping. Stylish clothes, accessories and art can be planet-conscious yet affordable too and those chic Parisiennes wouldn’t shop just anywhere!
First up then is a shop for everyone: El Ganso. Selling men’s and women’s wear as well clothing for the kids this Spanish brand is keen on respect for the environment while creating clothing for the individual. Their ethos is to use suppliers who share their environmental concerns and goals; their trainers for example are manufactured with bio-degradable, non-polluting materials. Find El Ganso at:
7, Rue des Rosiers (Menswear and Tailoring)
4th arrondissement M-S: 11:00-19:00; Sun: 11:30-19:30
39, Rue de Passy (Men, Women, Kids & Tailoring)
Or online: www.elganso.com
Recycling and eco-furniture devotees should head to the 15th arrondissement, where l´Autre Sens sells unique furniture and home accessories. The owner, Christophe Gillot builds furniture and even storage boxes from recycled materials. Every item has a history, which he’s pleased to share! Find Christophe at:
141 avenue Emile Zola
15th arrondissement Open Monday 1400-1930; Tuesday to Friday 1100-1400 & 1500-2000; Saturday 1000-1900 http://www.lautresensparis.com/
Upcycling is another word in the recycling canon and Colombian brand Cyclus turns waste fabrics into men’s shoulder bags and accessories. Who would have thought that truck inner tyres could become so chic? The Cyclus brand is available from
Bazar Ethic 25, rue Beaurepaire
10th arrondissement Open Tuesday to Saturday 1100 to 1930 and 1430 to 1900 on Sunday.
Another shop keen on upcycling or ‘recyclart’ is the Brauer Galerie. This amazing space mixes works of art with 20th century objects and is devoted exclusively to upcycling and recycling. Old objects given new life include tennis racquets turned into lamps and toasters made into robots — or how about Jasper John’s ‘Flag’ composed of electrical components and transistors? Very apt for this July 4th blog post!
48 rue de Montmorency 12th arrondissement http://www.brauergalerie.com/
NB: Brauer Galerie will be closed for their annual holidays from 7th July to 2nd August.
Happy shopping and À bientôt!