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Eco-Friendly Paris

Take a green tour of the City of Light.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Full day

Overview:  In the City of Light, Parisian classics get an earth-friendly twist. For this trip, T+L partnered with Greenopia, the leading... more »

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Points of Interest

1. BioArt

This eco-friendly, two-floor eatery serves an all-organic menu—consider risotto topped with shaved truffles or a terrine of diver scallops—in a design-forward space replete with neon lights and slashes of vivid red and green. Where atmosphere is concerned, the restaurant’s real draw is the panoramic view of the Seine River afforded by massive,... More

2. Different Company

Located in the heart of the stylish Hotel DeVille district, on the northern bank of the Seine, the Different Company, true to its name, is a different sort of boutique shopping experience. The store is owned and operated by famed French perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena and his daughter, Celine. Ellena was once a perfumer for Hermès, a true titan... More

3. Ekobo

Bruno Louis, former marketing executive for L’Oreal and graduate of the London School of Economics, brought a host of ideas with him from extensive world-travel when he founded Ekobo in Paris. Appropriately styling itself as an "eco-citizen company," Ekobo works with artisans in Vietnam (where Louis’s father worked for UNICEF) to import ... More

4. Ibis Porte de Clichy Centre

If you are willing to sacrifice a central location for great value, this business-oriented hotel, just outside the city and still on the Métro, has more than 800 square feet of solar panels stretched across its façade.

Address:
14 Blvd. Victor Hugo
Paris
France

Phone:
33-1-41-40-18-90

5. Le Méridien Étoile

The hotel, already famous for its legendary jazz club, is not getting attention for its energy-efficient mini-bars, televisions, and heating systems in polished rooms.

Address:
81 Blvd. Gouvion St. Cyr
Paris
France

Phone:
33-1-40-68-34-34

6. Palace of Versailles

In keeping with the spirit of the nature-loving Marie Antoinette, head gardener Alain Baraton stopped using chemicals on the garden grounds and reintroduced insects for pest control. Not only have his efforts brought about the return of swallows and the green woodpecker, but his practices have been adopted by other urban gardeners.

Address:
Place... More

7. Vélib’

The bike-sharing program rents bikes for small deposits.

Address:
Paris
France

Phone:
33-1-30-79-79-30