Paris, mon amour!
While the previous day my life was sustainable pink, the following days it turned to French colors. I wore a pretty, blue-white-red, frill blouse from Ekyog, made of organic cotton in France (you can actually find boutiques in Paris and throughout France). I also wore 100% biodegradable (once the buttons have been removed) linen and modal trousers from Freitag (which I also wore here). These trousers are made in Europe: woven in Tuscany and assembled in Poland. Finally, the shoes that followed my steps all summer long are these eco-vegan sandals, made in Portugal by the British-based company, Bourgeois Bohème.
Read on and discover my second ethical outfit, as well as the eco-friendly, non-expensive hotel just in the heart of Paris, where we had the pleasure to stay.
Solar Hotel* | Paris 14th
If you are a bit like me, wishing to reduce your carbon footprint and stay on a budget while you travel, I found a hotel you might appreciate. Solar Hotel is the first economical, ecological, activist hotel in Paris. Located in the heart of the city of love, the small eco-friendly hotel is found very close to the metro station Denfert-Rochereau. The view in our room was of huge linden trees and of the beautiful backyard terrace of the hotel.
It might be true that one may possibly not come here for its “pretty” interior design, but rather for a great cause and commitment to the most greening efforts in a hotel. Solar Hotel maintains its twenty-year-old original furniture by renovating, repairing or recycling anything before the thought of buying a new replacement. They actively discourage deforestation done for the production of new furniture, which usually hotels get every seven to eight years.
I particularly appreciated some of the signs on the walls, like the one saying “Burn calories, not electricity” encouraging us to take the stairs rather than the lift, or raising awareness on recycling and reducing waste production. You will easily find recycling bins all around the hotel.
See the list below, where you could find further actions undertaken by the Solar Hotel in order to reduce their carbon footprint while keeping it economical and healthy:
– Offering free bicycles for guests.
– Saving electricity with low power consumption bulbs.
– Using renewable energy exclusively, like solar panels.
– Having water saving equipment on the taps, showers, and toilets.
– Composting food waste.
– Using products that are vegan, without palm oil and without unnecessary packaging i.e. maintenance products, natural soaps and shower gels.
– Using solvent-free products for room renovation, such as paint, glues and carpets.
– Publishing its carbon footprint
– Room rates: 79€ & 89 € with breakfasts included.
The hotel is also an activist for different causes by:
– Promoting ecological ideas in the hotel industry by raising awareness among young people and welcoming them on internships.
– Supporting NGO Sea Shepherd, which defends marine life.
– Being in partnership with the Second Chance School for young people dropping out of school.
– Hosting of local artists to exhibit free of charge in the establishment.
A small surprise was waiting for us travelers and digital nomads, the WiFi does not reach the bedrooms! Under the idea of having a healthy sleep, the Solar Hotel only provides WiFi in the lobby. This was a little bit difficult to accept for a few minutes, but it allowed us to truly disconnect and not to stay on our phones while in bed just to take one last scroll through Instagram. I would really like to stop doing that at home too! Please tell me I’m not the only one to do this! Thank you, Solar Hôtel for taking care of our health!
*The night was offered to us by the hotel. Merci beaucoup Solar Hôtel!