Are you travelling to the City of Love?
Whether you’ve made the plans, or it’s on your bucket list, there are some things you should know about the French capital…
Paris and the wider world are switching themselves on to the impact of humanity on the environment. The city is introducing green technology and initiatives like sea-bubble powered flying cars, renewable energy sources like silent wind turbines powering the Eiffel Tower and planting gardens around the area.
There are great Parisian companies that you can use to lower your carbon footprint and initiatives you can take personally to reduce your waste and impact the climate more positively.
Here are our tips for going to the European city and painting the town green, from the moment you leave your house to roaming around the metropolis:
Before you even set foot out the door, you can make active decisions that immediately affect your impact on the planet.
It’s simple; travel by boat if you can, since its impact on environmental contamination is much less than that of planes. Alternatively, you can use carpool, bus or train services within Europe which vary in pricing and impact on the atmosphere. If you do need to get to your destination by flight, investigate and book with airlines that are more eco-friendly. Tip: Look out for the little green tag that informs you how much less C02 the aircraft emits, which has been a common signal on booking platforms.
A super eco startup that has emerged in Paris in the last few years is Marcel, a green TNC company in the tourist city that boasts 100% carbon emissions offset.
Their vehicles provide a solution to both air and noise pollution for locals and visitors. What’s more is that your journey is at a fixed, agreed rate, so there are no nasty surprises when you arrive at your destination. They couldn’t be more convenient.
For a responsible traveller, Marcel is a great way to explore, and Bidroom members receive exclusive offers with this sustainable partnership. Enjoy a 5 euro discount on each of your first three trips!
Pack Sustainably to Paris
The best way to beat waste issues around travelling is to be prepared in advance.
Think about your needs and try to meet them with sustainable travel solutions. If you need a new wardrobe for your trip to one of the world’s fashion capitals, go vintage! You can find something chic, unique and often super affordable. There’s no such thing as second hand, it’s just twice-loved.
Try to be aware of just how much plastic you consume and waste while you’re abroad. To tackle this, ensure that you bring your reusable bottle and keep-cup in your carry on bag. Invest in toothpaste tablets (which are surprisingly cheap!) instead of bringing toothpaste that is contained by a single-use, non-recyclable plastic. It’s all about awareness.
Now you’re ready to take on Paris! To be an environmental ally, you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to do what you can, and always be open to learning more ways we can fight the climate disaster together. Your impact matters.