1. The fashion boutique
The sustainable, slow fashion movement is very much en vogue in Paris. Browse and buy both new and preloved clothing at La Textilerie, much of which is made from recycled fabrics by local designers. The store also conducts sewing classes, during which you can learn to make a skirt or a tote bag from recycled cloth; plus, it sells fabric offcuts at a snip of the original price.
2. The co-working space
Paris has seen an uptick in eco-friendly co-working spaces over the last few years. While Mutinerie runs a co-working space on Rue de Meaux in the heart of the capital, it also offers frazzled freelancers the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and retreat to the countryside at Mutinerie Village. Accessible from central Paris by train, this rural commune blends co-working and co-living – in addition to working in relative peace, you can also bed down in a cosy stone cottage and enjoy meals made with fresh ingredients from the on-site vegetable garden.
3. The market
Do as the locals do and shop at the Batignolles organic market. Situated in the 17th arrondissement, with the famed Sacré-Cœur as its backdrop, it features over 50 stalls offering an assortment of local produce. Here, you’ll find freshly pressed juices, ciders, seasonal fruits and vegetables, essential oils, flowers and more. Get up early to avoid the crowds; the market operates from 9am every Saturday.
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4. The bar
Sustainable bartending is the order of the day at Bisou, a cocktail bar that works solely with organic ingredients from various local producers. It also minimises waste by dehydrating leftover produce for use as drink garnishes. There’s no menu here – instead, resident mixologist Nicolas Munoz will shake up a custom cocktail for you with the ingredients he has available that day.