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An Eco-friendly Christmas

Writing about Christmas in Paris, I could not help but notice the eco-friendliness that has slowly crept into our Parisian lives. Even without realizing, there is a gradual shift in our awareness about issues relating to the environment. This, however, does not have to happen at the cost of enjoying the holiday season! Here are some initiatives and suggestions from the city of Paris for celebrating the spirit of festivals while retaining the responsibility to the environment.

 

Some environment friendly gift ideas:

  • Tickets for concerts, shows, theatre, museums, amusement parks etc.
  • Subscription/ renewal of subscription for mobile, video library, library, course of dance, music, cooking, yoga etc.
  • A session of massage, reflexology, shiatsu, spa, thalasso therapy etc.
  • Gift coupons from supermarkets and hypermarkets.
  • Organic or home made products- jams, cookies, Glühwine etc.
  • Handmade or hand-crafted items
  • Products that promote conservation of environment: low consumption lamps, rechargeable cells, water filters etc.
  • Let us not forget to recycle the packing paper, envelops and other stationary.

There are so many more such ideas that one can apply to contributing towards our environment.

 

If you have a great eco-friendly gift idea or a tip that you use or would like to share, we will include it here with due credits to you. Please write to admin [at] indiansinsparis.com.

 

What do you do with your Christmas Tree ?

Do you throw it on the pavement once the festivals are over and you can no longer bear to keep picking up the spines ? Some people use the bags for packing Christmas trees before leaving them on the sidewalks. The sale proceeds from these recyclable bags almost invariably supports some or the other charitable association. The 1000 odd Christmas trees that decorate Paris in various public places are purpose grown in the nurseries of Jura (in French Alps) to cater to this need. These trees do not come at the cost of deforestation.

 

Holly leaves Paris municipality encourages people to 'recycle' their Christmas trees under the operation 'Offrez une deuxième vie à votre sapin' (Give a second life to your Christmas tree). People can drop off their Christmas trees between Jan 2nd- Feb 1st, 2009 at any of the collection points installed in over 95 parks and gardens across the city. Parks that participate in the recycling efforts are Monceau (8th arrondisement), at Belleville (20th), des Buttes-Chaumont (19th) and at Montsouris (14th). The Christmas trees thus recycled are made into compost. More than 15, 000 Christmas trees were recycled in 2008. Find the drop-off point closest to you.

Lights in the city of lights

Paris is slowly shifting its environmental radar to include increased energy consumption during festive decorations. We have admired or heard about Champs Elysees- the most beautiful avenue in the world. It attracts a lot of visitors who come to admire the decorations on the trees bordering the avenue and the illumination on the boutiques. The lights used on the trees on the Champs Elysees now uses new generation diodes for its second consecutive year. This has helped reduce the energy consumption by 70%. Christmas Illuminations

Organic Christmas or Noël en Bio

A 3 day market that offers eco-friendly and organic products- original and great for offering as Christmas gifts.

Noël en Bio
Dec 12th- 14th, 2008
11:00 AM- 08:00 PM
Espace Des Blancs Manteaux
48 rue vieille du temple - 75004
Metro: Saint Paul- Le Marais (Line 1) or Rambuteau (Line 11)
Bus: 29 (Bus stop: Rue vielle du temple)

 

Let us all work towards making Earth a sustainable place.

 

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