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Mandarin Oriental, Paris Acts For The Planet

May 2, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

As part of its mission to do ‘More for a Sustainable Future’ and helped by the ‘Pur Projet’ organization,Mandarin Oriental, Paris is now offering guests the chance to help plant an agroforestry farm in the Paris Region. 

Rooftop beehive, Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Rooftop beehive, Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Guests who book their stay via Mandarin Oriental’s website can subscribe to the ‘Act for the Planet’ option, where a donation of eight euros can ensure a tree is planted. By creating and connecting to their profiles on the Pur Projet website, participating guests will then have access to a certificate with detailed information on their planted tree including its location.

Since opening in 2011, Mandarin Oriental, Paris has been recognized as an eco-responsible hotel and is the first hotel in France to obtain the High Quality Environment certification (HQE). Recognition as an eco-responsible HQE building enables the property to save 20 to 30% in energy consumption when compared to a non HQE building. The entire life of the hotel is organized around this goal.

With the backing of the hotel’s management team, Mandarin Oriental, Paris manages to marry luxury and environmental concerns. For example, the inner garden has approximately a hundred different trees and shrubs that are watered by an environmentally friendly drip system, a specific internal air filter system assures good air quality and soundproofed windows help to control the internal air temperature.

Interior of Bar 8, Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Interior of Bar 8, Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Mandarin Oriental, Paris has also contributed to protect biodiversity by hosting 50,000 bees. To help restore the decreasing bee population, the hotel has installed a rooftop beehive with the help of a local organization, Apiterra. Bees are an important part of the pollination cycle and often thrive in urban environments such as Paris, which has been a pesticide free-zone for the past ten years. Indeed, the hotel’s first harvest yielded 30 kg of honey which Executive Chef Thierry Marx and Pastry Chef Pierre Mathieu are using in the hotel’s recipes. Bar 8 also offers two signature cocktails, priced EUR 26: ‘Honey Kingston’ made of lemon juice, Cointreau, rum, whiskey barrel aged bitter and the hotel’s own honey, and ‘Homemade Honey’  made of yuzu liqueur, jasmine tea with ginger, champagne and honey.

Guests who wish to participate in the hotel’s environmental programme, such as the selective replacement of bed linens or towels, also receive a jar of honey produced from the rooftop hive as a gesture of appreciation.

“In keeping with Mandarin Oriental’s promise, we are committed to creating a sustainable future and to creating a variety of unique and interesting ways to do this,” said Philippe Leboeuf, General Manager. “We do hope guests will also enjoy being part of the environmental efforts of the city” he added.

Guests can join Mandarin Oriental, Paris in its commitment to sustainable development, by subscribing to the ‘Act for the Planet’ option when booking their stay on www.mandarinoriental.com/paris/. Room reservations can also be made by contacting the reservations office at Mandarin Oriental, Paris on +33 1 7098 7333 or via email mopar-reservations@mohg.com.

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