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The Green Side of Mandarin Oriental, Paris

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Mandarin Oriental, Paris is now offering guests the chance to help plant an agroforestry farm in the Paris Region.

 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 was one of the first hotels 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.

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.

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: ‘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.

“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.

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