Green Is The New Glam

We’re embracing these GREEN INITIATIVES

Nespresso has partnered with Caran d’Ache to produce a limited-edition ballpoint pen made from recycled aluminum coffee capsules. The result is the sleek Nespresso 849 pen, in satin midnight blue of Dharkan, one of the most popular coffees from Nespresso’s range.


The “849 Nespresso” goes on sale from May 26 at Caran d’Ache stores globally and online. Remember you can return your used capsules to any Nespresso store or arrange to have them collected.

We’re using products by Australian hair guru Kevin Murphy, which we discovered at our favourite Batik salon in Ranelagh. Not only do they smell and feel lovely, but the square packaging was a conscious design decision. The square bottles use less resin than traditional packaging are transported and shipped more efficiently using less fuel.


We’re hoping Sandymount Hotel, Dubin will scoop the coveted accolade “Europe’s Leading Green Hotel” at this year’s World Travel Awards 2018, on June 30. The Loughran family-run business has won in the past for their forward-thinking initiatives. In fact 90% of the hotel’s waste is now recycled. The hotel uses biodegradable compostable coffee cups and lids, compostable eco-friendly straws in the Line Out Bar, and offers rewards and incentives to guests who help the hotel to take a “greener” approach. Says John and Gerard Loughran, “This year, we have joined the global Clean the World recycling programme, giving us the opportunity to recycle guest’s discarded soap and toiletries and in turn through their distribution, helping to prevent millions of hygiene-related diseases worldwide.”


Further afield, a trip to the Cote D’Azur wouldn’t be complete without visiting the tiny two square kilometre principality of Monaco. They have launched their new “Green is the New Glam” campaign, which makes bridging the gap between luxury and sustainability a priority. With 386,000 trips made daily in high season,  new transportation options have made it easier for citizens and tourists to reduce their carbon footprint. Seventeen bike stations, a solar-powered bus boat and a dozen hybrid buses are available, while two Tesla-compatible charging stations mean that eco-conscious travellers can still experience the thrill of Monaco’s iconic roads and hairpin bends.

Penny McCormick

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