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From Lisbon to Paris: Recycling, recycling, recycling…

Today, no one can ignore how some new restaurateurs embrace a more obvious sustainability practise within an urban environment.

If the phenomenon is not new, what fascinates me is the growing success with a much broader clientele, not limited anymore to a few hipsters, alternative trendsetters, designers or students.

Case in point: In the LX Factory in Lisbon, most of the bars and restaurants use recycled goods (food and non-food) and grow their own herbs or veggies; and when it comes to setting up a bar, a few pieces of wood are sometimes enough. And some self-named “trendsetters” are simply mixing and playing with eclectic design in wealthy areas (including many of your hotels), yet this is not to forget that it all started with economic constraints.

Lisbon street art district
Lisbon street art district
Mobile cultures in LX Factory’s restaurants
Mobile cultures in LX Factory’s restaurants

The Recyclerie in Paris, a new concept located in a former train station, combines an urban farm, a canteen with a bar, an atelier to repair your old stuff and a coffee corner. There is a completely new and global approach on things: Eggs are coming from the 19 chickens living on site, the wine is served from stainless refrigerated containers, any organic waste is given back to the animals living on the farm, four beehives produce honey, there is a vegetable garden of 400 square meters, and chemicals used for dishwashing or cleaning are “green friendly,” of course. The culinary philosophy is also in line: Less meat, as many local products as possible, only seasonal, always fresh.

La Recyclerie in Paris, in a former train station
La Recyclerie in Paris, in a former train station

I even found an Aquaponics feature: This scientific name simply means combining fish farming with plant culture by using water with enriched minerals substance (in simple terms, the excretions from the fish). 

Aquaponics in northern Paris
Aquaponics in northern Paris

This urban alternative culture is so in line with current trends – sustainable and inspiring. Refreshingly, each city has its own approach, from New York to Denmark, from Lisbon to Paris.

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