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4 BEST ECO-FRIENDLY HOTELS

Merlin Farm Holiday Cottages, Cornwall Consisting of six farmhouse cottages located in the Cornish countryside – choose from five nearby beaches – Merlin is run on electricity generated by solar panels and heated in winter with wood-burner stoves using local, sustainable timber. Waste is either recycled or composted, and wetsuits are cleaned with collected rainwater. Cottages from £235, minimum three-night stay. merlin-farm-cottages-cornwall.co.uk

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Hotel Felix, Chicago An innovator in the Windy City, the Felix’s commitment to upcycling starts from the lobby onwards, with beautiful sculptures made from recycled metals. Carpets and flooring are made from recycled materials and its south-facing aspect allows for natural heating and light throughout the day before low-energy lighting kicks in at night. Rooms from $132. hotelfelixchicago.com

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Inspira Santa Marta Hotel, Lisbon Housed in an historic 18th-century building, sustainability is at the core here: it uses 100 per cent renewable energy and is part of a CO2 emissions offset programme. As well as using environmentally friendly materials and paperless systems, the hotel was also designed with Feng Shui principles in mind, including decor that considers the five elements: water, fire, wood, earth and metal. Rooms from €249. inspirahotels.com

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Conscious Hotel Westerpark, Amsterdam The team behind Conscious Hotels certainly considered everything environment-related when it came to designing their fourth hotel in Amsterdam. It’s the first hotel in The Netherlands to be powered entirely by Dutch wind energy, while bedroom desks are made from recycled plastics. Even the beer it serves is locally brewed to help reduce its carbon footprint. Rooms from €135. conscioushotels.com

CIRCUS BABIES

From Batman to Papa Smurf, manga to cosplay, there’s something for every comic fan at the ninth Brussels Comic Strip Festival from September 14-16. Browse the festival tents at Parc de Bruxelles, float alongside the Balloon’s Day Parade or test your knowledge at the Geek Zone. visit.brussels

Who hasn’t dreamed of running away with the circus? Dublin’s National Gallery is hosting a circus-themed workshop for babies and their carers on September 17 (2pm-3pm) to hothouse those playful instincts. The immersive session exposing little hands, eyes and brains to new sounds, colour and pattern is part of the exhibition Circus250: Art of the Show in the Hugh Lane Room until October 14. nationalgallery.ie

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