This month itmustbeNOW Magazine talks to Charlotte Landolt-Nardin, the founder of Jardin des Monts. Meaning Garden of the Mountains, this exceptional certified organic brand of infusions, syrups and cosmetic products uses herbs and plants hand harvested from a mountaintop garden in the Swiss Alps and artisanal processes inspired by traditional herbalism. Use them to help you travel more sustainably. Find out more at https://www.jardindesmonts.ch/en/
One word that describes you?
Which is your favourite part of your job?
The balance. I love harvesting the plants in our garden, the creation of products and connecting with people in our team and our customers.
Who is your greatest influence?
My father, his love and respect for nature, and his commitment to sustainability.
Best advice you’ve been given?
There is always a solution.
What was your Plan B?
To be a humanitarian and work with kids.
Your personal indulgence?
Walking in nature and breathing fresh air.
What steps do you take to make your life more sustainable?
I go to the market to buy local organic products with no packaging directly from the farmers. Organic products should not touch plastic, and most shops have too much packaging. I recycle. I support sustainable companies.
What hotels walk the talk on sustainability in your experience?
All the Soneva hotels. I have stayed at the lovely Soneva Kiri in Thailand.
What must happen now to help make our planet more sustainable?
It must be NOW that we take action. There are many sustainable solutions. Hotels must act to become truly sustainable, use energy and water resources better, support local communities, serve local water in glass bottles and get rid of plastic bottles, and stop using all products made from petroleum.
If you could have one hour with a world leader, who would it be and what would you say?
If he was still alive today, I would have chosen to get to know Nelson Mandela. He was imprisoned for decades but he did not lose his humanity and helped bring together people of different colour and race.
Any regrets so far?
When a person grows up and looks back, we realise that there is always something we can do better. Time goes by too fast and we must pause and enjoy the moment, and have a more natural lifestyle.