Carrefour’s recycling scheme offers cash back for unusual items

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Carrefour supermarket has launched an ingenious scheme that allows customers to drop off items not usually recycled in exchange for vouchers up to €15.  

A first in all of Europe, Carrefour supermarkets in France are inviting customers to bring in products that typically end up in the bin and swap them for cash vouchers. In a collaboration with TerraCycle and five corporate partners – Bic, DIM, Hasbro, Philips and Tefal – the project should help customers’ purchasing power and reduce waste.  


The kiosks will be split into six categories of products that are not accepted in home recycling bins. These include, but are not limited to: toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes; razors and blades; writing instruments; tights, stockings, knee-highs and socks made of synthetic fibres; damaged toys; and pots and pans.  

In return for their goods, shoppers will then receive coupons ranging from €0.50 to €15 from the project’s partners, regardless of the state of the items or the brand. These vouchers will be redeemable on items from the partner brands.  

The kiosks are currently set up at six locations, including locally at Nice-Lingostière.  

The products dropped off will be taken to a TerraCycle site, a company that specialises in “difficult to recycle” items, where they will be repurposed into new objects, such as benches, flowerpots or building materials.  

“Thanks to this recycling solution in the parking lot of Carrefour stores, we are providing a simple and local solution to our customers, which will make it easier for them to sort [waste], while allowing them to receive a voucher,” said Carine Kraus, Executive Director of Engagement for the Carrefour Group. “It is very important, in the current context of inflation, to show that we can reconcile the environment and purchasing power.” 


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Photo source: Carrefour

Boxing: Hugo Micallef remains undefeated after sixth victory

The “Fresh Prince of Monaco”, Hugo Micallef, remains unbeaten in professional boxing after a win against Italian Alessandro Fersula in Germany on Saturday.

Monaco’s great boxing prospect continues to impress since turning professional back in September 2021. Fersula is his sixth victim after successes against Lesther Lara, Ezequiel Gregores, Gonzalo OmarManriquez, Mauro Loli and Illias Kallouch.

Micallef won the fight, his first since December 2022, on points. The 25-year-old was once again against a more experienced fighter, but was unfazed. The “Fresh Prince of Monaco” condemned his 30-year-old opponent to his fourth defeat in 13 professional fights.

“In the first eight rounds, Hugo showed lots of skill and power against sn opponent as big as him,” said the father of the Monégasue super lightweight, André Micallef post-match. The identity of Micallef’s next opponent is yet to be revealed.


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Video: From Monaco to the Moon, Venturi FLEX Rover joins SpaceX mission

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A new page will be written in the history of Monaco in 2026 when the Venturi FLEX Rover departs Earth on a SpaceX expedition to the Moon. 

The Flexible Logistics and Exploration Rover – known as FLEX for short – is the culmination of a project that was first conceived in the Principality in 2019 by the Venturi Group’s president, Gildo Pastor.  

Now a highly skilled international team of engineers and scientists from the fields of space mobility, terrestrial and planetary robotics, advanced technology research, electromobility, fuel cells and batteries, hydrogen storage, composite materials and processes manufacturing, and hailing from Monaco, Switzerland and the US, is seeing its dreams become reality with the inclusion of the FLEX Rover in SpaceX’s 2026 lunar operation.  

The time has come to go further and put the Venturi Group in the history books…”

“Over the past two decades the Venturi Group has developed some truly unique, high performance electric vehicles,” says Pastor. “The time has come to go further and put the Venturi Group in the history books… Upon completion of this mission, the FLEX rover will be the largest and most capable rover ever to travel to the Moon. This is an extraordinary achievement and one that is a highlight of my professional life, a life that has always been characterised by innovation, adventure and the realisation of dreams I was told were impossible to fulfill. As important as this milestone is, I know it’s just the first of many that Venturi and Astrolab will achieve.” 

The rover itself is revoluntionary. As the unique characteristics of the lunar environment impose “a multitude of challenges”, FLEX has been designed to withstand temperatures of -90°C to -230°C, resist radiation and be operational for at least a fortnight in the pitch blackness of the southern pole of the Moon.  

“The rover will have to be able to traverse semi-autonomously, be piloted by the astronauts on board, be commanded from the future station in lunar orbit, and also from Earth,” say the team behind its design.  

“We have created much more than a rover for use on the Moon or Mars,” says Jaret Matthews, the founder and CEO of Venturi Astrolab, the US branch of the partnership. “FLEX is a logistics system capable of handling a wide variety of cargo. We believe that this approach will enable a permanent lunar outpost to be established on the Moon at a lower cost and in less time than expected. We are delighted that this contract with SpaceX will allow Venturi Astrolab to demonstrate the benefits of the FLEX rover and its modular payload system.” 


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Basketball: Roca Team secure home-court advantage

AS Monaco Basketball secured home-court advantage in the Euroleague playoffs with victory over Bayern Munich on Friday (81-84) before beating their closest Betclic Elite rivals, Boulogne-Levallois, on Sunday (87-68).

The Roca Team had already qualified for the post-season playoffs, but they were looking to secure a home-court advantage, which could prove vital in their quest to reach the final four. After missing the opportunity to do so against Zalgiris Kaunas last Wednesday, they had another chance on Friday evening during a trip to Bavaria.

Mike James back to his best

Monaco’s momentum was halted with the return of Mike James. The American point guard had been suspended by the club but was recently reintegrated. His return coincided with two losses, but James (28 points) showed the difference he can make when firing at all cylinders.

James equalled his season’s high points tally against Bayern Munich. His contribution was needed, as Monaco failed to construct a lead throughout, and had to remain focused and diligent until the final buzzer.

After the predictable drop in intensity following the return from the dressing rooms, Monaco took the ascendancy once again in the final quarter to secure the victory, as well as their place in the top four.

“I refound my rhythm this evening. Lots of things went through my head. I put myself under pressure to be good. I needed to perform for the team, and for myself,” said James.

Victor Wembanyama kept quiet

Monaco backed up their Euroleague success with victory over their closest Betclic Elite challengers, Boulogne-Levallois on Sunday. The Roca Team managed to shackle Victor Wembanyama (8 points), tipped to be the top NBA draft pick.

Victor Wembanyama by AS Monaco Basket

Instead, it was Tremont Waters (31 points) who did most of the damage for the Parisian side, although not sufficiently to prevent the Monaco collective from prevailing.

Elie Okobo (21 points), Matthew Strazel (16 points) and Donatas Motiejunas (14 points) inflicted much of the damage on a comfortable afternoon for Sasa Obradovic’s men.

Monaco’s place in the post-season playoffs is secured, but the result was more of a good omen with Boulogne-Levallois perceived as their biggest challenger in the French top flight this season. Monaco next face Gravelines-Dunkerque in the Betclic Elite on Tuesday.


Photo source: AS Monaco Basketball


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Podcast: Behind the Headlines with Monaco Life

Meet the team behind the headlines at Monaco Life and hear our journalists’ perspectives on the stories about Monaco and beyond that we’ve enjoyed writing about.

Featuring Editor in Chief Cassandra Tanti, Editor and Journalist Elsa Carpenter, news and lifestyle journalist Stephanie Horsman and Sports Journalist Luke Entwistle.

In this episode we talk about the multi-million euro Grace Kelly and JFK villas that have just hit the market, the new Karl Lagerfeld series and what it’s like to be an extra in a film, the biggest take aways from Monaco Ocean Week, the Kate Powers Foundation launch, the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, and the perks of being a journalist in Monaco.

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Harp concert and lecture at Princess Grace Irish Library

The Princess Grace Irish Library, with the support of the Irish Research Council, is set to host an evening of harp music and a lecture by Dr. Helen Lawlor from TU Dublin.

Dr. Lawlor’s performance on the harp will be inspired by some of the titles in the Princess Grace collection of music scores.

Dr. Lawlor is currently undertaking research of the collection and is organising a symposium in Dublin in June with experts presenting, including Dr. Fintan Vallely who catalogued the library’s collection and who performed for Prince Albert II of Monaco last month to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

To join in this unique event on 13th April and discover more about the music and symbolism of the Irish harp in musical practice, literature and cultural representations, reserve your place on or buy your online ticket here.


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