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Displaying items by tag: shop how to make simple changes towards an eco-friendly lifestyle? Have you wondered where to buy your organic food and goods locally? Or how to be more energy efficient? Do you know what is recyclable in Belgium? We do - or we know someone who does! This site is intended to be an information rescource and focal point for ecologically minded people living in and around Brussels. Please revisit the site often, because we update it on a regular basis. http://sunbeams.eu Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:20:56 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Organic Food Shops and Markets http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/185-organic-food-shops-and-markets http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/185-organic-food-shops-and-markets

Buying at the farm

Some farms sell their products at the farm itself and we found a website for Flanders. On this website you can find the nearest farm to where you live: www.fermweb.be.

 

 

Food Shops

  • L'Essence-Ciel. Close to Montgomery you can find this organic food shop (with bio-baskets). Avenue de l'Armee 13, 1040 Brussels.
  • Biologic. Organic food shop at Avenue de Roodebeek 143, 1030 Brussels, Tel: 02/734.13.21, 9-19h00 (Sat. 8-14h00), www.epiceriebio.be. Also organic baskets on Tuesdays (order Wednesdays before 19h)
  • Alternature. Bio food shop and with delivery service (on Friday or Saturday) – for free above 90 euros, Rue Jean Van Volsem 64, 1050 Elsene, Tel: 02/640 32 91 (order on Mondays 9-12h00 by phone or else by email info@alternature.be), website in French: www.alternature.be.
  • Boeregoed/Côté Soleil - out of business
  • Biochamps. Organic food delivered at your home, only if you are close to Ittre, on Fridays 17h00-21h00, order before Wed. 18h00, fee of 7 euros?, by phone 067/64.67.42 or emailbiochamps@belgacom.bewww.biochamps.be
  • Veeakker/Ferm Local. Also fresh organic meat and fish. Pick-up points in Tervuren and Halle and delivery at home in Hoeilaart and Overijse for free if more than 100 euros, Tel: 016/63.99.90, info@veeakker.be - www.veeakker.be
  • Sequoia. Bio Supermarket in Kerkstraat, Rue de l'Eglise, 1150 Sint-Pieters Woluwe (close to Dumontplein, Stockel) Tel: 02/771.68.38. And one in Ukkel/Uccle: Sint-Jobsesteenweg 532 Ch. de Saint-Job and tel: 02/379.01.97
  • Biosphère. Organic supermarket close to Wavre, Boulevard du Centenaire 8, 1325, Dion-Valmont, open from Tuesday to Friday 9h30 to 19h00 and Saturdays from 9h30 to 18h00, Tel 010/24.34.41 and www.biosphere.be.
  • De Dageraad. Bio Supermarket, Brusselsesteenweg 310, Overijse, Tel: 02/687.37.03, 9-18h00.
  • Bio Shop. Bio Supermarket, Kartuizerstraat 66, 1000 Brussel, Tel: 02/511.94.02, open 8h30-19.00, www.bioshop.be – also has a restaurant Den Teepot (open 12-14h)
  • Ozfair. Ozfair is a fairtrade and organic shop which offers a nice selection of presents - necklaces, tea pots, bath products, Cds, clothing and wooden toys for children. They also serve breakfast and lunch. 44 avenue Jean Volders in St Gilles.
  • Bioplanet. Bio Supermarket in different places outside of Brussels but, food and goods can be delivered at the Colruyt of your choice on day of your choice and ordered on www.bioplanet.be

Colruyt

Colruyt is an ordinary supermarket, but it has the most eco-friendly policy of them all (click here for more info on their green policy) and has a wide range of organic products. Their website is partly available in English. The buyers association TestAankoop/TestAchat has declared it the cheapest supermarket in Belgium.

There are several options. You can either go to the shop yourself and do not forget your bags/boxes. Or you can also order everything on-line and pick it up at the cash desk of your nearest Colruyt (Collect and Go). You can also to choose to order products from Bioplanet online and have them delivered at your Colruyt. Another option is to use their Collivery service: order things through their website and have it delivered at home (for free when above 250 euro), which can be used for your storage items once a month or every two months. Do not forget to save your on-line shopping trolley or pushcart ("winkelwagentje") for next time as your "personal shopping list": you will only need to make minor changes next time you order! You will find it all on www.colruyt.be

CaddyHome

Delhaize has a service to bring goods (organic and non-organic) at your home (free as from 300 euro, else you pay a small fee) and then you can order a selection bio food and even organic baskets. You will get a catalogue sent to your home. www.caddyhome.be

Organic markets

  • Place Saint-Catherine/Sint-Katelijne, 1000 Brussels : every Wednesday 7h30-15h (moved to this location in May 2008 and used to be on Muntplein/Place de la Monnaie)
  • Chaussée de Rodebeek, 101 1200 Bruxelles Wednesdays 16h00 - 19h00 Saturdays 8h30 - 12h30
  • Place Homer, 1180 Brussels, Sundays 6h00 - 13h00
  • Overijse, Thursday, 8h30 -12h (more info tel: 016/65.15.60)
  • Some other markets, like the ones in Stockel (Dumontplein/Place Dumont) and Schaarbeek, have some organic and eco-friendly farmers present.
  • Oudegraanmarkt, 1000 Brussels
  • Homerplein, 1180 Ukkel: every Sunday 6-13h
  • Roodebeeksteenweg 101, 1200 Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe: Wed. 16-19h and Sat. from 8h30-12h30.
  • For markets in general, just check when and where there is a fresh market in your commune by asking at your commune or by doing a search on "markt" and the name of your commune on www.cultuurweb.be.

More info

Should you notice any changes in these listings or if you can provide some useful information on the shops and markets you visited, feel free to share in the comments!

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All About Fish http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/35-all-about-fish http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/35-all-about-fish

Sustainable Fish

If you've been wondering which fish you can still buy with good conscience, without depleting the ocean from endangered species and knowing that your fish was caught in a sustainable way without harming other sea animals, then this small step is for you. An excellent ressource is www.goedevis.nl - that is, if you know what the fish is called in Dutch!

Fish Guides (PDF)

Translations of fish names

Just use the search function of your web browser to find a particular word.

Molluscs

zeevruchten
molluscs
mollusques (M)

octopus (de)

octopus

pieuvre (F)

zeekat (de)

cuttlefish

seiche (F)

pijlinktvis (de)

squid

calmar (M)

kammossel (de)

scallop

pétoncle (M)

Amerikaanse venusschelp (de)

hard-shell clam

palourde (F)

strandgaper (de)

soft-shell clam

mye (F)

zeeoor (het)

abalone

ormeau (M)

sint-jakobsschelp (de)

great scallop

coquille (F) Saint-Jacques

slak (de)

snail

escargot (M)

schaalhoren (de)

limpet

patelle (F)

venusschelp (de)

clam

praire (F)

gewone alikruik (de)

common periwinkle

bigorneau (M)

kokkel (de)

cockle

coque (F)

mesheft (het)

razor clam

couteau (M)

platte oester (de)

oyster

huître (F) plate

creuse (de)

oyster

huître (F) creuse du Pacifique (M)

mossel (de)

blue mussel

moule (F)

wulk (de)

whelk

buccin (M)

Crustaceans

schaaldieren
crustaceans
crustacés (M)

garnaal (de)

prawn

crevette (F)

kreeft (de)

lobster

homard (M)

rivierkreeft (de)

crayfish

écrevisse (F)

scampi (de)

scampi

langoustine (F)

langoest (de)

spiny lobster

langouste (F)

krab (de)

crab

crabe (M)

Cartilaginous fishes

kraakbeenvissen
cartilaginous fishes
poissons (M) cartilagineux

grote hondshaai (de)

larger spotted dogfish

grande roussette (F)

rog (de)

skate

raie (F)

toonhaai (de)

smooth hound

émissole (F)

steur (de)

sturgeon

esturgeon (M)

Bony fishes

beenvissen
bony fishes
poissons (M) osseux 

ansjovis (de)

anchovy

anchois (M)

sardine (de)

sardine

sardine (F)

haring (de)

herring

hareng (M)

spiering (de)

smelt

éperlan (M)

zeebrasem (de)

sea bream

dorade (F)

zeebarbeel (de)

goatfish

rouget (M) barbet (M)

makreel (de)

mackerel

maquereau (M)

poon (de)

gurnard

grondin (M)

paling (de)

eel

anguille (F)

lamprei (de)

lamprey

lamproie (F)

zwaardvis (de)

swordfish

espadon (M)

baars (de)

bass

perche (F) truitée

harder (de)

mullet

mulet (M)

karper (de)

carp

carpe (F)

rivierbaars (de)

perch

perche (F)

elft (de)

shad

alose (F)

snoek (de)

pike

brochet (M)

snoekbaars (de)

pike perch

sandre (M)

blauwbaars (de)

bluefish

tassergal (M)

zeebaars (de)

sea bass

bar (M) commun

zeeduivel (de)

monkfish

baudroie (F)

tonijn (de)

tuna

thon (M)

roodbaars (de)

redfish

sébaste (M)

wijting (de)

whiting

merlan (M)

schelvis (de)

haddock

églefin (M)

koolvis (de)

black pollock

lieu (M) noir

forel (de)

trout

truite (F)

bronforel (de)

brook charr

omble (M) de fontaine (F)

Pacifische zalm (de)

Pacific salmon

saumon (M) du Pacifique (M)

Atlantische zalm (de)

Atlantic salmon

saumon (M) de l’ Atlantique (M)

zonnevis (de)

John dory

saint-pierre (M)

heilbot (de)

halibut

flétan (M)

tarbot (de)

turbot

turbot (M)

schol (de)

common plaice

plie (F) commune

tong (de)

sole

sole (F)

Atlantische kabeljauw (de)

Atlantic cod

morue (F) de l’ Atlantique (M)

molluscs - crustaceans - cartilaginous fishes - bony fishes - other foods

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Articles Wed, 24 Mar 2010 20:47:53 +0000
Organic Clothing Comes of Age http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/20-organic-clothing-comes-of-age http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/20-organic-clothing-comes-of-age Organic Clothing Comes of Age

Picture by origamidon on flickr!Changing our habits and lifestyle in order to lessen our impact on the environment is an onerous task. There are so many things we need to do urgently. Tackling global CO2 emissions, air, water and soil pollution, and habitat destruction are challenges that seem too great for us to take on as individuals so it’s always nice to hear some good news now and again.

Yes, your choices as a consumer really do change the world! An ever-increasing number of consumers are becoming aware that choosing to buy locally produced organic food provides important environmental, economic and social benefits: Organic agriculture protects the water supply, enriches the soil, encourages biodiversity and helps to reduce the toxic burden on our bodies and our planet. So what about our clothing?

Leather and textiles made from natural fibres such as cotton, linen, wool, silk, hemp, alpaca wool (the alpaca is closely related to the llama) have many advantages over synthetic materials. They can feel more comfortable on the skin, be much longer lasting and hard wearing, keep you warmer in cold weather and cooler in hot weather and provoke fewer allergic reactions.

The hidden cost of clothing

Cotton is almost pure cellulose, with softness and breathability that have made it the world's most popular natural fibre. It absorbs moisture readily, which makes cotton clothes comfortable in hot weather, while high tensile strength in soap solutions means they are easy to wash. However, conventional cotton is enormously polluting. Although it only accounts for 2.5% of agricultural land, 25% of all pesticides sold are applied to this crop alone. It is then bleached using chorine and dyed using synthetic dyes.

The price of cotton globally is kept artificially low thanks to subsidies given to cotton farmers in developed countries. Thus, cotton farmers in poor countries struggle just to pay their costs. Clothes are manufactured in countries where poverty is acute and garment workers are constrained to accept badly paid work in factories where standards of health and safety are poor. Tanning and dying of leather involve the use of toxic heavy metals.

The benefits of buying fairly traded, organic clothing

Cotton can also be grown organically. The cultivation of hemp and linen need little if any pesticides, herbicides or fertilizer. Wool and silk can also be produced organically but like hemp and linen excessive use of pesticides and inorganic fertilizer is not necessary. Poor South American alpacas herders graze their animals on unimproved land at high altitude. The price of fairly traded products allows the producers to live decently and to invest in social and community-based projects.

Ecological, fair, practical and now, stylish

In only a few short years the range of organic and ecological clothing, shoes, underwear, household textiles such as sheets and towels and accessories such as scarves, hats, ties, belts, bags and even dog collars and cloth frisbees has increased enormously. Some pioneering brands such as the French companies IDEO and Ethos are becoming much easier to find. Another very recently launched French company, Kolam, is carbon-neutral.

Many more designers and organic clothing companies are choosing to work with vegetable dyes rather than synthetic ones and, thanks to EU legislation, heavy metals and other harmful pollutants have been banned from use in synthetic dyes. But, to top it all and always leaving the very best news for last, organic clothing can now be found that is also stylish, elegant, chic, trendy, fun to wear, practical and comfortable too. An impressive range of jeans, trousers, t-shirts, tops, skirts, dresses, shirts, blouses, coats, jackets, sweaters, shoes, sandales, boots and slippers for women, men, chidren and babies are for sale on the interent, at organic product fairs and in specialist clothing shops even right on your own doorstep here in Brussels !

Christine Horten
Manager, Natural Selection
chaussée de Waterloo/Waterloosesteenweg, 616
1050 Ixelles/Elsene, Brussels (near La Bascule commercial centre)

tel: 02 345 10 88
Website / E-mail

Sunbeams is proud to be sponsored by Natural Selection

UPDATE: If you want to dig a little deeper and know more about organic clothing, the Global Organic Textile Standard website is a great place to start. It features a vast database "of approximately 1,500 companies, and a total of 2,811 facilities---a 40% increase since 2008--in 55 countries, certified to the organic apparel and textile standard in 2009 alone". (Source: TreeHugger)

This article was originally published in the March 2009 edition of the Sunbeams Newsletter.

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