Recycling sun glasses and not only sun glasses in Brussels

Friday I visited the commune Woluwe Saint Lambert (at Tomberg metro station) with a clear and stressing issue: searching the toilet,  and discovered something lovely: boxes to collect and recycling:
-bic
-piles
-bouchons
-lunettes (glasses)

 

If you want to bring things there, the boxes are in the basement,  close to the toilets :).

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DIY Bee wrap and stop using the aluminium/plastic to pack food

 

 

Bee wax wrap is a square of fabric treated with wax, used to cover the cheeze/bread/sandwich/dishes as any aluminum paper. Just is reusable and bio-degradable.
The prices are quite big, but we can do it at home in 5-10 minutes.
I done first following this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eybWIBCY000
Add a fabric in the oven, add bee wax everywhere on the fabric, and keep 5 minutes in the oven at 90degrees.

To clean: wash with water, manually. Don’t add in the washing machine, will destroy all the clothes and the machine too.

Recommended to contact with bread/vegetables/cheese, but not with fresh meat/fish (risk of contamination).

 

Where to buy bulk, in Brussels

First idea to buy bulk is to go to local markets, but there are a lot of shops that accept to buy in your bags. I made a list with places where I buy in my bags or my friends.

LOCAL MARKETS, BRUSSELS

Saturday at Stockel or Place Saint Lambert (morning)
Wednesday afternoon at Gribaumont, Square de Meudon (morning)
Tuesday after noon in place Luxembrug (expensive)
Sunday at marché de la gare du midi (morning)
Friday, Suterday and Sunday at metro Clemenceau (I think is the cheapest, but I found only 3 producers) (morning)
Sunday in Watermal Boisfort
Sunday morning at Place Jourdan
Wednesday – Place du Châtelain – never visited. On the list
Tuesday in the morning in place Dailly.

Online and real shops zero waste:

(http://almasana.be/) Cirkle : fresh food and condiment (https://www.cirkle.be/fr) Lili Bulk : home delivery or in Point relay (www.lili-bulk.com/)
Groups to buy from local producers http://www.gasap.be/spip.php?page=carte
BioShop Bruxelles: Rue des Chartreux 66, 1000 Bruxelles (http://www.bioshop.be/)
Chyl : Rue de Belle-Vue 62, 1000 Bruxelles (http://www.chyl.be/fr/)
Dame Nature City 2 : City 2 Etage-1, Rue Neuve 16, 1000 Bruxelles   – to try.
(http://www.damenature.be/fr)
Färm Sainte Catherine : Quai au Bois à Brûler, 43 ; 1000 Bruxelles – love it (http://www.farmstore.be/fr/index.php)
Marché Bio des Tanneurs, Huidevettersstraat 58, 1000 Bruxelles (http://terrabio.be/)  -too far away for me
Natural Corner : Rue de l’Escalier 1, 1000 Bruxelles (http://www.naturalcorner.be/)
Roots Store : Avenue Michel-Ange 45, 1000 Bruxelles (https://www.facebook.com/rootsbruxelles/ : ouverture en mars 2017)
Super Green Me – The Ecoshop : Rue Van Artevelde 10, 1000 Bruxelles (http://www.supergreenme.be/) – to try
La porte de la tortue, Rue Saint Ghislain 2, 1000 Bruxelles
Noix et moi: Rue de Rollebeek 9, 1000 Bruxelles
Avenue Louis Bertrand 25, 1030 Bruxelles (http://www.lesideesalapelle.com/)
Le thym frais, Chaussée d’Helmet 184, 1030 Schaerbeek
Vegetaria, Chaussée d’Helmet 280, 1030 Schaerbeek
Be Positive: Place Jourdan 26, 1040 Etterbeek (http://www.be-positive.be/) -lovely
Färm Etterbeek: Rue de Linthout, 176 ; 1040 Etterbeek (http://www.farmstore.be/fr/index.php)  – . There are several shops
La Saga : Avenue de la Chevalerie 9, 1040 Etterbeek (http://www.lasaga.be/)
Transistore : rue de Pervyse 68, 1040 Etterbeek (http://www.transistore.be/ – ouverture mi-février 2017)
Belgomarkt : Rue de Dublin 19, 1050 Ixelles (http://belgomarkt.be/) -close to my job
Bio Shanti : Avenue Adolphe Buyl 70, 1050 Ixelles (http://bioshanti.be/)  – not anymore close to my job
Chât Soeurs Délices : Place du Châtelain 47, 1050 Bruxelles (http://chat-soeurs-delices.be/) La Grainerie: Rue de Tenbosch 112, 1050 Bruxelles (https://www.facebook.com/lagraineriebxl/)  – to check
Label Green: 71 Rue Alphonse Renard ; 1050 Ixelles (http://www.label-green.be/)
Le Magasain: Chaussée de Vleurgat 287, 1050 Ixelles (http://www.lemagasain.be/)
Stock: Place Fernand Cocq 23, 1050 Ixelles (http://www.facebook.com/Stock)
Tan shop : rue de l’Aqueduc 95, 1050 Ixelles 02/537.87.87 (http://www.tanclub.org/ ) Vegasme : Chaussée de Waterloo 367, 1050 Bruxelles (http://vegasme.be/)
1060 – Saint Gilles
Almata : Rue d’Albanie 80, 1060 Bruxelles (https://www.facebook.com/almatafood/) Manuka : Rue du fort 1, 1060 Bruxelles (http://www.biomanuka.be/)
La petite épicerie bio : Chaussée de Waterloo 42, 1060 Saint-Gilles (https://www.facebook.com/La-petite-Epicerie-227398700729441/)
Super Monkey : Rue de Tamines 18, 1060 Bruxelles (https://www.facebook.com/Super-Monkey-668111830014082/)
Alimentation Géniale : Avenue de la Porte de Hal 1, 1060 Saint-Gilles www.lheureuxnouveau.be Bio c’ bon : Chaussée de Charleroi, 18, 1060 Saint-Gilles
Day by Day : Avenue Paul Dejaer, 29, 1060 St Gilles ( http://daybyday-shop.com/magasin/bruxelles )
Épicerie de la Ferme Nos Pilifs : Trassersweg 347, 1120 Neder-over-Heembeek
Sequoia : Rue de l”Eglise 101, 1150 Bruxelles (http://www.sequoiashop.com) -went several time, I spend my ecocheques there. There are several shops Sequia (Stockel, Watermal-Boisfort too)
Le relais du Triporteur : Rue Middelbourg 120 et 124, 1170 Boitsfort (http://le-relais-du-triporteur.be/)
Bio Vrac : Chaussée d’Alsemberg 381, 1180 Uccle (https://www.facebook.com/Biovrac-815854138534226) Färm Bascule: Rue Vanderkindere, 546 ; 1180 Uccle (http://www.farmstore.be/fr/index.php)
Bio c’ bon : Chaussée d’Alsemberg 676-678, 1180 Uccle
L’épi : Rue du Doyenné 40, 1180 Uccle (coopérative)

Avoid using paper towels

Paper towels may be convenient, but washable cloths are better for the environment and for my budget.

Paper towels are a household used a lot in the world because of the convenience. But is made from wood, packed in plastic – so I choose to switch (almost 100%) to  an reusable alternative: the washable cloths

For example in bathrooms we use the towel after washing the hands. When I am away I have a handkerchief or other small cloth in my purse to use this to dry your hands when I am out.

In the kitchen to clean / dry, I use dishcloths but an apron is helpful too, to dry the hands. The key is accessibility. A kitchen towel suspended in a visible place is a solution. For dry clean (oil or vomit) I use a dump cloth (old cloths destroyed, ready to trow)

At the table I use the napkins – colored and versatile, even my husband is used now with.

During traveling I carry a cloth napkin or a handkerchief for quick hand wipes or eating. If I need something wet: a water bottle can be used to wet the cloth.

This may seem like a significant shift from your current routine, but once you get started, you’ll see it’s easier than it sounds.

Saved money? Yes. I made my first kitchen towels more than a year ago. For 2 euro one: paper, I have around 10, washed weekly, and reused. I have around 10 napkins. So you see, the kitchen went zero paper towel for 40 euro, money spend in the past every 3 months. And I didn’t calculate the time spend for going to buy, and the trash costs (in Belgium this is not cheap…).

Gardening in Wine Crate

If pallets aren’t your thing,  a wine crate container garden will do enough. I took for free from a local store several French wine boxes.  Who likes the wine can use as an excuse to purchase several boxes of wine.
The wine crate is perfect: recyclable, free, no need any holes in the bottom to allow for drainage because are cheap done, but I add a plastic at the bottom because is loosing water too fast and some soil too.

I am using same boxes for several years, after 3-4 years it looks dark and I have another new one 🙂

Fast and easy home bread cooked in slow cooker

We eat bread, 1-2 breads weekly. The price for a good bread in Brussels is around 2 euro each, so more than 100 euro every year (without to calculate time to go and buy).
So, on my way to reduce the garbage and the money spend and to increase the quality of our health, I added the bread homemade. I tried several recipes, and this is
faaar way the simplest (not the tastiest but we want healthy and fast, so common) .

bread made in slow cooker
bread made in slow cooker

Ingredients for a bread on slow cooker:

 

1 cup of water
2,5 cups of wheat flour (simple one, not self-raise, I buy from a local farm as all purpose flour)
1 teaspoon of yeast (fresh one is ok, but the dry one is ok too)
1 teaspoon of salt
several spoons of wheat bran (3-4 spoons I use, more are going to have a too dark color and to be refused by my family 😀 )
Everything at the kitchen temperature.
In a recipient I mixed well the water, salt and yeast, with a spoon, until is dissolved (20-30seconds). Add the flour and the wheat bran and mix with the spoon for 2-3 minutes, until everything seems to be well mixed.
If is still a little liquid (the dough should stay well fixed on the recipient and difficult to mix with the spoon) , add 4-5 spoons of flour and mix 1-2 minutes more.
Put in a warm place for minimum 30 minutes but maximum 1 hour, covered.
After an hour set the slowcooker to HIGH temperature for 2hours, and line the slowcooker with cooking (parchment) paper inside (mandatory, over wise I cannot got out the bread outside :D, the paper should cover the walls too ) and add inside the dough and bring the paper from the walls closer to the bread.
Put the lead and wait for 2 hours- the bread is cooking slowly, grow as the yeast activate, expand and cover all the back of the slowcooker, brown on the back but not on the top.

For diversity:
-I replaced 2 spoons of water with 2 spoons of oil
-add dry herbs

bread made in slow cooker
bread made in slow cooker

small remarks:
-is not crisped up the crust, and the color is pale.
-is not high
-is not easy to cut
but is so tasty and easy to do (no knead, no hands dirty, no table to wash, no flour everywhere, just put water in the recipient until next day) and best fresh bread sugar free can find with 5 minutes effort. Think I just need more minutes to dress up to go to buy a bread 😀 😀 😀