A sustainable city is also developed through in-depth change in ways of living there. Conducted by groups of residents, businesses or associations, dozens of initiatives are contributing to progressively transforming the face of Brussels: a city in which the supply of sustainable products and foods grows year by year.
Second-hand shops, rental or repair services
The Region encourages businesses that allow “smart” consumption by reducing environmental impact, notably through awareness campaigns in favour of second-hand, rental or repair shops. Some businesses, particularly in the social economy, are also encouraged as they allow jobs to be created.
Sustainable eating means consuming products that are fresh, local, and seasonal, and preferably result from fair trade and/or organic or integrated agriculture. Many Brussels associations or groups aid and advise individuals and professionals in order to encourage consumer choices and behaviours more respectful of sustainable development, to promote food that results from production methods and/or channels that minimise impacts on the environment and health and are socially responsible, and to preserve the flavour of food, the gastronomic culture and the conviviality that goes along with sharing a meal.
Sustainable hotels, restaurants and cafés
More and more of them are striving to prepare and serve a healthy, balanced cuisine based on sustainable products. By encouraging networks of participants such as the Brussels Network for Sustainable Food (Réseau des Acteurs Bruxellois pour l’Alimentation Durable, RABAD) and other programmes blending conviviality, the pleasure of dining and the protection of culinary heritage such as “Taste Brussels”, the Region is aiming to develop new practices among businesses involved with food.
In numerous Brussels neighbourhoods, the Brussels-Capital Region, in partnership with the municipalities, has made available land where the residents can develop a collective vegetable garden project. The initiative offers members the opportunity to inexpensively practice an outdoor activity and to obtain healthy food.