Sustainable initiative 2020

  • ’Zéro-déchets’ (Zero waste) - Valérie Berckmans
    Project date: 2020
    Valérie Berckmans created her brand with the ambition to use as many organic and recyclable materials as possible in the design of her pieces. At that time, the concept of ethical fashion was not as popular as it is today. In 2020, the designer moved up a gear with her ‘zero waste’ project. The aim was to reuse as much fabric waste as possible. For example, Berckmans creates make-up remover pads, washable sanitary towels, masks, children’s items and many other accessories from leftover sweatshirt fabrics. An ethical and sustainable project from A to Z.

  • Zero plastics – Pressing - Sofitel Brussels Europe
    Project date: January 2020
    Every year millions of single-use plastic items are used in hotels. In January 2020, the Accor group announced its commitment to remove all single-use plastics for guests from its properties by the end of 2022. This target was set as part of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative launched by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organisation in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Sofitel Brussels Europe has, therefore, decided to stop using single-use plastics for its pressing (guests and Ambassadors).

  • Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie: more sustainable than ever! - Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
    Project date: 2020
    The Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie has positioned itself as one of the most sustainable hotels in Brussels. In 2020, the hotel stepped up its efforts even further. The most visible parts of this commitment were the installation of 232 solar panels, the creation of a rooftop garden, the installation of 4 charging stations for electric vehicles, a secured bicycle shed and refillable toiletries. Other more discreet initiatives include the composting of organic waste by a specialised company, the use of eco-friendly cleaning products, daily collaboration with local producers and suppliers, and regular blood donations by the staff. Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie also regularly joins forces with the Red Cross, Good Planet and Birdsbay through its €5 donation scheme.

  • Compost and chip shop: eco-friendly snacks - Patatak   
    Project date: June 2020   
    Patatak is an artisanal chip shop where everything is home-made, from the chips to the sauces, the snacks and even the dishes, which are all prepared by the chefs. Patatak is a true ambassador of the Belgian heritage at an affordable price. For several months now, Patatak has been composting 90% of its waste, an initiative that was virtually unheard of in Belgium! The potato farmer takes back the waste from his deliveries (which results in no additional CO2 emissions), composts it on the farm and spreads it across his fields before planting new crops. Instead of being incinerated, the chip shop waste contributes to the quality and sustainability of the Belgian agricultural soil!

  • BeCook! - Bons Plaisirs srl
    Project date: summer 2020
    BeCook! is a business incubator which supervises food-related project leaders who want to start out (again) after the pandemic. These entrepreneurs are supported and have access to compatible infrastructure and the digital tools necessary for their success. Thanks to BeCook!, 13 entrepreneurs were able to start or resume a project in 2020 and were able to generate 46 full-time equivalent jobs. BeCook! is also a GoodFood ambassador. The project is housed in the Greenbizz buildings and has a reduced ecological impact thanks to the use of solar energy generated by the building. Thanks to these measures, BeCook! saved more than 33 tonnes of CO2 in 2020. The facilities were also converted to be fully accessible to persons with reduced mobility.