Filip's Q&A

Q: How do you cook more energy efficient?
I cut my vegetables into smaller pieces before cooking them. Also, I use just enough water to cover them. Sometimes I put one pot on top of the other to use the heat to the fullest. Good pots and pans are important

Q: What books on ecology and society are your favourite?
For the moment, I really like the book "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" by Jared Diamond. And of course Tim Jackson's "Prosperity without Growth."

Q: And film?
The 1972  environmental science fiction movie "Silent Running"

Q: What about wine?
My favourite for the moment are the Domaine des Trois Orris red wines from Roussillon, France. It is biodynamic, which means that is it not only organic, but there is much more to it. The handling and processing is considered, self sufficiency is important, and the whole thing has been developed on spiritual basis. The only problem I have with the biodynamic wines is that every so often, a bottle has gone bad, but it is a price worth paying - just make sure you buy more than one bottle at a time.

Q: Where do you get your furniture?
All my furniture is second hand, and the furniture I can not find, I make myself. And the wood I use is then FSC labelled (Forest Stewardship Council).
The places in Brussels for good antique and sturdy lasting furniture are the Place Jeu de Balle flea market in the Marolles, and in general that neighbourhood is full of shops, like on Rue Blaes. The salvation Army (Boulevard d'Ypres) sometimes has great finds, and so does Les Petits Rien (Rue Américaine), but you have to be willing to spend some time there to dig through the stuff.