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BlogJul 20, 2023

Made in Belgium : non peut-être ?

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July 21 is Belgian. Flemish and Walloons officially united by a commun culture.

From fries, beers, Red Devils and Saxophone to Expo 58, Belgium has plenty to offer. Designers, chefs, artists and lots of great products invented by great people. A small country, full of riches. Let's discover 7 Belgian company, available in our catalog of products to personnalize. Non, peut-être ?

Savonnerie Bruxelloise, the great come back of the solid soap

Savonneries Bruxelloises was founded at the beginning of the 20th century, establishing a tradition that has lasted for over 90 years. Today, it's in the hands of two friends who share a passion for the art of soapmaking, Max & Max. Ever since the savonneries exist, the primary concern has always been to use the finest possible ingredients and the most delicate fragrances, resulting in a perfect combination. And these skilled craftsmen are committed to offering nothing less than the world's best soaps...

This renowned Belgian company is located just a stone's throw away from the historic center of Brussels, still operating in the original building where soaps are produced using traditional methods. Remarkably, 75% of their production is exported to nearly all European countries, the Middle East, the Far East, and America. Just that!

In 2016, their expertise enabled them to become an official supplier to the Belgian Court. So this is your chance to wash with the same products as the Belgian king, - what a royal opportunity!

Discover the elegant range of creamy soaps with delicate aromas and let yourself be captivated by this authentic "Made in Belgium" brand. Explore our selection of Savonneries Bruxelloises’s soaps to personnalize.

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Occhiolino, whether lemon or olive, the purest juices of the Plat pays

Italy, synonymous with Farniente, is also a land of culinary delights and the finest food scenes. A few years ago, the family of Guillaume, a young man from Liège, acquired a parcel in Vico del Gargano, Puglia, Italy. The parcel was surrounded by century-old olive and lemon trees, inspiring Guillaume to launch his own brand of authentic Italian products, including high-quality olive oil and delicious Suco juice.

"Occhiolino" comes from the Italian word "occhio" (eye) and means "wink of an eye." This symbolizes the brand's commitment, represented by Guillaume and his family, to ensure transparency at the production level in order to offer the best products. Unfortunately, the quality and prestige of extra virgin olive oil have suffered due to the actions of supermarkets seeking to offer the lowest prices. These practices have allowed multinationals to popularize olive oil, resulting in an oil that lacks taste and nutrition. At Occhiolino, they take a different approach: they prioritize taste, origin, and production methods, ensuring the chemical and nutritional composition is of the highest standard, and offering a fair price. This dedication to quality and authenticity is at the core of the business resulting in qualitative products made in Belgium & Italy.

Because it's not enough to read 'first cold pressed' to have a good, genuine olive oil. Real olive oil goes beyond that; it means caring for the producer, the consumer, and the planet, among other things. In addition to olive oil, Occhiolino produces Succo juice, a delightful blend of lemon, honey, and lightly sweetened ginger, perfect for creating a multitude of drinks. They press the lemons themselves (when in season) at their workshop, while Paulette, who specializes in cold-pressed juice, takes care of making the ginger blend. The final touch is added by the Atelier Constant Berger, where everything is skillfully blended and bottled in Battice, in the region of Liège. The circle is complete - easy peasy lemon squeezy.

However, the Occhiolino project is about more than just selling olive oil and Suco syrup. It's about disconnecting, returning to simple pleasures, savoring the moment, tasting, cooking, coming together, and enjoying life. A lifestyle that Guillaume & his family are proud to share beyond their products.

Take a look at our Occhiolino products to personalize with your logo or design.

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Redopapers, where sustainability and organisation go hand in hand

Behind Redopapers are Tille and Linde. Two graphic designers from Antwerp who saw in advertising & cultural posters an opportunity to recycle them, shaping what Redopapers has become today: a brand of eco-friendly paper goods, offering planners, notebooks, to-do lists, and more.

For them, sustainability isn't just a buzzword; it's a mission that lies at the core of their brand. Their process begins with seeking available waste streams, which then inspires their designs. A logical and thoughtful approach, don't you think?

In conventional printing plants, heaps of paper are discarded daily, resulting in substantial waste. To combat this, Redopapers has flipped the traditional production model upside down. Rather than starting with virgin materials, they seek out available waste streams and draw inspiration from them during the design phase. The outcome: each Redopapers product becomes unique, ensuring that no one else will have the same planners, notebooks, or sketchbooks.

Embracing circularity in every aspect of their production and delivery, Redopapers packages their notebooks in reusable, refillable covers, crafted using 100% circular thread made from recycled plastic bottles. To take sustainability and upcycling to the maximum, Tille and Linde collaborate with technological partners who make it possible to use every last scrap of paper!

Have a look at the Redopapers products to personalize and support their eco-friendly mission.

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Moro, the perfect alternative to single use plastic

Yasmine, the co-founder of MORO, always felt disappointed when trying to adopt more sustainable products in her daily life. She always found herself compromising on convenience, quality, or aesthetic design, which led her to run back to her old, unsustainable habits. This frustration sparked the idea of creating a sustainable, refillable soap, in collaboration with her friend Katrien.

Most of liquid soaps often consist of 80% water and are packaged in single-use plastic. Pretty absurd isn’t it? Why should we buy or transport something that essentially comes out of our taps? With MORO soap, the solution is simple: you purchase a beautiful glass container, add soap powder, then fill it with water. It's as easy as that. Sustainable, long-lasting, economic, and beautiful. All-in-one.

MORO soap is made from natural ingredients that are good for both people and the planet. The company collaborates closely with an independent lab from France to ensure they can source everything effectively. Additionally, MORO partners with a Belgian sheltered workplace for tasks related to stock, assembly, and distribution of all MORO orders.

The name "MORO" comes from Esperanto, meaning "habits." It serves as a call for change in our consumption patterns, production methods, and distribution practices, all with the goal of making a positive impact across the board. MORO aims to create impactful habits that align with our current lifestyles without compromising on comfort, convenience, or minimal design. By developing better habits, we can collectively have a lasting positive impact on our planet.

Explore our customizable MORO products here and be a part of the positive change.

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Habeebee, the happy culture of the beeswax

Habeebee is a unique project where bees take care of humans, and in return, humans take care of bees. It's a win-win situation! To put it simply, Habeebee offers good, fair, and authentic skincare products that are in harmony with the living world, with a special focus on bees. Behind this inspiring project are Alexia and Magali. Magali, a pharmacist, is deeply passionate about beekeeping products. On the other hand, Alexia, an anthropologist, manages a beekeeping project in Mexico and Central America. The stars were aligned and made this wonderful project to life!

The Habeebee cycle is beautifully divided into four stages. The first stage involves creating a community committed to responsible beekeeping that respects the welfare of all beings. The second stage promotes free-frame wax, supporting 100% bee-friendly beekeeping practices. The third stage revolves around harvesting wax and propolis without endangering the delicate balance of the hive. Finally, the last stage encompasses the creation of handmade products in their soap factory in Brussels. The result? Super soft and natural beeswax soap, candles, lip balms, and more.

Customize your own Habeebee products here and experience the happy culture of beeswax firsthand.

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Bertinchamps, from terroir to capital

Beer is a national story, part of Belgium’s heritage. Bertinchamps is a family affair, going beyond being just another Belgian brewery. Nestled in Gembloux, Namur province, Bertinchamps brews traditional farmhouse beers with pure malt and hops, without any spices or additives. In 2013, Benoit Humblet and his family embarked on this journey, crafting their first beers. The story has already come a long way, as the brewery's original beers are listed as Belgian Beer of Wallonia, a fine distinction for a fine brand from the Belgian terroir !

To understand how it all began, in 2011, the family was looking for a site with character to establish a new brewery, continuing the legacy of beers already brewed by their father, Benoît. They discovered the old Bertinchamps square farm near Gembloux, surrounded by picturesque fields but in a sorry state of repair. The farm needed total renovation, so they started work straight away, often getting their hands dirty themselves. Then, in March 2013, their ultra-modern brewing facility was installed in the old barns, a striking contrast between cutting-edge technology and a site over 7 centuries old.

The Bertinchamps brewery now offers an impressive range of beers, from classics to originals. You'll find lagers, browns, triples and winters on their shelves. Not to mention, a refreshing white beer and a grapefruit-infused brew. Their labels proudly display a large capital "B", a reference to Bertinchamps, Belgium, beer, Benoît (the founder) - the choice is yours, but all embrace the essence of it all.

See the authentic Bertinchamps selection to personnalize as you savor the taste and tradition rooted in Belgian terroir.

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Biscuiterie Namuroise, the real biscuit of our grandparents

Who doesn't love sweet treats? Especially when they're organic, artisanal and traditional. That's pretty much what Biscuiterie Namuroise stands for.

In 2019, Biscuiterie Namuroise factory & company was brought back to life by 2 motivated men. Laurent, a skilled baker and confectioner, and Paul, with a background in business and project development. Together, they revived the local and traditional biscuit factory, originated from 1908, creating genuine old-fashioned biscuits in both classic and organic ranges. These delectable treats are based on recipes dating back the last century, handed down from the great-grandfather of one of the founders. The age of these cherished recipes ensures that only natural ingredients are used, resulting in fresh biscuits without any preservatives or additives. The revival of this project was driven by a deep desire to reconnect with Namur's entrepreneurial spirit and to award the biscuits of yesteryear with the recognition they deserve.

Through their commitment to handcrafting biscuits and preserving the authenticity of their century-old recipes, they have earned the esteemed certified artisan status. Furthermore, they also offer an organic range, using raw materials from organic farming, certified under the BIO Certisys label.

Make these nostalgic biscuits uniquely yours by personalizing your petits beurres or Biscuiterie Namuroise bag with your logo, design, or a special note.

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The facts are clear. Belgium is exceptionally well-represented when it comes to products and ingenious ideas. Without a doubt, names like Kevin de Bruyne, mussels, or Manneken Pis instantly come to mind when people mention the Plat Pays. However, let's not forget to acknowledge all those small producers who truly deserve international recognition.

On this National Day, we celebrate all our Belgian friends, including these talented and dedicated small producers who contribute to the country's rich cultural and culinary landscape. Happy National Day to all our Belgian friends, une fois!

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