Skall letter No. 17

Beate Bille - a life with conscious and sustainable everyday choices

Dear friends,

With a life full of offers and multiple impulses, the actress Beate Bille has decided to say "no more". In an exemplary manner, she has decided to focus on three major things on her journey towards a more environment-conscious and sustainable life; buying less, reuse more, and reduce the consumption of meat. She has not eaten meat the past 10 years, but being a mother in a busy family with children, she is no fanatic, when it comes to the kids. "Moderation in all things" are the words, and she is trying her best to affect her children in that direction also. Beate Bille lives with her husband and their two children in a beautiful apartment in downtown Copenhagen.

We meet her on a rainy Friday morning, in the apartment, where an atmosphere of relaxed hospitability meets us, the moment we enter the room. There is peace and quiet, and Beate is walking around barefoot. Her natural beauty and her healthy and neat body is radiating. Today we will talk about what sustainability means to her, her habits of consumption, the food and her efforts to make herself and her family more conscious about environmental matters.

“As I become wiser every day, I also become more and more aware of the environmental issues", she explaines. "It has always been important to me, to cut down my own and my family's consumption to a minimum, and to kill the consumer machine. We have reduced our consumption a lot, sorted, reused and now we try as best we can, to live with only the things that we care the most for and the things that we really do need.”

The simplicity and ease that has come into her life after choosing to live with a "little but good" mentality, is reflected positively in her everyday life. She is no longer forced to make unimportant consumer choices that will have a negative impact on the environment, and the house is no longer filled with stuff that are never used. Less choices are good for her and her family.

"It gives me energy and a good feeling not having to care about a large consumption and a lot of things that I do not need. I prefer a life with focus on quality instead of quantity, and to have a few good things of high quality, makes me happy. It brings peace to body and soul and saying "no" to being part of the consumer machine, gives me a lot of satisfaction", she emphasizes.

It has always been part of Beate's life, to think in quality and health, and her daughter Fernanda at 9, does already have a very good understanding of how important it is that we care  about the environment and the planet we live on. Fernanda and Beate speak the same language, and they are very quick to agree, when they find something too "plastic-fantastic". Beate admits that it is a bit more difficult when it comes to her son Hector at 4, but she tries her best to affect him in the right direction too.

"We have, for instance, never had the tradition of eating "Friday candy"  in our family. There is simply no reason for any of us, loading ourselves with artificial dyes and synthetic candy, as unnatural as can be. Instead we eat ice cream of good quality or a home baked cake where I know all the ingredients. And candy is no-go" she explaines.

The family has also reduced consumption of meat and eat primarily vegetarian and plant-based, together with a little fish or chicken from the organic meal boxes they receive every week and which makes it easy for the family, to live sustainable. You will not find any packaging or other everyday things of plastic or microfiber in the kitchen of this family. Instead Beate has found good and natural alternative solutions that can be reused.

"Buying presents for birthdays and Christmas is a challenge for families like ours. I will not buy a small 20 kroner gift of some plastic toy for a children birthday party, or contribute to an unnecessary overconsumption of presents around Christmas time, for my own kids. This is why the girls in my daughters class has now agreed to collect and buy only one shared present for birthday parties. This way we avoid the cheap plastic trash and the buy-and-throw-away concept. We are of course also a normal family with children, and the kids do also get what they wish for. But we really do try to reduce the amount of plastic items, and also tell the grandparents that one good present is better than 10 small. This Christmas we gave Fernanda an adventure gift, which I find a very good idea. Recently I also heard someone tell that they had bought the presents for their kids on the app Reshopper, and by doing so, have contributed to the recycling culture of which I am a big fan. I find this a very good idea, and will definitely use that idea myself, in future" Beate finishes.

Thank you for sharing, Beate.

Julie and Marie Skall