Sustainable Living in Hong Kong By Andrea Zoen
From refusing to use single-use plastic bags at the grocery store to having your reusable utensils at the ready at all times, it’s the little things in life that add up to create a drastic yet positive shift in the way we approach our everyday lives, and the world. Here are a few different ways you can implement sustainable living into your daily routine, right in the hustle and bustle of Asia’s World City. Better yet, make this guide your itinerary for the whole day.
Start your day off right with brunch at MANA!, a rustic themed hotspot tucked away right in the heart of Central. Known for their raw, organic, and vegan delights ranging from shakes to wraps, not only is their food mouthwatering, it’s also wrapped in compostable packaging which is then recycled along with food scraps to be turned into compost. Thanks to their regenerative agriculture approach, the restaurant prevents 2.1 tonnes of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere each year!
Address: SoHo, 8 Staunton St, Central
Hop on a ding ding, the most sustainable mode of transport in the city, and head to Live Zero, Hong Kong’s first zero waste grocery store. While known for their extensive array of bulk dry foods such as grains, candies, and spices, they also offer a large variety of household necessities and beauty products. Before your visit, be sure you don’t arrive empty handed as your own containers are needed for stocking up.
Address: G/F 33 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
22 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung
Need to look bangin’ on a budget for tonight’s dinner? HULA is a designer consignment store offering authenticated designer goods, from a large assortment of brands such as Balenciaga and Valentino, in perfectly good condition with up to a hefty 95% off. Providing both online and in person services, HULA encourages individuals to either purchase or sell high quality pieces, which ultimately increases the product’s longevity.
Address: 5A, Evergreen Industrial Mansion, 12 Yip Fat St, Wong Chuk Hang
It’s true what they say, there’s no place like home. If you’re on the search for clothing that encapsulates the city you call home’s culture with a modern twist, you should check out Cantosoul. Through utilising sustainable materials such as organic cotton and tencel, you can be sure not only look good, but feel good while doing so. These versatile outfits are the perfect staple pieces for any occasion. Wear the Mandarin Scholar Jacket on your next shopping trip, or to your best friend’s birthday party.
One easy way to minimise your carbon footprint is to reduce the amount of meat you eat, or eliminate it from your diet entirely. As meat production is the primary source of methane emissions, you can eat at Oriental Vegetarian feeling guilt free. End your night by enjoying traditional Hong Kong style cuisine such as barbeque pork buns made with mock meat or stir fried noodles.
Address: 3/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wanchai