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    Green Queen Living: The Definitive Guide to Rice

    Green Queen Living: The Definitive Guide to Rice

    Guide to Rice

    Rice is a staple across much of the world, especially in Asian countries like China, Japan, India, the Philippines and Korea, where most people don’t go a day without eating rice during one of their meals. But how much do we really know about the many different types of rice? It can be confusing to figure out […]

    Eco Insights: DIY Eco Air Fresheners Ideas

    Eco Insights: DIY Eco Air Fresheners Ideas

    Eco Insights Air Freshener

    Air fresheners have become a household staple over the past few years with over 75% of homes using some form of them. We have become unusually obsessed with the way things smell, and the air freshener industry has greatly profited!   Air fresheners come in many different forms, from air and fabric sprays to plug […]

    Green Queen Foodie: Ali Oli Bakery Cafe – A Healthy Eating Oasis in Kwun Tong

    Green Queen Foodie: Ali Oli Bakery Cafe – A Healthy Eating Oasis in Kwun Tong

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    If you know of Ali Oli Bakery Cafe, then you’ll know it’s an institution for serving up European and Western baked goods in Hong Kong. In fact they’re longstanding bakery of 25 years based in Sai Kung, is popular for their extensive product list serving favorites such as their sausage rolls, cottage pies and some […]

    Green Queen Living: Beautiful Skin Wisdom from The Annals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

    Green Queen Living: Beautiful Skin Wisdom from The Annals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

    Green Queen Living: TCM Beauty Secrets

    In Hong Kong, local culture relies greatly on the vast fount of knowledge that is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) when it comes to health and wellness. There is so much to learn and Green Queen is here to help. We have rounded up some ancient TCM beauty secrets with easy to follow recipes that are sure […]

    Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 6 – Triclosan

    Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 6 – Triclosan

    Toxic Beauty Series Triclosan

    What Is It and Why Is It Used?   Triclosan is a phenol chemical derived from chlorine. Most commonly used in consumer products as an antibacterial agent, triclosan is a regulated pesticide. Manufacturers add it to everything to prevent bacterial contamination in their products.   What Is It Used In?   Most commonly used in […]

    Green Queen Living: The Perfect Homemade Yoghurt Recipe by FoodBooty

    Green Queen Living: The Perfect Homemade Yoghurt Recipe by FoodBooty

    How To Make Yoghurt At Home Recipe

    Making yogurt at home is not as hard as people might think. As recent as a month ago, my desire to make yogurt was magnified. Why? With inflated prices of yogurt in Hong Kong ranging from $80 – $150 HKD for a litre or less, it can make an everyday staple unaffordable or a ‘luxury’. […]

    Green Queen Heroes: Christina Dean of Redress

    Green Queen Heroes: Christina Dean of Redress

    Christina Dean Redress

    Christina Dean has literally changed the fashion landscape in Hong Kong. In a city where fast fashion and consumerism run deep, she has proven that what’s old can be chic and what’s green can be trendy. She proved that clothes shopping is optional when she embarked on her one year challenge to only wear used […]

    Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 5 – Carmine

    Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 5 – Carmine

    Green Queen Toxic Beauty Series - Carmine

    What Is It and Why Is It Used?   Carmine, also called cochineal, comes from the skin of female cochineal beetles. These insects are mostly found in Mexico and other parts of South America. Once they have been killed, the beetles are dried and then crushed- from this, carminic acid is extracted. This acid is […]

    Green Queen Foodie: Kombucha Making 101 with Chef Shima of Sesame Kitchen

    Green Queen Foodie: Kombucha Making 101 with Chef Shima of Sesame Kitchen

    Raw Snacks Kombucha Tasting

    Even if you only just occasionally glance at the news once every few weeks, the term probiotics must be somewhat familiar to you. And you probably also know that good gut health is kind of important. Probiotics = healthy digestive system. You also know that taking supplement pills is so passé and everyone and their mom […]

    Hong Kong Green Home’s Claire Sancelot Shares Her Eco-Friendly Bathroom Diaries

    Hong Kong Green Home’s Claire Sancelot Shares Her Eco-Friendly Bathroom Diaries

    Hong Kong Green Home

    Claire Sancelot is not your average mom and she is far from your average expat. In a bid to change her life from one of consumption to one governed by the principles of ecology, she, her husband, their three daughters, their helper and their dog have gone from a life of excess stuff to producing […]

    Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 4 – Propylene Glycol

    Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 4 – Propylene Glycol

    Toxic Beauty Series Propylene Glycol

    What Is It and Why Is It Used?   Propylene glycol is an alcohol-based industrial grade solvent used mostly as a ‘wetting’ agent. It helps makes products more fluid, and easy to spread on (your body). It is most notorious for its usage in anti-freeze; the exact same formulation is also used in personal care […]

    Green Queen Recommends: HK’s Most Eco-Friendly Toy Shops & Brands

    Green Queen Recommends: HK’s Most Eco-Friendly Toy Shops & Brands

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    Best for Handcrafted Toys   Petit Bazaar Green Queen Loves: Petit Bazaar has a large and well-curated selection of handcrafted and fair trade toys including items that are made with organic materials. They have a great collection of wooden toys includes an i-Wood laptop for the budding tech mogul as well as toys for the world […]

    Green Queen Living: Do A Daily Detox by Alice Mackintosh of The Food Doctor London

    Green Queen Living: Do A Daily Detox by Alice Mackintosh of The Food Doctor London

    Green Veggies

    Almost everyday I get asked: “If I should do just one thing to be healthy, what should it be?”Each month, I send you one of my answers. We love to detox – a juice cleanse, the maple syrup diet & cabbage soup diet (urgh); you name it, we will go to any lengths to ‘kick start’ […]

    Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 3 – Phthalates

    Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 3 – Phthalates

    Toxic Beauty Phthalates

    We have touched upon sulfates and parabens already- so many more to go! In today’s post we look at phthalates- so hard to pronounce and so tough for your poor little body to handle. This one’s pretty vicious.   What Is It and Why Is It Used?   Phthalates or phthalate esters, are esters of phthalic acid and are mainly used […]

    Green Queen Living: Five Gorgeous Raw Cold Pressed Juice Recipes by Karin Reiter

    Green Queen Living: Five Gorgeous Raw Cold Pressed Juice Recipes by Karin Reiter

    5 Cold Pressed Juice Recipes

    In her final Green Queen Post, uber nutritonist Karin Reiter of Nutritious & Delicious shares these refreshing, flavorful & cleansing raw cold pressed juice recipes. Make sure to choose the freshest produce, soak it thoroughly (scrub the skins with a brush) and ideally use a hydraulic juice press to get the most nutritious bang for […]

    Green Queen Giving: Chi Fan For Charity HK

    Green Queen Giving: Chi Fan For Charity HK

    Chi Fan for Charity Hong Kong

    How was Chi Fan started? In 2009, after attending numerous charity fundraisers where most of the money raised went to underwrite the event and not to those in need, founder Michael Crain had an idea.  He approached his friends in the restaurant industry and asked them to donate a table of 10, recruited his other […]

    Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 2 – Parabens

    Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 2 – Parabens

    Parabens

    In the first part of our series, we covered sulfates. If only that were the only ingredient to worry about. There are so many more to come, this will be our longest blog post series yet! Today we tackle parabens, also omnipresent in the drugstore/pharmacy aisles.   What Is It?   Parabens is a group […]

    Green Queen Living: Top 10 Tips to Boost Your Fertility Naturally By Karin Reiter

    Green Queen Living: Top 10 Tips to Boost Your Fertility Naturally By Karin Reiter

    Natural Fertility Tips

    Diet and nutrition can play a strong role in the way our genes are expressed and influence our fertility, just as it plays a role in other challenges to health and well-being. Whether you’re currently trying to conceive or struggling with unexplained infertility, paying a little extra attention to your diet won’t hurt. Below are my […]

    Green Queen Foodie: Our Handy Guide to Fresh Herbs

    Green Queen Foodie: Our Handy Guide to Fresh Herbs

    Handy Guide to Fresh Herbs

    Herbs are often ignored, which is a shame- because they are a brilliant way to add flavor to your food, not to mention the incredibly varied healthy benefits they bestow. Make every meal a herby one with our handy guide!   Rosemary ♦Rosemary is rich in calcium and vitamin B6- the latter of which can […]

    Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 1- Sulfates

    Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 1- Sulfates

    Toxic Beauty Sulfates

    The media has made us all somewhat aware that most of the products we use to wash and care for our faces and bodies contain some rather suspicious ingredients. The laundry list of what to avoid is a long one so this series will birth many posts.   Most of us are too busy to […]

    Green Queen’s Ultimate Guide to Juice Cleanses in HK

    Green Queen’s Ultimate Guide to Juice Cleanses in HK

    Juice Cleanse Hong Kong

    Unless you have been living under a proverbial rock, you have probably picked up on the whole juice cleanse trend (also known as juice detox). The juice in question is no ordinary Tropicana. No siree, this juice is a different species altogether. This juice is raw (=non pasteurized), cold pressed, which means it is made using a special type of hydraulic juice press that extracts the juice using […]

    Green Queen Living: How to Get Your Family To Eat Healthier Foods by Karin Reiter

    Green Queen Living: How to Get Your Family To Eat Healthier Foods by Karin Reiter

    Family Healthy Eating

    As a mother of two, one of my biggest pleasures in life is feeding my kids nutritious meals. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy! Kids have minds of their own and are not always interested in steamed vegetables and quinoa. However, through experience and trial and error, I have found some ways to get my little […]

    Eco Insights: 5 Easy Steps to a Greener Office

    Eco Insights: 5 Easy Steps to a Greener Office

    Green Office

    Want to play your part for the environment but don’t know how? Don’t have time to focus too much on making your working environment more eco-friendly?  Check out these 5 tips below for easy suggestions to green your workplace. No hefty green consultant fee necessary!   No Printing Have an eco-friendly paperless day. Ask all […]

    Green Queen Living: Staying Healthy While You Travel by Karin Reiter

    Green Queen Living: Staying Healthy While You Travel by Karin Reiter

    Trail Mix

    In the second installment of her Green Queen series, Karin Reiter of Nuritious n Delicious shares her travel tips with us.  A frequent flyer and yet, she manages to stay healthy by adhering to good habits, which she outlines for us here.    Without access to your kitchen, personal trainer and morning green smoothie, your […]

    Green Queen Heroes: Claire Sancelot of Zero Waste Hong Kong

    Green Queen Heroes: Claire Sancelot of Zero Waste Hong Kong

    HK Green Home Zero Waste

    Claire Sancelot is a one-woman green revolution. Her incredibly inspiring blog Zero Waste Hong Kong and Facebook page detail her fastidious commitment to living an expat life in Hong Kong while producing almost no waste at all. Her entire family of 6 (herself, her husband, 3 kids, 1 helper plus 1 very naughty dog) produce […]

    Eco Insights: Alternative Energy Series Part 4 – Nuclear Energy

    Eco Insights: Alternative Energy Series Part 4 – Nuclear Energy

    Nuclear Energy Part 4

    Of all the alternative energy controversies, nothing gets people so riled up as nuclear energy. Those who believe in it are staunch defenders and those against consider it totally unfathomable. We take on everyone’s points below.    Nuclear Energy: Definition   Nuclear energy, also knows as atomic energy, is the energy produced by nuclear fission; […]

    Green Queen Living: Stocking a Healthy Fridge & Pantry by Karin Reiter

    Green Queen Living: Stocking a Healthy Fridge & Pantry by Karin Reiter

    Pantry Jars

    Karin Reiter, nutritionist extraordinaire and founder of Nutritious n Delicious, has so many fans that her Hong Kong classes about nutrition and healthy eating are always sold out! We love her style and how easy she makes it for moms on the go and busy families to make clean food choices. We are so excited […]

    Green Queen Living: Top 10 Reasons LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is a Great Green Brand

    Green Queen Living: Top 10 Reasons LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is a Great Green Brand

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    There are so many cosmetic brands in the market but most of them are far from green. LUSH, with its focus on fresh products made with totally natural ingredients, took the beauty world by storm when they launched in 1995. Today LUSH has over 900 shops in 51 countries across the world. Below are the […]

    Eco Insights: Alternative Energy Series Part 3 – Ethanol as a Biofuel

    Eco Insights: Alternative Energy Series Part 3 – Ethanol as a Biofuel

    Ehtanol Energy Part 3

    We have looked into solar power and wind power in our previous posts in this Eco Insights series, and this week we tackle the subject of ethanol and its use as a biofuel.    What is Ethanol? There is no doubt that we need more alternatives for fuel sources and that we are now in […]

    Green Queen Living: Top 10 Tips for Eating Clean on a Budget

    Green Queen Living: Top 10 Tips for Eating Clean on a Budget

    Smoothie

    It can be a challenge to make healthy, clean eating choices in Hong Kong. It’s always been hard to buy clean food and choose responsibly sourced items from a restaurant menu, though there is some real progress on these fronts. We now have over 100 organic farms in the territory and it feels like a new farm-to-table […]

    Green Queen Recommends: Eco Shopping – The Best New Green Concept Boutiques

    Green Queen Recommends: Eco Shopping – The Best New Green Concept Boutiques

    PhatRice

    What a great time to live in Hong Kong! All of a sudden, awesome green living concept stores and products are sprouting up in every corner. It’s becoming hard to keep track of them all. Always looking to lend a helpful green hand, Green Queen has put together some of our favorite new addresses for stylish shopping […]

    Eco Insights: Alternative Energy Series Part 2 – Wind Power

    Eco Insights: Alternative Energy Series Part 2 – Wind Power

    Wind Turbines

    This week, we tackle the basics of wind power and what you need to know about this growing industry. As with solar power, there is a lot to consider.  Wind Power 101 Wind power is the process of harnessing the energy generated by wind. This is done by installing wind turbines in geographically windy areas. […]

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