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    Green Queen Living: DIY Natural Room Scents by The Yummy Life

    DIY Air Freshners

    While salivating during her weekly Tastespotting browsing sesh, Green Queen discovered this excellent post at The Yummy Life on how to make your own Natural Room Scents. What a great idea! So easy and quick to put together and a luscious, colourful touch to any home! GQ LOVES!      

    The Perfect Eco Date: Shing Mun Reservoir

    Kwai Tsing District-20120902-00446

    Hong Kong haze getting you down? Sick of breathing recycled air? Looking for some beautiful panoramas? Want to get chased by monkeys and watch cattle grazing? If so, plan a visit to Shing Mun Reservoir and Country Park. Just a short ride from Tsuen Wan MTR, enjoy one of Hong Kong’s most beautiful hikes. Circling […]

    Ask Green Queen: Pierre d’Argile, Glass Recycling

    Green Cleaning Products

    Hello Green Queen, I am a French woman who is very careful about the environment…I am especially looking for a universal household cleaning product that doesn’t seem to be available in Hong Kong: its called \”pierre d\’argile\” in French and is a cleaning product made of white clay and soap, usually sold in a round […]

    Ask Green Queen: Green Drycleaners HK

    Green Dry Cleaning

    Hi Green Queen, I’m so excited to have found your website! A lot of useful info in there! Do you know if there are any laundry shops in Hong Kong using eco-friendly dry cleaning detergents please. I live in New territories. Thank you. Regards, Alex   Dear Alex,    Thank you for your green query! […]

    Happy Valentine’s Day: an alternative type of bouquet

    Homegrown Foods Bouquet

    Hope all the world’s lovers and everyone else had an extra special day full of love and hugs and treats! Attention bouquet gifters: next year, think different and send this, a beautiful bouquet of organic, fresh veggies from Homegrown Foods in Hong Kong:

    Wednesday Word Day – Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)

    chlorofluorocarbons CFCs

      Today’s term is  chlorofluorocarbons /(ˈklɔːrəflʊəˈrəˈkɑːb əns/ Usually found in refrigerators and air conditioners, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are man-made chemical compounds derived from methane and ethane, and containing chlorine, fluorine and carbon. CFCs are used as refrigerants, solvents and aerosol propellants. They are avoided as much as possible due to their contribution to the depletion of the ozone […]

    Wednesday Word Day – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

    volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

      Today’s term is  volatile organic compounds (VOCs) /ˈvɒləˌtaɪl ɔːˈɡænɪk ˈkɒmpaʊndz/ Organic chemical compounds that evaporate at room temperature and are considered hazardous to humans. VOCs can occur naturally and be man-made. They are common ingredients in most paints and solvents as well as certain building materials. Long-term exposure to VOCs, particularly through wall paint and furniture, is […]

    Virgin coconut oil: a cure for Alzheimer’s, insulin resistance and ..


    Green Queen insists everyone take 5 minutes to watch this video. Another reminder that most diseases/medical conditions can be cured/improved using nature’s bounty.  http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/mp4/LJO190v1_WS photo credit: Phú Thịnh Co via photopin cc

    Wednesday Word Day: Carbon Footprint

    Carbon Footprint of the World Cup

    Today’s term is  carbon footprint /ˈkɑːb ə n  ˈfʊtˌprɪnt/ Measure of an individual’s environmental impact, expressed in units of carbon dioxide; amount of greenhouse gases emitted by an individual or a company’s actions. Note: greenhouse gases are a major and central contributor to global warming.  Do you have  a word you would like to submit to Green Queen? Write […]

    Green Queen Living: What to Do with Leftovers


    Stuck with a bunch of veggies going bad? Got a full fridge but no inspiration? Get a weekly greens delivery but have no idea what to do with the extra watercress and beetroot you keep receiving?  Many of us don’t buy fresh fruits and vegetables enough. The short expiration dates can seem inconvenient and frustrating, […]

    Wednesday Word Day: Triple Bottom Line

    Locally Grown Produce

    Today’s term is  triple bottom line /ˈtrɪp ə l ˈbɒtəm   laɪn/ This term refers to a sustainable business philosophy that incorporates three key  overall performance indicator areas: financial, environmental and social. All three are used to assess a company’s growth, success and future areas of development.  Do you have  a word you would like to submit to Green Queen? Write […]

    Green Reads – Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of ..

    Extra Virginity

    Olive oil has become a staple in most kitchens. With the fat brigade poo-pooing butter, many of us use olive oil to cook. Even more of us use olive oils to make salad dressings, pastes, dips and more. But how much do we really know about the golden oil that we regularly put into our […]

    1 Glass Jar + 5 Ideas = Delicious Homemade Xmas Gifts

    DIY Christmas Gifts

    It’s nearing Christmas and the impulse to run to the malls and stuff our homes with bags of stuff for ourselves and others is getting harder and harder to control. Green Queen understands and has been known to indulge her credit card limits herself…But if you have a free Sunday afternoon, here are some fabulous […]

    Wednesday Word Day: Energy Vampire

    Energy Vampire

    Today’s word is: energy vampire /ˈɛnədʒɪ ˈvæmpaɪə/ This term is used to describe electrical and electronic appliances that continue to use up electricity and/or remain in standby mode even after they have been switched off and are no longer performing their primary function. Ususally they tend to be appliances that have a) remote controls, b) continuous digital […]

    Wednesday Word Day: Flexitarian

    Be a Flexitarian

    Today’s word is: flexitarian /ˈflɛksɪˈtɛərɪən)/ An individual who follows a mostly vegetarian diet but will eat meat/animal flesh/fish occasionally; sometimes known as a semi-vegetarian. There are no strict rules as to how often or how little a flexitarian will eat meat/animal flesh/fish.  An individual who follows a mostly vegetarian on their own but who may consume meat/animal flesh/fish […]

    Green Queen Living: Great Ideas to Stop Wasting Food


    Millions of human beings still don’t have enough to eat and famines continue to be a serious risk in many parts of the world. And yet, the wastage of food is a massive problem in developed countries. Buying too many groceries, forgetting what’s in the pantry and buying the same ingredients twice, going out to […]

    Wednesday Word Day: Brownfield


    Today’s word is: brownfield /braʊn)fiːld/ Abandoned, idle and/or unused land that is untouched because of perceived or real environmental toxicity and pollution; often previously used for commercial and/or industrial use for example land used for a dry-cleaning business, or toxic waste disposal or a gas station. The term was first coined in the early 1990s at […]

    Green Queen Living: 5 Ways to Have a Green Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving Crafts

    Turkey Day is Coming Soon!! Images of golden roast turkeys filled with moist, savoury stuffing and sweet potato mash…Not to mention pecan AND pumpkin pie! Food bliss! Sadly Thanksgiving is also a time of extraordinary waste and what Green Queen calls a TOO MUCH holiday. We cook too much, eat too much, drink too much, […]

    Wednesday Word Day: Biodynamic

    Biodynamic Grapes

    Today’s word is: biodynamic /baɪəʊdaɪˈnæmɪk/ an agricultural term that refers to a specific methodology of farming which embraces a holistic philosophy and uses the symbiotic relationships between the soil, plants and animals to produce in the most self-sustaining way possible.

    Processed Foods vs Cocaine: Which Is More Addictive?

    Processed Foods Dead End

    Last week, Green Queen shared 10 reasons why readers should avoid sugar as much as possible in their diet. One of the reasons mentioned was that sugar follows the same pathways in our brains as heroin does. The shocking article Fatty Foods Addictive Like Cocaine in Growing Body of Scientific Research published on Bloomberg News a […]

    Wednesday Word Day: Greenproofing

    Wednesday Green Word Day

    Today’s word is: greenproofing  the process of managing health and safety hazards  in living spaces and rendering them more eco-friendly: for example installing water filters on all kitchen, bathroom and shower taps; the advocating of greener lifestyle solutions and product choices to limit exposure to toxins: for example, recommending the use of, and educating clients about, […]

    Green Queen Giving: Change The World, One Petition At A Time

    Change the World

    “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Famous and oft-quoted words by Mohandas K  (Mahatma) Gandhi, the Indian non-violent revolutionary who made his country’s national independence from the British his life’s work. While these words will resonate with most of us, individuals such as Gandhi are few and far between. We all at […]

    Eco Insights: 10 Greenest Marketing Campaigns (from Ecopreneurist)

    Green Marketing Campaigns

    Green Queen thought this was an inspiring and fun list by Jennifer Kaplan‘s post about the 10 greenest marketing campaigns is so inspiring and informative, Green Queen wants to pass it on to everyone. Check out the original post at Ecopreneurist, a fantastic blog dedicated to eco-minded entrepreneurs, or eco-preneurs as Green Queen likes to call them. […]

    Wednesday Word Day: Composting


    It’s Wednesday Word Day at Green Queen! Today’s word is: composting /ˈkɒmpɒstɪŋ/ a method of allowing organic (plant-based) matter from kitchen and yard waste to decompose naturally, the by-product of which is a mineral-rich reusable soil-like substance; the recycling of decayed organic (plant-based) waste into soil enricher, resurfacing material or mulch. While composting is now enjoying […]

    10 Reasons Why You Should Say NO To Sugar

    Sugar Monster

    In our recent baby talk column, Sarah offered some great suggestions about how to limit our children’s processed sugar intake  not just at Halloween, but also in daily life. We are all somewhat aware that sugar isn’t good for us. But do we actually have any idea why? Can we list out any solid anti-sugar […]

    Green Queen Living: Witches or Candy, Which is Scarier?

    Candy Aisle

      I grew up in the USA and while I don’t adhere to everything that’s “made in America,” Americans do win hands down when it comes to celebrating holidays. Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween! You name it and they know how to celebrate it! I get quite nostalgic thinking about my daughter growing up in […]

    Green Queen Living: An Easy & Healthy Halloween Recipe

    orange_chocolate_coconut_clusters_elanas pantry

    One of Green Queen’s favorite recipe sites ever is Elana’s Pantry. This wonderful, delicious and easy to make recipe comes straight from Elena Amsterdam’s fabulous blog. Orange Chocolate Coconut Clusters

    Wednesday Word Day: Upcycling

    Wednesday Green Word Day

    It’s Wednesday Word Day at Green Queen! Today’s word is: upcycling (ʌpˈsʌɪklɪŋ), verb to convert discarded, old and/or previously used items/waste into new materials of greater quality and/or environmental quality;  creatively re-crafting ordinary items/objects in order to transform them into design and/or art pieces. 

    Green Queen Living: 10 Reasons to Adopt Green Halloween

    Homemade Halloween Decorations

    In a earlier post, Green Queen introduced the Green Halloween movement. We simply love it! Here, 10 reasons why Green Halloween is the right choice  for your body and for the planet. Or, 10 facts to spout to your friends and family when they ask why you are joining Green Halloween! 1) Processed candy is […]

    Eco Insights: Make Meatless Mondays Part of Your Life

    Meatless Mondays

    New week, new health habit? Do you find yourself making promises to yourself on Sunday night about certain health habits you need to improve? Do you vow to cut out sugar/coffee/gluten? Do you pre-pack your gym bag, swearing to yourself that this week, you WILL become a Body Pump regular? Why set yourself up for […]

    Green Queen Living: The Green Halloween Movement

    Green Halloween

    It’s that time of the year again. Pumpkins and skeletons seem to pop up everywhere. Supermarkets are pushing sweets, candies and chocolates. Party invites flood your inbox. You feel compelled to dress up in strange costumes. It’s Halloween of course. The one day a year we encourage kids to stuff their little faces with sugar-filled […]

    Green Queen Living: 5 Easy & Cheap Ways to Green Your Home

    House Plants

    Going green can be overwhelming, seem impossible and appear to require a massive time and money investment to start with. Not so. Green Queen dishes out 5 easy, wallet-friendly suggestions for greening your home ASAP. Enjoy!