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As one of the world’s biggest social networking apps, Instagram is great for sharing photos and videos. It’s also the perfect source of inspiration to glean information from as you embark on your eco journey. If you’re looking to live with less waste/plastic or if you’re just sick and tired of all the unnecessary packaging at the local Park n Shop), peep 13 of our favorite Instagram accounts to help with your transition. From stunning photos to funny videos and inspirational updates not to mention useful tips, these IGers have humble and honest insight about reducing our impact on the planet. Their affable and oh-so relatable personalities don’t hurt. Most live right here in Hong Kong so they can help you with tips and tricks to #plasticdetox and #banthebottle. #ZeroWaste for the win!
Zero Waste Home
Zero waste pioneer Bea Johnson has been making zero waste sexy since 2008. Her IG feed, Zero Waste Home, is chock full of Bea living zero waste in the moment with her family and all the travels from the speaking engagements. We had the pleasure of attending her speak live in Hong Kong earlier this year and she is sassy, spunky, and so, so cool!
All In – Asia
A regional environmental platform, All In – Asia, is looking to create an environmental summit in Hong Kong connecting Asia and the rest of the world for a sustainable future. Founded by Tanja Wessels who is a zero waste mission to stop buying clothes for a year (only a few more months to go!), her feed is a motivational hodgepodge to minimize her impact on world and inspiring others along the way. Read about Tanja’s interview in our Zero Waste Fashion Series here.
The Bulk House
The first social enterprise in Mainland China focused on the zero waste movement, The Bulk House showcasing eco-friendly products while organizing and promoting waste-reducing events and activities across Beijing and Shanghai. Their growing IG page, run by founder Carrie Yu, is a fun and honest reflection of her journey toward a zero waste lifestyle that is sensible and practical. For instance, there’s a post about her trying to be as zero waste as possible at McDonalds – she’s real and we respect that!
Self-professed corporate geek by day, and Garbage Activist by night, Ming is definitely someone to follow on your zero waste journey! Offering amazing Hong Kong-based tips on where to find plastic-free products around the city, Ming’s Instagram is an easy-to-follow feed is insightful and so inspiring. #WCW all the way!
We have so much love for Lisa Odell, the founder of Plastic-Free HK. As Hong Kong’s first e-shop to sell sustainable and eco-friendly goods, we love keeping abreast of all the new and wonderful zero waste wares coming to her shop! Read about her plastic-free journey here.
Our Simple Cottage (formerly The Zero Waste Cottage)
A blog and Instagram started by couple Agnese and Alex, Our Simple Cottage walks us through the everyday lives of two (very!) young Hong Kongers looking to live a low impact life in a plastic-happy city. Posing great questions and offering eco-friendly solutions to everyday routines, Our Simple Cottage is a very useful resource for transitioning lifestyles.
The Zero Waste Challenge
We have the ultimate girl crush on Hannah Chung! After completing (and documenting) a whole year of living zero waste called The Zero Waste Challenge, the London transplant offers regular tips to get around the plastic and food waste in Hong Kong.
Loop Unite (now Zero Waste Life)
A zero waste community hub aimed at guiding Hong Kongers toward a circular economy (keeping resources in use for as long as possible, then recovering and regenerating products and materials at the end of each service life), Loop Unite features inspiring eco-warriors from various industries and offers coaching advice to private clients and companies to reduce waste.
Plastic Free Foodie
From the creative mind of plant-based food writer, chef, food stylist and photographer, Instagram superstar Christine Wong (of Conscious Cooking) brings us Plastic Free Foodie, a global movement to raise awareness to protect the oceans. Currently on a 30-day plastic detox, Christine gives us scary facts about plastic waste but also simple ways to #banthebottle and action steps to take as well as loads of #plasticfreefriendly food recipes.
The Hive Bulk Foods
Malaysia’s first zero waste grocery store founded by the original Hong Kong Zero Waste mama Claire Sancelot, The Hive Bulk Foods is a social enterprise looking spread awareness of shopping ethically, sustainably and economically. Running weekly workshops on zero waste living, their IG posts tons of cool events that we would seriously love to check out if we ever took a trip to KL.
NO!W No Waste
Offering sustainable products for a zero waste lifestyle, NO!W No Waste is your go-to for all your eco-friendly kitchen and bathroom needs. Their gorgeous IG feed has tons of great photos and fun finds to be your best zero waste self!
Zero waste never looked so cool: Live Zero’s inspiring, bold feed features tons of awesome products and simple (but effective) motivational quotes. Their packaging-free grocery store in Sai Ying Pun is now open and it’s amazing!
The Green 52
Another up-and-comer in the zero waste world, The Green 52 is on a mission to help reduce our impact on the environment. Sharing weekly challenges, ideas and eco hacks to build new habits for 2018, their Instagram has lots of practical and great advice for those looking to ease into zero waste. Read about how founders, Laura Tyson and Zoe Stevenson, came up with The Green 52 Challenge here.
Images courtesy of The Bulk House, The Hive Bulk Foods, Plastic Free Foodie, Plastic-Free HK, Loop Unite, Garbage Activist, The Zero Waste Cottage, Zero Waste Home, Tanja Wessels, Hannah Chung, The Hive Bulk Foods, NO!W No Waste, Live Zero, and The Green 52.