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We INFORM. We INSPIRE. We EMPOWER. Founded by serial entrepreneur Sonalie Figueiras in 2011, Green Queen is an award-winning sustainability & impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change in Asia. Our mission is to shift consumer behaviour through our authentic, original and ground-breaking content.

A Meat Tax Is Likely To Happen. Here’s How It Should Work.

4 Mins Read By: Cameron Hepburn, University of Oxford, Franziska Funke, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research New research shows a properly implemented meat tax would not have to penalize low-income households or farmers. Rearing livestock and growing crops to feed them has destroyed more tropical forest and killed more wildlife than any other industry. Animal agriculture also produces vast quantities of greenhouse gas emissions […]

The War On Plastic: Are We Missing The Bigger Picture? Stigmatisation Vs. Deinstitutionalisation

5 Mins Read By: Céline Louche, Delphine Gibassier & Jennifer Goodman “Plastic-free aisle”, “No plastic straws”, “Plastic-free Tuesday”. Social media abounds with anti-plastic messages and chilling statistics about the quantity of plastic in our oceans, food, clothes and bodies flash before us in quick succession. Shocking images that circulate widely provoke emotions and generate momentum for action on plastic. […]

Icelandic startup Loki Foods Unveils Sustainable Plant-Based Atlantic Cod Fillet

4 Mins Read Icelandic startup Loki Foods has raised a pre-seed $650,000 to develop a line of realistic and nutritional alternative seafood products, including a whole-cut, plant-based white fish fillet alternative. The company says their sustainable Atlantic cod analogue beats conventional fish meat on nutrition and cooks just like the real thing. The product also has the potential […]

How To Reduce Your Blue Light Exposure

5 Mins Read Even before the pandemic, the amount of time we spend in front screens has been growing by double digits every year, and with that, concerns about the consequences to our health. The more screen time we endure, the more artificial blue light we are exposed to. Our smartphones have become our most essential material object […]

17 Young People On The Moment The Climate Crisis Became Real To Them

11 Mins Read By: Mary Retta Watching An Inconvenient Truth in your middle-school science class. Hearing Greta Thunberg’s calls to join weekly school strikes. Driving away from smouldering wildfires engulfing dry California hillsides. These are some of the moments that made young people realize the climate crisis will define their lives — and the future of human life on Earth. We’ve […]

Octopus Farms Raise Massive Ethical And Evironmental Concerns

5 Mins Read By Alexandra Schnell, University of Cambridge, Heather Browning, London School of Economics and Political Science, Jonathan Birch, London School of Economics and Political Science When you imagine an octopus’s world, you might well see a curious creature in a complex undersea environment.  Yet the reality of life for some octopuses is existence within a barren tank, inescapably surrounded by humans and other […]

5 Ways Fungi Could Change The World, From Cleaning Water to Breaking Down Plastics

5 Mins Read By: Mitchell P. Jones Fungi — a scientific goldmine? Well, that’s what a review published today in the journal Trends in Biotechnology indicates. You may think mushrooms are a long chalk from the caped crusaders of sustainability. But think again. Many of us have heard of fungi’s role in creating more sustainable leather substitutes. Amadou vegan leather crafted from […]

Meat, Monopolies, Mega Farms: How the US Food System Fuels the Climate Crisis

6 Mins Read By: Amanda Schupak From a beef-heavy diet to growing crops that don’t feed people – the biggest challenges facing the agriculture industry. Food and the climate crisis are locked in a tangled web of cause and effect. Globally, food systems contribute about a third of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, yet they are also uniquely vulnerable to climate […]

I’ve Been Plant-Based for 13 Years. Here’s What I’ve Learned.

10 Mins Read By: Theresa “Sam” Houghton August will be my 13-year “veg-versary.” It’s been an interesting journey. I first dipped my toes in the veg-curious waters as a teenager who thought going vegan would be a great way to lose weight—because we all hear vegans are thinner, right? (We won’t go into what a silly reason that […]

Chilli peppers, coffee, wine: how the climate crisis is causing food shortages

5 Mins Read By: Victoria Namkung Blistering heat, stronger storms, droughts, floods and fires are putting food production at risk. Sriracha fans are a passionate bunch. They have been known to get tattoos of the popular hot sauce on their bodies and dress up like the red plastic squeeze bottle for Halloween. So it’s no surprise that an unprecedented shortage of the […]

From Plastic Waste to “Green Concrete”: Sino Group Partners with EcoBricks to Inaugurate Sustainable Solutions for the Built Environment

5 Mins Read An inaugural partnership between Hong Kong real estate developer Sino Group and local sustainability-focused startup EcoBricks upcycled over 5,400 kg of plastic waste into construction bricks at the city’s Gold Coast in the Tuen Mun district. Across Asia, our plastic addiction is clogging up landfills, rivers and oceans. Latest available data shows the region is […]

10 Asian Vegan Breakfast Recipes, From Cauli Banh Mi To Kimchi Pancakes

4 Mins Read There’s a Russian proverb that goes something like this: “Eat breakfast alone, share lunch with friends and give your dinner to your enemies.” Not sure about the dinner part, but sometimes it’s nice to treat yo-self before you start your day (there’s a reason we all love Sunday brunch) and your first meal is an […]

Cultivated Meat Might Seem Alien But It’s Better Than Animal Agriculture

6 Mins Read By Matti Wilks. The world is in the grips of a food-tech revolution. One of the most compelling new developments is cultured meat, also known as clean, cell-based or slaughter-free meat. It’s grown from stem cells taken from a live animal without the need for slaughter. Proponents hail cultured meat as the long-awaited solution to the […]

What Draws Seventh Day Adventists to Vegan And Vegetarian Lifestyles?

5 Mins Read By Tamas Lestar. Christianity is often regarded as a staunch opponent of veganism – after all, most Christian denominations are highly carnivorous in their dietary ethics. Many proclaim liberty to consume animal flesh as they assume animals to be a gift created for food by God.  The Bible’s depiction of human-animal relations has been used to […]

Future Food-Tech’s Dedicated Alt Protein Summit To Connect Global Leaders & Innovators Disrupting How We Eat

4 Mins Read According to non-profit think tank the Good Food Institute’s State of the Industry 2021 report, over $5 billion was invested into alternative protein startup last year, up from over $3 billion the year before. As huge challenges continue to plague the global food supply chain, alternatives to industrially produced animal proteins derived from industrial agriculture […]