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Sonalie Figueiras

Serial social entrepreneur Sonalie Figueiras is the founder & editor-in-chief of Green Queen, an award-winning impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change in Hong Kong with a mission to shift consumer behaviour through inspiring & empowering original content. She is also the founder & CEO of SourceGreenPackaging,com, the global wholesale eCom marketplace for sustainable packaging products, Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products, with a mission to make safe, quality food accessible & affordable for the whole planet. With over a decade of experience in publishing, digital marketing, organic trade and health & sustainability, she is an eco wellness industry veteran with a keen eye for market trends and a sought-after international speaker and moderator, sharing her expertise on stages across Asia and beyond, including TEDx and Harvard Business School.

Lobbies, Food Tech & Neophobia: In Conversation with George Monbiot About How To Feed The World Without Devouring The Planet

15 Mins Read It’s hard to think of someone who holds truth to power as effectively and as committedly as George Monbiot. The multi-award-winning British thinker, journalist, activist, and long-time environmentalist has been speaking out on the ills of capitalism and the climate crisis for almost 40 years, during which he has been attacked, arrested and shot at. […]

Regenerative Agriculture Needs A Standardized Definition, Says New Report

3 Mins Read A new report says that an inconsistent understanding of what regenerative agriculture entails and what it can achieve means an outcome-based framework for measuring and assessing regenerative agricultural practices is needed. The Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), a non-profit organization that describes itself as a coalition of ambassadors, donors, country platforms, and partners working […]

USDA Foreign Ag Service To US Plant-Based Brands: Export To Germany Where 55% Are Flexitarians

5 Mins Read A new report is encouraging US plant-based brands to export to Germany, describes as the ‘fastest-growing plant-based meat market in Europe’ While the US mainstream media is on a headline rampage against plant-based meat, the US Department of Agriculture’s foreign arm is publishing reports extolling the growth of the plant-based meat sector abroad to encourage […]

Study Suggests Textile Reuse Up to 70x More Sustainable Than Producing New Clothing

3 Mins Read A new study found that the environmental impact of reusing textiles is 70 times lower than new clothing, even when taking into account transport and export emissions. A new life-cycle assessment (LCA) commissioned by the European textile reuse and recycling industry (EURIC) has confirmed the significant carbon dioxide (CO2) and water savings of reusing textiles […]

Anonymous Source Suggests Impossible Foods Laying Off 20% Of Its Workforce

3 Mins Read Citing an anonymous source ‘familiar with the matter’, Bloomberg reported today that California-based plant-based meat startup Impossible Foods is going to lay off 20% of its workforce or approximately 100 employees. Very few additional details about the layoff announcements are available though the reporter did write that the same source said the company “offered voluntary […]

Food Culture Expert Eve Turow-Paul of Food For Climate League: ‘Small Changes To Menu Language Can Dramatically Impact Consumer Choice’

6 Mins Read Green Queen‘s Sonalie Figueiras interviews non-profit founder and food culture expert Eve Turow-Paul about food, climate and how to empower people to change what’s on their plate for a more sustainable future. Author, consultant and food culture expert Eve Turow-Paul is on a mission to reframe the food and climate narrative and empower consumers and […]

EVs, Green Fertilizers & Plant-Based Proteins: These 3 ‘Super Tipping Points’ Key To Decarbonization

5 Mins Read A new report says targeted action dubbed ‘super-tipping points’ in three key areas including EVs, green fertilizers and plant-based proteins could lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. As the world races against time to limit global warming to 1.5°C, a new report unveiled at […]

Crafty Counter Launches Revolutionary Plant-Based Hard-Boiled Eggs At Whole Foods Nationwide

3 Mins Read Texas startup Crafty Counter has launched its flagship product, an entirely vegan hard-boiled egg made from nuts at Whole Foods grocery stores across the country. Crafty Counter, an Austin-based consumer packaged goods company, has launched Hard Boiled WunderEggs, the first plant-based hard-boiled eggs to be made in the U.S., are now available in ready-to-eat six […]

The Top 3 Future Foods I Tasted At CES 2023

5 Mins Read By Noah Hyams Vegan entrepreneur Noah Hyams shares his top 3 future of food finds at CES 2023, from fermented plant-based soy protein to bioengineered microbe-based soft serve.  CES never used to be a food-forward show. But in 2019, plant-based meat startup Impossible Foods changed the rules of the game by debuting their Impossible Burger […]

A Surge in Corporates Green Job Listings Highlights The Lack Of Global Sustainability Talent

5 Mins Read By Christopher Boone, Professor of Sustainability, Arizona State University and Karen C. Seto, Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science, Yale University To meet today’s global sustainability challenges, the corporate world needs more than a few chief sustainability officers – it needs an army of employees, in all areas of business, thinking about sustainability in their decisions […]

2023 Food Trends: 12 Predictions For The Future of Alt Protein

11 Mins Read What does the alt protein industry have in store for us amidst a very turbulent 2023 ahead? A lot, actually. Below, I share my 12 crystal ball takes (in no particular order).  I sat down to write these trends and ended up writing a whole piece about where plant-based meat is going. Amidst predictions, I […]

Where is Plant-Based Meat Going?

5 Mins Read The idea that plant-based meat is over is ridiculous. Sure, too many mediocre brands launched too fast and too early. But amidst a burning planet and worsening climate crisis, the category is just getting started. Over the past few months, media headlines decrying plant-based meat’s demise have dominated US airwaves. These headlines are grossly misleading. […]

9 Healthy Veggie Bowl Recipes to Warm You From the Inside

4 Mins Read Your breakfast bowl is sorted, your lunch bowl is set, and now all you need are some healthier dinner bowl recipe inspirations. Whether you’re in the throes of Veganuary for the first time, a seasoned veteran, or just love tucking into yummy veggie-forward bowls, we’ve got you covered. What are veggie bowls? There’s no official […]

Easy Veggie Recipes: Roasted Carrot & Chili Hummus With Tofu Ricotta

2 Mins Read This Roasted Carrot & Chili Hummus is a brilliant dish for those of us always on the go. It’s colorful, vibrant, nourishing and yet so easy to make! No to mention that it’s absolutely delicious to snack on. Use crudites and/or gluten-free crackers for a gluten-free final dish.  Ingredients 3 large carrots 1 can chickpeas […]

Q+A w/ Hang Lung’s John Haffner & LVMH’s Nicolas Martin: ‘There’s This Sense Coming Out of COP27 That We Need To Do Things Faster And Differently.’ 

10 Mins Read Hang Lung Properties’ John Haffner and LVMH’s Nicolas Martin, talk to Green Queen about their new climate and sustainability partnership. Last month, Chinese real estate leader Hang Lung Properties and French luxury giant LVMH group announced a ground-breaking three-year climate and sustainability partnership. The collaboration, the first of its kind globally, looks to redefine the […]

The 10 Best Cities In The World for Vegan Food

9 Mins Read There are a fair amount of ‘best vegan cities’ lists on the interwebs, most of which are all interesting and worth a read. That being said, here at Green Queen, we love data and we love to use data to make decisions. While we did find a couple of lists that used data, they were […]

5 Ways Going Plastic-Free Improved My Health

4 Mins Read One of the more surprising parts of adopting a more low-waste lifestyle with a focus on reusable packaging, reducing plastic usage as much as possible, lessen my reliance on recycling, and changing my habits to lessen my overall waste impact was how much healthier I became. I feel lighter, I eat better and I am […]