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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.

Wednesday Word Day – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

< 1 Min 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 linked […]

Wednesday Word Day: Carbon Footprint

< 1 Min 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 […]

What to Do with Leftovers – Easy Green Solutions

2 Mins Read 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

< 1 Min 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 […]

1 Glass Jar + 5 Ideas = Delicious Homemade Xmas Gifts

3 Mins Read 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

< 1 Min 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

< 1 Min 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 […]

Great Ideas to Stop Wasting Food

3 Mins Read 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

< 1 Min 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 […]

5 Simple Ways to Have a Green Thanksgiving

3 Mins Read 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

< 1 Min 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?

2 Mins Read 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

< 1 Min 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

2 Mins Read “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 […]

Wednesday Word Day: Composting

< 1 Min 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

3 Mins Read 10 Reasons Why You Should Say NO to Sugar   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 reasons? Not to worry, Green Queen to the rescue. Here are 10 reasons why you should avoid sugar as close to […]

How To Candy-Negotiate With Your Kids on Halloween

3 Mins Read 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 […]

Wednesday Word Day: Upcycling

< 1 Min 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. 

10 Reasons to Adopt Green Halloween

2 Mins Read 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 […]

Make Meatless Mondays Part of Your Life

2 Mins Read 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 […]

The 411 On The Green Halloween Movement

2 Mins Read 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 […]