2016 Update: Isaac & Lacey Goldstein are no longer involved in Happy Cow.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
[Isaac] Lacey and I are originally from California; we both met in San Francisco during university. Before we married, I promised her that we would travel the world, two years later departed on our 5-year journey, which ultimately landed us here in Hong Kong. While living in Beijing for two years, we really missed dairy-free ice cream so we decided to begin making it ourselves.
When did you first adopt a green lifestyle?
It began in 1991 when I was nine years old and my Mom gave me a book called, “50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth”. The book and its message of going green inspired me at a very young age to become a steward of the planet and to help preserve our home for future generations.
What is your greenest daily habit?
We both really enjoy walking and commute everyday from Sheung Wan to Mongkok by foot and boat. But the greenest daily habit we maintain is a vegan diet. Our 100% plant-based diet produces a significantly smaller ecological footprint than that of a meat and dairy lover.
Tell us about Happy Cow Dairy Free Ice Cream and its mission.
Happy Cow Dairy Free Ice Cream’s mission is to manufacture and distribute the finest quality plant based ice cream in Asia with a commitment to creating a healthier alternative for people and the planet. Using natural and organic ingredients, we create delicious confections that enable consumers to go green without sacrificing their favourite foods.
What are some of the greenest features of Happy Cow?
Using coconut cream to produce Happy Cow has a much smaller environmental impact when compared to using dairy. Simply put: to produce coconut cream, trees must be planted. To produce dairy, trees must be cut down to create land for cattle grazing.
Share a green Hong Kong tip with our readers.
Going green should be simple and easy; no one wants to completely change his or her way of life. That’s why we recommend making small and sustainable life changes that are maintainable. As we’ve already mentioned, choosing plant-based foods is one of the simplest and easiest ways to do this.
Don’t worry, we are not expecting everyone to go vegan! However, by choosing to eat Happy Cow instead of traditional dairy ice cream you’re already making a profound change. Next, you can go meatless once a week with Green Monday or choose to remove red meat from your diet completely. All of these small changes create a substantial reduction in your “foodprint”.
Where is your favourite place to eat green in Hong Kong?
We most often eat at home but love to treat ourselves to a fancy dinner from time to time and our favorite restaurant is Grassroots Pantry! Chef Peggy Chan is amazingly creative and her delicious meals are always unique and special.
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