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Black Astroturf-Like Rubber Crumbs Polluting Lantau’s Discovery Bay

3 Mins Read Hundreds of kilograms of black rubber crumbs, which looks like infill used for astroturf, has washed ashore on Discovery Bay on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island. It was discovered by local environmental organisation Plastic Free Seas who alerted the authorities to the spill, which could severely harm marine life.  Huge quantities of small crumbs of black […]

Second Hand Fashion Is Taking Over The World, From Thrift To Preloved Luxury

4 Mins Read Global charity Oxfam has recently launched their #SecondHandSeptember campaign, calling on people to join the pledge to say no to new clothing for 30 days. Having been reusing and reselling clothes since 1948, the NGO has declared that secondhand is the answer to sustainable fashion, helping to sound the alarm on the environmental impact of […]

HELP: Hong Kong Dolphin Tours Days Away From Closing Down Due To Low Tourism

2 Mins Read Due to the recent drop in tourist numbers, the number of people going on pink dolphin sightseeing tours organised by The Hong Kong Dolphinwatch has plumetted, and the ecological tour operator is now only days away from going out of business. The group is the city’s only organisation running excursions following governmental guidelines, and all […]

INTERVIEW: Zero Waste Pioneer & Coconut Matter Founder On Following Your Heart & Why The Whole System Needs To Be Redesigned

5 Mins Read We sat down with Diane van Zwanenberg, founder of plastic-free natural and vegan beauty brand Coconut Matter who is making strides in promoting low-waste living in Asia and beyond. Diane has led the alternative beauty and cosmetics industry in Asia since she first introduced her pioneering plastic-free packaging brand, and has since encouraged many to […]

Water Pollution: The Invisible Threat The World Is Ignoring

3 Mins Read The latest report by the World Bank warns about the “invisible threat” that the planet is facing – water pollution – which will affect the health, economy, education and agriculture of both rich and poor countries alike. The report also outlines how water pollution will pose an issue for nearly every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) […]

Marriott Hotels Ditches Single-Use Plastic Amenities Across All 7,000 Global Locations By 2020

2 Mins Read Following their 2018 initiative to reduce single-use plastics, Marriott International has just announced their plans to eliminate mini disposable toiletries from all their hotels globally by 2020. Replacing the single-use amenities in bathrooms will be large refillable pump bottles. Marriott’s decision comes after recent headlines by companies in the hospitality industry aiming to phase out […]

Health Effects Of Microplastics Unknown, More Research Needed Urgently Says WHO

3 Mins Read In a new assessment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says microplastics are increasingly present in drinking water and that more research desperately needs to be conducted to learn more about potential adverse health effects. Given that plastic production continues to be on the rise globally, and Asia’s coastal regions are being swamped by plastic waste, […]

Hong Kong Government Plastic-Free Schemes: It’s Just Not Good Enough

3 Mins Read The second phase of the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department’s (EPD) plastic-free campaign targeting single-use takeaway dishware and cutlery claims that it has saved 1.2 million disposables from ending up in the city’s landfills and oceans since mid-June. The campaign involved more than 700 restaurants and caterers across the city, in a bid to encourage […]

INTERVIEW: We Talk To The Team Behind Trashion, A Student-Run Charity Fashion Show Featuring Clothes Made From Trash

4 Mins Read Meet the inspiring team behind Trashion, Hong Kong’s only student-run charity fashion show featuring clothing designed by students from waste in order to raise awareness about recycling and upcycling. We chat to them about their mission, this year’s ocean theme, what people can do to fight against plastic and whether Hong Kong can become a […]

25 Green Queens Fighting For A Better Hong Kong & A Better World

9 Mins Read To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 (#IWD19), the Green Queen team wanted to showcase the women we admire the most in this crazy city we call home. Women who, on top of being incredible moms, friends, sisters, daughters & wives, work tirelessly every day to save our planet. Women who stand for animal rights, food […]

The Lantau Island Paddle Project: 2 Teachers, The Open Sea And A Whole Lot of Plastic Trash

4 Mins Read Wading through grimy, oily beach water filled with trash, debris and several dead sea life over the north beach of Discovery Bay’s presumed picturesque resort development, Jonny Haines was completely devastated while paddle boarding around the coves in the area he calls home. Taking a GoPro to film one of his excursions last summer, his short four-minute video is […]

HK Mom Lisa Odell Is On A Mission To Make Our City Plastic-Free & Here’s Why

4 Mins Read It was a little less than a year ago that Hong Konger Lisa Odell became acutely aware of the sheer volume of plastic waste mounting in her own household. More specifically, she suddenly realized she was throwing the rubbish out daily. “Our recycle bin was overflowing with so much plastic,” recalls the Chicago transplant. “I just wanted […]