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Hermès X MycoWorks: Duo Unveils Mushroom Leather Travel Bag Created From ‘Fine Mycelium’

4 Mins Read High-end French fashion brand Hermès recently joined forces with Californian mycelium-based material startup MycoWorks to unveil a mushroom-based ‘leather’ travel bag made from fine mycelium. The recent collaboration saw the very first bag created with fine mycelium, a patented technology from the alt material upstart. Mycelium is the fine network of threads that form the vegetative part of […]

Alibaba Invests US$6M In Hong Kong Plant Fibre Packaging Startup Ecoinno

3 Mins Read Ecoinno, a Hong Kong-based company producing sustainable packaging made from plant fibres, has attracted US$6 million in a series A1 funding round led by two Alibaba funds. The startup says it will use the new capital to scale up production of its proprietary technology, ramp up research and development and increase consumer awareness about green […]

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group To Eliminate Single-Use Plastics By 2021

2 Mins Read Global luxury hospitality group Mandarin Oriental Hotels has pledged to phase out all single-use plastics across its entire portfolio by March 2021. This follows recent moves by the group to remove plastic straws and single-use drinking bottles, and will see all disposable plastic items abolished across their whole operational chain including all rooms, spas, transport […]

Glass Or Plastic: Which Is Better For The Planet?

7 Mins Read When you conjure up the term zero-waste lifestyle, many of us picture instagrammable rows of glass jars filled with bulk bought food staples lining kitchen pantries. But whether the obsession with glass containers is really that much better for our planet than older and less aesthetic options is a whole-nother debate that requires more in-depth […]

Already An Industry Leader, Six Senses Hotels Group Doubles Down on Sustainability

3 Mins Read In a just-released report, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas outlines the eco-forward steps it has taken in recent years in recent years from investing in conservation to phasing out plastics. With tourists increasingly sensitive to “greenwashing” marketing methods, the hospitality group has published a detailed overview of its measurable positive impacts, primarily due to guest […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Reasons Why You Should Reconsider Eating Fish & Seafood

7 Mins Read From biodiversity loss to more frequent natural disasters and rising global temperatures, our planet is now at an important crossroads. In the face of this global crisis, lessening our impact on the limited environmental resources we have left requires careful consideration of our consumption choices. Reducing seafood intake is one of the key ways you […]

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 […]

Starbucks Debuts Stand Alone Teavana Concept Stores in Hong Kong Amidst Health & Green Push

3 Mins Read Starbucks has recently launched Teavana-forward outlets in Hong Kong this summer, featuring open designs, botanical touches and brand new flavours. This comes alongside a number of green initiatives that the coffee-chain giant have also begun to push in the city, including a collaboration with collapsible mug company Stojo and ditching plastic items. Starbucks’ shift towards […]

Hong Kong’s 2019 Beauty & Wellness Expo Sees More Natural & Organic

4 Mins Read At the recent 5-day Hong Kong’s Beauty and Wellness Expo organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), which showcases 100 exhibitors from beauty, cosmetics and skincare, the millenial and Gen-Z appetite for more natural, green brands was clear. Unlike previous years, there was a marked focus on more clean, natural and organic beauty […]

It’s Raining Plastic: Microplastics Are Falling From The Sky, Scientists Find

2 Mins Read Forget Purple Rain, we are now experiencing plastic rain. Researchers have discovered a plethora of multi-coloured microscopic plastic fibres in rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains in the United States. The recently published study raises awareness about the extent of our plastic pollution. Plastic waste is not just pervasive in the planet’s rivers, soil, […]

BPA-Free Plastic Products Aren’t Actually Any Safer

2 Mins Read “BPA-Free” is now a label you see plastered on many plastic containers on store shelves. Ever since information about the potentially toxic effects of the compound surfaced, plastic box manufacturers have been desperate to combat widespread fear amongst consumers. Now, a study has found that BPA-free does not necessarily translate to a safer product.  A […]