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Swire Announces Money-Back Plastic Bottle Collection Machines, Part Of Trial To Promote Recycling

3 Mins Read Swire Pacific Group’s Swire Coca–Cola has just unveiled their reverse vending machines that will reward consumers HK 20 cents for every plastic bottle inserted for recycling via Octopus cards. Rolling out the scheme in 10 locations across the city, the giant distributor group hopes to change consumer attitudes towards recycling in Hong Kong. The programme […]

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 […]

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, […]

Environmentalists Slam US$1 Billion Stunt To End Plastic Pollution

2 Mins Read Environmental groups are slamming a new nonprofit that have pledged to back a total of US$1 billion to enhance recycling techniques and reduce plastic waste efforts. The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), spearheaded by the industry’s top oil and chemical companies has been met with criticism as detractors argue these plastics value corporations are a […]

Watsons Water Launches Plastic Bottle Collection With Cash Incentive

2 Mins Read Watsons Water, one of Hong Kong’s biggest producer and distributor of distilled bottled drinking water, has launched a cash incentive to get the public actively involved in recycling single-use plastics. Offering monetary vouchers and gift redemptions via their Drops of Fun app, the Tai Po-based company is placing 400 reverse vending machines throughout the city […]

After China Closes its Doors, Malaysia Becomes New Dumping Ground for World’s Plastic Trash Despite Government Ban

2 Mins Read One year since China imposed its National Sword policy ban on the world’s plastic waste import, nearby Southeast Asian countries have struggled to pick up the scraps with Malaysia taking in the lion’s share of supposed recyclable plastic from the US and other industrialized nations. According to Eco-Business, a Greenpeace Malaysia investigation has uncovered much […]

Five Hong Kong Recycling Myths That Will Shock You

4 Mins Read Hong Kong’s recycling infrastructure is woefully lacking: most citizens are not educated about how best to recycle; there is no mandatory residential recycling scheme; there are no incentives for businesses to recycle; the government department that deals with waste management is separate from the one responsible for recycling; the city lacks adequate collection channels and […]