Hong Kong might not be the easiest place to live a zero-waste lifestyle, but the city is slowly moving towards a greener future thanks to groups like Emily Lam-Ho's EcoDrive and David Yeung's Green Monday.
According to the Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong produces about 10,733 tonnes of rubbish a day—20 percent of which is plastic and ends up in our oceans. The good news is, there's something we can do about it.
This Plastic Free July, millions around the world are pledging to "Choose to Refuse" and with 21 days left in the month, it's just the right amount of time to form a new habit. If you're keen to join the plastic free movement here in Hong Kong, here are five things you can do in July and beyond:
1. Switch to reusable items
Bring your own reusable water bottle or coffee cup everywhere you go (you’ll also stay more hydrated that way). When going to the grocery store, bring your own reusable shopping bag to avoid accumulating plastic bags and switch from plastic wraps to beeswax wraps at home.
You can even go the extra mile by bringing your own utensils, glass containers and/or reusable straws. Head over to zero waste stores such as Plastic Free HK, NO!W No Waste and more to find all your plastic-free essentials.