Electronics Recycling in the 852

¡Hola, mi amigosIt’s been a while, and I’ve recently finished an internship with Plastic Free Seas and Sustainable Asia. I learned a lot – especially about the specific challenges environmentalists face in Hong Kong – and I’m here to tell you about one of the few (only?!) areas in which Hong Kong is actually LEADING for recycling.

I know. It’s hard to believe. But for 8 different kinds of electronic waste, the Hong Kong government wants to make it super easy for you to recycle them.

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Ethical Consumerism, Part 7 – How to Sustain the Population in 2050.

Want to solve world hunger? Stop wasting food.

We produce enough food to feed everyone currently alive (and, to be honest, probably a few billion more). The reason 1 in 9 Hong Kongers goes hungry is that we are terribly inefficient with our food distribution – globally, at least 30% of food is wasted. In Hong Kong, 60% of that is domestic, so we consumers have little excuse (elsewhere, restaurants probably make a much larger percentage).

I still need to do more research on the organic debate BUT one thing is clear – agriculture, as it stands right now, is pretty awful (let’s not even get into factory farming).

Props to Jim for this succinct and important post!

The Green Stars Project

Hi folks! In the previous post, I looked at how we can take actions as consumers to help curb population growth. This post is about actions we can take to sustain the human population without completely destroying our planet.

Population growth fears are exploited by corporations

One of the most common abuses of the population growth issue goes something like this:

We must embrace GlobalCorp’s practices because we’re going to have 9 billion people to sustain in 2050.

If the thing in question is sustainable (for example renewable energy) then you don’t even need the population argument. If the thing in question is not sustainable – and this is often the case where the population card is played – then a rising population is a ridiculous argument to use. To adopt a non-sustainable practice to support the Earth’s human population of 2050 is insanity. Particularly considering the delicate…

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Poster for The Conscious Festival HK 2018

EVERYONE should come to Hong Kong’s first-ever Conscious Festival

I’m momentarily taking a break from taking a break on this blog to let y’all know about this fantastic festival I’m helping out with:

In Hong Kong during April 20-22 (Friday to Sunday)? Or, hey, not in the 852 but know people who are? Consider coming along/telling them to come to the Conscious Festival, an inclusive celebration of sustainability and ethical living which has something for everybody (your friends, your siblings, your parents, you)! Films, music, food, shopping, talks – it’s going to be rad, so let me give you some of the highlights.

HERE’S THE LOW-DOWN:

  •  Event: The Conscious Festival By Green Is The New Black
  • Unconference – Friday 20 April 2018, 8.30am-5pm
  • The Festival (Marketplace) – Saturday 21 April – Sunday 22 April 2018, 11am-5pm
  • The Screenings – Saturday 21 April – Sunday 22 April 2018, 6pm-9pm
  • Venue: PMQ 元創方 (Central/Sheung Wan)

Friendly reminder: You don’t need to come to all of the days or even an entire day. Just come whenever you can! Maybe come on Sunday aka. Earth Day? xx

INTO SPACE?

David Goldsmith is speaking at the Unconference. He’s working with NASA on Project Moon Hut, which is literally a project about living on the moon. Do I really need to say more?

Tickets start at $900 but you’re in luck, because everybody’s got a cousin (sorry, I mean, friend) who can hook’ em up with something – and in this case, I’m the friend who can hook you up with some FREE tickets. Hit me up ASAP if you’re interested!

The Unconference, by the way, consists of talks from innovative businesses and organisations on circularity (interconnectedness) and sustainability, like Grassroots Pantry and the Ocean Recovery Alliance. Oh, and if any of you have great ideas about some environmental innovation, there’s a networking event and I sort of want a plus one. Alternatively, every attendee is going to be hooked up to Howdy which’ll link you in to everyone’s LinkedIn. There are some hella cool people coming and you’re going to want to know them.

MORE OF A SHOPPER THAN A SITTER?

The Marketplace, featuring 70+ vendors (like Tinee Dino, Aanya Life, NO!W No Waste) united in their ethical policies, is open for FREE from the 21st to 22nd!

INTO LOOKING GOOD?

We’ve got an organic hair + nail salon! But actually, what I meant is that we’re always looking for more volunteers, so… If you volunteer with me you’ll not only get FREE ENTRY to everything, you’ll have the pleasure of my company! ❤

Sorry, okay, I didn’t realise that would be a negative. But, hey, it’ll look great on your CV! Event experience demonstrates teamwork, responsibility, organisation… And jobsDB won’t stop emailing me about one-time event positions so I’m sure it’ll come in handy. 😉

INTO THE ARTS?

There’ll be at least 3 art displays that exemplify sustainability, like portraits of waste being used as tablecloths and becoming LIVING pieces of art (e.g. food stains, wear & tear).

More into films? Friday night is FILM NIGHT, with several short films on the ocean. Tickets start at $75 but volunteers get perks. 😉

INTO THE ENVIRONMENT?

This event was MADE for you! There are talks on zero waste, biodiversity, holistic living and of course, the FREE Marketplace which is chock full of socially responsible vendors.

Not quite an environmentalist, but curious? Well, we’ve got FOOD (& wine. So much wine) that’ll come with rented cutlery as well as a compost bin for all your leftovers. This means that at least one of your meals will be zero waste, baby! So you see, it’s super easy to make a difference.

INTO COOL STUFF IN GENERAL?

  • We’ve got VR booths
  • We’ve got a $5 gratitude journal session
  • We’ve got a photography exhibition(s)
  • We’ve got sustainable fashion
  • We’ve got the WWF, Conservation International involved

Not convinced? Well, there have been 3 successful runs in Singapore and we’re sponsored by Green Queen, so you know it’s going to be great. 😀

It takes all kinds of people to change the world which is why this Festival is so diverse and welcoming. Seriously, though, I’m pretty sure that if you come you’ll be changing the world a little bit through #LittleGreenSteps – or at least, you’ll have fun. : )

KEY LINKS:
● Website – https://greenisthenewblack.asia/festival/
● FB Event Page – https://tinyurl.com/GITNB2018HK
● Free Entry registration page for MARKETPLACE – https://tinyurl.com/GITNBHK2018freeentry
● the TALKS – https://greenisthenewblack.asia/festival/#Talks
● the UNCONFERENCE – https://greenisthenewblack.asia/festival/#unconference-tab
● Socials – Our social pages: Facebook & Instagram @GITN Basia, Twitter, @GITNBasia and our official #’s are #LittleGreenSteps #LiveMoreConsciously

I’m just so fucking thrilled,

My signature, with a green-blue-purple gradient, "Miranda"

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day (2/2)

Find part 1 of this Valentine’s review here.

The lava cake wasn’t as tasty as the brownies, probably because I was quite careless, but it was still delicious. The top was crispy but inside it was gooey and soft. The rich chocolate and velvety strawberries really melt in your mouth! Props to Chocolate Covered Katie for coming up with plant-based recipes that are on par with, if not better, than animal-based ones.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day (1/2)

(Sorry this post is so late! I completely forgot that Chinese New Year falls right after Valentine’s in 2018, and then life caught up with me so … Enjoy this late post, because I mean, does it really matter when you indulgence yourself?)

Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite holidays. Even though I believe in being loving all-year-round, I’ve always been a sucker for marketing that makes something arbitrarily special – like heart-shaped strawberries that sell for $4 more. So, every February 14th I like to take the day for myself and immerse myself in everything fluffy and saccharine. Rom-coms, playlists, dessert…

I spent most of the day making some of Chocolate Covered Katie‘s AMAZING recipes (sweet potato brownies and single-serve lava cake) and figured, why not do a quick review of everything I used? It only seems appropriate, given that I’ve newly discovered JKay’s Green Stars Project and had to make a grocery trip for ingredients. So to take a look at what my self-care Valentine’s looked like, keep reading.

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mores (n.)

The word of the day for Sunday, February 25th, is mores (n.) 1. Sociology. folkways of central importance accepted without question and embodying the fundamental moral views of a group. Firstly, that’s such a lovely meaning for such a simple word! And no, I’m not going to attempt to make some ‘deep’ metaphor out of that, because I do enough of that so I’ll give it a break on Sundays. […]