Recycling is the process of breaking down and reusing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash. This extends the end life of the resources used to create the products. All our packaging can be recycled as waste paper. Download our Hong Kong recycling tips here.
Composting is a natural process of recycling organic matter and is the most authentic form of being "biodegradable". As biodegradation stipulates, everything will decompose if given adequate time. However, composting is a process that speeds biodegradation up in a way that's beneficial for the earth. This process takes food waste and natural products (like our plastic-free packaging) and turns them into fertiliser which is used to enrich the soil. We can do this in industrial-scale composing facilities, community gardens, in your garden or in your flat!
We've been investigating the best way to compost in Hong Kong.
Currently, there are no international standards specifying the conditions for home composting of biodegradable plastics (PLA). In other words, if you see a bioplastic product labelled "compostable" or "biodegradable", it is unlikely to biodegrade in your garden or in nature. We know labels can get confusing, so we've broken them down to the most important ones you need to know.
In an economy where we can afford to make daily purchasing decisions relatively freely, it is time to face the music. There is no excuse to be using Single Use Plastic (SUP).
Plant-based PLA or bioplastics are a good idea in theory, as they help us lower our reliance on fossil fuel, reduce GHG emissions at production and lower the release of additional CO2 to the atmosphere. In Hong Kong, there are no suitable waste management systems for this sort of packaging. So it is very likely that most of the bioplastics here will end up in landfills or as microplastics in the ocean because it is extremely difficult for them to be discarded properly.
The truth is, bioplastics are a not-so-sustainable packaging solution in Hong Kong.
Keeping plastic out of the ocean is critical to our survival. Not only do we want to keep these harmful plastics away from beloved sea friends, but we rely on the ocean in more ways than you can imagine. We know that plastic continues to threaten the lives of species such as the Green Turtle, and the white dolphin, but microplastics are the real enemy here. When these micro-toxins enter the ocean, it means that the animals and corals which guide the earth's survival will become extinct- and without them, there is no us! Learn about being an ocean ally.
We know that plastic is bad for the planet, but maybe you didn’t know that plastic poses a direct health risk to species’ health. Throughout the entire lifecycle of plastic products, health risks are posed to humans at each stage. From fracking, to production, to consumption, to discarding- carcinogenic toxins are released. The scariest part of all is that we don’t have nearly enough information on the full spectrum of impacts that plastic has.
It is time to put an end to Hong Kong’s throwaway economy and transform it into one where waste is eliminated, resources are circulated, and nature is regenerated. A circular economy model aims at keeping waste to a minimum and increasing the life cycle of the raw material.
Sustainabl. aims to eliminate unnecessary waste through its composting and recycling partnerships projects.Visit our blog to learn more