Interested to learn how to go plastic-free in Hong Kong?
The sustainability of your purchases is really important. At Savvy in Hong Kong, we’re committed not only to recommending products that are good-value but also have as little environmental impact as possible.
To reduce your carbon footprint, there are lots of steps you can take. Reducing single-use plastics is the most obvious one, from taking a tote bag shopping with you to having your own coffee mug in your bag – there are lots of little things we can be doing.
Whatever steps you take to live a more sustainable life, you’ll be helping to reduce pollution. Around 70% of all waste in Hong Kong goes to landfill. We all know how small this city is, do we really want to contribute to this rather large issue?
We’re here to help. We’ve got some interesting, and creative ways to help you cut plastics out of your life.
We’re going to look at:
- Where to get drinking bottles and straws for you and your family
- Keeping your teeth, hair, and body clean, along with the environment
- Ways to make your kitchen more eco-friendly
- Other simple lifestyle changes you can make you help the planet
- Some of the best eco-friendly stores in Hong Kong
As well as giving you some tips on where to look for other environmentally-conscious items in Hong Kong.
Where can I buy eco-friendly water bottles for my family in Hong Kong?
Water bottles are one of the worst offenders when it comes to plastic pollution. Generally, the tap water in Hong Kong is drinkable, so you don’t have to buy bottled water. You can consider getting a water filter fitted if you live in an old building and are worried about the old plumbing.
If you’re looking for a recommendation for installing a water filter in your home, you could consider Life Solutions. We’ve been using the Life Solutions water filter system for more than 6 years and are very satisfied with their product and service. They are also super helpful in figuring out what size filter is best suited to your home.
Once you’ve got drinkable water from the tap, you need to take it everywhere with you. There are loads of stylish ways to do this now.
Some that we like are:
- This stainless steel bottle from Klean Kanteen. The flash of bamboo on the screw top is a cool design feature. It’s plastic and paint free and will look cool sitting on your desk or being pulled from your bag whilst out shopping.
- Hydro Flask’s insulated bottle. Your cool drinks will stay chilled, and your hot drinks will be toasty hot with this bottle. You get a choice of cool colors to boot.
- The Infant Starter Set from Pura. Start as you mean to continue. This plastic-free feeding set includes a plastic-free feeding bottle and different teats and lids that grow with your child.
More of a coffee-fan than a water-guzzler? Reduce the amount of plastic and even cardboard cups you use every day and start taking your own coffee mug with you.
Ecoffee has a whole range of funky colored coffee mugs, marking you out as the office’s trendsetter.
Still, attached to drinking out of a straw? If for whatever reason, you’d rather not drink directly from the glass, you can pack your own straw with you. Black stainless steel ones look really stylish.
How can I make my teeth cleaning plastic-free?
You’ve got a few different options to help eliminate plastic from your oral hygiene routine. It’s estimated that one billion toothbrushes get thrown away each year, so how can you work to reduce your contribution to that number?
- Bamboo toothbrushes are a biodegradable alternative to traditional plastic brushes. Remember to check if you need to trash the bristles before recycling your handle – they may still have to be plastic. This Kraft Box one has charcoal-infused bristles for even better cleaning.
- Silk dental floss is another alternative for your tooth routine. Ekologic’s silk floss comes in a glass bottle with a metal lid, and they sell refills so you can use the bottle and lid over and over.
Plastic-free, high-quality toothpaste is a challenge. Having fluoridated toothpaste is vital for healthy teeth, but most of what you’ll find in terms of plastic-free toothpaste doesn’t have fluoride, so we wouldn’t recommend it.
What other changes can I make to my beauty routine to be plastic-free?
Look around your bathroom; how many plastic containers are there? You can reduce the plastic in your bathroom easily – this time by going back to basics rather than looking for innovations.
Shampoo bars for your hair are a great way to avoid throwing away plastic bottles of the stuff. It is becoming more and more popular, and we love this pomegranate and mint one from Nut and Noggin. Add a couple of bars to your next Selfridges order.
Go down the same route for your general washing needs. Ditch the body wash and go plastic-free by buying soap instead.
Check out Soap Bar HK for a great range of handmade soaps, including free delivery for orders over $300.
Next, look at your brushes and sponges. It can be tempting to buy cheap makeup brush sets, sponges, and applicators, but it all ends in landfills. Invest in good quality brush kits, and they’ll last much longer.
MyKitCo has a great set designed by makeup artists that should last you a long time.
Moving onto food, how can I rid my kitchen of single-use plastic?
So much waste can be produced in your kitchen, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can practically eliminate plastic packaging if you’re prepared to plan a little and put in some effort.
A little later, we’ll tell you more about Ekologic. For now, know that they have a bulk food store that stocks all kinds of dried food and nuts, with bulk stocks of:
- Olive oil
- Vietnamese coffee
- Dried apricots
- Cumin seeds
And much more, at great prices when you take in your own containers.
Rather than storing leftovers in plastic or covered in cling film, check out Back-up Boxes, made from bamboo and plant fiber. They even look lovely enough to take your lunch to work in!
For anything that does need to go in the trash, you can get biodegradable trash bags, so the plastic doesn’t sit in landfills for generations.
How else can I make my Hong Kong life plastic-free?
It’s such a common lifestyle choice to be plastic-free that pretty much anything you can think of has sustainable options. Check out our picks of some items you might not have considered:
A bamboo incense holder will catch the ash from your incense so you can dispose of it properly whilst adding a sleek touch to your living space. The bamboo is sustainably sourced, too.
Rosemary and thyme Essential Oil Candles are made from plant wax, so are vegan and sustainably sourced to make your home smell great.
You can reduce your plastic when it comes to cleaning with bulk products, like these five-liter bottles of laundry detergent, dish soap, and more.
You can also consider buying a Savon de Marseille bar of soap from Mordicus. This soap has so many uses. You can use it to clean dishes, clean surfaces, as a shower gel, shampoo, a liquid detergent for your dishes, or even to clean your makeup brushes.
Love eating out? Eschew disposable cutlery and have a beautiful bamboo set of cutlery in your bag that you can take home and wash up. Bakbamboo has teamed up with Liz Fry, and they sell some adorable Hong Kong-themed bamboo cutlery sets.
Where can I shop for eco-friendly products in Hong Kong?
Plenty of businesses have realized the potential profits of sustainable products.
To keep your purchases local, we’ve gathered a list of our four favorite eco-shops in Hong Kong.
Plastic-free HK is an online shop with a broad range of products curated to help Hong Kongers live as sustainably as possible. They offer everything from baby and child items to cleaning supplies to bath and beauty products. They also have a fantastic blog with tips and tricks to use their products most effectively. Free shipping for local orders over $750!
Shawganic is all about organic, eco-friendly, and bulk shopping. Whether you need products for a baby’s sensitive skin or want to overhaul your cleaning products to be kinder to the environment, this is the shop to come to.
The online retailer brings in its products from New Zealand to be assured of production standards. The business has been running in Hong Kong since 2007, one of the trendsetters for the eco vibe.
With a cornucopia of environmentally friendly delights on offer, Live Zero is a website to check your eco needs.
From water bottles and kitchen utensils to bulk selling of nuts and seeds, you can probably find it here if it’s good for the planet. Check out their bulk stores in Sai Ying Pun and Sai Kung districts or order from the website with free delivery on orders over $2,000.
Slowood sells beautiful and practical items, from polished wood chopping boards to eco-friendly cleaning products. Everything looks lovely, and what you buy on the site will help you create a whole aesthetic for your home.
You can browse two stores and pick up bulk products, one in Kennedy town and another in Discovery Bay. Online orders over $500 get free shipping, too.
For locally sourced, organic, natural, and ethical products for your body and home, check out Ekologic. The company has recently relocated to Hong Kong, and there’s already a bulk store down in Happy Valley for your cacao, spaghetti, cashew nuts, and plenty more.
Shipping by regular post takes up to a week, or you can have your order sent to the store to collect within a week.
We’re focused on trying to find ways of being eco-friendly in Hong Kong. Not only do we like reducing plastic usage, but we also love rehoming second-hand goods whenever possible, as well as finding the best deals on second-hand goods in Hong Kong.
You can check out the Sustainability section of our blog if you’re interested in reading more.
We’d love to hear from you; if we have missed out on any good ideas about sustainability in Hong Kong, please let us know in the comments section below.
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