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Unwanted Christmas presents? Give to charity

11 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky (or sent out a specific list of desired items before), chances are you’ll have at least one gift that you don’t like –or can’t even stand the sight of. You can repurpose them, re-gift them, even sell online, but if you run out of ideas think about donating them to charity.

There are a number of charities in Hong Kong who would welcome your onloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

People’s Food Bank
Too many chocolates, cookies, unwanted Christmas hampers? Donate to the People’s Food Bank. Run by local charity St. James’ Settlement they provide temporary food assistance to the poor. For a list of the food donations accepted and their collection points, please follow this link.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys (no soft toys), stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.

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Volunteer for Green Monday

5 Jul

Green Monday is a social startup group that aims to tackle climate change and global food insecurity by making low-carbon and sustainable living simple, viral and actionable. Their platform enables corporations, restaurants, schools and the general public to join efforts in performing social and environmental responsibilities while their Green Common is Asia’s first plant-based grocer with the mission to empower the community with sustainable, innovative, wholesome and responsible food choices. In 2014, Green Monday was named by FAST COMPANY as one of China’s Top 50 Most Innovative Companies.

While most of us are aware that transportation systems, heavy industries and coal-generated electric power continue to spew black smoke into our atmosphere and adversely affect the environment, few until recently understand that foods we eat are also the culprit of global warming. According to a 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the meat we consume add more greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide etc. – into the atmosphere than either transportation or industry, mostly from the manure of cattle.
The FAO report also found that current production levels of meat contribute up to 18% of “CO2-equivalent” greenhouse gases the world produces every year. That’s more than all the cars, trains and planes combined.

Put simply, a vegetarian diet puts less stress on the environment. For as simple as trading in meat and seafood for greens only once a week, the amount of carbon emission reduced is very significant.

Green Monday’s Mission
Established 22 April 2012, Green Monday is a social enterprise group that promotes and enables green, healthy and sustainable living. Through their vegetarian promotion and food rescue initiatives, they are a platform that enables corporations, restaurants, schools, and the general public to join efforts in reducing our carbon footprint and performing our social and environmental responsibilities.

It is not about converting people to vegetarianism, nor does it require a drastic or overnight lifestyle change or a huge time commitment. Green Monday educates the public how easy and effective it is to reduce carbon footprint and improve health by giving up meat for just one day per week.

Why Monday?
Monday, the first day of a work week, is chosen to welcome a change of pace in the mind and the body. At the beginning of the week, when intentions, plans and expectations are set, having a Green Monday symbolizes a wholesome start.

The name “Green Monday” embraces the positive adoption of green practices rather than refraining people from meat consumption. The goal is to raise awareness and inspire the public on the benefits of green diets, nurturing the love towards our planet, and the pursuit of harmony in life.

What you can do to help
Green Monday needs your help for various events and projects. If you would like to play an active role in supporting their cause, join the Green Monday volunteer team by filling in the registration form in this link.

Redress

27 Jun

Redress is an environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry. They achieve this through a variety of programmes, initiatives and campaigns. Redress aims to enhance, educate and enable the adoption of a more sustainable fashion industry that helps to minimise the negative and maximise the positive impacts of the fashion industry on society and the environment. Collectively, Redress collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders, including fashion designers, textile and garment manufacturers, brands and retailers, schools and universities, private sector organisations, multilateral organisations, governments, NGOs, media organisations and consumers.

Examples of their programmes include:
* Clothing drives to collect unwanted secondhand clothing and accessory
* Hosting secondhand clothing pop-up shops
* Exhibitions to highlight the amount of clothing discarded into landfills

* Publication of the book Dress [with] Sense to help you:
BUY better and make more responsible choices when hitting the shops, WEAR your clothes more creatively, and rescue hidden treasures from the depths of your wardrobe, CARE for your clothes by learning better more environmentally friendly ways to wash, and DISPOSE of them by swapping, gifting, donating or recycling – anything but throwing them in the trash!

What you can do to help :
Internships
Redress has internship positions based in Hong Kong. Interns must commit to a minimum of three weeks full time.

Volunteer
Redress occasionally require volunteers with various skill sets. Only volunteers who have a considerable amount of time available will be considered.

For more information please email Redress at info@redress.com.hk

The Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day – 23 July

24 Jun

The Green Hub Volunteer Scheme
Volunteers at the Green Hub enrich and enhance the life of Green Hub and play a vital role in supporting a wide range of sustainable living educational programmes and conservation work. Volunteers are a valued and integral part of Green Hub donating a range of talents and skills to promote sustainable living and assist in the Green Hub’s daily operation. Green Hub hopes that they can both enjoy and learn from their volunteer experience at Green Hub.

Volunteer Opportunities
* Education programmes and activities
* Low carbon catering
* Co-op Market
* Gardening
* Visitor Centre

Requirement
* Hong Kong citizen aged 18 or above
* Appreciate sustainable lifestyle
* Interested in nature and heritage conservation
* Good presentation and communication skills
* Able to speak fluent Cantonese, basic English and Mandarin
* Able to attend their Volunteer Induction Day are preferred.

The Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day
The goal of the Induction Day is to provide an orientation for people who want to be a volunteer of the Green Hub. The Induction Day comprises an introduction about the Old Tai Po Police Station heritage revitalization project and its programmes and a guided walk of the Green Hub facilities. Participants will also have the opportunities to undertake sustainable living exercises to increase their own well-being and that of the community from a holistic perspective.

Date: Sunday, 23 July 2017

Time: 2-4pm

Place: Green Hub, 11 Wan Tau Kok Lane, Tai Po, Hong Kong

Language: Cantonese

How to Apply: Please fill out this link for the online application form

Application Deadline: 17 July 2017

Enquiry: Please contact Miss Leung at 2996 2833 / ghprog@kfbg.org

* Another Volunteer Induction Day will be on 29 Oct.

About The Green Hub: The Green Hub (the Old Tai Po Police Station) is a unique heritage place which is historically, architecturally and ecologically significant.

The Green Hub project has transformed the Old Tai Po Police Station, a Grade 1 historic heritage to hub for sustainable living. The Green Hub’s Heritage Tour is a free-of-charge service for visitors to learn how we conserve the historic and architectural values of the building, as well as the trees and the egretry of ecological importance at the Old Tai Po Police Station.

Under the Revitalising Historic Buildings through Partnership Scheme (the R-Scheme), Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) adopted an integrated approach to conserve the Old Tai Po Police Station and transform the historic heritage site into a Green Hub for sustainable living. Today, the Green Hub is an inspirational educational centre and offers wide-ranging educational opportunities for the public. Often described as a green oasis in the concrete jungle, it is a pioneer of low-carbon diet, and green architecture, a place for transformative education and an incubator for community collaboration on appropriate, affordable and sustainable alternatives.

The Green Hub project is recognised with an Honourable Mention in the 2016 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2016. The Green Hub also receive the Grand Award (Existing Buildings Category: Completed Projects – Institutional Building) and Special Citation in Eco-service Infrastructure Network under the Green Building Award 2016 that is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council and the Professional Green Building Council.

Computer Recycling Programme

22 Jun

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This is not a volunteer opportunity but a great way to save the environment through the recycling of your old desktop computers, laptops, computer monitors (both cathode-ray tube and LCD types), printers, scanners, all computer-related products, such as keyboards, memory sticks, mouse units, headsets and speakers, communication products, such as mobile phones, dect phones, pagers, walkie talkies and routers.

How did it start?
It is estimated that there are over 6 million computers and computer accessories in use in Hong Kong and about one fifth of them are replaced each year. Although most of the discarded computers and their accessories are recycled/reused through the second-hand market, but a small fraction still end up in landfills.

Computer equipment contains materials that can be harmful to people and the environment. You can help avoid generating computer waste by not replacing your computer as frequently. If replacement is necessary, your used computer should be reused and recycled as far as possible. Computers contain components and materials that can be recovered, such as metals and plastics, and some old computers can be repaired and put to second-hand use.

To reduce the quantity of waste computers and computer accessories disposed of at landfills, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) launched a pilot recovery programme in January 2003. The programme has been well-received by the public and nearly 150,000 waste computers and computer accessories have been recovered and processed. This pilot programme became the basis for the programme now known as Computer & Communication Products Recycling Programme.

collection_arrangement_eng_nov15Recycling your used computer has never been easier. The Computer & Communication Products Recycling Programme is fully funded by the industry and supported by the EPD and the green groups, and it provides collection services all over Hong Kong. You can make a difference to the environment and to people in need. Think twice before you discard your old computers. Find a public collection point near you by following this link.

Bulk Pick-up: Free collection service will be provided for bulk pick-up (5 or more pieces of main computer equipment – ie. desktop, notebook, printer, scanner, CRT & LCD monitor)*. To arrange collection, please call the CCRP’s recycler hotline 8108 9889.
* 10 or more pieces of main computer items for outlying islands and remote areas

Please note: The above collection services are free of charge. The CCRP will not pay for the collected items. A record form will be issued to acknowledge receipt of the collected items.

About the Computer and Communication Products Recycling Programme: The Computer & Communication Products Recycling Programme (CCRP) is a voluntary Producer Responsibility Scheme. It has been set up and funded by the computer trade to provide a mean for the public to manage their used computer equipment and communication products in an environmentally sound manner. Another goal of the CCRP is to raise public awareness of the need to reduce, re-use and recycle computer and communication products.

The CCRP’s operations are steered by a Programme Committee comprising representatives from participating computer equipment suppliers (see Participating Organisations) and the Chamber of the Hong Kong Computer Industry. There are also honorary members, including representatives from four green groups (Friends of the Earth, Green Power, Environmental Association and World Green Organisation). The Environmental Protection Department acts as the Programme’s advisor and helps promote the CCRP to the public.

The CCRP collects used computers and computer parts for refurbishment and recycling. The CCRP has lined up a charitable organisation, Caritas (Hong Kong) to help refurbish computers that are still in working condition and donate them to the needy, and appointed a commercial recycler to dismantle the remaining used computers and recover useful parts and materials.

Earth Hour – sign up for a solar powered city

18 Mar

Earth Hour is almost upon us.

WWF’s long-term vision for Hong Kong is a transformation into a sustainable, low-carbon city. To make this vision a reality, support from business, industry and the public are the keys to success. By gaining widespread support for clean, sustainable and renewable sources of energy, we can all work together to help Hong Kong become a low-carbon or even a zero-carbon city.

Businesses have an important role to play in creating a more sustainable city – in addition to improving their energy efficiency and reducing their carbon emissions, companies and organizations can also invest in and promote local renewable energy projects, and even obtain some of their electricity from renewable sources. For example, by purchasing one of Hong Kong’s first Renewable Energy Certificates from WWF, a company can prove that part of their electricity supply is generated from renewable energy. The funds raised from these certificates will be used to promote local solar energy power supply projects, helping Hong Kong to increase the amount of electricity generated by solar power.

Individuals can contribute to this goal by installing the small-scale solar systems on their rooftops, terraces or in other vacant areas. We can also choose to use energy-efficient appliances, reduce our electricity consumption and in general consume less and consume wisely in our daily lives.

To find out more, please visit their website and pledge to change Hong Kong.

When is Earth Hour?
Date: 25 March 2017

Time: 8:30 – 9:30pm

Place: Everywhere

Price: What’s it worth to you?

Apply NOW for 2017 Summer Student Internships at Crossroads

17 Jan

Student-243x300Crossroads Foundation recruits students from universities and colleges to participate in its unique, annual internship programme. Students are given the opportunity to be assistant managers in each of their many departments and to help in the running of those departments. The students in these roles will be able to work with all types of people from around the world while gaining vital, real-world English-environment work experience.

Roles available include working in fields such as communications & vision, accounting, administration, processing goods for distribution, shipping, computing, catering and hospitality and fair trade commerce.

When: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. The work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Interns will need to complete a full six week internship to receive a reference and certificate. Contact Crossroads for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk or to sign up, click here.

First intake: June 6th – July 15th 2017

Second intake: July 11th – August 19th 2017

Where: Internships take place at the Crossroads site, opposite Gold Coast, near Tuen Mun in the New Territories.

How: You must attend an induction to apply for the internship. This day will allow you to familiarise yourselves with Crossroads and the objectives for this programme as well as sit for a short interview. Students will then be notified a few weeks later as to whether they have been accepted and to which department they have been placed. Upon completion of 6 weeks, each student will receive a certificate as well as a letter of reference from Crossroads. These will be given out at the student party at the end of the internship period or upon finishing the programme.

If you have any questions, or to begin the application process, click here.

Note: Students who are not in Hong Kong at the time of the induction interviews may complete their interviews online. Contact Crossroads for more details.

About Crossroads: Crossroads’ goal is to connect people in a broken world. As their name suggests, they try to be a crossroads: bringing together those in need and those who can help. They do so in four ways.

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: Where need meets resource Crossroads are donated excellent quality goods by business and private donors. They distribute these to people in need, in Hong Kong and around the world.

GLOBAL HAND: Partnering for a better world Global Hand is a match-making service which links for-profit and non-profit organisations who want to partner to help meet global need.

GLOBAL X-PERIENCE: Stepping into another’s shoes Crossroads offers simulation x-periences in which participants step, briefly, ‘into the shoes’ of people facing global challenges: war, poverty, HIV vulnerability, blindness, environmental challenges, hunger, etc.

GLOBAL HANDICRAFTS: Fair trade for a fairer world Aid helps people today. An income helps them tomorrow. Global Handicrafts Marketplace sells goods from people in need within Hong Kong, and around the world, on a fair trade basis.

VOLUNTEERING
Volunteering at Crossroads is one way you can line up the skills you have, with your hopes to make a difference to a broken world. Crossroads needs people with almost any skills to do jobs like packing goods, driving trucks, cooking meals, administration and computer work, gardening and landscaping, art and design, and much more.