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Join Sort-a-thon and sort through Second-hand Clothing with Redress – 21 Nov

2 Nov


Did you know, every day Hongkongers throw 370 tonnes of textiles into landfill, most of which is recyclable? Redress is a pioneering Hong Kong based NGO working to reduce textile waste and promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry.

On 21 and 22 November, Redress is running an exciting mass-clothes-sorting event aiming to sort through all of the clothing collected in the Get Redressed Clothing Drive (forecasted as over 10 tonnes) in just 24 hours, with the help of 30 teams of corporate and community volunteers.

HandsOn Hong Kong is recruiting volunteers to form a community team of 10-15 people for the 1pm – 5pm session on Thursday 21 November. You will be volunteering with up to 4 other teams.

What will volunteers be doing?
Volunteers will be sorting through clothing donations and directing them for resale, reuse by our 20+ local charity partners, up-cycling and recycling, depending on the type and quality of the clothing.

Date: Thursday, 21 November

Time: 1-5pm

Place: 16/F Berkshire House, Taikoo Place

Register: If you are interested in signing up, please follow this link to HandsOn.

About Redress: Redress is an environmental charity with a mission to prevent and transform textile waste to catalyse a circular economy and reduce fashion’s water, chemical and carbon footprints. Redress programmes work to change mindsets and practices to stop the creation of textile waste now and in the future, as well as creating systems and partnerships that generate and showcase value in existing waste.

Volunteer opportunity: Ghostnet Recovery South Lantau – 10 Nov

30 Oct

Join OceansAsia to do some good for the ocean. OceansAsia is heading out to recover ghost nets (abandoned fishing gear) that has accumulated along the rocky shorelines of South Lantau.

Several years back OceansAsia collected 4 tons in just a few hours. OceansAsia is aiming to do the same again.

Ghost Nets are a major issue for local marine wildlife. They are abandoned fishing nets that continue to kill for years after they were dumped.

Volunteers will be responsible for their own safety as OceansAsia will be operating on slippery rocks at low tide in hard to access areas. Must be able to swim, everyone must wear dive shoes or old trainers, wear gloves and be relatively fit.

Ghost nets are tangled in among the rocks just below the surface and you will be hauling them onto kayaks, cutting free any trapped wildlife that is still alive (the most rewarding part of the day) and then you transfer the nets to OceansAsia’s boat to be moved to a nearby beach. These will be collected later by Marine Department in the coming days.

Spaces limited on Amberjack leaving from Discovery Bay, however OceansAsia will be able to pick up people from Pui O beach and transfer to the location on Chi Ma Wan.

Any paddle clubs or people with their own boats welcome to join. If you are having a junk trip that day, why not drop by the bay and make the day even more rewarding.

This event is made possible with generous funding from the SunTrekker Event.

Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019

Time: 11am – 3pm

Place: Discovery Bay

If you are interested, please sign up on their Facebook page by following this link.

For enquiries please email gary@oceansasia.org

About OceansAsia: After decades of working in marine conservation, co-founders Gary Stokes and Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff combined their complementary skills to form OceansAsia in 2019. Gary, a professional photographer and diving instructor, previously served as the Director of Sea Shepherd Asia, and was the founder of Oceanic Love. He honed his skills as an investigator over the course of nearly two decades of investigating and exposing the shark fin industry.

Teale is a professional researcher and academic, whose work focuses on illegal fishing and the strategic use of law by non-state actors. Through his consultancy, The Idea Tree, he has consulted with numerous conservation organizations on a wide range of issues.

Their complementary skills combine to help deliver the intelligence-based conservation model of OceansAsia.

Bread Rescue Wednesdays!

10 Oct


Each day, so much food goes to waste. This weekly volunteer project helps save bread from our landfills and feed the disadvantaged.

Every Wednesday evening, volunteers collect surplus bread from bakeries at closing time and bring them to Waste Free Hong Kong’s collection point at the People’s Service Centre. The bread is then redistributed by their partner organisations to those in need in the community.

Date: Every Wednesday

How can I join the bread rescue team?: Click the Register button on EventBrite by following this link, select the date of your choice and enter your contact details.

1 day before the Bread Rescue WFHK will email your collection tickets. These act as your volunteer ID and include the store address, telephone number and pick-up time.

On bread rescue night: Call your stores 1 HOUR before closing time to confirm if they have surplus to donate. If not, give WFHK a call to let them know.

Arrive at each store at or just before closing time. Bring your own carrier bags.

Show your collection ticket to the store staff.

Check the number of pieces donated and sign to confirm receipt. Take an official receipt if available.

Pack the breads CAREFULLY into your own carrier bags.

Bring the bread and receipt to the People’s Service Centre.

Where is the drop off point?: The People’s Service Centre is located at Unit 206-208, Podium Floor, Block 19, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Kowloon

When will I receive my collection ticket?: Tickets will be emailed 1 day before the Bread Rescue.

What if I have a problem on the night?: If you are running late, please call the store directly. Please call WFHK on 6360 5054 if the item has sold out or you have a problem making your collection.

What if the store informs me there is no bread to collect?: All donations are subject to availability on the night. If there is no donation, please thank the store for their time and call on 6360 5054 to let WFHK know.

What is the arrangement under typhoons and rainstorms?: The Bread Rescue will be CANCELLED if No.8 Storm Signal (or above), Red Rainstorm Warning Signal or Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is hoisted or in force. Otherwise, it will continue as normal.

For more information
Call: 6360 5054
Visit: http://www.wastefreehongkong.com
Email: info@wastefreehongkong.com

About Waste Free HK: Established in 2018, Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Halloween Fancy Dress Plog – Best Costume Wins a Prize!

20 Sep


This Halloween why not get some ‘exorcise’ in before the evening partying begins.

Halloween is the one time of the year it’s acceptable to go out onto the street dressed as pretty much anything with no judgment whatsoever.

Last year Waste Free Hong Kong had a very successful Halloween plog, however, the costume game definitely needs to be upped this year. No costume is too extravagant. In fact, the bigger the better!

As an incentive to dress up all SPOOKtacular, Waste Free Hong Kong will have a costume competition where the winner will win a gift bag of zero waste goodies plus a jar full of candy! No tricks, all treats!

Let’s have an unBOOlievably good time and spook those you pass with your wonderful outfits!

Most importantly, let’s do something good for the community.

After the event has ended, you will head on out to grab some drinks. Anyone who is interested in joining is more than welcome to!

Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019

Time: 7-9:30pm

Place: Central Ferry Pier No.7
Plog length – 4km

Price: Free
To register please follow this link to EventBrite

About Waste Free Hong Kong : Waste Free Hong Kong is a local organisation dedicated to fighting the war against waste in Hong Kong through several initiatives. Through bread run programmes, Waste Free Hong Kong works to fight food waste whilst giving back to those in our community in need, running cleanup events across Hong Kong to raise awareness as well as workshops that are not just only informative, but also fun!

Volunteer Info Session “Food. Wanted, Not Wasted” – 24 Sept

16 Sep


Hong Kong’s 3 landfills will be full by 2020 and yet every day we throw away 3,600 tons of food. At the same time, 1 in 5 people are living in poverty struggling to meet their basic food needs. This includes 1 in 3 seniors and 1 in 5 children.

Feeding Hong Kong was established to readdress this balance – to reduce the amount of quality food that is being sent to our city’s landfills and fight hunger in Hong Kong. They do this by providing a B2B logistics service, which links companies with surplus food to charities feeding those in need.

Volunteer support is critical to their daily operations and over 150 volunteers help Feeding Hong Kong each week to reduce food waste and feed frontline charities. But with more helping hands, Feeding Hong Kong can do even more!

COME JOIN Feeding Hong Kong CEO Gabrielle Kirstein and Volunteer & Education Coordinator Peggy Lam on Sept 24 to find out more about how you can get involved and help feed people, not landfills.

Feel free to contact Feeding Hong Kong at 2205 6811 or volunteer@feedinghk.org if you have any questions about this event.

Date: Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Time: 7 – 8:30pm

Place: WeWork, 535 Jaffe Road, #20/F Tower 535, Hong Kong

Price: Free
To register, please follow this link to EventBrite

About Feeding Hong Kong: Feeding Hong Kong is a local registered charity dedicated to redistributing surplus food from companies to other charities. By providing a bridge between the food industry and the hungry of Hong Kong, Feeding Hong Kong provides a solution that simultaneously cuts food waste and feeds those most in need.

Lance x Eco Marine back to school cleanup @ Tung Chung Bay

8 Sep


Our coastlines need all the help we can muster! Invite your friends and family! Your participation and helping hand will be much appreciated!

Lance, a 10-year-old student and young climate activist, has joined forces with Keilem, founder of Eco Marine to host a coastal cleanup on Saturday 28 September 2019 at Tung Chung Bay (Hau Wong Temple and Mangrove Area) in North Lantau. The Tung Chung River and Tung Chung Bay are of high ecological value. Although close to much development, the area still boasts great biodiversity and is the home to many species of wildlife including horseshoe crabs, mudskippers and egrets. At the same time, this coastal area faces huge challenges, being opposite the airport and reclamation project for the third runway as well as the recently opened HK-Macau-Zhuhai bridge. Come to learn about this precious habitat for Hong Kong wildlife and do your part to protect this valuable space.

Who can join: This will be a family-friendly event for both children and adults! The cleanup site is an easy flat 20 minute walk from the Tung Chung MTR station, participants will need to be able to walk this distance comfortably. All children under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Date: 28 September 2019

Time: 3-6pm
3:00 pm: Meet at Tung Chung MTR Exit A. Walk from MTR will take about 20 minutes
3:30 to 4:15pm Cleanup Briefing and Mangrove Cleanup
4:15 to 4:30pm Ecological Tour of Mangrove Area
4:30 to 5:15pm Continue Cleanup
5:15 to 5:30pm Tidy up, Debriefing and Group Photos
5:30 to 6:00pm Departure/Walk back to Tung Chung MTR

What to wear: Closed-toe shoes you don’t mind getting a little muddy (no sandals or flip flops as the wetland may have sharp dangerous items including oyster shells, broken glass, medical waste), comfortable clothes, hat. Long pants are recommended if you are prone to insect bites.

What to bring: Water (minimum 1000ml in a reusable container – Bonaqua/Watsons bottles etc. don’t count as reusable). Snacks if you are the hungry type (try to minimize one use packaging). Sunscreen and insect repellent (highly recommended). Small umbrella for shade or light rain. Eco Marine will provide gloves and rubbish bags. If you have your own gloves and or other equipment, please feel free to bring. Some useful tools are tongs and gardening shears.

Not allowed: No flip flops or open sandals during cleanup. No one-time use plastic bottles or food containers/wrappers

Other information: Adverse Weather: If rainstorm warning / typhoon signal 3 or higher is posted / very heavy rain this event will be cancelled and a new meet up time advised later. Please check weather conditions and any notices posted in the morning before leaving home.

For more information about Eco Marine please see links below:
http://www.ecomarinehongkong.org
http://www.facebook.com/ecomarine.hongkong

Register: To sign up for this cleanup, please follow this link to their Facebook event page and click on GOING.

About Eco Marine: Eco Marine envisions a society where nature and modern urban life thrive.

Their mission is to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and to catalyse action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

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Closing the Loop Festival 16-17 Nov

27 Aug


The GreenFest by Hysan is an annual event to engage and inspire our new generations to take affirmative action towards a more sustainable future. The event brings together young people and top change-makers from across Hong Kong to immerse themselves on a different sustainability-related topic each year.

Rooftop Republic is proud to partner with Hysan again to bring you its second edition in November 2019. This year’s GreenFest will be themed around innovative ideas and creative solutions for individuals and industries to pave the way towards a circular economy.

Saturday 16 November
Panel Discussions
1) Rethinking Waste & Living A Zero Waste Lifestyle
2) The Future is Plant-based Food – Let’s Get Technical (Food Technology)
3) Food Economics”

Workshops
1) Live Zero Waste:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will learn how to create art, up-cycle and recycle plastic, as well as, rethink the way we consume and dispose by making their own common household and beauty products without the plastic waste. Workshops will be DIY and educational!

2) Connect with Your Food:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will participate in activities centred around urban farming, growing your own food, composting, cooking and living a plant-based lifestyle. Workshops will be focused on youth leadership and action.

Ticket includes full day entry to panel discussions and workshops. Includes lunch and beverages.

Sunday 17 November
Panel Discussions
1) Closing the Loop Within Our City Systems Paving the the way to Circular Economy through Innovation & Tech
2) Circular Fashion and Sustainability

Workshops
1) Circular Communities & Cities:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will learn how to close the loop regarding common societal and economic industries found in cities; they will connect the dots & rethink ideas on how to utilise energy, architecture and design, air quality, and waste management to build a circular economy!

2) Circular Fashion Design:
Join our fashion carnival where participants can participate in DIY activities such as screen printing, denim embellishing & embroidery, and natural dying techniques. Participate in the clothing swap and learn how to incorporate circular fashion in your everyday lives.

This ticket includes entry to panel discussions and workshops. Lunch and beverages are included.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, November 16-17, 2019

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30pm

Place: Hysan Place Sky Garden (4/F)

Price:
Single Day ticket: $150
Two Day ticket: $250
To buy your ticket please follow this link to Pelago.

About Greenfest by Hysan: Greenfest is an initiative by Hysan development, part of Lee Gardens Group. Hysan and Lee Gardens have established a guiding principle of being a responsible business, where sustainable development has long been an integral part of our culture and thinking.

To reinforce the message about global food insecurity, and to engage the next generations to take positive action towards a more sustainable future, they partnered with Rooftop Republic to launch the first ever GreenFest by Hysan at Hysan Place with the theme for 2018: Rethink our Food!