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ON THE COVER 36 JESSICA ALBA An Ecozine exclusive interview 44 SPECIAL REPORT Regional perspective: Hong Kong

97 E-READERS WE LOVE The lowdown on the bells and whistles 99 SOLAR INNOVATIONS Harnessing the sun’s power

55 JAMIE OLIVER A must-try recipe

100 GREEN DREAMBOATS Set sail for a cleaner planet

58 GET ULTRA FIT It’s all about plant power

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95 APPS TO GO GREENER Worth a download for sure

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LIFE

18 LISA LOVES...

36 EXCLUSIVE: JESSICA ALBA, HONESTLY

55 JAMIE OLIVER’S FOOD REVOLUTION

20 SNACK LIST

40 JESSICA’S TOP 5 HONEST LIVING TIPS

58 FROM UNHAPPY MAN TO ULTRA MAN

Ecozine’s Publisher Lisa Christensen shares what warms her up this winter

Beat the midday munchies with these sweet and savoury treats

22 DIY BAKING SODA RECIPES

From treating insect bites to freshening breath, this kitchen staple does it all

24 Q&A WITH GUY BEDARIDA

Why leaving New York to work for John Hardy was the best decision he ever made

26 BOOK AND FILM MATTERS

Eye-openers, page-turners and inspiration

28 CELEBRATING... SUPERFOODS Need a power-up? Check these out

30 OBJECTS OF DESIRE

Give a gift...or treat yourself

32 CLEANING PRODUCTS DIRECTORY

On motherhood, celebrity life, and building her very own eco-empire

Try these simple ideas for your home and health

42 8 CENTURIES OF ENVIRONMENTALISM Condensed into two pages

SPECIAL REPORT

The world famous chef shares a delicious winter recipe just for our readers

The bestselling vegan ultra-athlete, Rich Roll, on the pros of a plant-powered lifestyle

62 COMMON GARDENING EXCUSES Put them to rest and grow food at home – here’s how

A Regional Perspective: Government, business and NGO views on Hong Kong environmental leadership

65 5 WAYS TO MAKE MINDFULNESS AS

44 TALKING TRASH

Don’t let the stress of urban dwelling get you down

Is Hong Kong’s government finally getting serious about waste?

50 ESG MATTERS

Not just a trendy buzzword for these three companies

52 10 OPPORTUNITIES

Can Hong Kong become an environmental leader as well as a financial one?

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99 SOLAR POWER

Three super cool innovations we love

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SEA OF CHANGE

Luxurious eco yachts that will make you drool 99

PERSPECTIVES

105 THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Eco-entrepreneur Sonu Shivdasani on his “business for good” philosophy

107 ARE YOU WORKING FOR A REAL ECO-FRIENDLY COMPANY? Dr. Glenn Frommer shares 5 indicators 36

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FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Nick Brooke believes that innovation is the answer

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12 CONTRIBUTORS 14 EDITOR’S NOTE 75

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67 BEAUTY AND THE BLEAK

80 ECO LUXE CITY GUIDE: CUSCO, PERU

Washed ashore from a sea of debris

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GO AHEAD... HUE DESERVE IT

Melt away the winter blues with these sizzling seasonal shades

Where to stay and what to do in the Puma city

76 TREND TO TRY: URBAN ECO CHIC

87 A WHEELY GREEN ADVENTURE

77 THE LOOKBOOK

91 HEALTH RETREAT GUIDE

Top stylist Denise Ho on what’s hot now in the world of sustainable fashion

79 MY ESSENTIALS

Fit, fab model momma Cara G MCllroy reveals the things she can’t live without

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Revel in the natural beauty of Peru at this exquisitely designed eco resort

Eco-cycling tours are the new way to discover breathtaking old China

How to choose the perfect one for you

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95 APP-LAUSE It is easy bein’ green with the new slew of smart apps for your phone 97 TOP E-BOOK READERS

The lowdown on which e-reader to get

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Shaman, author and tour guide Mallku Aribalo on the ancient Inkan city

84 ESCAPE + EXPLORE: SUMAQ

Channel the season’s street smart style with a sustainable spin

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82 DESTINATION: MACHU PICCHU

75 WATCH THIS SPACE

Eight luxury timepieces from watchmakers with a stamp of sustainability

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CONTRIBUTORS

< Mallku Aribalo

< Nicholas Brooke

Mallku Aribalo is an international lecturer on the ancient culture of the Andes. In 1997 his book The Awakening of the Puma, Inka Initiation Path established his expertise in Andean archaeo-astronomy. In 1999 he paid tribute to the Sacred City of Machu Pijchu in his book, Machu Pijchu Forever, City of Pilgrims.

Nicholas Brooke has held multiple public service roles during his 35 years in Hong Kong, most recently as Chairman of HK Harbourfront Commission, and the former Chairman of HK Science & Technology Parks Corporation. One of his priorities is driving innovations for a greener and more livable Hong Kong.

Eco-tip: Embrace a plant-based diet. You can’t call yourself an environmentalist if you’re still eating meat.

Eco-tip: The starting point must be the more efficient and effective use of currently available resources and technologies. This is not rocket science!

Bruce Foreman >

Glenn Frommer >

Bruce Foreman is a social documentary photographer and environmental scientist with a passion for old China and for cycling through its most remote destinations. Based in Hong Kong, Bruce organizes regular cycling trips (bikeaways.com) to the Fujian Tulou, and is developing trips to other eco-destinations such as Guangxi, Guizhou and Western Sichuan.

Dr. Glenn Frommer, now the Managing Partner of consulting firm ESG Matters Ltd., retired in 2013 as the Head of Corporate Sustainability for MTR Corporation, where he was responsible for their sustainability policies and programmes since 1992. Considered by many as the father of sustainability in Hong Kong, Glenn is a certified Deadhead and a master fingerstyle guitarist.

Eco-tip: Teach children to love nature so that as adults they will work to protect it.

Eco-tip: Eat green, consume less and laugh more.

< Denise Ho

< Rachel Jacqueline

Denise Ho is one of Hong Kong’s premier fashion stylists and a great supporter for sustainable and eco-friendly style. Having worked in the fashion industry from New York to London, Denise has come back to her home city of Hong Kong to work with Redress and promote sustainable fashion.

Rachel Jacqueline left a career in intellectual property law to pursue the life of a freelance health and fitness writer in Hong. Today, she regularly contributes to the South China Morning Post’s ‘Fit & Fab’ column and her blog, Hong Kong Adventure Baby, chronicles her musings as an adventure-seeker in Hong Kong.

Eco-tip: “Dry clean only” is not mandatory – handwash is actually much better for your clothes, and the environment!

Eco-tip: Buy a reusable water bottle and filter for the home. As important as recycling is our right to refuse!

Brittany Laidlaw >

Jamie Oliver >

Brittany Laidlaw is an Australian born permaculture educator and climate change specialist. With a degree in Sustainable Enterprise, she’s about empowering communities to reconnect with and respect nature - usually hands deep in the garden. A keen diver & ocean conservationist, she is also an active member of Sea Shepherd.

Jamie Oliver was born and raised in the town of Clavering in Essex, England. Known for his famous food-focused TV shows, cookbooks and highly acclaimed restaurants all over the world, Jamie is all about eating smarter, living better and wasting nothing in his recent global campaign for better food education. Eco-tip: Real food doesn’t have ingredients, real food is ingredients.

Eco-tip: Create a garden from scraps: save the seeds from your organic fruit & veggies. From one guava, you can grow a tree!

< Kate Reardon

< Ciara Shannon

Kate Reardon is a naturopath, nutritionist and intuitive healer who has worked with clients, presented workshops and hosted retreats across the UK, USA, Spain, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia. She now runs ‘Natural Instinct Healing’ in Bali, offering fasting, detox, raw food and yoga retreats.

Ciara Shannon is the Founding Director of Eden Ventures, specializing in sustainability climate change projects; she is currentlyworking with ourvoices.net to encourage world religions to engage in the climate change dialogue. Hong Kong born, Ciara loves following the ‘rubik cube’ dimensions of sustainability as it twists and turns the world.

Eco-tip: Choose organic, support organic, buy organic!

Rich Roll >

Eco-tip: Mosquitos are repulsed by citronella, lemon, eucalyptus and lavender oils. None at home? Try garlic!

> advisor > Tom Hilditch , strategic Sonu Shivdasani

Rich Roll is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School and a world-renowned vegan ultra-endurance athlete, wellness advocate and motivational speaker. Rich is the author of the #1 bestselling inspirational memoir Finding Ultra and a popular blog (richroll.com). Eco-tip: Don’t overthink it, just do something. What are you waiting for? Inaction is an affront to inspiration.

An award-winning journalist andand magazine Sonu Shivdasani is the founder CEO of publisherGroup. basedBrought in Hong Tom is Soneva up Kong, in a businesspassionate about the world of magazines, oriented environment, Sonu has learned to and is thesustainability founder ofand Fast Media Ltd., incorporate nature into all his publishingHe a number including ventures. is pavingof themagazines way for world-class Sai Kung &through Clearwater Bay managing Magazine and eco-luxury owning, Southside prestigious Magazine. sustainable resorts all designing over the world. Eco Pet Peeve | Hong Kong’s dumb

attachment to theluxury private car. It’s marble a stinky, Eco-tip: Intelligent is not about or dangerous, space-hogging gilt but about rare experiences. status-symbol that has no place in a modern vertical city.

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EDITOR'S NOTE

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> Knee deep managing The Hong Kong Cleanup’s #TrashBucketChallenge

ratitude. When people ask me my feelings about Ecozine, and especially our first print issue, it’s the first word that rolls off my tongue. From the first advertiser who said “yes” to the last sheet of recycled paper that rolled off the press, I am grateful beyond words for every single facet of Ecozine’s wildly successful magazine launch. Add in that my career entails working with an amazing team to create something that is fun, meaningful and wholly for the betterment of people and the planet, and well, life’s awfully wonderful. My appreciation extends to you, dear reader. If you were in some way part of our first issue, or one of the many who sent words of praise and encouragement, or even if you are holding this magazine in your hands for the first time... thank you. Looking ahead, we’ve packed plenty of good stuff into this issue to warm your winter. Of course, there’s the incomparable Jessica Alba with her insights on life, family and creating her Honest empire (pg. 36). Plus, check out our NEW “Special Report” section; in this issue we go regional, featuring government, NGO and business perspectives on hot environmental topics for Hong Kong. A highlight is our candid interview with the Hong Kong Government’s Secretary and

“GREAT JOB GIRLS! I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE FIRST ISSUE – Tom Hilditch, Founder, Fast Media Ltd.

Under Secretary for the Environment, KS Wong and Christine Loh, on the waste crisis the city is dealing with. We’ve also been blessed with some phenomenal guest contributors, including the unstoppable chef Jamie Oliver, vegan fitness guru Rich Roll, and renowned eco hotelier Sonu Shivdasani. Of course, with the cooler months also comes gifting season, so our team has been hard at work handpicking sweet sustainable swag for your pleasure. We guarantee you’ll find something for every ‘special someone’ in your life within these pages – from luxury yachts (!), and watches to home decor, cool gadgets, and fabulous travel escapes. Speaking of special people, why not treat yourself while you’re at it? With winter finally on our doorstep we’re well into peak season for our sister project, the Hong Kong Cleanup – represented here with a stunning beach photo shoot like nothing you’ve seen before, we promise (pg. 67)! And it just keeps getting better: we’ve embarked upon an amazing new partnership with The Nature Conservancy, helping us make an even bigger difference to the world we cherish. And, we’ve got BIG news! Building on the success of these first two issues,

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Gratefully, Nissa Marion Editor in Chief PS - Check out what people are saying about Ecozine !

CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING ECOZINE OFF THE GROUND AND PROMOTING A MORE ECO LIFESTYLE! – Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR Government

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we’re officially going international, so watch for us at bookstores and newsstands everywhere! Plus, subscriptions are now available for 2015: subscribe now so you don’t miss out! If you win the luxe holiday at stunning Soneva Kiri resort, and need a travel companion… well, you know where to find me ;) You don’t have to wait between issues to get your fix, of course. Our website is updated daily with fresh exclusive content, from breaking news to tips and reviews. Our free weekly newsletter delivers the best of each week straight to your inbox. Sign up now! We’ve put our hearts into this issue of Ecozine, and we sincerely hope you enjoy it. If you have feedback, questions or comments for us, please don’t hesitate we would love to hea r f rom you at editor@ecozine.com.

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ECORAZZI ECORAZZI

Anthony and Jocelyn Sandstrom arrived in style in a Tesla Model S Nissa Marion with Sally Rubery and Barry Day

Jakub Lewandowski and Ilona Weglowska

The original eco angels team: Karry, Nissa and Lisa Rafael and Tatiana Bellavita with Reyna Harilela Lawrence Sullivan and Simon Van Damme

Eydie Tai and Cara G McIlroy Fern Ngai, Andrew Jones and Kinzie

ECOZINE OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY

Doug Woodring, Shu Pu, Merrin Pearse and Andy Cornish Nikki Reed, Paul McDonald and Elizabeth Hurley at Bloomingdale’s Breast Cancer Awareness party

Over 400 guests poured in to celebrate the official launch of Ecozine with a fabulous VIP cocktail held at Shore Hong Kong. Ecozine’s founders Lisa Christensen and Nissa Marion unveiled the first issue, printed on 100% recycled paper and all about sustainable luxury and smarter living.

PRETTY IN PINK: BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

October was breast cancer awareness month, and around the globe celebrities, companies, survivors and their families and communities took part in meaningful events from film screenings to galas to athletic challenges, raising funds and awareness to make a difference to women everywhere. Estee Lauder employees in Italy join together for a BCA bike ride through the streets of Milan

Kate Moss in Stella McCartney for breast cancer awareness Elizabeth Hurley hits the pink carpet with the families of the 2014 BCA Campaign for a special screening of the documentary, “Hear Our Stories, Share Yours” at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in NYC Malaysia’s famed Petronas Twin Towers go pink in support for breast cancer awareness

Grammy winner Sara Bareilles at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Hot Pink Party in NYC

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Josh Groban and Hailee Steinfeld at the Hot Pink Party gala (photo by Rob Rich, BCRF)

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Designer Alex Noble at the Estethica Drinks Reception

Models making their final walk at the Stella Jean SS15 runway show in Milan

Copenhagen’s Global Fashion Exchange launches in New York City as part of NYFW Backstage of the AltaRoma Beat of Africa runway show, designer Simone Cipriani poses with his team

Models backstage at the Christopher Raeburn runway show Gorgeous models do some pre-show mingling at the Harare runway show in NYC

Green Carpet Challenge founder Livia Firth and host designer Stella McCartney

SUSTAINABLE STYLE AT FASHION WEEK

From New York to Hong Kong, London to Milan, recent shows featured some seriously chic sustainable designs, including eco trends and cause-related fashion. But the marriage of ethics and aesthetics wasn’t only found on the runway – Stella McCartney’s Green Carpet Collection launch by was attended by savvy celebs and stylistas, hipsters delighted in fashion finds at the inaugural Global Fashion Exchange in New York, and the Estethica exhibit in London, featuring up-and-coming sustainability-minded designers, was a buzzworthy success. (Photo credits: Daniel Sims, Shaun James Cox, Darren Gerrish)

Nina Griffee showed ‘extreme’ couture in Hong Kong in collaboration with Vogmask Artist Danny Fang with his Rocky elephant

ELEPHANT PARADE GRAND GALA

Celebrating the end of a successful 5-week exposition in Hong Kong, the Elephant Parade Grand Gala Auction saw a herd of 31 elephants auctioned off at the Island Shangri-La’s Grand Ballroom. The star-studded guest list – including local and international artists, business leaders and Elephant Parade fans from across the world – raised HK$2,150,000 for Asian elephant conservation. Host of The Elephant Parade Grand Gala,Maria Chen, with DVF, Love is Life by Diane von Furstenburg

Jocelyn & Anthony Sandstrom with Shine Bright by Donnie Yen, Cecilia Wang and Diana Francis Artist Katrina Read with Prosperity

Cecilia Wang with her, Donnie Yen and Diana Francis’ Shine Bright Elephant

Left to right: WWF-Hong Kong’s Adam Koo, Sothebys’ Scott Roworth, Barclays’ Harry Lai, Swire Properties’ Elizabeth Kok, Quintessentially Lifestyle’s Emma Sherrard Matthew, Elephant Parade’s Founder Mike Spits and Maria Chen

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STUFF YOU HAVE TO KNOW

From travels, treasures and inspirations to body, mind and spirit, Ecozine’s Publisher Lisa Christensen shares a few of her favorite eco things.

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THE WINTER ISSUE MESSENGER OF BLUE PEACE

Who doesn’t love Leo? Especially when he’s using his mega stardom for good. Following his recent pledge of $10 million from his personal foundation toward ocean-conservation efforts, the “Wolf of Wall Street” was designated as a Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change by the U.N. Secretary General! He finished his speech by calling on the assembly to act on climate change, and to do so now. 600,000 people from 166 countries made their voices heard during the global march, and now it’s our turn!

Honored delegates, leaders of the world, I pretend for a living but you do not. The time to answer humankind’s greatest challenge is now. - Leonardo DiCaprio

Why is it that so many of us seem to complain about how hot it is all summer long, and then when winter arrives, we complain about the cold instead. Personally, I love all four seasons – hot and cold. And I can hardly wait to hit the slopes this season! I hope this uber hot issue of Ecozine will warm you up this winter.

SIP ON THIS! Thanks to a breakthrough by a team of London scientists, we can now eat our own water bottles instead of throwing them away! Check out the ‘Ooho’, a water bottle that could save the world from one of its biggest environmental threats – plastic waste! Want to try making your own at home? Search ‘ooho’ on youtube.com!

SOUL POLES

ZERO WASTE SHOPPING!

A team of German entrepreneurs have taken the zero waste movement to the next level! The world’s first fully zero waste supermarket recently opened in Berlin, selling absolutely nothing wrapped in plastic, sealed in Tetra Paks, or packed in Styrofoam trays! Customers are invited to fill up their own reusable food containers, or grab some recyclable paper bags, in the hope of chipping away at the approximate 16 million tonnes of packaging waste produced in Germany each year. I hope they start popping up everywhere! (original-unverpackt.de) 18

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As a lifelong skier I’ve always looked for a pole that is light, has good flex, and is easy to hold on to. I’ve skied with aluminium and graphite for most of my life but these bamboo poles are literally the best I have ever used. Bamboo poles are not only eco friendly and cool looking, but also a nod to a simpler time. But the very best part about them would have to be the priceless stares and “wow – seriously, what are those?” conversations I get to have on the chairlift. (bambooskipoles.com)

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN LUXURY

After an invigorating day on the slopes, I love stepping into consummate luxury and feeling good about it! Long before CSR became a business buzzword, Fairmont was operating in a socially and environmentally sustainable fashion. For close to two decades now, they’ve been a leader in environmental stewardship through their award-winning Green Partnership Program. These guys make me proud to be Canadian. (fairmont.com/whistler)

FILM AND BOOK FAVES COWSPIRACY We all care about the planet right? Of course we do. We’re all trying to reduce our carbon footprint. This film is described as An Inconvenient Truth meets Blackfish, and it’s an incredibly sobering and powerful documentary which takes a hard look at just why the issue of animal agriculture and its incomprehensibly negative impact fails to get the airtime it deserves in the global environmentalism conversation. (cowspiracy.com)

COSMIC NAVIGATOR One of the most interesting and engaging books I’ve read, this book combines the ageless personality insights of Astrology with the deeper archetypal wisdom of Kabbalah. Written by Gahl Sasson, popularly know as the “Astrologer for the stars”, it affords readers the thrilling opportunity of learning why we are the way we are, and how each of us might use the mighty tools supplied by these spiritual traditions to create purpose, serenity, and a life exactly as we’d like it. (cosmicnavigator.com)

DIY Affordable LUXURY

What I love most about LuxTNT is that they’re eco without even trying! Instead of buying the season’s hot ‘it bag’, you can rent couture bags and accessories for a mere fraction of the cost. This means you can always have the latest must-have trends without sending more fashion to landfill (or the back of your closet to gather dust) each season. And let’s face it, designer pieces are expensive, so this makes haute fashion more accessible too. Launched by top model and stylista Rosemary Vandenbroucke, you can be sure the site’s selection is top notch. I particularly love the vintage pieces! (LuxTNT.com)

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STANDING DESK

I’m a huge fan of standing desks, and we’ve have had a few standers in the Ecozine office over the years, but these guys have taken it to the next level and created an eco-treadmill desk! Robb Godshaw and Will Doenlen collaborated on the design and construction of the hamster wheel desk, and put the whole thing up online so that you can build it too! Step forward into a world of infinite potential, and officially join the rat race. (instructables.com)

REVERSE AGING!

Several people have commented that I’m looking younger, and I believe I have Mr. Clarins, the president of Clarins Group to personally thank for that! No word of exaggeration, my skin has become smoother, more radiant, toned and is far more hydrated now that I’m using the amazing Double Serum he gave me during a recent interview. It’s being described as the best of nature and science, in one product! I’m a believer. (clarins.com)

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From sinfully sweet to salty satisfaction, it’s all here and it’s all healthy(ish)

Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels Okay, these are ridiculous. How good are they? Our Editor in Chief has the sweet tooth to end all sweet tooths, and she can’t get enough of them. Trust us… that’s an endorsement.

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Veggie-Gos Chewy Fruit & Veggie Snacks

Gluten free and with no added sugar, these organic chewy strips make great on-the-go snacks. Kids love them, and they contain a half-serving each of fruit and veg – so go ahead, have two!

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These nutritional bars are packed with plant-based proteins for natural energy. But more importantly, they actually taste like food, not cardboard! We especially love the coconut cashew.

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Go Raw Chocolate Super Cookies Taking superfoods to a new level, these treats contain only four 100% organic ingredients: coconut, sprouted sesame seeds, dates, and raw cacao. Brilliant, and delicious!

Snapdragon Rice Crisps Sometimes you just crave something crunchy. Snapdragon’s low calorie, gluten free crisps satisfy those mid-afternoon munchies and come in four flavourful varieties.

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BAKING SODA RECIPES

Whether you’re looking to de-stress with a spa treatment, reduce the toxins in your daily routine, or experiment with home remedies, baking soda is your new best friend. TOOTHPASTE Try this, it’s delicious! 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. sea salt, finely ground 1 drop peppermint, spearmint, clove, or cinnamon essential oil A few drops of water > Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix them thoroughly with your toothbrush. The paste shouldn’t be too runny; it has to stay on your toothbrush. Dip your toothbrush into the paste and brush as you would with regular commercial toothpaste.

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DETOX FOOT SOAK

Your feet will thank you for this treat 3 parts baking soda 1 part warm water 1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt 3 drops of tea tree oil 3 drops of peppermint essential oil > Mix the baking soda with the warm water in a large bowl or tub, then add the salt and oils. Sink your feet into this wonderful warm mixture, take a deep breath, and relax.

TREAT INSECT BITES & ITCHY SKIN

Instant relief Baking soda A little water > For insect bites, simply make a paste with baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after a bath or shower.

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BODY EXFOLIANT Your skin will glow from tip to toe 3 tsp. of baking soda ½ cup cane sugar Cold-pressed coconut oil 1 drop of vanilla, frankincense and ylang ylang essential oils > Simply mix all ingredients into a paste, massage into your skin and rinse. This will gently exfoliate dead skin cells, improve skin clarity and softness, and stimulate your glandular system.

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Look and feel ten years younger 1 tsp. baking soda ¼ cup cornmeal 3 tbsp. hemp milk (or coconut, rice, soy or almond) 1 tbsp. honey 1 drop vanilla extract 1 drop vanilla and rose essential oil > In a small saucepan, stir the baking soda, milk and cornmeal and simmer over a low heat until thickened into a loose paste. Remove from heat, and stir in the honey, extract and oil. Massage mixture into skin, avoiding eyes, Hot date? Put one teaspoon and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse gently. of baking soda in half a glass of water, add a dash of BATH SOAK NATUR AL DEODOR ANT essential oil, and rinse. A heavenly way to Are we sure this works? Yup. Odors are neutralized, end the day 1 tsp. of baking soda not just covered up. 1/2 cup baking soda 10 drops tea tree essential oil ½ cup Epson salts 1 ounce of witch hazel 5 drops of your favorite > Just mix and apply essential oil – lavender to with a cotton ball relax, peppermint or orange to – that’s it! Yes, it rejuvenate! really does work, and > This will help wash away oil and without exposing some perspiration, make your skin feel of the most delicate very soft, and the Epsom salts will skin on you body soothe sore muscles! You can also add some flower to chemicals. petals or scented oils for an added touch.

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by nature… so, from the start, it was our mission, our duty, to protect this environment that sustains us. For instance, most of our buildings are bamboo with thatched roof. When we got the land, we decided that, if we had to leave one day, the land should be able to go back immediately to what it used to be. Then there’s the “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo” initiative. Every piece from our Bamboo Collection is etched inside with a number, which is the number of bamboo we plant in honour of that piece. This year, we will celebrate 1 million bamboo planted since the start!

Why is bamboo such a focus of your design and company culture?

It’s one of the great sustainable materials of the world. It’s actually a type of grass, and it grows very fast. And, it’s such a versatile plant. You can eat it, wear it, make floors, buildings – in Hong Kong they do the most spectacular scaffolding! For us, [planting bamboo] is also the way that we offset our carbon emissions.

Tell us why you work at John Hardy.

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he Head Designer at cult jewellery brand John Hardy sat down with us to chat about bamboo, inspiration, and cultivating a greener patch in his glittering industry.

What makes John Hardy jewellery different to conventional jewellery?

In a way it’s quite easy; it’s really the philosophy of our brand. We work in the heart of nature in Bali, with local and ancestral talent, making jewellery 100% by hand. Pieces made by hand have a soul, a connection to the person who made each piece. They will always be unique. There’s also the fact that we only use recycled metal. 100% of our silver is recycled. We are the only fine jewellery company that does that in the world, and it really takes something to maintain this commitment.

What are some specific ways that John Hardy, as a company, has adhered to its commitment to sustainability? If you visit us in Bali, you will see what we call ‘the compound’ – our workshops. We are in the middle of the rice fields, surrounded

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I was working in New York City for a very famous international jewellery brand, and a headhunter asked me to come to work for John Hardy. I said I was not interested, because I was very happy in NYC. Then Mr. Hardy – the owner of the company – said ‘OK you don’t want to work for me, I respect your decision, but just come visit me in Bali.’ He knew I would fall in love with Bali, and the talent of the Balinese, and their character – Balinese are happy, peaceful people. I could see the potential of this brand, and of living in this beautiful tropical place… and it turned out to be the best decision I’ve made.

A day in your life?

I get up early, generally around 5:30, like the Balinese people. I jump in my pool – that’s how I wake up – and then a very light breakfast. Then I leave for the office. I like to arrive before everybody else. The first thing I will work on is inspiration; designing, thinking about new ideas, concepts… because it is very quiet early in the day. Then I have about 60-100 emails to answer, since half of our company is based in the US and are working when I am asleep. In the afternoon, I work with my team. I am lucky to have a magnificent team, and they are the true reason for our success. After work, I love entertaining at home. I have guests 2-3 times per week. I don’t sleep much!

What are your thoughts on protecting the environment?

It’s always been something important for me. I’m lucky enough to come from a family where my parents were concerned about the environment – since I was a kid – so I grew up with this idea, and also social responsibility. I believe if you treat people well, and you take care of them, they will respond. The same is true for the environment – if you take care of the Earth, it will give back to you tenfold.

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Screening Room

EIGHT FILMS Worth Watching

Books

That Matter

From futuristic worlds to practical solutions to our global water crisis, we guarantee that these works of wisdom will get you (or perhaps your little ones) thinking. The World We Made Jonathon Porritt Uniquely written from the perspective of a person looking back on the development of a zero waste, carbon neutral world of 2050, the book’s unorthodox style invites the reader into an imaginary ‘futurehistory’ of this world, and opens the mind to the possibility of such a future becoming reality. Those willing to entertain the hypothetical may find themselves more or less convinced; but the significance of the book has less to do with the accuracy of the envisioned technologies, and more to do with inspiring us with what mankind could potentially achieve in the coming decades. Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability Brian Richter The issue of water scarcity is frightening, both because of the absolute necessity of clean supply for our survival, and because of how complex it may become to maintain that supply. International water expert Brian Richter argues that sustainable water sharing in the twenty-first century can only happen through open, democratic dialogue and local collective action. A highly approachable book, Chasing Water offers information and practical solutions that will empower community leaders, activists, and students to develop successful and long-lasting water programs. Michael Recycle Ellie Bethel If we want to keep our planet pristine for future generations, we must first ensure that the current generations learn to cherish it. But if getting adults interested in ecological issues wasn’t a challenge enough, how on earth do you engage the under-five set? Enter Michael Recycle – a picture book about the coolest eco superhero of the fictional world, who has one aim and one aim only: to clean up the planet. This fun, simple story about sustainability teaches children the basics of recycling. But that’s not all – it also offers general tips on green living, because you’re never too young to start!

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Film often has an ability to touch and inspire audiences in ways that books and other media cannot. In light of this, we’ve rounded up eight documentaries we think everyone should see in their lifetime – if not immediately. Warning: viewing may result in intense outbursts of emotion, newfound inspiration, and a desire to take action. The Future of Energy That title says it all. If you’re thinking that the future of energy lies in renewables, then you’re probably spot on and the makers of this film are of the same opinion. But The Future of Energy goes beyond dry technical discussion and focuses on the more difficult and important aspect of the energy revolution – the human aspect. Getting people, businesses, and governments to make real changes can be the greatest challenge of all, but this film focuses on positives: it celebrates those people and companies already onboard the renewable energy revolution, as well as the unique power of the issue to unite people on a global level. thefutureofenergy.org The True Cost Triggered by the 2013 collapse of a Bangladeshi clothing factory that killed over 1,000 people, this film sweeps across the clothing industry and all the evils that we willfully ignore, from inhumane working conditions, to wasteful consumerism, to the use of destructive chemicals in dyes and fabrics. A dark, trenchant indictment of modern practices, it nevertheless does not dwell in gloom. Rather, it sounds a necessary alarm, then goes on to emphasize the power of the individual to make better choices. truecostmovie.com To Catch a Dollar For years we’ve been hearing about microcredit – small loans that help the poor help themselves. The idea goes back to the 1970s, when Muhammad Yunus founded the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. In 2008 he took another leap and decided to replicate Grameen in the United States. This film documents that move, focusing on the daring and potential of importing microfinance from the developing world into the world’s largest economy. tocatchadollar.com Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild Yes, the ubiquitous narrator of nature programs really has been guiding the camera toward ecological wonders for six decades. Now the camera is turned toward the man himself for a three-part BBC series. Attenborough is as engaging as ever, but those more interested in the planet than the man need not worry – this is not pure biography. This is a survey of his career, which naturally becomes a survey of the natural world, and it truly shows how our understanding of that world has changed over time. davidattenborough.co.uk

Maidentrip Imagine sailing around the world completely alone - no other boats on the horizon, no shipmates. Now, imagine doing that at the age of 14. That’s what Laura Dekker did, and she brought a video camera with her so the rest of us could take part in the journey. This wonderful documentary, made largely from her recordings, is brimming with a spirit of freedom and adventure. You may end up envying Dekker, but you’ll certainly be glad you met her. maidentrip.com A Will for the Woods Artificial and unsustainable practices have made their way into every part of our lives – even our deaths. Elaborate caskets and toxic embalmings are unnatural, both for us and for the planet. While battling lymphoma, psychiatrist and musician Clark Wang decided he wanted a more meaningful burial – something that would help the earth, not harm it. Though focused on the poignant and personal story of one man, this film documents a movement that is relevant to us all. awillforthewoods.com Pandora’s Promise An account of the history and technology of nuclear power, this film courts controversy, but it is a necessary controversy – a discussion we need to have. Pandora’s Promise tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process. Whatever you think of nuclear power – clean or dirty, dangerous or miraculous, practical or radical – this film is worthy fodder in an important debate. pandoraspromise.com In Organic We Trust Those who make the effort to eat organic food might know how easy it is to grow complacent; to simply trust any product labelled with that word, ‘organic’. This documentary asks, “What does ‘organic’ actually mean?” It explores the legal, technical aspect of that question. Which products should be allowed to claim the organic label, and which products actually claim it? More broadly, it investigates what it means to consume a truly organic diet, and what exactly we must do to achieve that. inorganicwetrust.org Ecozine.com


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CELEBRATING….

SUPERFOODS Nature’s little power-ups for the body

Superfoods are the “health secret” that have become mainstream. From lowering cholesterol and reducing risk of heart disease to increasing libido, the claims are tantalizing – and, in many cases, true. Most superfoods offer an array of benefits including antioxidants, neurotransmitters, essential minerals, and essential fats. Foods that deliver all of these, and in high dosages, certainly deserve the title “super”!

BLUEBERRIES

KALE

RAW CACAO

GOJI BERRIES

FLAXSEED

QUINOA

WALNUTS

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Potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids

Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C

Iron, magnesium, calcium, flavonoids

Vitamin A, C, dietary fibre

Omega3 fatty Protein, fibre, acids, vitamin B1 iron

Omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, vitamin B

ORIGIN

North America, New Zealand, Australia, South America, Europe

China, Europe

South America

China, Canada, US

Eastern Mediterranean, Western Asia, Middle East

Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru

China, Iran, US

SUPPORTS

Lower risk of heart disease, cancer, antiinflammatory, improves eyesight

Anti-cancer, promotes urinary health

Energy boost, heart health

Anti-depressant, Lowers blood improves pressure, antieyesight, boosts cancer immune system, prevents diabetes

Fights against diabetes and hypertension

Prevents cancer, libido boosting

TRY IT

Eaten raw, juices, shakes

Steamed, in salads

Trail mix, shakes, baked goods

Eaten raw in trail mix, brewed in tea, soups

Salads, trail mix, soups, mix into cooked rice or vegetables

Salads, cooked dishes

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Afternoon snack

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Lunch or dinner

Anytime

FIRST USED

Found in the wild by Native Americans

First cultivated by Greeks and Romans

Found in the Amazon basin rainforests then brought to Mexico

Cultivated by the Chinese

Used as textiles in Georgia, then domesticated as crops in Iraq

Cultivated by Incas for sacred offerings

Dating back to 7000 B.C., first used by Persians

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OBJECTS of DESIRE Ecozine’s guide to sustainable stuff and style

Wrapped in Luxury

Inspired by nature’s palette, Knots & Strokes offers an array of luxurious, eco-friendly indigo silk and organic cotton scarves. US$90 Knots & Strokes

p Hearing Aid

These headphones, individually handcrafted from gorgeous reclaimed wood, look and sound amazing. The best bit? For every pair sold, LSTN helps restore hearing to a person in need. US$180 | Phatrice.com

p Cash Stash

Something green for your ‘greens’! The Mighty Wallet is waterproof, tough, and made entirely of recycled materials. Keep your cash intact the greenest way you can! US$20 | Mighty Wallet

p Handmade Treasures

Wild! happy&free* is a line of unique accessories, teas and incenses made by one woman. Each piece has its own story and meaning, and is handcrafted with care. US$8-54 | Wild! happy&free*

p Beautiful Bowls

Hand carved so no two are alike, these gorgeous and practical bowls are inspired by traditional Balinese wood carving and batik. Created exclusively for TREE by designer Dimity Kidston. US$80 (small), $340 (large) | TREE 30

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p Mini Garden

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme… The Smart Herb Garden lets you grow all the herbs you want right in your home – just plug it into a wall and add water! US$120 | Click and Grow Ecozine.com


Heavy Metal

The trend that proves upcycling can be truly chic. Made from repurposed pop can tabs, this handbag is a statement and a half. A purse with a purpose – absolutely fabulous! US$128 | Escama Studio

p Bamboo Shades

Panda’s stylish sunglasses are made with biodegradable polarized UV lenses and well-crafted renewable frames! US$120 | Panda Sunglasses

p Fresh Local Veggies

Enjoy the convenience of home delivered fresh, seasonal and organic vegetables and fruits grown by Hong Kong farmers. Free deliveries for US$59 above | Homegrown Foods

Soy Scent-sation

We can’t get enough of these candles – their beautiful presentation, alluring scents and heartwarming glow. Made of premium soy wax, these are perfect for your next home spa treatment! US$87 | Shanghai Tang

p Organic Honey

Entirely handcrafted in Hong Kong, the monofloral honeys in this collection are 100% organic, raw, and full of natural enzymes, vitamins and of course sweet flavour. This is how honey should be. US$19 | Bee’s Nest Pure Honey Ecozine.com

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CLEANING PRODUCTS

DIRECTORY Cleaning products that are tough on dirt can also be tough on the earth and our health. Many contain chemicals that are poisonous if ingested and harmful if inhaled or touched – and we are routinely rinsing them down the drain, into the soil and sea! But it doesn’t have to be this way. With more people wanting better for their families, companies are offering products that care for the Earth while cleaning the home. Here are seven options we love.

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The Laid Back Brush features a curved handle made from renewably sourced bamboo that feels as good in the hand as it looks on the counter. Its all-natural bristles hold soap well and resist bacteria buildup. If the bristles start to wear, there’s no need to toss it in the trash, adding to landfill. Just replace the head – it’s made from Bonterra plant-based biodegradable plastic. US$9.50 | biome.com.au

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The ingredients in Dishmate are coconut-derived, so the liquid itself is biodegradable. The natural source of the ingredients also means it won’t hurt your hands as you wash dishes – it’ll soften them. And to top it off, the liquid is highly concentrated, so you save in the long run by only using a little at a time. We recommend the grapefruit version, deliciously scented with organic grapefruit peel! US$4.19 | ecos.com

5 I Can See Clearly Now

Biokleen Glass Cleaner is free of the harsh fumes and chemicals typically found in glass-cleaning products because it harnesses the cleansing power of vinegar. Made in an energyoffset factory, and offering a natural citrus fragrance and streak-free drying, this product is the perfect nonhazardous way to take on all kinds of dirt, including smoke and grease. US$7.95 | biokleenhome.com

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Produced in a certified zero-carbon factory, the Ecostore Toilet Cleaner protects against nasty bacteria without using nasty chemicals. It’s also non-corrosive, so it won’t damage your toilet. In fact, it’s so safe that if you collect the water you use to rinse when cleaning with this product, you can use it to water your plants! US$6.79 | ecostore.co.ne

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A 355 ml bottle of Green Concepts All Purpose Cleaner can be diluted with water to make six whole litres of cleaning product that is effective on just about any hard surface, including painted and varnished ones. This concentrated system ensures fewer resources are needed during the manufacturing process, and the product packaging itself is safe, biodegradable and renewable. US$32 | ecoconceptsasia.com

6 Go Soft

Ecover’s Ecological Fabric Conditioner takes care of your most precious fabrics… the sustainable way. Its plant and mineral based ingredients are all natural and renewable, and have been sourced as locally as possible. This fabulous product has also been developed without any animal testing in a factory that runs on green energy! Plus, the bottle is reusable and recyclable. What more could you want in a green cleaning product? US$6.99 | ecover.com

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The LOTUS Floor Eco-Cleaner flaunts an awardwinning package design that allows you reuse the same bottle when you run out – to refill, simply replace the cartridge and add water! This system reduces plastic waste by 80% when compared with other regular cleaners. Its natural, coconut-derived ingredients leave no residue, so there’s also no need to waste water by rinsing off stray streaks from your floor. Simply spray and wipe away the grime! US$8 | lotusmart.com Ecozine.com


JESSICA

ALBA HONESTLY

Getting down to earth with the sizzling Sin City superstar who turned a diaper delivery into a billion dollar social enterprise Story by Lisa Christensen Nissa Marion Photography by Justin Coit


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essica Alba. For most, the mere mention of this name evokes tantalising images of the stunning smile, perfect skin and toned abs of one of the world’s most desirable Hollywood stars. With blockbuster screen roles including Sin City and Fantastic Four, she is also a fan favourite for her leading role in the cult TV hit, Dark Angel. She has regularly been credited for her undeniable good genes – from being voted “Sexiest Woman in the World” by FHM in 2007 to being the only person to make Maxim Magazine’s “Hot 100” list every single year since 2000. There’s really no question that the 33-year old is hot. But did you know she’s also eco-minded?

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A quick Google search reveals over 30 different charities you’ve supported in various ways - from environmental issues to child welfare to cancer research. What particular cause stirs you the most? I try to make a difference however I can and have an authentic engagement with every cause I support. I’ve been focused on making the communities we share better places for everyone and empowering people to believe they can make a difference if they try. I’m drawn to work with children’s health because I have a history of chronic childhood illness and saw how much my mom sacrificed to take care of me without a lot of resources. I believe that a happy, healthy childhood shouldn’t be a privilege, so I’ve been honoured to support the work of people like Dr. Phillip J. Landrigan at Mt. Sinai Children’s Hospital. He’s been doing research and working with families for years to show that the harmful effects of toxic chemicals start on children before they’re born and can continue to affect the rest of their lives. Any particular special memory, or anecdote, you’d like to share from your work with charities? The Honest Company partners with Baby2Baby to provide furniture, products and diapers to families in need in the LA area. Everyone in our company volunteers at our donation events, and we all enjoy seeing families being able to have fun with their kids without worrying about the basic necessities.

Not satisfied with merely juggling a successful film career, motherhood and working with numerous charities, the Californian beauty launched her own eco-friendly business, The Honest Company, in 2012. Her subsequent book The Honest Life became an instant bestseller, and secured her position in the growing pantheon of celebrities committed to using their elevated stature to achieve good in the world. We asked Jessica to share with us about her journey so far, and she was more than happy to oblige. You’ve been called many things - including feminist, ecological activist, real-life superhero and even “Crusading Environmentalist Super Mom”. Do these resonate for you? How well do you feel the labels fit? There are a lot of people out there who are real-life superheroes that we don’t hear enough about. Doing what I’m truly passionate about matters more than fitting a label. I’m just doing the best I can to make the most of what I’ve worked so hard to achieve! Living up to my own standards and being an example to my kids is important. To be in a position to create positive change in the lives of women and children has always been the dream.

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s an actress, you are a role model for a lot of young people. Does this ever feel like pressure or added responsibility? I’m responsible for being a role model for my daughters, first and foremost. Parents and family are the most important role models for any young person! Being an actress is fulfilling for me personally on a creative level, but working on Honest and advocating for social justice, women’s causes and children’s health represents my values and who I am. I try to focus on making a difference and being the best mom I can be.

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Nobody’s perfect, but we’re all doing what we can. What things do you find most challenging along the path to being more eco-friendly? Everyone has enough to worry about when you have kids. I have my own path to living naturally and I think everyone can find their own way without judgment. I started The Honest Company to make everyone’s path less challenging, with family products that are not just safer and allnatural but also convenient, effective, affordable and stylish. I use Honest products in my own home, and I make sure they perform at a premium level so they’re a realistic choice, not a compromise. It can be overwhelming to think of all the possible options to live safer. It truly is a path and should be taken one step at a time.

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You visited China not long ago. How did you find it, compared to back home, in terms of pollution and other environmental issues? China is such an amazing place. They’ve experienced an incredible amount of change and urbanization in a short period of time. We’re still figuring out how to address environmental and health issues in the US that we’ve faced for many years, so I think we’ve got plenty of work to do here before we can make comparisons! I’ve seen firsthand how difficult it can be in the States to challenge the status quo when it comes to toxicity and creating a sustainable model that accommodates our growth. Your book, The Honest Life, has become a New York Times bestseller. What was the most rewarding part of that process? It’s been rewarding to share so many aspects of my world authentically, and show that I don’t just talk the talk: the Honest life is a way of life in our house! Knowing that others may be inspired to make new choices that could have a positive effect on their homes and their children is amazing. I’m not a graduate of higher education, so it’s also rewarding to reach all kinds of readers and show them that life experience can be a tool for education and inspiration. Let’s talk more about The Honest Company. Earlier this year, it was valuated at just under $1billion, and we’ve heard that you’re planning an IPO. Congrats on your success! How did that all get started? I had the idea for Honest when I was pregnant and tried a baby detergent that made me break out in a rash. My mom had used this product when I was a kid, and I realized if I had this reaction, then how could it be safe for children?

We launched with 17 products, and now have over 80. The Honest Company is a certified B Corporation with a social responsibility component embedded in our business model: to date, we’ve donated over 1200 employee hours, 536,000 products and have helped 50,000 families in need. We’re continuing to reach more families with major retail partnerships such as Target. Just like kids, we’re growing up so fast! Of course, we’d love to reach the Asian markets someday. We love that more and more celebrities are using their star power to make a difference in the world. Who do you admire recently? I think it’s amazing to stay true to your values and still create desirable, inspired products that people truly want. Stella McCartney is a great example. She’s a designer, businesswoman and mother that’s been able to find creative ways to maintain what’s important to her and still create fabulous fashion and accessories. She’s continued to grow her business, change categories like women’s athletic gear and childrenswear, and partner with companies that respect her point of view. If you could say one thing to inspire people about protecting the environment, what would it be? The environment is something that we all share. With every breath they take, children are the most vulnerable to the effects of environmental toxicity on mental, physical, social and cultural health. When we change our approach to the environment, we change the possibilities for every child’s future – our future. > Non-toxic, chemical free family products are at the heart of the Honest empire

I wanted to create a trusted brand with non-toxic goods to serve every family’s needs and grow right along with them. We now have household cleaning products, personal care products, health and wellness products, baby and diaper products, along with limited edition collective items. Everything we sell, we make. People seem to appreciate it, based on your growth! Can you give us a snapshot of where you’re at now? And, any plans to expand into Asia?

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HONEST LIVING TIPS We asked Jessica Alba – celebrated actress, business mogul, mother, role model and author of The Honest Life – to share a few of her favourite healthy, simple living ideas.

1 Take off your shoes

2 Open the windows

When you enter the house you’ll leave unwanted chemicals and toxic elements outside.

Get fresh air flowing inside your home whenever possible.

3 Take time out

From stress, distractions and especially electronics – unless you’re using the UCLA meditation app!

4 Keep it moving

Walk instead of driving; get a pedometer and make it a competition with family and friends.

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Choose organic fruits, veggies and proteins. Fresh is always better than processed.

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ENVIRONMENTALISM Condensed into TWO pages! Words By Ciara Shannon

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’d imagine there have been environmentally concerned people since homo sapiens first foraged. Today, the environmental movement is one of the largest on earth, with millions on board. Pinning an exact date on its birth however, or choosing whom to mention as a ‘great environmentalist’ throughout history, is as difficult as trying to count a few exceptional flowers in a large blooming field. So I start with Saint Francis of Assisi in the 13th century, the patron saint of animals and the environment, and then salute the great philosophers and poets of the 19th century, such as John Keats, William Wordsworth, Henry David Thoreau, and Percy Shelley – all of whom influenced us by sharing their respect for the raw power of the natural world.

that their use was a threat to wildlife. The now-classic book gave voice to millions who were increasingly concerned about such pollutants. Other concerns including population explosion, consumerism, and the depletion of natural resources were expressed in publications like Small Is Beautiful, by economist E. F. Schumacher in 1973. Around the same time, American physicist Amory Lovins was exploring and advocating the development of renewable energy sources, primarily wind turbines and photovoltaics, as sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

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Protection of the environment was also becoming important in the developing world - the Chipko movement in India peacefully resisted deforestation by literally hugging trees. Their peaceful protest methods and slogan, “Ecology is permanent economy”, were highly influential.

Rachel Carson publishes the book that revolutionizes the way we think about pollution

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The Industrial Revolution wreaks havoc as it grows beyond Britain

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English poet John Keats takes up the torch of romantic poetry

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William Wordsworth establishes himself as a poet of nature

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St. Francis of Assisi had boundless love for animals and nature

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During the mid 19th century, transcendentalism - John Keats and romanticism quickly switched to dissent as the Industrial Revolution wreaked havoc on the During the 1970s, the concept of ‘sustainability’ environment. However, it wasn’t until the 1950s was also born, being a key theme at the United that the movement really began to take shape, when people began pointing out that there were environmental costs to Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm new technologies (including plastics, synthetic chemicals, and in 1972. It’s hard to imagine that the idea was a new one such nuclear energy) and that the increasing use of fossil fuels was a short time ago; by the time of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, three decades later, it was an entirely transforming society in negative ways. mainstream and familiar subject matter. Rachel Carson is credited by many with kick-starting the modern environmental movement with her 1962 book Silent Spring, which Other greats of that transformative era include Bina Agarwal and suggested that DDT and other pesticides may cause cancer and Vandana Shiva; both brought the cultural wisdom of traditional,

Amory Lovins advocates renewable energy sources years ahead of his time


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sustainable agrarian societies into the academic discourse on sustainability. There is also the much loved Wangari Maathai, known as Africa’s ‘tree woman’, who founded the green belt movement in Kenya in 1977, and was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2004 for planting more than 10 million trees to prevent soil erosion and provide firewood for cooking fires.

James Lovelock, known for his Gaia theory, introduced the idea that the Earth’s biosphere works as a single living organism, able to manipulate the climate and the chemistry of the atmosphere and the oceans to keep them fit for life. His 2007 book, The Revenge of Gaia, offers a grim warning against the unchecked growth of civilization. The contemporary environmental movement is, even more than ever, supported by popular culture. Hollywood actor L e o n a r d o D iC a p r io wa s appointed recently by the United Nations as a Messenger of Peace, focusing on climate change. He follows other celebrities and pop figureheads who have been recognized for their ability to persuade the masses of the importance of environmental conservation.

Environmental Law, while not an entirely new concept, made great advances during these pivotal few decades, and Dr. Wolfgang Burhenne and Dr. Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin are two of its pioneers. Together they strengthened international and national environmental law, and they were essential to the creation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, the World Charter for Nature, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982, and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 1985. In 1991, they were Co-Winners of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Global 500 Laureate award.

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Meanwhile, the phenomenon of social media has allowed everyday people to achieve great things. Ricken Patel’s activist site Avaaz.org, which enables world citizens to start, share Clockwise from top left: and sign petitions, has gained > The Chipko movement: original treehuggers over 20 million members. The > The UN discusses ‘sustainability’ for the first time in 1972 movement and website 350.org, > Avaaz petition: the online world influencing the real world > Modern day environmentalists join the global 350 campaign founded by The End of Nature author Bill McKibben, has mobilized hundreds of thousands in climate-focused activism around the globe. The capacity to Documentarians and writers deserve strong praise for their efforts find, and share, pertinent information has opened up the world in inspiring millions to care about the planet. Take Paul Hawken, a to greater potential for change than any generation yet. great environmentalist who authored many books including 1993’s The Ecology of Commerce, which outlined the environmental Looking to the near future, I end with one more figure to watch: destructiveness of many business practices and offered new Christiana Figueres, current Executive Secretary of the UN’s practices to promote environmental restoration. Meanwhile Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), whose Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, task of getting nations to agree on a global climate agreement which Hawken co-authored with Amory Lovins a few years later, by December 2015 is herculean, and whose work, if successful, has been referred to by President Bill Clinton as one of the five will surely be scripted in the annals of the environmental movement. most important books in the world today.

Christiana Figueres has a big job – will nations agree on a climate commitment?


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TRASH Ecozine gets the inside scoop on the Hong Kong Government’s approach to the waste crisis from KS Wong and Christine Loh, Secretary and Under Secretary for the Environment Story by Nissa Marion

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he current global waste problem cannot be overstated. The statistics are unfathomably vast: millions of kilograms of plastic entering the ocean every hour; billions of litres of plastic-bottled water bought per year with only a small fraction recycled; trillions of disposable plastic bags produced annually. It’s frightening enough to be numbing.

Last year, the government set an ambitious target of a 40% reduction in MSW disposal to landfills by 2022, and published a detailed action plan in the Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources 2013-2022. It appended a Food Waste and Yard Waste Plan for Hong Kong 2014-2022 this February. Both plans highlight social mobilization, infrastructure investment and policy development and legislation.

While there are certainly solutions to be considered on a global scale, the real answers come at the level of individuals, communities, companies and governments. Trash comes from people, and the more populated a place, the greater the potential impact.

The range of solutions that need to be implemented is substantial, and Hong Kong’s current administration faces many challenges in reaching the goal – not least of which is the fact that their term will complete before the plan is seen out, leaving its final stages in the hands of faceless future politicians.

Enter Hong Kong, a compact geography of roughly 1,100 sq km. Its 7.2 million citizens are buying, consuming, and tossing so much in the bin each day that their trash infrastructure is bursting at the seams. The issue is compounded because city workers are so efficient at clearing it away that many perceive it as ‘clean’… but make no mistake, Hong Kong is up to its eyeballs in trash. Only figuratively, of course – for now. With its three remaining landfills due to be full by 2015, 2017, and 2019 respectively, the challenge for Hong Kong lies not only in dealing with the trash itself, but in convincing Hong Kongers to change how they think and behave toward waste. In 2012, the city dumped 9,278 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day in landfills. Food waste alone constituted around 40% of it. How much food is that? Imagine sending approximately 250 double-decker buses permanently to landfill every 24 hours, and you have the equivalent weight. It’s staggering. There is, however, hope on the horizon. More than ever before in its history, Hong Kong is keenly aware of its own trash problem, thanks to an upsurge in local and international media coverage as well as successful NGO and community initiatives like the Hong Kong Cleanup, which invites citizens to both clean up the city and rethink their waste habits for a longer term solution. 44

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However, there is a trump card in the mix: the Hong Kong Government’s Environment Bureau has at its helm a dynamic duo who are driving environmental policies and campaigns with determination and vision. Secretary for the Environment Wong Kamsing (KS Wong) and Under Secretary for the Environment Christine Loh both stepped into their present government roles from NGO backgrounds, bringing with them sharp insight from “the other side” as well as a willingness to engage in useful dialogue and collaboration with NGOs and other stakeholders to achieve their targets. So where does this leave us with the situation now being dubbed Hong Kong’s “waste crisis”? As a subject of much debate in recent years, there has been a lot of information to process, as well as a lot of controversy and complaint from the public sphere. But are the complaints justified? Are Hong Kong citizens truly doing everything they can already, and merely waiting for a sorry government to step up and do its part too? We knew we had to go to the source if we wanted to get the story straight, so we took our most burning questions directly to Secretary Wong and Under Secretary Loh and invited them to talk trash with us. Here’s what they had to share. Ecozine.com


SPECIAL REPORT Waste is, finally and deservedly, a big topic around the world and certainly in Hong Kong. With landfills reaching capacity soon, hesitation isn’t really an option. So what are the most urgent top priorities for the local government in dealing with Hong Kong’s current waste situation? KS: Even with an aggressive reduction plan, we need to deal with residual waste. The challenge is to provide sufficient infrastructure in time to handle this, but that kind of thing takes a long time from inception to completion. At the same time, we have to be taking concrete steps toward launching effective policies such as waste charging. These are equally important and urgent.

What’s the most challenging question you get from green groups and the general public? KS: (laughs) All questions are challenging! Actually, in principle, there’s often no disagreement between government and green groups, but it is a matter of time; everything needs to be done at once and right away, but is this reasonable within the context of Hong Kong? We have to have a timeline we can agree on.

Christine: There seems to be a deep frustration in some quarters about whether the government is committed to dealing with waste. I hope people can see from the two Blueprints all the things we are doing. People seem also to be frustrated that action isn’t immediate. For HOW DOES HONG KONG COMPARE? Per-capita daily domestic waste generation rates example, they question whether it really takes several years to pass a new piece of legislation. They see the long time it takes to be a sign of non-commitment. The fact is, mandatory action does take time.

Christine: In the Blueprint and the [Food Waste] Plan, we have timelines for action that we are following step by step. The most immediate items include public mobilization (with our ‘Clean Recycling’ and ‘Food Wise’ campaigns); funding for essential infrastructure, such as an Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF), landfill extensions, and the Recycling Fund, which are all currently with the Legislative Council (LegCo)’s Finance Committee; and, of course, legislation – working out the details for waste charging so that there is time for us to have a chance at completing this task before we leave office.

It’s clear that much needs to be done, and the path isn’t necessarily easy or straightforward. What are the most difficult challenges faced by the Environment Bureau in deploying the new plans for waste reduction and management? Christine: There are three types of challenges that blend into one: first, waste issues are complex and not easy to grasp in full for the public, which leads people to raise a lot of questions and doubts; second, the public has an impression the government is not sufficiently committed and when coupled with the complexity of waste issues, people are sometimes doubtful about our solutions; and third, dealing with so many aspects of waste takes considerable time and people feel frustrated that things seem not to be moving ahead fast enough. KS: One of the greatest challenges is that we have to push all the necessary initiatives in parallel. Reduction at source through policies, food waste reduction, recycling, promoting clean recycling, waste to energy infrastructure, cleaner waste disposal and landfill operations – all these have to be carried out concurrently! There is also the political climate to consider – and the lack of time. In South Korea and Taipei, it took 20-25 years from having infrastructure to building initiatives one by one. But we are trying to do it all in a very compressed period of time.

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Let’s take a concrete example. MSW charging is a big part of the plan, yet public perception is that this and other planned waste-reduction legislations are taking too long to develop. What exactly is the governmental decision-making, approval and implementation process for something like the MSW charging scheme in Hong Kong? Christine: There are many steps to take whenever legislation needs to be passed. In the case of MSW charging, we know this is a critical step in Hong Kong’s waste journey, and it must be carried out properly. We started by conducting extensive research on international experiences and considered the local situation. This led to a public consultation in 2011. Based on the positive feedback received, we affirmed the plan to introduce quantity-based waste charging. We then engaged the Council for Sustainable Development in 2013 to conduct a second round of engagement on what might be the operational details of such a scheme in Hong Kong. We launched a 6-month pilot scheme at several housing estates in mid-2014 to accumulate on-ground experience. No doubt these trials will spark debate about what works in Hong Kong and what doesn’t. In 2015, we will need to finalize the details of the charging scheme so that we can draft the necessary legislation, which is never easy. The final stage is to put a bill to LegCo for scrutiny and passage before implementation. All along the way, we have to work with internal government and external stakeholders (such as public and private estate managers and NGOs) and of course on a political front as well. Hiccups anywhere along this chain will cause delays.

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A successful waste management plan requires more that one solution

You mentioned the Recycling Fund that is being proposed to stimulate the recycling sector in Hong Kong. Compared to cities like San Francisco, USA or Flanders, Belgium, which recover and recycle 80% and 73% of their waste respectively, Hong Kong can certainly improve. It’s great to hear that, now, a significant amount of funding will be allocated to this vital piece of the puzzle. Can you share a little about the timeline for spending this money?

KS: Looking at the policies on waste management in the UK, the Netherlands, and Denmark, our approach is similar but we’re at a different stage of development. We do not have sufficient residual waste infrastructure in place. We also noted the approach to design of infrastructure for waste-to-energy. In Denmark, a new incinerator is being built in the centre of Copenhagen. They had a design competition that engaged the public, and the resulting facility will, while converting waste into energy, actually contribute to the public experience.

KS: The HK$1 billion (US$129 million) recycling fund was proposed by the Chief Executive in his 2014 Policy Address. We worked out the details in consultation with the recycling sector, and we presented the framework for the fund to the Environmental Affairs Panel at the LegCo in July this year. Members endorsed it, so the next step has been to seek funding from the Finance Committee. We hope funding will be approved within this year so that we can start to take applications within the first quarter of 2015. You also mentioned the IWMF, a controversial topic for some. Concerns have been voiced that the proposed facility will mean that the public has even less incentive to reduce or to separate at source, since the trash can be incinerated. What are your thoughts? Christine: This concern likely arises because people saw inaction before that shaped their present attitude towards the government. Coupled with the fact that many actions take considerable time to implement, it would be easy to assume that the plans for an IWMF might be taking priority over other items the public wishes to see happen, such as recycling. This is simply not the case. The IWMF capacity is about 3,000 tonnes of MSW per day. Even after all the reduction measures are successfully undertaken, ten years from now Hong Kong will still produce about 6,000 tonnes of MSW per day! So the pressure is in fact intense to keep going forward with other initiatives. You took a cross-party delegation of LegCo members to Europe in 2014, to observe what other places that are more advanced in waste management than Hong Kong are doing. What are some good case studies you encountered there? Is Hong Kong ready to model on success elsewhere? 46

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Plasma gasification and other technologies are evolving, and we want to keep an open mind for the future, but government should be technology neutral. We cannot spend millions of taxpayer dollars on trialling expensive new technologies that could cause major issues if they fail for even one day! When we asked other countries like the UK what is most appropriate for Hong Kong, officials and professionals across the board recommended we use the proven “moving grate” technology. We do aim to even further reduce Nitrous Oxide emissions, as this is a particular concern to Hong Kong citizens. The Blueprint envisions a 40% per capita reduction of MSW by 2022. Setting aside the ‘end-of-pipe’ waste management aspect, what are they key elements proposed for engaging the public in waste reduction? Christine: Engaging the public in waste reduction requires broad and sustained efforts, since there are many waste types and the public has a variety of behaviours in their daily activities. Waste reduction starts at source, arising from consumption. For example, we are looking at ways we can encourage the public to think carefully before they consume. On the legislation side, quantity-based waste charging will hopefully have a major impact, as it will cause people to consider the cost of the packaging and waste of each product they buy. KS: Since food waste takes up nearly 40% of Hong Kong MSW, reducing it is important to our overall goal. The Food Wise Campaign, launched last year, has had encouraging results; nearly 400 organizations have already signed the ‘Food Wise Charter’ to show their support for the campaign, and we will continue to expand it. Leaders in other countries have been looking at the work we’ve done with food redistribution and donation. In addition, HK$50 million (US$6.45 million) has been earmarked to support food waste recycling projects in residential estates. Ecozine.com


We are working with hotels and restaurants on pilot food waste reduction programs, and reaching out via community groups to spread the message that thoughtful food-buying and meal planning can help limit waste, and is also cost-saving. These are examples of direct reduction where individuals and institutions can make an impact. There is a considerable Environmental Conservation Fund (ECF) available for ‘Community Waste Reduction Projects’. What kind of applications do you anticipate or hope to see? Do you think this fund will get spent? KS: For 2014-15, ECF has allocated a total amount [in USD] of $13.5 million to support waste reduction projects, of which $9 million is for community waste reduction, $3.2 million for food waste reduction, and $1.3 million for Food Wise campaign projects. We are targeting to engage NGOs to organise community-based and result-oriented waste reduction projects, which can enhance awareness and ensure sustained participation of the public in waste prevention and recovery. The major programmes of previously approved projects included recovery of waste plastic, glass bottles and electrical and electronic equipment, food waste reduction and recycling, and food donation projects. Whether the entirety of the allocated fund could be spent depends on availability of quality project proposals. There is an independent Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Subcommittee vetting applications. Producer Responsibility Schemes (PRS) are a hot policy buzzword and key aspect of the proposed waste management strategy. Can you share about some that are being implemented or planned? Christine: The concept of Producer Responsibility Schemes uses financial incentive to encourage manufacturers to design better products, by holding them responsible for the costs of managing their products at end of life. In the context of Hong Kong where we mainly consume imported goods, PRS will provide a solution

to organize stakeholders in reducing waste through shared responsibilities. Hong Kong’s PRS journey started with imposing a plastic shopping bag levy in 2009 after the passage of the Product Eco-responsibility Ordinance. The scheme, which currently covers about 3,500 registered retail outlets, will be extended to cover the entire retail sector from April 2015. The next proposed PRS, now in the legislative drafting stage, will be on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), and concurrently a third PRS on glass beverage bottles, which received strong community support during public consultation, is now being developed. I have recently started a discussion with plastic beverage bottlers but we are still at very early stages of dialogue. The development of these schemes will support the local recycling economy as it flourishes in the coming years. What about initiatives at the community level on waste? Secretary Wong, with your Green Building background, perhaps you have insight into how buildings can also play a role? KS: Definitely! One good example is Hong Kong’s new sludge treatment facility, which was designed by engaging local stakeholders and is a green building – a BEAM Platinum project. It will have an Environmental Education Centre, outdoor gardens and a spa for public enjoyment, and provide a new experience to people in terms of green building standards. We will also be building Community Green Stations, one in each district. The initial response from the public has been quite unexpected. Some have been against it because in the past, ‘recycling yards’ have had a not so positive impression, so we want to change people’s mindsets, and give it a new branding. The first one in Shatin is to open early next year, and another one soon after in Eastern District. The centres will serve the purpose of education and play a supportive role in recycling.


We also want to make use of restored landfills for the community for enjoyment, to integrate with green building design concepts, as a showcase and also for sports and recreational use that is low waste and low carbon. At the domestic level for buildings, the latest trend in Taipei and Seoul is to have more integrated recycling at ground floor, serving a tower or estate. It’s more flexible to have recycling at each level but it is challenging for operation, with the expanded number of recyclables like glass, food waste and others. So we’re also looking at these types of innovations. Let’s look to the future. Many cities and nations are now setting goals for Zero Waste, a notion coined to express the importance of moving away from burying and burning our refuse, and instead rethinking the lifespans of those resources by redesigning, reusing, and recycling. The European Union is already on this path, banning various recyclables to landfills by 2025. Now that we’re firmly headed in a positive direction, do you see this as a potential long-term aim for Hong Kong as well? KS: We will be doing a new study with the target to move towards zero MSW landfilling. This will involve further reduction, recycling, and new infrastructure. We are looking at 10 years for completion of this long-term study. Christine: The phrase ‘zero waste’ is an attractive and ambitious vision for all of us! Can we imagine as individuals and business operators how we can reduce our own waste very significantly? It’s like ‘zero carbon’ building – while we have created such a building in Hong Kong as a demonstration project, to build or retrofit all our buildings to be zero carbon requires the world to make some major transformations. Likewise for waste. We have reviewed how other governments are looking at ‘zero waste’. The European Commission has indeed issued various waste-related targets to be achieved by 2025 and 2030 – 70% recycling by 2030; banning certain recyclables to landfills by 2025; and 30% food waste reduction by 2025. This is inspiring, but Hong Kong needs to set goals from where we are. In Europe, and also in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, they all have existing treatment facilities, and some have longstanding laws regarding PRS and waste charging. We don’t have the full complement of tools and measures to deal with several key aspects

LOOKING AHEAD

The ten-year targets can be met if Hong Kong stays on track

of waste yet. Thus, our priority is to put them in place. Then we will be in a position to take the ‘next steps’. If you were going to create a ‘cheat sheet’ of the five most important pieces of information you hope people can take away from the 26-page Blueprint, what would they be? 1. Hong Kong has a target, for the first time ever, to reach a 40% reduction in landfill waste by 2022. 2. We have a high level of waste at 1.36kg per person per day, which is 40-80% more than other major Asian cities. 3. Quantity-based waste charging will be a vital step; our neighbours in South Korea and Taipei, for instance, have seen solid results from similar legislation. 4. Food waste is a top priority; it currently accounts for over 40% of MSW in Hong Kong. Plastic and paper are the other two biggest factors. 5. Multiple concurrent actions are needed, from waste prevention measures to, at the end of the chain, safe disposal of what cannot be recovered.

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he current 10-year plans put forth by the Hong Kong government are ambitious, but achievable. If all goes well, by 2022 the city will be recycling 55% of its waste, and each day turning 1,500 tonnes of sludge into energy; converting at least 500 tonnes of food and organic waste into biogas and compost; diverting 3,900 tonnes of MSW from landfill; and turning 3,000 tonnes of MSW into energy. Not to mention, a zero waste study completed and new plan underway. Perhaps wisely, the current administration seems determined not to reinvent the wheel but to model on proven success stories. It is also gratifying to know that they have a longer term vision, and are now studying zero waste – a target to which cities around the world such as Buenos Aires, Milan, Manila and San Francisco have long committed. Ultimately, Hong Kong may be behind in some regards, but this affords the city the opportunity to learn from excellent models that have been set elsewhere in order to accelerate its own success. The future looks brighter than ever for Hong Kong, but it will take a truly shared effort to make it reality.


ESG MATTERS

Words by Karry Lai

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uiz time: what does ESG stand for? And how is it different from SRI, or CSR? Not surprisingly, there is some confusion – and indeed some overlap – between the many sustainability-oriented acronyms that float around in big business these days.

Environmental, Social, and Governance. Together, they form the magic triumvirate that allows companies to report on activities outside conventional profitability factors, so that responsible investors may evaluate them in the context of economic sustainability. The concept is founded in the basic premise that having a strong ESG profile contributes to the long-term financial performance of a company. Put most simply, ESG reporting is about measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of companies. While annual reports have traditionally been focused on the financials, with nods to corporate governance, the many non-financial performance indicators covered by ESG include issues ranging from energy consumption and carbon footprint management, to employee diversity and ensuring accountability systems are in place. The concept has been around since the 1980s in various guises, but only in the last decade become mainstream enough that not only are leading and multinational companies reporting on ESG, but smaller enterprises too are recognizing the importance of these factors in their businesses, and treating them holistically rather than as add-ons to company operation. Naturally, government regulation is a strong driver for ESG reporting in the region; in China, for instance, all government-owned companies are required to release CSR reports since 2012. As a result, there is more ESG information available from Chinese companies than in countries without such regulation. In 2009 Bloomberg introduced an ESG database for investors, confirming the demand for ESG data and comparisons. Currently over 4,500 Asian companies in the Bloomberg database have ESG disclosure scores, with governance scores being generally highest, as it has a longer reporting history and the most

standardized reporting method. Meanwhile the Hong Kong Exchange announced earlier this year a new semi-mandatory reporting policy that will be effective in 2015. For some of Hong Kong’s 1,500+ listed companies, this move may herald a whole new model of corporate behavior and reporting. For others, it will reinforce the positive endeavours already underway. To shine a light on what this might entail, we’ve dissected the ESG reports of three top performing (and reporting) companies that operate in the region and are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and extracted highlights from them: CLP Group Established in 1901 as China Light and Power, this blue-chip company’s core business is generating and selling electricity. With 2.4 million customers in Hong Kong alone and Australia, China, India, Taiwan and parts of Southeast Asia also in its market portfolio, it provides electricity to about 5 million people. Employees: 6,968 2013 earnings: US$13,477 million Total assets: US$27,290 million MTR Corporation Headquartered in Hong Kong and with operations now in Mainland China, Sweden, the UK and Australia, the mass transit railway and property company last year transported more than 1.8 billion passengers in Hong Kong alone. It has been reporting on sustainability for 13 years. Employees: 23,236 2013 earnings: US$1.68 billion Total assets: US$254,908 billion State Street A global company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, State Street has been in operation since 1832 and today provides myriad financial services and products to institutional investors worldwide. Employees: 29,500 2013 earnings: US$10.1 billion Total assets: US$243.291 billion

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What’s covered? Climate change, air pollution, water shortage, deforestation – there are so many issues to tackle, where to start? Companies can opt to take up environmental sustainability broadly with multiple initiatives, or choose areas to target for high effectiveness – just like in core business, environmental goals are best achieved when they are clearly set and internally communicated. What does this look like? Recycling and reusing, water management, choosing renewable energy sources, creating greener supply chains, using digital technology instead of hard copies, developing buildings according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® standards and more.

CLP

• In 1997, became the first company in Hong Kong to publish an Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) report • In 2007, published carbon emission intensity reduction targets of 75% by 2050 • Has over 16% of its equity generating capacity in renewables

• Launched the MTR Malls Food Waste Reduction Pledge in 2013, to reduce food waste at source • Has set a goal of 21% reduction in electricity use (per passengerkilometre) by 2020, from 2008 levels • Requires all their new residential property developments to achieve BEAM Plus Gold certification as a minimum standard

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• Has fourteen ISO 14001 certified offices globally • In 2013, published a goal of sending zero waste to landfill by 2020 • Set a target of 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (on a per person basis)

SOCIAL

What’s covered? This is about embracing responsibility for the ways a company’s operations directly and indirectly affect human society, particularly the communities where it operates. Reporting on social sustainability looks at how the organisation encourages a positive impact on consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere who may also be affected by its activities. What does this look like? Contributing to local charities, encouraging volunteerism, sponsoring local events, employing people from the community, supporting diversity and work-life balance, engaging in fair trade practices.

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What’s covered? It’s difficult to gain investors’ trust if a company is secretive about its governance structure. Clear and transparent reporting on a company’s executive compensation, employee relations, and management structure has direct benefits, including enhanced brand value and reputation, greater success at attracting and retaining talent, and organizational growth. What does this look like? Creating and maintaining a corporate code of conduct, accountability frameworks, updates at AGMs, and transparent availability of information.

CLP

• Have won the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs’ Diamond Award for Best Corporate Governance Disclosure in the last 11 consecutive years • In 2005 became the first company listed in Hong Kong to issue its own Code on Corporate Governance and publish a Corporate Governance Report. Holds an annual ESG webcast briefing for stakeholders • Since 2003, engaged over 28,400 shareholders and guests with more than 700 organized visits to CLP’s facilities

MTR

• 2013 Platinum winner of “The Hong Kong Institute of CPAs’ 2013 Best Corporate Governance Disclosure Awards” • To help employees understand and comply with its requirements on ethical practices, the company has developed a Code of Conduct Corporate Guidebook for All Staff • Board Diversity is maintained by considering industry experience, diversity of perspectives and professional skills and background of Board members

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Will Hong Kong become an environmental trailblazer? Words by Louisa Ho

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ong Kong. Widely known as a leading international financial hub and trade port, it is a buzzing, vibrant city with many attractive qualities such as high standard of living and low taxes.

Polling residents and visitors, the most frequent hesitation when discussing Hong Kong’s many attributes is around environmental issues. Simply scan the local headlines to confirm this: air pollution, waste crises and lack of legislation are heavily discussed topics. There are issues to tackle – there’s no question. So it may be novel, even surprising, to consider that Hong Kong is actually well positioned – if it so chooses – to become an environmental leader in the Asia Pacific region. We propose that there is massive opportunity for the city to take actions that will attract positive global attention in an area that previously has detracted from the full package. Why? Hong Kong is prosperous and ambitious, putting it in a good spot to turn its focus toward conserving its considerable natural resources, and taking a leading regional role in sustainable development. Indeed, the city is already beginning to take small steps in the right direction, with stronger-than-ever government commitments and rising public awareness.

The Nature Conservancy worked together with the Hong Kong Cleanup and Ecozine to ask experts to brainstorm the top ten areas of potential for government, industries, NGOs and individuals to target for environmental leadership in the region. And… the results are in. SET A ZERO WASTE TARGET

01 The next ten years will be pivotal for Hong Kong in determining

whether it can pull itself out of the dumps (literally) and surge ahead in this area. With planned legislation including waste charging and producer responsibility schemes, stimulus funds for community green stations and recycling industry, plus increased focus on public engagement, there is certainly a glimmer of hope – and public support is strong for many of these strategies. For example, more than 150,000 participants from over 500 companies, schools and organisations have joined together to help clean up the city as part of the Hong Kong Cleanup. The natural next step could be to join cities like San Francisco, Taipei and Manila who are already setting zero waste targets. This is a long-term goal that takes combined efforts and solid planning, so the sooner it is set, the better. DEVELOP SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES

02 In 2012, Hong Kong declared a groundbreaking ban on

trawling that will contribute to improved fish stocks and marine life in the territory. This could be a great case study for other regions if the data, results and impact are shared. But it shouldn’t stop here.


SPECIAL REPORT Hong Kong people consume over four times as much seafood as the average global citizen, so committing a responsibility to healthy seas and supporting sustainable fisheries in areas like the Coral Triangle, where around 60% of Hong Kong’s eating fish are caught, would be a good next step. STOP ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE

03 Hong Kong’s lifeblood is in trading, and it’s a key international

trading port – so it’s important that it be a responsible one. Stronger legal measures can be taken against the illegal wildlife trade within Hong Kong’s purview. Its citizens can also influence their community to change their habits and perceptions and “say no” to products such as ivory and shark fin. REALLY CLEAR THE AIR

04 Close to 50% of Hong Kong’s air pollution is generated locally.

By strengthening existing initiatives and making clean air a priority for the government and citizens, significant improvements can be made. Even individual actions like switching off engines on idle cars is part of this game. Non-driving citizens should be encouraged to report polluters using the existing but underused citizen reporting scheme. STIMULATE CLEAN TRANSPORTATION

05 The government has kick-started a good trend with its US$38.7

million fund to support the testing of green transport technologies. It can keep up the momentum by promoting, subsidising, and providing more sustainable modes of transport that are more efficient and cause less pollution. Companies and consumers can help by making informed choices regarding vehicle purchases and transport options. UPGRADE INFRASTRUCTURE

06 A deep integral part of a city’s economy and efficiency, roads

and other urban infrastructure are a natural target for making small changes with big impact. Hong Kong can adopt smart roadways and tolling systems, such as paperless tollbooths, that enhance the system, with multiple benefits – from improved traffic flow to reduced pollution due to less idling time – that really add up.

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07 Fuel mix is currently a big conversation for Hong Kong, and a

complex one. A recent public consultation revealed many opinions, and the ensuing revisions to energy policies will be challenging to finalise. It’s important for citizens to understand the pros and cons of each fuel type and urge the government to maximise the efficiency of the city’s electrical grid by diversifying its power sources. PRIORITISE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

08 Youth are the stewards of the future, and getting them on

side is vital, through education in the classroom as well as through experiential learning opportunities like the Hong Kong Cleanup. If Hong Kong children grow up with an appreciation of the importance of conservation and personal responsibility, they will be instrumental in propelling their city toward environmental leadership. SET STRONG LEGISLATION

09 Passing legislation and setting strong targets and action plans

for the environment is of absolute importance if Hong Kong is to step into a leadership role regionally. And this is a participatory process; the government is responsible for policy, but the public can influence and support its decisions through public consultations. This is an opportune time to address bigger issues like carbon emissions, waste and biodiversity. ENCOURAGE GOOD BUSINESS

10 With Hong Kong such a major player in finance and commerce,

companies there can play a key role in promoting sustainability within their own industries and among their employees. Corporate initiatives aimed at raising awareness amongst staff and inspiring behavior change are on the rise, and should be encouraged. The “triple bottom line” approach to business is a growing phenomenon that can be adopted. Meanwhile multinationals with strong sustainability imperatives set elsewhere will be helpful in raising the local corporate sustainability profile for Hong Kong. The Nature Conservancy (tnc.org.hk) works with Ecozine to co-organize the Hong Kong Cleanup (HKcleanup.org), a community initiative that has mobilised over 100,000 Hong Kong citizens to clean up, connect with, and better appreciate nature in a meaningful way.


Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

“My approach to healthy eating is about achieving that sense of balance: a lot of the good stuff, loads of variety, and the odd indulgence every now and then.” - Jamie Oliver

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver isn’t one for sitting on his laurels. Having garnered global praise for his best-selling cookbooks and television series The Naked Chef, the international sensation decided to put his efforts into something far greater than a career in the kitchen: he made it his mission to spread awareness of the importance of eating a fresh, healthy, balanced diet in warding off the obesity crisis threatening our children and subsequent generations. We asked Jamie if he would share an exclusive vegetarian recipe for our readers, and he created a delicious pasta dish with fresh herbs and produce. Tried and tested by our team, we can confirm that it’s easy enough for even a kitchen novice to prepare, and is perfect for an intimate evening or family gathering. Enjoy! Recipe Jamie Oliver Photography Matt Russell


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JAMIE’S PENNE ARRABIATA Serves 4

PASTA: • 3 or 4 fresh red chillies, finely chopped • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped • 2 x 400g tins quality chopped tomatoes • 200ml organic vegetable stock • 400g penne pasta • a bunch of fresh basil, leaves picked and torn • 25g Parmesan cheese* • optional: ¼ Scotch bonnet chilli, very finely chopped • extra virgin olive oil PANGRATTATO: • 50g sourdough or ciabatta breadcrumbs • ½ bunch of mixed fresh herbs, such as sage, rosemary, thyme, with leaves picked and chopped • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped • olive oil

WANT MORE?

Since Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution campaign launched in 2010, almost a million people globally have pledged to join the movement, and many more are beginning to feel the ripple effects of healthier eating in schools and homes. Check out these resources for inspiring videos, recipes, tips and more!

* for a vegan option, try replacing the parmesan with brewer’s yeast seasoning! Mix all the pangrattato ingredients and a lug of olive oil together in a bowl. Tip onto a baking tray, then spread out evenly and toast under the grill for 2 to 4 minutes, or until lightly golden, giving the tray a jiggle occasionally for even cooking. Leave aside. Add a splash of olive oil to a large pan over medium heat, then fry the chilli and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened and smelling fantastic, then pour in the tomatoes and veg stock and bring up to a simmer. Meanwhile, add the pasta to a pan of boiling salted water and cook according to the packet instructions. When the pasta is al dente (still with a bit of bite), drain, reserving a cup of the cooking water. Tip the pasta and most of the basil into the tomato sauce, then cook for a further minute or so, adding a splash of reserved cooking water to loosen, if needed. Divide between your plates, then finish with a few shavings of Parmesan (or Brewer’s yeast), the remaining basil leaves, a sprinkling of scotch bonnet chilli (if using), and some crunchy pangrattato. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, then serve straight away. 56

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Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals US$24.99 | amazon.com

Jamie’s Italian:

now in Hong Kong! Newly opened in the buzzing foodie district of Causeway Bay, Jamie’s Italian is already becoming a firm favourite of savvy diners. Designed to offer a fully transparent dining experience that revolves around the fresh ingredients used, the setup of Jamie’s Italian allows guests to see the food being prepared and to chat with chefs, at integrated foodpreparation stations throughout the restaurant. We love that the menu includes shared options and a deliziose selection of cocktails! jamieoliver.com/italian/hongkong Ecozine.com


FROM UNHAPPY MAN to ULTRA MAN RICH ROLL SHARES A FEW INSPIRATIONS FOR CHOOSING A PLANT BASED LIFE Story by Lisa Christensen


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t It’s pretty simple actually. Eating a whole-food plant-based diet is the only diet that has been shown not only to prevent a litany of diseases, but in some cases to actually reverse them. I’ve seen before-and-after angiograms of people with heart disease that go on a whole-food plantbased diet, and are actually able to reverse blockages in their arteries, which is astounding. Modern society is all about diagnose-andprescribe, and most of the medications that are prescribed are intended to alleviate symptoms, not deal with what makes us sick. So that in and of itself is pretty powerful stuff, right? I think people believe I perform well as an athlete despite eating this plant-based diet, and what they fail to understand is that I perform at the level that I do because of it! Eating a whole-food plant-based diet increases the body’s ability to heal itself. From an athletic perspective this means that you are able to recover and repair more quickly between workouts. And if you can reduce that healing time, then you can train harder without the same level of risk associated with overtraining. When you protract that out over a number of months or a season or a number of years, it translates into tremendous performance gains. Recovery is the holy grail of the athlete, and the plant-based diet is really the key to enhancing recovery. I see it as a secret weapon, and I truly believe that it is what has allowed me to go from that overweight couch potato guy to competing at Ultraman in a relatively short period of time. I’m coming up on 48 now, I feel great, I’m still trim, I’m getting stronger and faster all the time, and I see no reason to change what I’m doing. Ecozine.com


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environment p The environment aspect is the biggest no-brainer. The impact of industrialized animal agriculture on greenhouse gasses, and the devastation of the rainforest, and the pollution of the oceans, and the destruction of our soils… it is distressing to consider the extent to which this one single industry is harming the planet. I don’t think that we are going to be able to make a significant impact with reversing all the damage that we are creating until we really look at our food supply and start to make some serious changes. We are not obligate omnivores, we’re no longer living in a culture where we have to eat meat, and pretty soon you’re not going to have a choice, because when you look at the statistics and see where all of this is heading, we can’t continue down this path. It is completely unsustainable. The frustration and the great irony is that the solution is so simple. If we embrace a plant-based diet, then we start to solve many of these problems. If you just reduce your consumption of meat, you’re having a much larger impact on the environment than shorter showers, or turning the lights off, or all of these little things that we do to make us feel like we’re good planetary citizens. James Cameron said it best in a recent speech; he said you cannot consider yourself an environmentalist if you’re ingesting animal products. I think we’re at that crossroads right now, and I think we’re ready to have that conversation. Ecozine.com

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“Living in the big city doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice eating fresh local food, it just means you have to get more creative in generating your own source.”


COMMON GARDENING EXCUSES And how to overcome them. Now get out there and grow yourself some food! From rural towns to urban dwellers, many are turning away from industrially mass-produced food products and choosing organic and homegrown instead. From the soil, to the nourishment of the plant, and ultimately to our bodies, it simply makes sense. Vegetables can be bursting with flavour, provide myriad nutrients, and of course there’s nothing like the satisfaction of serving up something from your very own garden! Words by Brittany Laidlaw

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I DON’T HAVE THE SPACE! Container gardening, or microgardening, is a great way to grow your own food on the balcony or in a sunny corner of the house. Vertical space is an underused resource too. Hanging small pots on top of each other can save water as each one feeds the one directly below it. Place plants that like lots of drainage on top with ones that like moist soil at the bottom. Many plants can also be trained to grow upwards, for example cucumber, tomatoes and beans. If you have shared outdoor space, why not get together with your neighbours to start a community garden?

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I CAN’T FIND GOOD QUALITY SOIL Composting is the easiest way to make your own soil. Not only can you use it to grow delicious organic food, you can also actively reduce the amount of waste you contribute to landfills by recycling food waste in a more natural way. Rooftop areas are perfect for creating your own composting bin, which can be easily made using an old trashcan. Make sure you seal the container (so that animals don’t find their way in) and add holes for aeration. Mix

it once a week for the best results. If you’re tight for space, a small indoor worm farm is exceptionally efficient and doesn’t smell at all, despite what you might expect. Bokashi bins are also a great option for small spaces.

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NOTHING GROWS WHERE I LIVE Growing seasonal food and selecting varieties suited to your climate are the best ways of ensuring the success of your garden. In the hot season, varieties like Amaranth (Chinese spinach), chillies, onions, beans, squash, and corn do very well. Most plants take 6-8 weeks to establish themselves, so in the meantime you can prepare for the cooler months by sowing varieties such as kale, spinach, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, and root vegetables like potato and carrot. There are also plenty of herbs that are suitable for growing all year round, including basil, lemongrass and chives.

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I JUST DON’T HAVE THE TIME Herbs, if time is an issue, are the easiest plants to grow and require very little management once they are established. Some of the easiest herbs

to grow indoors are rosemary, parsley, basil, oregano, sage, tarragon and thyme. Most of these herbs can be propagated from cuttings, which is a very cheap way of getting your garden started. Keep your herbs in a sunny spot, such as a windowsill, and be sure to water them when you see the soil is getting dry. Forgetful? No problem: install a water timer that automatically waters your plants regularly!

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I DON’T KNOW HOW TO GARDEN If you need a little confidence to get started, the gardening scene offers a plethora of learning opportunities. Permaculture clubs offer workshops, courses, and tours in all areas of sustainable living, including growing your own organic food, composting, healthy cooking, creating homemade products and much more. For those who want to gain hands-on experience, look for volunteer opportunities, both during the week and on the weekends. If you have friends who are interested in learning too, why not hire a permaculture club to host a garden party near your home? Gardening is way more fun when you are doing it alongside friends.

There are a ton of awesome documentaries, books, blogs and real life experiences on permaculture. Carve out some time to learn more! WATCH & LEARN • Dirt: The Movie | dirtthemovie.org • Symphony of the Soil | symphonyofthesoil.com • Seeds of Permaculture | seeds3.wix.com/ seedsofpermaculture • Growing Change | growingchange.com.au • Fresh | freshthemovie.com GET ONLINE • You Grow Girl | yougrowgirl.com • TED Talks: Food channel | ted.com/themes/food_matters.html • Food Matters | foodmatters.tv

READ ALL ABOUT IT • How Can I Use Herbs in My Daily Life by Isabell Shipard • Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway • Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow BUY SEEDS • Seeds of Change | seedsofchange.com • Burpee Organic Gardening | burpee.com • Seed Savers | seedsavers.org

TAKE A COURSE • Quail Springs Permaculture provides an extensive Permaculture Design Curriculum and confers Certification as a Registered Permaculture Teacher with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. | quailsprings.org • Ashevillage Institute (USA) offers a design approach modeled on self-generating natural systems, with an aim to support long-term ecologic integrity of our planet and people. | ashevillage.org • HK Perma Club is an educative space in Hong Kong that empowers guests to re-connect with nature and permaculture. It currently offers volunteer opportunities and runs tours and open days every weekend. | facebook.com/permaclub Ecozine.com

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usy. Tired. Exhausted. Overwhelmed. How many times have you uttered those words in the last few days? It’s no secret that the same buzz that draws us to urban living can mentally chew us up and spit us out, if we don’t exercise active choices to stay in control and remain in the moment. Mindfulness is an effective tool for creating a happy, balanced, productive life. Even during the busiest work week, there are small ways you can switch off, zen out, and rejuvenate when city life gets a bit hectic.

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Studies have shown smartphones blur the lines between work and downtime, and severely increase our stress levels. The solution is simple. Turn off your phone or put it away when you’re not using it. Deactivate notifications, and set aside specific hours in the day to make and receive calls. Keep a handwritten list of online tasks and set aside a block of time each day to do it. Make your phone usage a conscious choice, rather than letting it push you around with every beep or buzz.

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Before responding to a honking horn, a challenging colleague, or a frustrating friend – stop. Breathe. Take your time, then respond. Too often we react without thought and regret it later. Sometimes a moment’s pause is all it takes, and the result can be very powerful.

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Have you noticed that “I’m so busy” has become the standard response to many questions? Words shape our thoughts and our mindset. Instead of saying “busy”, focus on language that doesn’t perpetuate your stress. You’re productive, not busy. You’re enjoying yourself. You’re in balance. You’ve got an awesome weekend coming up. Give yourself credit! And if you’re none of those things? Fake it till you make it. Whatever you do, ban the “B” word. It will change your life.

“YOU DESERVE TO LIVE IN A STATE OF

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In the same way that double-glazed windows contain properties that block out noise, you too can develop a “space” between your external stimuli and your internal response – a peacefulness that resonates during the day. For some, that is found in yoga, meditation, or cycling; for others it can be found during quiet time at home. Whatever it is, find what strengthens your internal double-glazing, and work on improving it daily.

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Wherever you are, nature is not far, be it the beach, hiking trails, or the ocean. Nothing is quite as good for the soul or the body as immersing yourself in the great outdoors. Take the time to escape from the concrete jungle and go rediscover the real wild world.

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BEAUTY AND THE BLEAK

WASHED UP WITH THE FLOTSAM OF OUR TIMES Photography Nic Rouge Studio Models Helena Chan, Lenka Korbova, David Oshry Concept Lisa Christensen Styling Nissa Marion Assistant Katie Collins Makeup Liz Bohan Upcycled Couture by Karta Healy Sponsored by The Hong Kong Cleanup Debris Debrief Every single square kilometre of ocean on the planet contains plastic. How much? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to say, but various studies estimate averages of anywhere from 13,000 to 46,000 pieces of plastic per sq. km, with the number rising up to 750,000 pieces per sq. km in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.


Between a Rock and a Hard Place We’ve yet to find a way to clean up our mess. Why? The overwhelming majority of plastic debris in the ocean is invisible – microscopic fragmented plastic that have infiltrated every level of marine ecosystem. As plastic breaks down, it becomes more saturated with toxins and, ultimately, ingested by marine animals and zooplankton… the very start of our own food chain.


Wildlife Woes Our actions on land can have dire effects on ecosystems far away. A stark example: thousands of kilometres from land in the middle of the Pacific, Midway Atoll is about as remote as a place can get. Yet it is believed that every single one of the 1.5 million Laysan Albatrosses that inhabit the island has plastic in their digestive system… and for one out of every three chicks, the amount of plastic ingested is fatal.

Plastic Not-so Fantastic Over 1 trillion disposable plastic bags are used every year worldwide – that’s over 1 million every minute. In China alone, it’s estimated that 3 billion plastic bags are used daily. Estimates for recycling of these vast numbers of bags? Anywhere from 0.5% to 3%.


Save Me Although sadly 70% of the trash in the sea sinks to the ocean floor, enough of it washes onto land to seriously affect our ecosystems, economies, and human health and safety. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for someone else to fix the problem. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Rethink.


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DEEP DESIRE A true red with a hint of blue, this iconic shade is a straight-up classic. It’s also packed with sesame, rosehip and papaya oils for moisture, and plenty of pigment so you don’t need to reapply every ten minutes. We’re in love. Lipstick Crayon in 99 Red Ballons, US$24, Ilia

NAIL IT Whether you’re looking for a snowy pastel or going for chic, edgy accents, SpaRitual’s vegan shades deliver. We love this deep blue hue fresh off the runways. Nail polish in Surreal, US$23, SpaRitual

> A subtle sun-kissed glow and a pop of juicy red is the antidote to winter blahs.

PUCKER UP This tinted balm is packed with Fair Trade shea butter and a sweet drop of agave syrup for a kissably sweet, soft pout! The Kiss gloss, US$20, Lush REEF RELIEF These four shimmering shades (3 eye, 1 cheek) are gorgeous enough to ward off winter’s gloom… but that’s not what we love most about them. Five percent of all proceeds from this palette are donated to the Marine Conservation Institute as part of their campaign to protect 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020. Coral Reefs shadow palette, US$89, Chantecaille GOLDEN GIRL Like all Caudalie’s products, this bronzer contains zero parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, SLS or animal ingredients. But never mind all that… the silky formula glides on smoothly and is buildable, making it our perfect alternative to dangerous UV tanning (no thanks). Achieve a sun-kissed glow in seconds. Teint Divin Mineral Bronzing Powder, US$32, Caudalie

GO AHEAD HUE DESERVE IT This winter, dazzle them with metallic touches, luscious lips, and perfect skin.

LET IT SHINE Get your mitts on these metallic cream shadows, spot-on for the season’s hottest trend. Served up in cute little paint pots with built-in tiny brushes, these babies are 100% vegan, contain jojoba, and – most importantly – they stay put! Emotional Brilliance Eyes in Success and Fantasy, US$19, Lush

BAKE ME A… Slowly baked with minerals to provide a flawless, natural-matte finish, this line of pressed powders is less drying than its conventional counterparts and – bonus – is compact, portable and unscented. Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, US$32, MAC

WINK, WINK This all-natural mascara is exactly what we’ve been waiting for, with a water-based formula that contains conditioning shea butter and beeswax. Amen. Short Eyelashes Mascara in Black, US$25, Couleur Caramel Winter 2014

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For Her Rolex Lady Oyster Perpetual 26MM Price on Enquiry

Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier 36MM Price on Enquiry

This classic self-winding perpetual watch is cased in 904L steel, with sapphire crystal protection. Rolex’s Oyster watches are of a universal and classic style, embodying the simplicity of the original, pioneer Rolex pieces. Rolex’s philanthropic programmes foster innovations in science, exploration, conservation, education and the arts. The company contributes over 50% of its profits to the foundation.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Lady Manual-Winding US$28,000

Inspired by the lightness of a balloon and the blueness of sapphire, the Ballon Bleu features blued-steel hands and a grooved crown in 18-carat yellow gold, with an 18-carat yellow gold and steel bracelet. Cartier’s corporate responsibility prioritizes environmental responsibility and commits that all materials in its supply chain must be sourced in an ethical manner. To this end they only partner with businesses who also commit to these practices.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto US$10,200

This high-end timepiece, made in gold with 62 diamonds, is an exceptionally attractive and eco-conscious addition to a woman’s wrist. Vacheron Constantin has offset its CO2 emissions since 2008, and takes ethics seriously in the manufacturing of watches. The company works closely with the Responsible Jewellery Council and United Nations to ensure its gold and diamond suppliers respect both human and labour rights, as well as environmental factors.

This feminine timepiece, adorned in 18-carat gold with 73 diamonds, features a day/night indicator embellished by sun and moon symbols in its dial. Uniquely, the back of the watch also displays the hours and minutes. Jaeger-LeCoultre offsets its CO2 emissions by funding eco conservation projects, and the company works with the Forest Stewardship Council and the Responsible Jewellery Council to ensure its environmental aims are achieved.

WATCH THIS SPACE 8 Timepieces With a Difference

These luxury watchmakers value ethical, social, and environmental practices. TEMPVS COMPVTARE Shark Watcher Black DLC US$14,000

OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M US$10,200

Both beautiful and highly functional, this dive watch is water resistant to 600 metres and features a blue dial and blue ceramic diver’s bezel on a 45.5mm titanium case and bracelet. A portion of sales from the Planet Ocean 600M will fund two projects preserving biodiversity in Indonesia and educating the local population on sustainable practices.

The Sharkwatcher is an outstanding example of a meaningful timepiece. Completely animal-skin free, the steel black DLC is a limited edition first worn by Sharkwater director and conservation hero Rob Stewart. Tempvs Compvtare works closely with charities like United Conservationists and PangeaSeed, abiding by a belief that species extinction can be prevented with sufficient will.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII US$4,900

The Mark XVII is a classic pilot’s watch, featuring protection against magnetic fields and a 42-hour power reserve. Its design mimics instruments found in the cockpit. IWC is an active member of the Climate Group, an international NGO dedicated to clean industries and reducing global emissions. Expect lower emissions, water usage and chemicals in the manufacturing of IWC watches.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15400 Price on Enquiry

The Royal Oak is a perpetually admired style, and this one is striking with a black dial and stainless steel casing and bracelet. The hour markers and hands in white gold and luminescent coating are protected by glareproof sapphire crystal. Each watch sold contributes to the Audemars Piguet Foundation, which since 1992 has contributed to worldwide conservation – such as projects to restore forest biodiversity and raising youth awareness of environmental issues.

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3. COMPLETE THE LOOK LOOKwith these absolutely stylish and sustainable sunglasses. SOLO eyewear The Hoff. US $95 | soloeyewear.com 4. SUSTAINABLE ECO-BAD-GIRL BOOTS are made for walking. Stella McCartney Hadley Boots. US $716 | stellamccartney.com

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10. EARTH-GODDESS GLAM go for a classic cork skin tote. Pelcor USA Stripe Shopper. US $155 | pelcorusa.com Ecozine.com


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LOOKBOOK RISING STARS SUSTAINABLE STYLE The

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As seasonal fashion trends come and go, what is ‘in’ now may not be ‘in’ tomorrow, leaving thousands of tonnes of textiles to end up in landfills daily. Fortunately, the fashion world is starting to realise that wearing nice things shouldn’t have to cost us the environment. Designers are now integrating sustainability into style, from reinventing vintage garments to experimenting with eco-friendly materials like bamboo and cork. After all, at the end of the day, good design is all about problem solving. Here are five great designers leading the way to sustainable, functional fashion. t EILEEN CHAN

Vintage clothes are so on-trend, but the cut and shape can be quite off sometimes, with the changing silhouettes over time. Enter Hong Kong designer Eileen Chan (the-yesterdayskin.com), who travels around the world and handpicks individual vintage pieces, and reconstructs them to fit women in the now. Every piece is inherently one-of-akind, making it extra special for the wearer.

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There is a lost touch in crafting these days, and it’s exciting to see a young designer using this traditional skill with a modern twist. Katie uses a creative eye to source her materials, using excess yarn from large design houses and vintage pieces from charity shops. For her A/W 2014 collection, she combined hand knitted adornments with collected Aran sweaters.

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Winner of season 5 of Project Runway, Leanne Marshall designs and handcrafts her own line of wedding dresses using 100% organic and sustainable materials. Her dresses showcase an uniqueness and elegance that give a special element to each dress – just what you’d want for that special day. Ecozine.com

Many people have jumped on the upcycling train, turning waste materials like tires or candy wrappers into new handbags. But nothing like Bottletop. The signature soda can ring-pull embellishment is reminiscent of Paco Rabanne metal pieces from the 60s. The perfect structure is covered or weaved to locally sourced leather in the Amazon. Narciso Rodriguez just created two Bottletop bags, which are absolutely beautiful and retail for over US$2,000 - not bad for a bag covered with used pop can parts! Winter 2014

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My Essentials CARA G M C ILROY Founder, Genie Juicery Her eleven thousand Instagram followers know her as “Mummy, Wifey, Model, TV presenter, Founder of Genie Juicery & certified holistic health coach.” We know her as not only a good friend but a superwoman who tirelessly supports good causes and promotes healthy living.

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Eco Luxe City Guide

CUSCO, PERU Where to eat, drink, stay, shop and rejuvenate in one of the world’s highest cities

The name Peru conjures visions of a place with a deep connection to nature and ancient lore. The city of Cusco, nestled high in the Andes, is this vision embodied. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is known as the historic capital of the Inka Empire. With almost 2 million visitors per year, tourist services abound - but which are the good spots? We visited the spectacular ‘Puma City’ and picked out our favourites – just for you.

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Cusco is well known for its amazing food, with Michelin-star restaurants and foodie options for all palates. So, no surprise that there are also dozens of top vegetarian restaurants in this vegan-friendly city. SHAMAN VEGAN RAW RESTAURANT Eat in harmony with Pachamama Santa Catalina Ancha 366 B Taste the true flavors of Shamanic life through their special section of Super Foods and Power Drinks. This is the first Shamanic Restaurant in Peru that is dedicated to delivering ancient shamanic food practices and secrets! Options include raw, vegan, vegetarian and special ‘shamanic diet’. AGUAYMANTO RESTO BAR The organic gastropub to be at Hatun Rumiyoc 487 In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, you might miss this hidden gem. Don’t let that happen. Everything here is special, from the Peruvian cooking classes to the eco-friendly organic cuisine. The atmosphere is welcoming, the food is incredible (and sustainable), and the service is warm. 80

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You’ll want a comfortable, soothing place to lay your sleepy head after exploring the area, or day tripping into the sacred valley. Here are some earth-friendly options that fit the bill. INKATERRA LA CASONA CUSCO HOTEL Elegance of the ages Plazoleta Nazarenas 167 Cusco’s first luxury boutique hotel is a colonial manor house centrally located near the present-day main square. Its 11 suites surround a gorgeous courtyard where the patina of time is preserved - but inside, all the contemporary comforts are at hand. Inkaterra is renowned for its ecological conservation efforts, which is a sure bonus. BELMOND HOTEL MONASTERIO Monastic luxury… seriously Monasterio Cusco, Palacios 136 Right beside Cusco’s lively Central Square is this former monastery dating from 1592. This fabulous find combines centuries-old charm with luxury service. End your day with some fine dining, or chill out in the tranquil central courtyard. The monasterio’s doors open to a vibrant, bustling scene of Andean culture – but inside, it’s peaceful and serene. Ecozine.com


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Get a good taste of the local Peruvian lifestyle—and bring some of it home with you! Cusco offers a wide range of vintage and handmade sustainable souvenirs to choose from, including Alpaca sweaters, scarves, local arts and crafts and food products. CASA ECOLÓGICA CUSCO Eco-shopper’s paradise Portal de Carnes 236 This sustainably-minded store is all about natural medicines and organic food products, in addition to a large selection of handmade textiles from highland communities. You’ll also find hand-woven articles and locally sourced cruelty-free craft materials. MUNDO HEMP Hemp-eror’s new groove Qanchipata 596, San Blas Go here for an ethical take on Peruvian style: you’ll find 100% natural hemp clothes and housewares, as well as a quirky little café. The concept store was born out of the need to introduce hemp as a renewable commodity, and it is incorporated into every single product, from clothing to housewares to food and drinks.

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Cusco is nestled on the cusp of the Sacred Valley and is a perfect base for day trips to various Inkan archaeological treasures and sites of ancient wonder, surrounded by astonishing natural treks. SACSAYHUAMAN FORT Visitors to this magnificent nature-made fortress can’t help but be impressed by the beauty and scale of the ancient construction. Variously translated as ‘speckled falcon’ or ‘speckled head’, the landmark is steeped in myths that only add to the experience.

MACHU PICCHU Machu Picchu and its famous ruins are a bucket list destination for many, and for good reason. With its spiritual vibe, unique culture, as well as stunning scenic hiking trails for all levels, it’s truly a special place worth visiting. Whether you take the 4-day hike up the Inka trail, or hop the train to Aguas Calientes, it’s a magical journey that must not be missed.

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No travel itinerary is complete without some time to replenish the body and soul. For this, we turn to the abundant population of healers and therapists who are naturally drawn to this spiritually-connected place to do their work. HEALING HOUSE OF CUSCO Soul therapy Qanchipata 555, Cusco Offering a range of Reiki, yoga, meditation, massage, acupuncture, oracle readings, and expressive art therapy, the Healing House is rooted in community-learning, sharing, growing and shifting in order to offer what their community and clients need most. FREE SPIRIT PERU YOGA STUDIO Peace and mindfulness 115 D/ #1 Lucrepata, Cusco If you’re looking for the ultimate meditation and yoga experience in the heart of Cusco, catch a class with veteran yoga master Al Toth at Free Spirit Peru Yoga. He teaches you to be aware of your energies so that you can learn to be intensely focused and relaxed at the same time.

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Destination: Machu Picchu The Ecological Inka City for Seekers and Pilgrims

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very day, thousands of acres of rainforest are destroyed and species become extinct. We are taking away the natural home of plants and animals for the sole benefit of humans, for our unstoppable growth. Long ago, if a species went extinct it was likely because of natural events. Today, plants and animals are in danger mostly because of human actions. Yet, more and more, humans now are turning their attention to the ancient lore and wisdom of nature. Some are driven by a feeling that time is running out - that too many species are disappearing, and too many people are losing their ability to live together in harmony. Many are simply realizing that, as wisely spoken by Chief Seattle of the Squamish Tribe, “Man did not weave the web of life; he is but a thread within it.”

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The ancient, sacred Inka city of Machu Picchu is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great examples of man living in harmony with the environment. The land and people of the magical mountains of the Andes are indeed tremendously awe-inspiring, and we can bear witness to the beauty of the past and present coming together, alive with the exciting promise of future continuity. Machu Picchu is the witness of a time in Andean history when the masters lived and celebrated with an intense conscious connection to Pachamama - Mother Earth. With their foresight and respect to nature, these sages have left a tangible message clearly traceable for future generations. Some of these messages will motivate in the visitor a recognition of a spiritual path, opening the doors to new dimensions of awareness.

DISCOVER ANCIENT WISDOM

Andean history is divided into segments of one thousand years, with a transformational era after every five hundred years. The last of these historical transitions took place during the summer solstice in June 1992. It is said that spiritual and psychic

doors closed for centuries have now been opened, inviting and propelling us to new heights of responsibility and reconnection with our planet. There is so much for us to rediscover about the foresight and vision of our ancestors, such as tolerance and respect between cultures, combined with the capacity to agree and disagree, and recognition of the many divine aspects of nature and the cosmos. For those willing to learn, new dimensions of awareness are available.

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Machu Picchu is so steeped in ancient wisdom that the mere fact of being there can have a profound effect on many visitors, instilling a sense of connection to Earth and the universe. However, the more intrepid among travellers can engage in purpose-led journeys with intent to develop oneself, and can include shamanic ceremonies, meditations, offerings and rituals to discover the secrets of nature and of ancient mankind. Many practices of Andean wisdom can be explored in Machu Picchu, such as healing techniques and the ceremonial use of power plants.

Mallku is a Shaman, a visionary, and a spiritual leader, with passion and devotion for promoting awareness of Andean culture. He is an internationally respected teacher, lecturer, prolific writer, vegan restaurant owner, photographer, humanitarian and environmentalist. He co-creates sacred journeys to power places in Peru, such as Machu Picchu, for those willing to take more than a physical journey and become in tune with their mind, body, soul and nature.


ESCAPE + EXPLORE Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Peru Mystical location, check. Breathtaking views, check. World-class hospitality, check. Eco-resourcefulness, check. Right… we must be someplace very special indeed.

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he Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel sits perched along the banks of the Vilcanota River in the Machu Picchu sanctuary in Peru. The only 5-star luxury resort in the World Heritage Site area, the property’s social and environmental initiatives are profound and shape the entire guest experience, earning it recognition by the Rainforest Alliance. From 2011 to 2012 alone, the Sumaq reduced its solid waste output by more than 36%, its energy consumption by 30%, and its fuel consumption from 3.2L to 2.8L of gasoline per guest. Caring for neighboring communities is also a priority. The Sumaq hires local staff, purchases products and services from nearby suppliers, supports local cultural events and fosters awareness of Andean culture by offering its guests activities such as a ‘Payment to the Earth’ ritual and traditional cooking classes. Sumaq’s own Qunuq restaurant offers locally sourced organic dishes, including delicacies from traditional Peruvian gastronomy. The Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel’s green virtues are well acknowledged, and its other qualities do not fall short. The property’s interiors are spacious and soothing, offering guests just the right amount of modern while giving pride of place to magnificent views of

the mountains and rivers that cascade around the hotel. Its distinctive exterior is subtle rather than extravagant, highlighting the natural beauty and exclusivity of the location. As a bonus, it is situated a mere 20 minutes from the magnificent Machu Picchu historical sanctuary and the Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. It’s no wonder that guests leave with nothing but rave reviews and a yearning to come back.

Eco Awards: Winner of “Traveler’s Choice” award on TripAdvisor, 2013; Awarded “The Best Ecological Destination of South America” in the World Travel Award 2010; listed among ‘The World’s 10 Best Ecological Hotels’ by Prime Magazine 2009 From US$325 per night machupicchuhotels-sumaq.com


JUNE 17TH – 30TH, 2015 LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU – PUNO – LAKE TITICACA

PLEASE JOIN WORLD RENOWNED SHAMANIC HEALER MALLKU AND ECOZINE’S FOUNDERS LISA AND NISSA FOR THIS COSMIC EVENT On this once in a lifetime journey, we will guide you on an enlightening pilgrimage from power places and dimensional doorways, to healing springs, sacred nature and celestial mountains. This environmentally educational journey is a fascinating exploration that reveals the beauty and wisdom within us all.

SPACES ARE LIMITED – PLEASE ENQUIRE TODAY | TRAVEL@ECOZINE.COM | (852) 2868 5585


“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best.” - Ernest Hemingway

A WHEELY GREEN ADVENTURE Discovering China’s Provinces by Bicycle Words by Bruce Foreman

Visiting remote natural areas by bicycle is seriously underrated – and is a journey seldom taken by the modern day traveller. Yet, going off the beaten track, you will find food tastes better, people are friendlier, the skies clearer, the journey more memorable and – perhaps most importantly – the experiences are authentic.


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Some think of factories and super highways when they think of Fujian province; I say think again. Think beautiful open trails and expansive views. Venture into the mountains that, for centuries, have guarded Hakka clans living in rammed earth roundhouses, as well as the secret to making the perfect cup of oolong tea. The Hakka trekked 8,000 km from Henan to Fujian 12 centuries ago, in an attempt to escape crowds and violent competition for resources. They built inward facing multi-storied citadels made of the most natural material possible; earth. Known as tulou (‘tu’ means earth, ‘lou’ means lower or multi story), these huge clan fortresses were originally designed to keep the world at bay. New roads and a UNESCO World Heritage listing for 46 Chinese tulou properties means the world can now come to the tulou. But since maintaining its remoteness from the rest of the world was the basis of the Tulou-Hakka’s uniquely preserved culture, most bussedin tourists miss out on this fundamental aspect of the culture. It remains an astounding privilege to spend the night in a UNESCO heritage listed tulou, talking with the custodians whose genealogies are recorded back as far as the Song and Tang Dynasty. But it’s an even greater privilege to cycle off in the morning before the tour buses arrive, and journey on to find obscure off-the-map tulou that can only be accessed via tiny farmer-built pathways.

Just a few minutes ride away from the fairground-like city of Yangshuo are miles and miles of limestone karsts, laid out like the knobbed skin of a dragon’s back over the Great Guangxi Rice Paddies. Encouraged mostly by foreign visitors lamenting the rapid transformation of the once-stunning mud and grey brick peasant villages into concrete blocks, local people are beginning to make efforts to preserve their heritage by opening authentic country inns. In Yangshuo, locals mostly travel by motorbike, and some would, had they the choice, even prefer to travel by car. Our cycling company is encouraging locals to preserve the peasant heritage and its thoughtfully designed relationship with nature. Riding a bicycle through, or appreciating the perfect feng shui of, a rarely visited village creates awareness about heritage and its wonderful necessity.

2 Days // 90 km Get there: 1 hour flight from Hong Kong Foodie highlight: Freshly brewed local Oolong tea

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Sunscreen Protect your skin with a sunscreen that is broadspectrum and sweatproof. The Australian Cancer Council has a selection that ticks all the boxes.

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2 Days // 75 km Get there: 2 hours train ride from Hong Kong Foodie highlight: Countryside Canto cuisine and dim sum

Considering China’s reputation for lack of environmental concern, it’s with pure joy that we test our tires on the new Guangdong Greenways – 1,600 kilometres of semi-dedicated cycleways built into networks of farmer pathways, nature reserves and historical sites throughout the Pearl River Delta. Fortresses called ‘Diaolou’ poke out from the fields, and the bamboo groves of the Western Delta make for excellent cycling views in the Kaiping area, the epicentre of the Cantonese diaspora. Many are decorated with baroque and neoclassical follies that catapult the imagination to the exotic experiences of 19th and early 20th Century Chinese emigrants returning home from overseas. It’s a delight to have this amazing development so close to urban cities like Hong Kong and Guangzhou, where weekend warriors can leave the office on a Friday and embark on a fun, jet-fuel-free, eco weekend cycling adventure within hours. Bruce Foreman has spent 13 years in Hong Kong and China working in travel, as a photographer and most recently in running heritage service trips for international school students, in order to demonstrate the connections between environment and tourism, and to extend students understanding of heritage. Find out more about tailored bicycling trips at bikeaways.com or thehutong.com.


HOW to CHOOSE YOUR PERFECT HEALTH RETREAT Words by Kate Reardon

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t’s no secret that modern life’s physical, mental and emotional challenges - like workplace pressure and fast food dependence - are resulting in faster depletion of our natural energy reserves, leaving us susceptible to exhaustion and stress. For many, the popular answer is to book into a healing retreat, and allow oneself to be taken care of by qualified therapists who can help restore balance. But with the explosion of such services in recent years, where does one start the search for the ‘right’ retreat?

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WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS Ask yourself, “What do I want to get out of this experience?” In other words, do you want to lose weight, relieve tension, discover meditation, practice yoga, learn how to prepare raw food or cleanse your body of toxins? ASK AROUND The best way to find the perfect health retreat is to get a personal referral from someone you know (and trust!). By doing so, you can learn about the experience firsthand and decide whether it’s the right choice for you, too. KNOW WHO YOUR HOSTS ARE Read their biographies, and look for qualifications and industry experience so that you know you’ll be in capable and experienced hands. After all, these are the people who will be guiding you on your healing journey.

DOES THE RETREAT OFFER TOOLS TO TAKE HOME WITH YOU? You don’t want your retreat experience to be a mere Band-Aid for your ongoing health problems. Ideally to maintain the benefits when you are back home again, a retreat should offer learning opportunities, such as nutritional workshops, raw food classes, meditation classes, yoga classes, and so on. LOCATION, LOCATION If you’re seeking a peaceful, serene experience, the obvious choice will be a secluded or rural location. On the other hand, if you want to be able to sightsee or indulge in urban amenities during your stay, make sure the location has options for you.

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“ IN A COMPLETE MIND, BODY AND SOUL APPROACH TO HEALTH, ONE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THE DEEPER ‘SPIRIT’ PART OF ONSELF TO ACHIEVE THE MOST LONG LASTING RESULTS.

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WHAT’S ON THE MENU? You don’t want to get to a health retreat and find out the menu offers only mass-produced, packaged food with limited options. Check that there will be healthy, organic and fresh foods available to you during your stay.

READ THE TESTIMONIALS If a health retreat is highly regarded by clients and within the industry, you should be able to find out about it online. Read customer testimonials and look for reviews, articles and industry awards.

TRY SOMETHING YOU HAVE NEVER DONE BEFORE Consider a retreat that will push you beyond your comfort zone and challenge you in new ways. The first step to making changes in our lives is by trying something new; for example detoxing, Pilates, colon hydrotherapy or meditation.

AVOID HECTIC DAILY SCHEDULES You want to have plenty of downtime to read, swim, sunbathe, go on walks and do all those things you don’t normally have time for in your everyday life, so be sure the retreat schedule allows for this.

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TRUST YOUR GUT INSTINCT If you have a good feeling about the place, and the people, then go for it - your intuition is most likely leading you there for a reason.

FIND YOUR RETREAT MIND Stewart Mineral Springs Retreat stewartmineralsprings.com Shamanism Retreats wachuma.net BODY Bikini Bootcamp bikinibootcamp.com Escape to Shape escapetoshape.com SPIRIT Kamalaya Koh Samui kamalaya.com Chiva Som Retreats chivasom.com DETOX Natural Instinct Healing naturalinstincthealing.com Jiva Healing jivahealing.com

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Discovering a new park or nature trail has never been easier. Using photos and GPS coordinates from users, maps have been built to make exploring new trails fun and appealing! Only available for Android.

Green Schools Revolution

Did you know that apples are related to roses? That is just one tidbit of knowledge you will acquire in this playful game. A nice alternative to Candy Crush, and suitable for all ages.

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These days it seems that everything has a green or organic label, but they are not all created equal. This app takes reviews of leading products and gives them a score based on health, environment and society, helping consumers evaluate which green is ‘the greenest’.

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Control 4 My Home

Of all the apps here, this idea will probably have the most influence on us in the future. The concept of being able to manage everything that is plugged in at home from your phone is very appealing. Apple and Samsung have both stated that the future of apps is integrating your phone to your home. But why wait? Download now.

Recyclebank

A fantastic idea that rewards green deeds by providing discounts to eco-minded businesses. They provide a green back-to-school guide, for starters. By downloading and pledging to use some of the tips, you earn points to redeem for things like Zip-loc bag recycling, etc.

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Research has shown that the best way to make people more energy efficient is to get them aware of their usage. This app does that and more. Regularly awarded a perfect score of 5 stars, this app will help you lower your bills and help the environment.

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Got old audio equipment, tires or batteries? iRecycle is an app that can help you find the closest place to take your stuff and get it recycled!

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Does your phone battery die just after lunch break? This easy-to-use app speeds up your phone and makes your battery last longer! It might also extend the life of your phone, which is the ultimate in terms of eco friendly.

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Sleek, chic, petite — the Kobo Aura HD is easily the “fairest of them all”.Taking on the might of Amazon and Sony, its compact design and high screen quality ensures it as a tough match for its competitors. The software provides a myriad of functions and features that make the Aura HD more than a simple e-reader. Yay: ComfortLight technology allows users to read in the dark Nay: Cramped and inconvenient system interface Eco-bonus: Kobo runs a mail-in eRecycling program to minimize e-waste Cost: US$193 | kobo.com

TOP E-BOOK READERS Here’s what you need to know if you’re diving into the world of digital books.

Sony PRS-T3

One of the prized features of the entire Sony PRS-T line is their light build — the T3 is made entirely of plastic. Sony has been in the e-reader market for as long as Amazon has, but apart from being a simple, modest and attractive e-book reader, the T3 is unpopular for its lack of a built-in light and low quality touchscreen. It is, on the other hand, commended for its readability and its sharp screen that can make even the tiniest of fonts legible. Yay: Portability is perfect, light and compact Nay: No night-time light Eco-bonus: Sony’s products are made with recycled plastic, streamlined packaging, and other resource conservation methods. Cost: US$200 | sony.com

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The Onyx Boox M92’s high-contrast e-Ink display is readable in direct sunlight. Its system interface is highly commended by e-reader users because of its optimal viewing functions, which enhance the reading experience and accommodate easy reading for all kinds of documents. Its unique annotation feature and its screen size are highly valued, so if those are what you’re looking for, this e-reader might just be for you! Yay: Readable in direct sunlight Nay: Different companies sell different firmware versions of this device Eco-bonus: Onyx sells refurbished products, reducing e-waste Cost: US$383 | onyx-international.com

Ectaco JetBook Color 2

What separates the JetBook from its rivals is mainly that they use e-Ink Triton 2, which is regarded as the next generation color display screen for the traditional e-reader — more contrast and better vibrancy. The JetBook also dominates the education field, marketing itself specifically towards students and schools. It is bundled with a plethora of education software, which makes it a great substitute for books (which are responsible for the harvesting of 125 million trees a year). Yay: Comes preloaded with dictionaries, a graphing calculator and all the good school stuff Nay: Heavier and more expensive than most e-readers Eco-bonus: Striving to become every school’s textbook alternative, saving paper Cost: US$500 | jetbook.net

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The Scoop: This “science fiction” might become reality in the not too distant future. Elon Musk, the brains behind Paypal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and Solar City, has come up with the hyperloop. This futuristic mode of transportation is a cross between the Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table. Musk claims that this could shorten the commute from LA to San Francisco from 5h30min to just 35 minutes, with an average speed of 962kph. Best of all, it’s solar powered. While it is only a concept now, it shows the vast potential of solar in daily applications. Drawbacks? As a hypothesis the hyperloop is exciting, but extensive costly research and testing will be needed to determine its feasibility.

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The Scoop: These might as well be called smart roads, because they integrate solar power and computer networking to enhance the driving experience. Scott Brusaw is the brain behind making solar panels so strong and durable that they can be driven on. Built-in LED lights enhance lane visibility, and can be adjusted remotely for optimal traffic flow. A heating function means no more icy roads. Additionally, sensors can detect an animal or any object on the road and alert the driver in advance. Drawbacks? The estimated cost is $750 per square meter, while asphalt currently costs around $32 to $160 - and this doesn’t include maintenance, which would need highly skilled technicians. Ecozine.com

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If the ocean is a playground, yachts are the ultimate toys, and these ones are some of the finest ever to take to the water, each with an impressive array of unique features and a price tag to match. From hybrid engines to hydrodynamic hulls, chart a greener course on one of these luxurious eco cruisers.

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u 40s Hybrid | Columbus Yachts This elegant yacht’s twin electric engines and fuelsaving, maintenance-reducing Hybrid Propulsion system have earned her both an Environmental Protection Award and a Green Star Plus Platinum distinction – not to mention a 2014 ShowBoats Design Award for Interior Design and and Holistic Design. In addition to fuel savings, the 40s also features ample deck space, a sun deck hot tub and the stern folds down to reveal an additional terrace and bar area. Couple these amenities with the five-stateroom layout and zero speed stabilisers, and you’ve got yourself a reduced-guilt super yacht fit for world-class relaxation and entertaining. columbusyachts.it

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v Magellano 53 | Azimut From her ISO 14001 environmentally-certified fibreglass infusion lamination at the shipyard to her heat-exchange-reducing anti-UV filmed glass and low emission 425 mHP engines, the Magellano 53 is built green from start to finish. Today, Azimut continues to experiment with nanotechnologies that offer a lower impact on marine life as well as a longer-lasting, anti-fouling coating for the ship’s hull. But that’s not to say sacrifices have been made for environmental amiability. This is a long-range yacht capable of ferrying its guests around the world in unparalleled style and luxury. The Magellano 53 is the first yacht of its size to offer an outdoor sala on the bow, and its interior is a traditional scheme of walnut veneers, beige fabric linings, and cream carpet. A sleek cruiser, whose Italian heritage does not go unnoticed. azimutyachts.com

w Heliotrope 65 Solar Assisted Yacht Bakri Cono This contemporary 65ft catamaran can generate up to seven kW of solar energy via its lightningprotected, roof-mounted solar panels – but don’t let that fool you – this gorgeous yacht has been created with luxury of equal concern. With her spacious fly bridge and saloon, she’s ideal for entertaining guests: there is enough refrigerator space to accommodate 64 bottles of wine, a sunbed with a 10 person capacity, LED ambiance lighting on both the deck and indoors, a Starboard Linear Swim platform, and five staterooms capable of accommodating guests during long voyages. Having claimed the title of “first solar-assisted luxury catamaran in the world”, the Heliotrope has been built with the most advanced technology in marine engineering, as well as with the ultimate in state-of-the art facilities. bakricono.com

x Green Voyager 44m | Kingship So you want a revolutionary hybrid super yacht under 50m? Say hello to Kingship’s award-winning Green Voyager, a 44m beautiful beast that cruises with two C32 ACERT Caterpillar engines. Let’s toss in her ability to switch to a generator that requires just 65kW (vs 100kW for generators aboard similar-sized yachts) to perform and a fuel-saving power management system that include hotel-loadsupporting 600 kWh lithium-ion batteries. That’s not to overlook the al fresco dining possibilities, stunning state of the art interior design and floor-to-ceiling living area windows that, when taken together, might momentarily fool some voyagers into thinking they’re still on land. Offering world class comfort and the best in environmental responsibility, Green Voyager is the most energy-efficient and low-emission yacht built within 500GT rules to achieve RINA’s highest level of notation – Green Plus Platinum. kingship.com


>Sonu Shivdasani believes in “business for good”

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HEART of the MATTER Words by Sonu Shivdasani

DECARBONIZING The Idea That Blossomed

Reducing carbon is not the stuff of the future, nor is it rocket science. It’s just a question of the will, and the information, and sometimes a bit of thought. For us, the goal is that our operations won’t produce any carbon – and we’ve been making progress. At Soneva Fushi, we started off consuming about 20,000 litres of oil a month; a typical five-star hotel in the Maldives consumes about 200,000 [litres]. We reduced it to 120, then 100, and we’re going to be down to about 50 litres per month soon. So we’re not fully decarbonized yet, but we’re headed in the right direction. There’s plenty of opportunity to create projects that dramatically reduce or absorb carbon emissions with existing technologies. We started with investing in solar power, which makes sense where we operate. Also, we have branches that fall off trees, which normally would emit carbon dioxide as they putrefy. We put them into a pyrolysis oven and burn them, and that creates our charcoal. It also leaves a residue, and that we put in our ground, for the soil, for the composting. In the end, it’s carbon positive – reducing carbon.

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SUSTAINABILITY The Million-Dollar Work Ethic

Ecology and the economy go hand in hand 95% per cent of the time. For example, rather than importing bottled water, Soneva fills its own reusable water bottles – and guests love it! Because it’s used 1,000 times, it’s necessarily a high quality bottle that looks attractive on the table. It’s also a healthier product, because there’s no risk of ingesting carcinogens from plastic. And, it’s low carbon – our water hasn’t traveled around the world to get here. And then there are the financials. Instead of paying a dollar for a bottle, our cost is about 10 cents. We then leverage those savings by donating the difference to clean water charities. Around 600,000 people so far have been given access to clean water as a result of these donations! We recycle 90% of our waste, so in terms of the target of zero waste, we’re not far off. We put together all our wasted food and our wasted cardboard and we compost it, saving about $30,000 a year on compost for our vegetable planting, vegetable purchases and waste disposal charges. Very clearly, these initiatives enhance our profitability. So this thing about not being able to ‘afford’ environmentally sustainable choices does not really make sense to me.

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SLOW LIFE The Foundation

The name of our foundation is an acronym – it stands for Sustainable-Local-OrganicWellnes s Learning-Ins piring - Fu n Experiences. We created it so we could address social and environmental challenges around the world, in innovative ways. We look for the simplest, most effective ways to make a difference to people. For example, we are developing the Myanmar Stoves Campaign, which aims to provide 1 million rural households with efficient stoves that require less fuel and produce less smoke. For families spending an average of 30% of their income on firewood, this can mean significant financial savings. It also reduces their risk of lung asphyxiation, which kills 4 million people a year. Soneva is able to fund projects like these by charging a carbon levee of 2%. The guests don’t mind at all, and it’s engaging them in a challenge. We also have an annual SLOW LIFE Symposium that brings together business leaders, scientists, NGOs, renowned thinkers and policy makers to develop projects with tangible results. It’s amazing what can be created when people with purpose come together in an intimate setting.

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ARE YOU WORKING for a REAL ECO-FRIENDLY COMPANY? 5 ways to put the claims to the test

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or many of us, the prospect of working for a READ THE LABELS Eco-labelled products validate the “green” supply chain progressive, eco-friendly company is part of the and, by proxy, your company’s eco-commitment. Behind initial attraction. The reality is often that we these labels is rigorous third-party verification of things end up working for a company where the bare like carbon footprint, recycled content, and compliance to minimum in environmental initiatives is enough. specific environmental requirements. As the user, you can Recycled paper. LED lights. The occasional be confident that eco-labelled products are tested and walk for charity. Been there, done that, and we all bought proven to meet these requirements. Learn the labels – (at least one) t-shirt. By the way, was it organic cotton “EVEN they can indicate anything from an absence of toxic and not the product of a cheap-labour sweatshop? SMALL STEPS chemicals, to recyclability, to being made from CAN materials that are renewable or designed to break Even small steps can make a difference, as we all MAKE A down through natural decomposition. know. But if your company is talking a big talk, DIFFERENCE”

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A recent global survey by SustainAbility showed that peer pressure is now one of the most powerful motivators for getting corporations to take action. So discuss with your supervisors, or with the company’s environmental officer, what your industry peers are doing and how they are committing themselves to environmental practices. Ask questions, too – such as why your company isn’t purchasing or using eco-friendly labelled products. Don’t be afraid to present your own ideas to management on better environmental practices that make sense to your company. Watch for the response – after all, management’s reputation is at stake here.

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Most companies now have an environmental policy. Do you know what environmental commitments have been made by your organisation? Are they clear and specific? Better yet, how are they putting the policy into action at your level? Is being eco-friendly a daily office habit or just a sign about turning off the lights when you leave? If your company is committed to saving energy, why is the air-con set at 15° around the clock? And, have you wondered where all that technology waste goes?

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Looking beyond the everyday, in sustainability speak, we talk about the supply chain as critical factor in managing a company’s environmental footprint. Consider your workspace the retail outlet of your company’s supply chain. Does your company buy sustainably sourced paper and office supplies? Do they use eco-friendly office cleaning materials and equipment? Are your tech tools energy efficient and recyclable? Are your desk and chair and even your rubbish bin eco-friendly? It is easy enough to find these things out. Look for the eco-label.

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Read and talk with colleagues and friends about what companies are doing to improve environmental sustainability. In today’s world of employee empowerment, new ideas can take hold at many levels – they don’t need to be ‘passed down from above’ to be accepted. You may even surprise yourself at how one small suggestion, discussion or action can snowball into a company-wide change. It can and does happen.

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURE Words by Nick Brooke

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o economic prosperity and consumption really need to grow in tandem? The more we consume today, the less we have for tomorrow. I’m convinced that the winning strategy is towards sustainable consumption that enables us to use our resources wisely. We simply have to stretch our imagination to think of innovative solutions for smarter living. A smarter, greener economy is imperative for any city to stay competitive. As such, at the Hong Kong Science Park we place a strong focus on nurturing Green Tech companies that are conducting R&D and transforming the latest technologies into eco-friendly applications that enrich our lives. The Park itself features sustainable building advances such as integrated chilled beams that act as eco-friendly ‘air conditioning’, and hybrid solar and wind powered street lamps. But the really innovative developments are happening at the various small companies hosted within the Park. Here are a few examples I’m really excited about. Energy bills are always on the rise. Nowadays, many of us have the good habit of switching off the lights when leaving the room. But is that good enough? Liricco has developed a remote energy management system to identify energy waste to help optimise our household or office energy usage. With a few scrolls on your iPhone, you will clearly see how much more energy you could save and, by extension, how much you can shrink your energy bill.

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> Let the sun’s rays cook your food!

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Street lights are big consumers of electricity, but they are needed for safety reasons. While we can’t eliminate the use of street lighting, what we need is improved technology to help us use it more efficiently. A relatively new company called Cree has already helped cut one California city’s annual consumption by 65% by replacing 2,000 HPS street lights with their LED lights. Sunlight is ubiquitous, especially during the summertime. On any sunny day, the beach is crammed with sunbathers since no one wants to waste the sunshine. Which is so true – sunshine should not be wasted, it is a wonderful source of renewable energy! A start-up called One Earth Designs has invented a portable cooker, SolSource, which captures sunlight and converts solar energy to heat for outdoor cooking. This clever use of solar energy reduces the amount of toxic fumes created by household stoves and improves indoor air quality.

Healthy eating is a big trend. Natural and organic food is what we crave these days. Enter Aquaponics - a brand new way of farming brought forward by a company called Horimasa. It allows you to grow fresh vegetables and fruits on top of an aquarium! This farming process requires no chemicals as fish and plants complement each other through their life cycle. Plants take nutrients from fish waste and clean the water in the grow bed naturally. The process also helps aerate the water and improves fish tank conditions. This fits perfectly well with today’s trend for healthy organic food. Green and sustainable living does not imply going back to basics, but simply a change in habits and the adoption of smart devices that leverage the latest innovations. Everyone needs to play a role in building a sustainable future. If we complement these efforts with innovation and technology, we can all drive towards a greener, smarter community. Winter 2014

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MANDALA & MANTRA TO BLESS AND HEAL OUR WATERS

HOW TO USE YOUR WATER WHEEL: (1) Cut out and place the mandala on the ground or an altar, indoors or outdoors (2) Place a clear quartz crystal in the center of the wheel to energize the wheel and mantra (3) Recite the mantra to activate the wheel and send out positive energy to the waters of the world

MANTRA I ask permission to work with the waters in my land and in myself I use this sacred water wheel altar to activate and enhance my healing intentions I ask forgiveness for my misuse of the waters, and the earth I make an agreement with the spirit of the water to protect and honour it Through this water wheel ceremony, I join all people around the world who serve and protect our waters Thoughts of love, gratitude and appreciation have been scientifically proven to transform the very structure of water. This mandala and mantra are a gift from Golden Eagle, a spiritual leader, advisor and healer from the Washoe Tribe of Southern California. Donations and more information: waterwheelceremony.com | goldeneagleceremonies.com


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