This week, we are supporting each other.
The majority of local businesses offering natural products and services are small enterprises and one-or-two-person operations. We all started out small and we connected with each other to grow.
We like to believe we put our money where our mouth is when it comes to sustainable development, yet we often don’t look at the whole picture.
In order to offer an authentically natural product, we must take into account how we affect the lives of others in its production. Are we disrupting traditional lifestyles, destroying live-able homes, replacing local crops with commodities and introducing processed convenience foods without nutritional value?
In our connected modern lives, there is no place to throw stuff away.
We have introduced disposable plastic into third world communities with no instructions for disposal. Plastic doesn’t burn like banana leaves, coconut shells or wood and it will never return to nature like a clay pot or ceramic jar.
Maybe we will think again about recycling oil in its other form when we realize that fish eat plastic like teens eat fast food. Not only are we wasting a non-renewable resource, we are destroying another.
With volunteers continuing the cleanups to remove marine plastic we can see, our attention is also focusing on the plastic we can’t see. After many long conversations with Plastic Free Seas, Sa Sa has announced they will remove all microbeads from their branded products and ban microbeads in all other cleansing products sold in their shops.
Ideas are popping and tomorrow Hong Kong will be home to hundreds of new products and new solutions at NOPA16 where the focus is on changing our habits and shifting towards healthy lifestyles that good for our planet.
At times like this, we are reminded of our diverse global community and we would like to take a moment and send our love to Italy. We invite you to get in touch with our friends at The Italian Women’s Association and support disaster relief efforts in their home country.
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Events in Hong Kong this week
Join as a personal member for the full calendar with event details.
Aug 29 (7:30-9pm) Bilingual Meditation Circle | Karma Consultants
Aug 30 (10am-4pm) Play Therapy | All About You Wellness Centre
Aug 30 (7:30pm) Osho Meditation | Greenwoods Raw Café
Aug 31 – 2 Sep (10am) Natural & Organic Products Asia | Diversified Communications
Sept 31 (6:30-8:30pm) Five Rhythms Workshop | All About You Wellness Centre
Sept 2 (12:15-2pm) Towards Healthier Aging Populations in Cities | Asia Society HK
Sept 3-4 (10:30am-5:30pm) Intuition Training Course | Karma Consultants
More on the calendar
Coming up …
Sept 7-9 > Get Redressed Secondhand Designer Pop-Up Shop | details
Sept 14 > Veggie Cooking with Lentils & Beans | details
Sept 20 > Stock your Store (Trade Event) | details
Sept 22-23 > Philanthropy for Better Cities | details
Sept 25 > VERY DVRC | details
Oct 23 > MTR Hong Kong Race Walking | details
Nov 20 > Team Canada Beach Clean Up | details
Nov 24-26 > Smart Mobility in Smart City | details
Say hello from HK heartbeat
Here are some new and fresh directory listings …
Valley Veterinary Centre – Veterinarian; full medical, diagnostic and surgical facilities > details
Alicia Matzener – Nutritionist and Kinesiologist; Combining nutrition and kiniesiology > details
Grassroots Pantry – Boutique café serving homemade, plant-based world dishes > details
YogaBamBam – Boutique yoga studio offering traditional and alternative classes > details
La Crêperie – Serving authentic buckwheat flour galettes and sweet crepes > details
Nutri Alley – Catering for allergies, free of nuts, dairy, eggs and caffeine; kosher and vegan options > details
Hong Kong Helpers Cookery Classes – Healthy cooking classes for helpers > details
Save Aberdeen Harbour Alliance – Uniting people committed to sustainable solutions > details
HK’s Cleanup Crew – Relaxed group coming together once every 4-6 weeks to clean up trash > details
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