Celebrations have begun. Calendars are filling.
Travel plans are finalized. Shopping lists are growing. Friends are calling.
It is the time of year when we count our blessings and share our good fortune with those we care about and those less fortunate. It is time to take care of everyone. An increasing awareness of the importance of our relationship with our natural world supports new businesses offering clean, green and healthy products and services that are good for us and good for our planet.
Our choices today reach far into our future. Making a conscious decision means giving thought to the story behind the stuff we purchase as well as its future life. Reduce waste. Reuse what we can. Recycle the rest.
Choosing consciously requires mindfulness in our shopping and planning. Consider those whose lives we can improve by paying a little more for renewable and giving a little of our money or free time to our favorite community group.
Connect with the spirit of the holidays in everything you do this season.
Wishing you a healthy, happy holiday season with plenty of laughter and love.
Listen to your own heartbeat.
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tzu
Celebrate your love and appreciation with creative, conscious choices. Choose gifts and groceries and gatherings that reflect your personal values … naturally
Mindful Wing Chun
Give the gift of inner strength and a stress free life
More than an outstanding self defense system, Wing Chun helps balance the body and mind, cultivating mindfulness and deep relaxation for improved relaxation, posture and movements and release of mental, physical tension, allowing the philosophy and practicality of Kung Fu to be applied in all aspects of life. Find out more about this practice of mind, body and movement in this recent SCMP article. With classes for all ages in the heart of Hong Kong, the art of Chinese Kung Fu is a perfect gift for anyone on your list. We are located at On Lan Centre, 11-15 On Lan Street in Central.
Celebrate the holidays with SpiceBox Organics
Earth-conscious gift ideas and Christmas recipes with all the ingredients
We have all of your holiday pantry needs and gifts for family and friends. The festive season is a time for warming, family meals. Fulfil all your desires to eat well without consuming your body weight in rich foods that aren’t good for your body or the planet. Follow our recipes to create dishes everyone will love with plant-based, nutrient-dense foods. Select beautiful gifts like our teas and coffees, kitchen accessories or bath and body care products that don’t cost the earth. Shop online or at our stores. We make all your decisions easy with our custom holiday gift baskets.
Festive artisanal foods from La Cabane
Happy holiday offers from HK’s natural wine cellar and bistro
La Cabane is ready to help you prepare for the festive season. We have a unique focus on natural wines with a difference and artisanal gourmet cheese imported fortnightly from our small producers in Paris. Our large, curated range of natural and biodynamic low sulfite wines is like no other in Hong Kong. We compliment our collection with a wide selection of of artisan olive oils, vinegars, juices and traditional French foods at The Wine Cellar delicatessen. Share our passion this season with these special offers for champagnes, wines and cheeses for our festive gatherings.
Premium festive fare from meatmarket.hk
Everything you need to prepare your holiday feast for family and friends
Prepare your festive feast with premium festive fare – hormone free Australian turkey, singles smoked half leg hams and beautiful Christmas cherries from Tasmania. Our butcher service delivers quality meats at a fair price from a trusted source with a focus on grass fed, free range and organic meats from around the world. Chilled at source in Australia and delivered fresh to your door, same day delivery is available for HK Island and most of Kowloon and next day delivery for New Territories. We also have the veggies you need to make your roast potatoes, honeyed parsnips and orange carrots.
Eco-chic fashion guide
Sustainable shopping in Hong Kong
With consumption comes a lot waste. The volume of household waste in the US increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Whether you’re buying gifts or putting together a new look for your holiday gathering, here is an easy way to make your trip easier. Save time. Save energy. Save waste. Our Hong Kong Sustainable Shopping Guide is the result of community support to find favorite places to find sustainable options. We created sustainable shopping guides for various cities that highlight the explosion of low impact alternatives from organic, up-cycled to secondhand. Let’s celebrate consciously this season.
Fair Trade Goodness
Our products are good for you and good for humanity
With the holiday season upon us, thoughts turn to supporting others. We’re here with ideas for fair trade gifts with a conscience. Choose lacquer ware plates from Vietnam, handmade wooden alphabet letters from Sri Lanka, hand-carved olive wood lemon juicer from Bethlehem, handmade silver cuff links from Swaziland, recycled bronze earrings from artillery shells in Cambodia and more. Stock up on fair trade treats in our online shop. Shop for everyone on your list with unique stationery, toys, jewelry, accessories and home decor items. Our holiday selection includes ornaments and Christmas cards.
More fair. Less waste.
Green gifts today for a green future
As residents of the global village, the health of the earth influences our future generations. Many enterprises realize this and invite staff members to focus on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. Use fair trade and green products to take care of the earth and benefit disadvantaged groups. Consumers can use purchasing power to support fair deals and encourage eco-friendly agricultural methods. In return, we have safe food of better quality and a healthier environment. Make a contribution to a sustainable future and let love cycle. Buy less and buy fair.
‘Tis the season of giving
Volunteer Recruitment for Fruit For Good
We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help out with Fruit For Good, a new initiative funded by a grant from Operation Santa Claus 2015. The project is an innovative social enterprise which aims to increase the integration of adults with intellectual disabilities into everyday life by providing them with training and employment opportunities, with the additional benefit of facilitating the adoption of healthy eating habits within the workforce. Our pilot will be launched in January 2016 and we are looking for Cantonese-speaking volunteers who are available on weekdays to train and employ adults with intellectual disabilities to deliver fruits to offices.
A gift to save water and wine
Pretty and practical and perfect for your gathering
There is no reason to waste delicious wine just because someone misplaced their glass. Place one on the stem of your wine or champagne glass to easily identify your glass and find it where you set it down. Original designs are hand made by Kinzie with Swarovski crystal or metal charms and each set is one of a kind. Save water with less washing up when guests can easily keep track of their glass. Store your charms safely in their beautiful silk brocade pouch. Price includes local delivery by post within Hong Kong.
Gift a friend when you gift yourself
Join as a personal member and get a second gift membership
HK heartbeat is Hong Kong’s first and only natural living community sharing fresh content and local connections since 2001. Our vibrant personal and business network has hundreds of active members making conscious everyday choices and sharing with their friends. Times have changed since we started and it is getting even easier because now we are connected on social media. Discover clean, green, healthy products, services and programs. Get fresh weekly and stay in touch with what’s new and what’s on. Get a little help from the Natural Concierge to find what you’re looking for. Enjoy private offers from our business members and join us at tastings and talks and workshops where you will meet people who share your interest in all things natural.
Visit the website directory for more natural holiday ideas.