In just three years’ time, Green Monday, a social enterprise and sustainable movement, has converted 23% of the Hong Kong population – which has the highest meat consumption per capita in the world – into flexitarianism, and transcended national borders to become a global movement. While the sheer success of Green Monday owes much to the simplicity in the naming of the movement and the commitment it asks of, none of this would be possible had David Yeung not have the light bulb moment of founding the social enterprise three years ago today. As Green Monday celebrates its third anniversary this month, we speak to David to revisit his road to vegetarianism, and Green Monday’s continuous effort for a sustainable future for all.
From locating and writing about its 1000-plus listings of restaurants, shops and products that make green and sustainable choices easier for the people of Hong Kong, to providing local artisans and green entrepreneurs with a platform to get the word out, Green Queen, Hong Kong’s #1 Green Living Guide, has proved itself indispensable to sustainability-orientated individuals in a city where the green and sustainable movement has only recently gathered momentum. Meet Sonalie Galardi-Este Figueiras, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Green Queen, and find out how the platform came into being, and her thoughts on a sustainable future.
Founded by philanthropic and visionary entrepreneurs, HK Recycles does what Hong Kong does not excel in: recycling waste materials. With the help and mentorship of SOW Asia Foundation, HK Recycles has recycled a total of 99,710kg of household and office waste in a matter of two years, with the number of user registration growing by the day. But HK Recycles’ effort towards a sustainable future for Hong Kong doesn’t end there: it also helps people with special needs through the means of employment with competitive salary. Find out more about the success story of HK Recycles from our interview with their General Manager Alfred Wong.
He has penned Hong Kong Pathfinder: 24 day-walks in Hong Kong, co-authored Central Ridge and West on Hong Kong’s country parks, co-produced the 28-minute film Explore Wild Hong Kong sponsored by Cathay Pacific, and directed the 10-minute film Mai Po Marshes – Hong Kong’s Wetland Superstar for WWF-Hong Kong. With a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, Martin Williams came to Hong Kong in 1987 when he saw the city’s potential for the development of eco tourism, and has been dedicated to the promotion of nature tourism since, despite the government’s ‘silly red tape’.
From collecting old furniture and used wood from companies and households, harnessing veteran carpenters’ invaluable expertise, to equipping youths with woodworking skills through apprenticeship and employment, Woodrite is a social enterprise dedicated to the upcycling of old furniture and used wood since 2013, driven by the belief that every piece of furniture deserves a longer lifecycle.
She returned to Hong Kong at a time when illustration as an art form was not heard of, and when she decided to start her own upcycle fashion label, the city was yet to catch up with the sustainable development movement. But Glori Tsui was undaunted. In 2012, she started Methodology, her own fashion label inspired by cubism paintings, with a focus on giving unwanted garment a second life, and ensuring wearer-garment interaction through the brand’s transformable design.