I usually buy clothing from second-hand clothing stores. However, for underwear and socks I can only buy new ones. For years I have been looking for organic cotton underwear. Why cotton? Because cotton underwear is breathable, which helps to reduce bacterial vaginal infection. Why organic? Today 25% of the insecticide used worldwide is applied to conventionally grown cotton, even though cotton fields occupy less than 3% of … Continue reading Why does Muji package its organic underwear in plastic?
It’s late November, and the cool weather has finally arrived in Hong Kong. I have committed myself to Jup Yeah‘s (Jup Yeah means “pick up stuff” in Cantonese) campaign by pledging not to buy new clothing this season. As proclaimed by its website: know your style, change your consumption habits, and pick up pre-loved clothing instead of shopping for new clothes. In order to boost … Continue reading Pledging not to buy new clothing this season
As the semester winds down and summer vacation begins, university students living in halls need to empty out their room and return it to the university. Personal belongings such as clothing, stationery, kitchen ware and personal care products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash) are often simply thrown in the trash. Three years ago, a group of green-minded students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) … Continue reading Students Lead the Way to a Greener Future
Over a decade ago, I worked in an office building on Queen’s Road East. On the way to and from the MTR, I walked through one of those small streets connecting Queen’s Road East to Johnston Road. Spring Garden Lane was often jammed packed with people. So if I was in a hurry and wanted to avoid the human traffic jam there, I would walk … Continue reading Lee Tung Street ～ Then and Now
Recently, I participated in a very insightful activity at the office of a fabric manufacturer. With other volunteers, I helped to remove labels which contained sensitive pricing and product information from thousands of pieces of cloth samples. The labels contained proprietary info – if the labels were not removed, the samples would have had to be bagged and thrown into the landfill to prevent the … Continue reading Fast Fashion: The Hidden Waste