Emily’s Picks


7 Steps to curating a conscious wardrobe


1. Use the 30 wears test to guide your shopping decisions; ask yourself “will I wear it a minimum of thirty times?”  You’ll be surprised with how many times you might say no. Check out the #30Wears campaign to see why and how.  2. Invest in high-quality, timeless, well-made pieces, or just borrow! If you […]


Why is sustainable fashion more expensive than fast fashion?


There is a growing demand for eco-friendly clothing, but most people don’t want to pay more for it. Fair enough, as fast fashion has taught us to expect that a t-shirt should cost HKD$70, when a sustainable brand sells one for $200, it’s easy to dismiss them as catering exclusively to the wealthy. However, there […]


Simple plastic alternatives that you can get in Hong Kong


Adopting plastic-free alternatives that are practical and sustainable doesn’t have to be difficult. Changing a few key items in your life will go a long way to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are eight plastic-free products that look, and do good.  1. Bamboo Toothbrushes Globally, about 23 billion plastic toothbrushes are trashed each year, each […]


How do I know if my beauty products are still testing on animals?


There was a time during the nineties and early noughties, that advertisements and announcements condemning the very notion of animal testing seemed to be everywhere. So why don’t we see it as much anymore? The truth is, animal testing is still more common than you’d think. The silver lining is that brands have been making […]


5 most and least sustainable fabrics


As fast fashion begins to slow down, old and new brands are starting to see that not only are sustainable fabrics the best choice for the environment, they are also in higher demand than ever. We all know consumer demand is the key to creating lasting change and at 8Shades we are all about making […]


Love recycling in Hong Kong


Plastics have been dominating the headlines in recent years, but for all the wrong reasons. It’s an epidemic we are facing as a global population, with certain countries making strides in recent years to combat; either through elimination altogether or recycling programmes. What we have on offer in Hong Kong is, frankly, dismal, with options […]

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