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8-Week Challenge: 8 simple swaps for single-use plastics

Plastic. It’s become the dirty word of our generation – and with good reason. Since the invention of the first manmade plastic in 1862, over 8 billion tons of plastic have been produced, with 9.5 million tons entering the ocean each year, according to researchers. The sad truth is, plastic can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, so most (if not all) of it is still around, in some form or another.

And although we all know that we should ‘reduce, reuse, and recycle’, the best thing to do is to ‘refuse’ all single-use plastics instead. This week’s #8Shades8Weeks challenge is all about doing just that, and it’s as easy as BYOB (that’s ‘b’ for bottle) when you head out the door. With the prize being a customised 8Shades water bottle from Casetify, be sure to sign up now to get started!

To help you on your way to getting rid of more single-use plastics in your life, check out these eight simple swaps:

1.

Plastic water bottles

Photo: Casetify

Stop buying plastic water bottles at the convenience store and bring your own bottle instead. This uber-cool Casetify bottle is not only customisable with your name – it comes in two sizes and keeps your drinks hot or cold for several hours, too.

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2.

Plastic straws

Photo: LexNGo

Say no to plastic straws and cast a mean side-eye to whoever gives you one, while you’re at it. Think about whether it’s really needed – could a tall spoon do the trick instead, perhaps? Otherwise, bring along a flexible silicon straw instead to use on-the-go (bamboo and stainless steel straws also work).

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3.

Plastic shopping bags

Going to the grocery store? Why use a flimsy plastic shopping bag when you can bring your own reusable ones? We love these foldable shopping bags from G.O.D. that show off your love for Hong Kong at the same time.

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4.

Plastic produce bags

Photo: Re-Sack

Those thin plastic bags for bagging produce are among the worst single-use plastics out there. Instead, opt for some mesh produce bags that are specifically made for holding your fresh fruits and vegetables. The Re-Sack produce bags are made from organic cotton that are biodegradable and recyclable.

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5.

Plastic cling wrap

Photo: Slowood

Give up on flimsy cling wrap for good with the more sustainable beeswax wraps from Sustomi. Available at Slowood, they are made from 100 percent organic cotton, Tasmanian beeswax, jojoba oil and natural tree resin, and perfect for wrapping cheese, veggie wraps or as bowl covers.

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6.

Plastic utensils

Photo: Bambaroo

Make the switch from single-use plastic utensils to bamboo once and for all. Bamboo is fast-growing, strong and durable, and it won’t stain or get warped over time. This BAMBAROO set comes with everything you’ll need including a knife, fork, spoon, straw, straw-cleaner, chopsticks, and toothbrush – and even a case to carry around town in style.

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7.

Plastic sandwich bags

Photo: Stashr

Unlike an ordinary sandwich bag, a Stashr bag can hold soups, marinade meats and even be used for sous vide cooking. Available in a variety of eye-pleasing colours, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit all your kitchen needs.

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8.

Plastic takeaway containers

Photo: @shisodelicious/Instagram

Going out for lunch can be a little more guilt-free if you bring your own container. For hot meals, opt for glass containers with snap-on lids to keep things splash-free, or if you’re enjoying a cold/room-temperature meal, we recommend and love the multi-tiered designs of monbento’s original bento box.

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What are you waiting for? Sign up for the #8Shades8Weeks challenge today to start making these simple swaps for single-use plastics, and you might just win a few prizes while you’re at it!

See also: Plastic-Free July: 8 Ways To Take Part

8-week Challenge: 8 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Did you know that up to one-third of all food globally that’s intended for human consumption is wasted? Food waste is a much bigger problem than most of us realise but the good thing is, most of it happens at the consumer level, meaning that we all have the power to do something about it!

That’s why for Week 6 of our #8Shades8Weeks challenge, we’re challenging you to not let more food go to waste. Simply make or have a meal of leftovers and share it onto Instagram for your chance to win an organic veggie food box from the Hong Kong Agricultural Development Association (HKADA)! Sign up here!

In the meantime, we’ve prepared a handy guide for you with eight easy ways to reduce food waste:


1.

Shop Smart

Before going to the grocery store, plan your meals – you’ll be more likely to plan healthier meals if you see them laid out and you’ll also hopefully be less likely to go out for meals during the week if you know you have food waiting for you at home. 

Also, we know it’s more convenient, but buying in bulk actually leads to more food waste. To avoid buying more than you need, make smaller, more frequent trips to the grocery store every few days rather than doing a bulk shopping trip once a week. Make a shopping list (and stick to it) to reduce impulse buying and use all the food you’ve purchased before buying more!

reduce food waste
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2.

Store Food Correctly

Master the art of stocking your fridge by following these tips: don’t put tomatoes, cucumbers and onions in the fridge- keep them at room temperature. You should also separate foods that produce more ethylene gas from those that don’t (ethylene promotes ripening). Ethylene-producing foods include bananas, avocados, tomatoes and peaches. Ethylene-sensitive foods include potatoes, apples, leafy greens, berries and peppers. You can also keep the fridge temperature below 5°C and store cooked foods on shelves above raw foods.


3.

Freeze Your Leftovers

One of the easiest ways to preserve food is by freezing it, and there are plenty of foods that take well to freezing. For example, greens that have become soft can be frozen to be used later in smoothies.


4.

Put Food Scraps in the (Compost) Bin

Instead of throwing away your food scraps, throw them in a compost bin. Alternatively, you can ferment them. Fermented foods are good for your stomach and are sustainable as well!


5.

Make Food Visible

Make sure that foods that go off first, like fruits and veggies, don’t get pushed to the back of the fridge. Keep them where you can see them, and keep them looking ready to eat.

fridge full of food
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6.

Pick “Ugly” Food

Don’t judge food by its appearance! Misshapen or bruised fruits and veggies are often dumped because they don’t look “good,” despite tasting the same. You can use mature fruit for smoothies, juices, desserts and the ever-popular banana bread.


7.

Understand Food Labels

Do you know the difference between “best before” and “use-by” dates? Sometimes food is still safe to eat after the “best before” date, whereas you shouldn’t eat foods after the “use-by” date. Check the labels to avoid throwing out foods before they’re spoiled!


8.

Help Get Food Where it’s Needed

Donate to charities that collect and distribute food that would otherwise be left to rot. Alternatively, donate your time to be a food runner, delivering food to communities in need!


Wasting food is unnecessary, but thankfully super simple to cut back on. We hope that this guide helps you on your way to cut back on food waste to reduce your carbon footprint, save your food bills and help others get fed as well. Sounds like a win-win-win!

See also: Join The 8Shades 8-Week Challenge!

energy saving tips

8-week Challenge: 8 Energy Saving Tips

8 Weeks 

8 Challenges 

8 Giveaways 

Click here to enter Week 5 and find out more now!

This week we’ve got something a bit different for our giveaway – a Nanoleaf LED light bulb that is going to help you save money, energy and basically the planet.

Here’s Week 5’s challenge: Start saving electricity at home by unplugging unnecessary appliances that you’re not using. Simple!

Here are our top 8 tips to reach that darker shade of green.


Want to save money and save energy at the same time? Sounds too good to be true. 8Shades has got your back and together we will make it happen.

Each year a big chunk of household budgets are spent on power, electricity and heat. A few simple changes and a few tweaks can go a long way in helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lowering household costs and saving energy and resources.

Source: Institute of entrepreneurship development

1.

CHOOSE ENERGY SAVING LIGHT BULBS

Change your lights to LED light bulbs! While the initial upfront cost of buying LED bulbs might be a hurdle, in the long run it will save you a lot, I mean A LOT. LED lights have a longer lifespan, saving you the cost of replacement, energy and maintenance – not to mention your valuable time.


2.

COLD IS IN, HOT IS OUT

Take cold showers – check out our article on how taking cold showers is better for your body and the environment. A big chunk of your energy costs actually go towards heating water for your shower. You can thank us later when you have smaller pores, better blood circulation and a rock-bottom energy bill.


3.

USE AN ELECTRIC POWER STRIP

You can save up to $1,000 dollars a year by just plugging all your electronic devices into a power strip and simply turning the relevant plug off when you are not using it. Or even better, unplug the whole strip from the wall when you leave home!


4.

BRING IN THE SUNLIGHT… OR NOT

Pull back those curtains during day-light to brighten up your home instead of using artificial lights that drain your electricity. It’s also better for your body to see natural light rather than artificial light.

During those hotter months, simply shut your curtains or blinds on the south side of your home where the sun shines through to keep the temperature of your home cooler and the opposite during the coolers months to let the sun warm your place up.


5.

CRACK OPEN THE WINDOWS FOR SOME FRESH AIR

Air ventilation at home is not only free but it is an effective method of hybrid ventilation. Skip the aircon, fresh cool air early in the morning and evening can help lower the temperature of your home. Living in an urban city we are stuck indoors most of time, getting some fresh air into your home can be so satisfying.


6.

ALWAYS BUY ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES

When it is time to retire some of your older appliances or when they break down, shop for energy efficient gadgets. Dish washers, refrigerator, washing machines, driers, they are all energy sucking appliances that we depend on every day. Be a little patient and you’ll see that over the life-time of your energy efficient appliance, the marked decrease in the your bill will translate into real savings.


7.

INSTALL A THERMOSTAT

It is actually a misconception that setting your thermostat to a lower temperature than your usual temperature will cool your house down quicker. Secondly, every single degree higher or lower will increase your energy usage up to about 8%.

So keep that thermostat between 24-26 degrees celsius. Refer to our surviving Hong Kong Summer article for more information on how to save energy and survive hot summers.


8.

WASH CLOTHES AT A LOWER TEMPERATURE

We are all about saving costs here. If you wash your clothes in just 10 degrees cooler water, or even better, wash your clothes in cold water, it will shave quite a few bucks on your energy bill.

Heat is not our fashion friend, it breaks down the dye in clothes and can also shrink them. To retain your clothes size and shape, and save energy, just wash them in cold water. If you’re anything like us, you try to push back laundry day as far as possible. Check out our article on how to wash your clothes, hint: you don’t have to wash them everyday. Go ahead, tell your mom, your roommate your significant other, 8Shades told you that ; )

Let this be your light bulb moment, save money and save the world by making the world greener.

How do they make bags out of recycled plastic anyway?

For our 4th week giveaway we are partnering with Everybody & Everyone to giveaway their pretty epic All Good Things bag. This aptly named bag is very literally made of “all good things”, E&E partner with a textile company called EcoAlf who produce the recycled fabric to make the bag from ocean recovered plastic bottles and fishing nets using an innovative process.

HOW ON EARTH DO THEY MAKE PLASTIC INTO FABRIC WE HEAR YOU SAY?

Let’s take a quick deep dive into the benefits and process. The All Good Things bag is made using recycled plastic bottles and recovered ocean fishing nets, which are tied to EcoAlf’s ocean clean-up foundation. EcoAlf work with with fisherman across the world to recover ocean fishing nets and other plastic debris to be repurposed into textile. It’s a revolutionary technique and is soon to be replicated all over the world.

“The ECOALF FOUNDATION is a non-profit organisation whose main objective is to promote the selective recovery of waste in order to recycle, valorise and avoid its harmful effects on the environment by developing and applying new scientific and technological knowledge.”

EcoAlf

Recycled polyester and recycled nylon are the two main textiles used to make the bag. By using recycled PET (plastic bottles) to produce polyester, they are reducing water consumption by 20%, energy by 50% & CO2 by 60%. Not only are they cleaning up the world’s plastic problem, the production process is actually more economical than if they were to use virgin materials. Polyester can be recycled again and again which means it’s great for a circular economy.

Nylon is another fabric that can be recycled many times and has an extended life-span. Fishing nets can sometimes be scarce because they are hard to recover for repurposing into nylon fabric so they’re often combined with nylon leftovers from the production process. EcoAlf’s nylon is made from 25% fishing nets, 25% scrapped carpeting and 50% pre-consumer nylon waste.

EcoAlf has helped to recycle more than 80 tons of discarded fishing nets so far but there are still 650,000 tonnes of fishing nets on the bottom of the ocean. By recovering and recycling these nets into fabric rather than using virgin materials, it means less consumption of natural resources, less production of green-house emissions & it prevents marine pollution.


THE PROCESS…

The PET and fishing nets get collected, cleaned and condensed down into little plastic chips which are then formed into pellets. The pellets then get turned into yarn and then yarn into fabric! Simple really, it begs the question, why aren’t we doing this on a larger scale?

Now go and be a changemaker and get your bag by entering the week 4 challenge here!

8-week Challenge: 8 at-home recycling tips for everyone

WELCOME RECYCLERS

8 Weeks 

8 Challenges 

8 Giveaways 

Click here to enter Week 4 and find out more now!

If you’re anything like us, you might be feeling a tad overwhelmed with the pressure to recycle but less of the know-how.

This week we are partnering with Everybody and Everyone for your chance to win their amazing “All Good Things” bag made from recycled plastic bottles!

Here’s Week 4’s challenge: Start recycling today by putting just ONE thing into the recycling bin this week instead of sending it to landfill. Your conscience will thank you.

Here are our top tips on recycling whether you’re a newbie, pro or total guru.

Source: Henkel

1.

TAKE THE WORK OUT OF REMEMBERING TO RECYCLE

Buy a dedicated recycling bin (or bins) and keep them right next to your trash can or in an accessible location that will remind you to recycle.


2.

IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO RECYCLE, START BY REMEMBERING THE ACRONYM, CAPP

C is for cardboard, A is for aluminum cans, P is for plastic bottles, and P is for Paper. Some of the best items you can recycle are those we frequently encounter: cardboard, empty plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and paper.

Did you know that recycling 2000 pounds of recycled paper or cardboard can save 17 trees, 1,400 liters of oil, more than 2 cubic meters of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 27,000 litres of water? Another fun fact is that recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy to make new cans. Oh and lest we forget, approximately 80% of energy that is used to manufacture plastic can be conserved when plastic is produced from recycled plastic!


3.

DON’T RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS!

Unfortunately, some items just can’t be recycled, plastic bags being one of them. Plastic bags often jam recycling equipment, and has even created work stoppages that can shut whole recycling facilities down. May this serve as a gentle reminder to move away from plastics bags once and for all and make the switch to reusable tote bags for your shopping. 


4.

KEEP CONTAMINANTS OUT OF THE RECYCLING

Always keep food and liquids out of your recycling. When food or liquid are placed in a recycling container, they might saturate otherwise perfectly recyclable paper and cardboard they come in contact with. This will make paper and cardboard lose their ability to become recycled. Watch out for pizza boxes!


5.

SHARPEN YOUR RECYCLING SKILLS; IT’S AS EASY AS 1-2-3

Check your local recycling rules– not all recycling programs work the same way. Some ways you can sharpen your recycling skills include: (1) recycle envelopes with plastic and staples, sort the plastic and metal later; (2) remove caps or lids from glass bottles and jars; (3) rinse steel and aluminum cans, it makes them easier to process.


6.

BE A GOOD EXAMPLE TO OTHERS IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD

…Whether it be your kids, your roommates, or your family members. 

Those who see you recycle will follow your lead. Explain to them why you are throwing plastic instead of the trashcan. If you see items that have been thrown into the trash that should actually be recycled, help your housemates out! Chances are if they see you actually making an effort to go through the trash and sorting it out on their behalf, they may be less inclined to make the same “mistake” again. Hey, a little bit of guilt-tripping is okay, especially if it’s for the greater good of the planet.


7.

THE MORE WE REDUCE, THE LESS WE HAVE TO RECYCLE

This might sound counter-intuitive, but if you really want to take your recycling game up a notch, the best thing you can do is to reduce the amount that you buy, even if what you buy is recyclable.

Unfortunately, recycling doesn’t wipe the slate clean. Although the blue bin is always preferable to the trash can, recycling still requires a substantial expenditure of energy and resources, from collection, transportation, and the recycling manufacturing process itself. By reducing the amount that we buy – especially by going paperless or investing in higher quality items that will last, we can stop waste before it’s even created. If that’s not considered a superpower, it should be.


8.

THINK – REUSE FIRST, RECYCLE SECOND

Before you recycle an item, ask yourself whether it can be repurposed or repaired first. By consciously looking for ways to extend the life cycle of our household products, we can save the energy that comes from recycling. The opportunities for creative re-use are endless. Need help getting your creative juices flowing? Always try to re-use old gift wrapping. When it comes to your old clothes and shoes, why not gift them to charities in need? Don’t throw away that hotel shower cap! Consider donating rubber bands to teachers for student projects or for other uses in the classroom. 

8-week Challenge: HULA & Emily give us their top 8 ideas to revive your wardrobe

8 Weeks 

8 Challenges 

8 Giveaways 

Click here to enter Week 3 and find out more now!

How many of you have opened your closet and thought, “I have way too much stuff and no room at all” and still sighed in frustration, “I have nothing to wear”?

This week we are partnering with HULA, one of our fave pre-owned shops in Hong Kong, to win a HK$500 voucher to spend in their shop!

Here’s Week 3’s challenge: dig out an old dress from your closet that you haven’t worn in a while and style it up with our pro tips from Emily and HULA. Head over to IG to post your video and tag us or enter here.

It’s one paradoxical, yet familiar situation that many have faced. In Hong Kong, nearly one-fifth of new clothing purchases are never or hardly worn and these add up to about 110,000 tonnes of textile waste each year. More alarmingly, four in ten Hong Kongers have thrown away clothing after wearing it just once.

For the third week of 8Shades’ 8 Weeks 8 Challenge, we have partnered up with HULA to shine the light on circularity in fashion. HULA has been “making fashion circular” since 2017, collecting and selling pre-loved luxury womenswear in new and hardly worn condition (and also lots of discontinued vintage goodies). Stocking over 6000 pieces in their Wong Chuk Hang warehouse and 500 pieces at their Central shop, HULA has an idea or (or eight to be exact) when it comes to resourceful styling.

Check out our video featuring Emily styling outfits in different ways, giving you some inspiration for your 8-week challenge entry!

@joinHULA @8shadesofficial #8shades8weeks #makingfashioncircular #shopHULA and #8ShadesXHULA 

Read on to discover HULA’s top 8 tips on how to rethink your existing wardrobe – now dig deep into your closet and help eliminate textile waste fashionably! 


1.

IS IT A CARDIGAN? OR IS IT AN OFF-SHOULDER TOP? 

[Hermes Vintage Cardigan, Hermes (2), John Galliano, Hermes]

A cardigan is a great option to keep you warm in the heavily AC-ed venues in Hong Kong, but it is an even better off-shoulder top. Pick your favourite cardigan, button it up and pull one or both of the shoulders down. Voila, there’s your next off-shoulder top! 


2.

WHAT THE TURNAROUND IS LIKE

Did you know you can also turn the same cardigan into an open-back knitted top if you wear it backwards? Pick a printed cardigan for this purpose for some fun prints and details on the back. 


3.

ACCESSORISED

This tip is great for the avid t-shirt, plain blazer and top wearers. Statement jewellery can do wonders for your daily look. Layer a long necklace with some chunky chokers and your accessories have now officially become the focal points of the outfit. Bonus tip: mismatch a statement earring with another stud earring to create a high-end bespoke look. Be sure to match the colour tones, you don’t want to pair silver with gold!

More statement accessories:

[Y Project Earring, Swarovski Long Necklace, Salvatore Ferragamo Necklace]


4.

LET’S GET SILKY 

From Audrey Hepburn to Kate Moss, women have embraced skinny silk twill for decades and why stop now? Wrap it around your neck for a touch of elegance. Your silk twill shouldn’t just go on your handbag strap! For a more playful look, wrap it around your head to create your very own bunny ears and one-of-a-kind headband. 


5.

NECKLACE BELT

Your chunky necklace is here to save the day, again. This works best if you had a big-chained statement necklace. Simply loop your necklace around your pants, and let the pendant droop to create an intentional effect. This instantly turns your necklace into a versatile belt chain! 


6.

CINCH IT UP

A good quality shirt dress can easily give you endless opportunities to transform it – good fabric lays a good foundation for flowy draping. Using a silking shirt dress, button it up until around two inches down your waist and put your go-to belt on top. Leaving the rest of the buttons unbuttoned creates a more relaxed and casual look by letting the fabric flow as you move. 


7.

IT’S A TIE

Turn the same shirt dress into a top by tying the two front pieces together – a good shirt dress won’t bunch up as much and you won’t have to worry about the back not look as good as the fabric should drape flawlessly, creating an easy effortless look. 


8.

DAY TO NIGHT

Don’t be afraid to wear maxi dresses during the day – you can easily dress it down by wearing some sneakers and throwing on an oversized denim jacket. Have somewhere to be at night and no time to change? Pop on your fave blazer and matching heels on to complete your night look! 

More sneaker selections:

[Fendi Monogrammed Sneakers, Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneakers, Aquazzura Sneakers]

More maxi dress selections:

[Derek Lam Floral Dress, Valentino Dress, Alexis Button Up Dress]

Follow HULA on Instagram for more styling tips and latest new-in items!

Items featured in the video:  

Toga, Bottega Veneta Earrings, Tanya Taylor Floral Dress, Celine Sneakers, Saint Laurent Denim Jacket, Cinq a Sept Satin Blazer, Aquazzura Heels, Hermes Shirt Dress, Victoria Beckham Tailored Pants in Purple, Sensi Studio Straw Hat, Hermes H Buckle & Reversible Orange Leather Belt, J.W.Anderson Earrings, Maje White Puffy Shirt, Celine Denim Jeans, Gucci “Guccy” Navy Twill, Chanel Chain Necklace/Belt, Hermes Vintage Cardigan, Chloe Long Statement Necklace, Brinker & Eliza Chunky Choker,

8-week Challenge: 8 Plant-based Milk Alternatives

8 Weeks 

8 Challenges 

8 Giveaways 

Click here to enter week 2 and find out more now!

Welcome to our second “challenge” on how you can take small and intentional steps towards a greener future. Enter above to be in with a chance of winning a huge gift box of the best healthy snacks from our friends at Coco Paradise, along with a fab Keep Cup to make sure we’re helping you stay healthy and sustainable at the same time.

This week (21st June) we are encouraging you to take one greener step towards being more eco-friendly by bringing your own reusable cup next time you leave the house. 

We’ve all become so accustomed to buying our morning joe (or whatever your tipple might be) from our favourite local coffee shop, that we forget the impact this simple habit has on the environment. Taking your own cup can mitigate a heavy burden not only on our environment but on your conscience too. 

The staple side-kick to our drinks and breakfast; milk, is also often forgotten. The impact of the dairy industry on the environment is staggering but thankfully we are now blessed with so many milk alternatives for our drinks, smoothies and cereals that it’s hard to choose!

Now, not every alternative is 100% eco-friendly. Some do pose a burden on the environment in their own rite, often as a result of over-reliance and therefore over-farming, this is why it’s good to switch it up often and stay open-minded. 

HERE ARE OUR 8 FAVOURITE MILK ALTERNATIVES – some are readily available in coffee shops and others in supermarkets.


  1. Oat Milk – By now I’m sure we’ve all heard of or tried oat milk. Oatly is the first brand to dream this innovation into existence and it’s still our favourite dairy alternative being readily available in most supermarkets. 
  1. Almond Milk – Another widely available alternative. Although almond milk has high water and pesticide requirements, it’s a good ‘sometimes’ alternative to traditional dairy or your other vegan milk. We don’t like pesticides so prefer to buy organic from Rude Health which is available in Fusion. 
  1. Soya Milk – Soya is abundant but can also be burdensome on the environment unless you choose organic. We like The Bridge Bio because they use organic soya beans from Italy. 
  1. Cashew Milk – This can be some of the ‘creamiest’ milk out of all the dairy alternatives. Especially delicious mixed with breakfast recipes like cereals. Another Rude Health favourite. Widely found in Fusion and Marketplace. 
  1. Quinoa Milk – A nice un-mass produced milk that actually tastes surprisingly good! Another good one from The Bridge Bio. Available in most Marketplace’s. 
  1. Rice Milk – A simple and readily available alternative with many available brands. The only challenge is finding one with clean ingredients and few additives. Another Rude Health favourite. 
  1. Coconut Milk – We love to make coconut milk fresh and it takes little time. With coconuts readily available in Hong Kong all year round its easy to pick-up a nut, crack it open, drain the water and scoop out the meat straight into your blender and blend on high for a few minutes! Simple. 
  1. Hemp Milk – Another easy one to make at home but sometimes convenience is key. This is lesser seen and therefore fewer options available. We prefer to make our own but otherwise we will go with Pacific Foods, available in most supermarkets. 

Watch out for unnecessary additives, flavours and preservatives. 

Sometimes you just can’t avoid oils but always check for an oil free alternative.

Now, don’t forget your cup, let’s play!

8-week Challenge: 8 reasons to go for a walk right now

8Shades invites you to join us… 
8 Weeks 
8 Challenges 
8 Giveaways 

Click here to enter week 1 now!


Let us inspire you on how you can take small and intentional steps for a greener future. Join us every week for a new challenge, invite your friends and let’s have some fun! We have prizes from our generous
sponsors to reward the lucky winners.

Take a picture of yourself doing the challenge and post and tag us on
Instagram. If you complete all 8 challenges, you’re in for the chance to win the full hamper with all 8 prizes! Let’s play!


Our first week on 14th June kicks off on a lighter shade of green, inviting you all to go for a walk. Let me inspire you by sharing with you the 8 benefits of walking as a form of meditation.



WHY IS WALKING GOOD FOR YOU?

  1. Lower stress
    Us, city people are living in constant stress all the time, when you walk as a meditative practice. You can let your mind drift off a bit and take some deep breaths in to re-balance your thoughts.
  2. You get some exercise
    Walking is free, and costs you absolutely nothing. No matter where you are, you can just go for a walk and have some time to yourself to gather your thoughts.
  3. Improve your sleep
    The more active you are the more you will sleep better at night. A nice walk can help you reduce the stress and anxiety that modern life has put upon us on us.
  4. Increase focus
    Brisk walking has proven to help improve brain health and help keep your memory strong.
  5. Connect with nature
    The effect is real, it has been proven that spending time outside is good for you. If you can choose to take a walk where you can see some greenery, nature helps to heal.
  6. Boost your well-being and connect with nature Choose to walk somewhere where there are a lot of green, water or trees. You can try forest bathing – ( refer
    to our article here).
  7. Mindfulness and help you stay grounded
    Try focusing on your own breathing, pay attention on the movement of your body and You will learn to become
    more awareness and listen to your own thoughts and emotions.
  8. Lower carbon footprint
    When you are walking to your next destination, think of your personal carbon footprint. We can all make a difference. Do what we can and if possible, budget some surplus time and walk to your next destination.