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8 Clean Beauty Picks For Fall

The cooler temperatures in Hong Kong may be a relief after the sweltering summer, but the dipping temperatures bring its own set of worries. Not only can cold weather cause dry and dull skin, but many skincare products contain harsh chemicals that make the problem worse.

Your best bet is to use hydrating products with natural or nontoxic ingredients and formulations. Here’s our picks of the best clean skincare that will keep your skin in top condition this fall!

See also: The Truth About… Clean Beauty


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Botanic Pretti5 Hydro-Power Brightening Cleanser

This Hong Kong-based brand blends “natural Eastern ingredients with high-performance, scientific ingredients from the West.” Botanic Pretti5 is cruelty-free and formulates its products with vegan ingredients and it uses recyclable packaging. 

This cleanser is formulated without SLS and SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate) surfactants, both of which are foaming agents, parabens, mineral oil, alcohol, artificial fragrance and synthetic colourants. 

Available at Pretti5.com


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Fresh Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence 

Essences may seem like an unnecessary step in your skincare routine, but they’re a wonderful way to add extra hydration to your skin. They can also help to minimise fine lines. This popular essence from Fresh is free from parabens and sulfates. Its star ingredient – kombucha –  keeps skin smooth, boosts luminosity and protects from pollution. Use it after cleansing and before your serum and moisturiser.

Fresh is actively working to make its operations more eco-friendly: they use ingredients that are fully traceable, they’re working to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 and they’re aiming to make 100% of its packaging from recyclable material. 

Available at sephora.hk


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Skin Need – Hyaluronic Serum

Hong Kong-based skincare brand Skin Need is new on the skincare scene, and was created with the aim of personalising skincare to particular skin concerns while balancing concern for the planet. The line is entirely vegan, with ingredients that are organically grown and produced via fair trade “where possible.” The products are also locally packaged, using biodegradable and/ or recyclable packaging. 

We’re intrigued by the 100% Hyaluronic Serum; the high percentage allows the product to penetrate deeply, which offers intense hydration, perfect for the cooler weather! 

Available at sephora.hk


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AOTEA – Manuka Honey Day Cream

This New Zealand-based brand creates its products using native flora that are grown sustainably and other natural fair-trade ingredients. Its manuka honey day cream is made with natural manuka honey that intensely hydrates, as well as kawakawa-infused sweet almond oil, providing strong anti-inflammatory properties, ideal for reducing redness and blemishes.

Available at slowood.hk


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Zero Yet 100 – Night Face Moisturiser

Zero Yet 100 creates its products with only natural ingredients that are nontoxic and free from harmful chemicals. They’re then packaged in recyclable or up-cyclable packaging and labelled with lamination and plastic-free paper product stickers. 

This vegan and cruelty-free night time moisturiser is packed with vitamins and provides hydration without clogging pores and is free from aluminium! 

Available at zeroyet100.com


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Origins Overnight Hydrating Mask With Avocado & Glacier Water

Origins formulates its products without parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, SLS, mineral oil, petrolatum, polyethylene beads and the brand is 100% vegetarian. Its packaging is made with cartons that are FSC-certified and more than half of the packaging is recyclable, refillable, reusable or recoverable. 

This creamy mask is ultra-moisturising and is infused with hyaluronic acid and avocado butter.

Available at origins.hk


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Woke Up Like This – SPF

Just because the sun is making fewer appearances as the temperature dips, doesn’t mean that you should neglect your SPF! Woke Up Like This is another local brand that creates fun, yet practical and effective products. This product with SPF35 is unique in that it comes in a non-chunky powder form that protects the skin from harmful UV rays while giving a lovely peachy tone on the skin. It’s also free of synthetic nylon, fragrance, talc, parabens and preservatives, and formaldehyde releasers.

Available at wokeuplikethisbeauty.com


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I Never Use Foundation – Lip Scrub

I Never Use Foundation (INUF) is a Hong Kong-based wellness store that showcases a range of ethical and eco-friendly brands from all over the world. 

This plant-based lip scrub from INUF’s own in-house brand is naturally-derived from plant-based oils, gums and waxes to remove dead skin cells and nourish the lips. It also contains antioxidants and vitamins to combat free radicals.

Available at INUF.com


See also: Go Natural: Eco-friendly Deodorants That Actually Work

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The Truth About… Clean Beauty

Switching to a clean beauty regime may seem overwhelming in the beginning: after all, what do all the terms mean? “Clean,” “organic,” “cruelty-free” and “vegan” are all terms associated with the clean beauty revolution but how do you figure out what you should be looking for in your products? We’re breaking down what “clean beauty” actually means, looking at each term and hopefully, giving you more clarity on how to adopt a clean beauty routine: 

Clean Beauty

Clean beauty essentially refers to makeup or skincare products that do not contain harmful ingredients. This usually means that a beauty product should consider human and environmental health, use a nontoxic element as a baseline and plant-based ingredients. 

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Ingredients to avoid in your cosmetics include parabens, fragrances and phthalates, aluminium compounds, ethoxylated agents (which include sulfates, the compound that causes products to lather but can irritate your skin), formaldehyde, petroleum, talc, triclosan, silica and oxybenzone (a compound in sunscreen that harms coral and can cause skin irritation). 

To adopt a clean beauty routine, start with products that are intended to stay on your skin all day, like a moisturiser, sunscreen, deodorant or body lotion. Then move to clean shampoo, conditioner, skin care and makeup products. 

Organic Beauty

The term “organic” refers to how an ingredient is farmed, for example it must be prepared and grown without pesticides, fertilisers, sulfates/ parabens or antibiotics. 

Nontoxic Beauty

Did you know that water and oxygen can be toxic in the incorrect dose? When a beauty product is labelled nontoxic, it means that the ingredients have not been shown to cause adverse health effects for the intended use and that the ingredients have not been deemed toxic at any dose by a third-party resource. However, this is true of most beauty products, so this may be a shrewd marketing practice. 

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Cruelty-Free vs. Vegan

These terms are often used interchangeably, but they mean different things. 

Cosmetics are vegan if a product does not contain any animal products or animal-derived ingredients. It’s important to note that the term describes the ingredients of a product, not the production process. Therefore, products that are tested on animals can actually claim to be vegan, meaning that “vegan” doesn’t always equal “clean.”

On the other hand, cosmetics are cruelty-free if the final product has not been tested on animals. The term generally refers to the production process and not the ingredients, which means that it is possible for a cruelty-free product to contain non-vegan ingredients, like honey, beeswax, lanolin, carmine or gelatine. 

It’s easy to neglect one or the other term when making purchasing choices about cosmetics, especially when brands market both as the end-all of ethical cosmetics, but the best option is to seek out both vegan and cruelty-free descriptions on a product. While this is more difficult to find, it’s not impossible, especially as demand grows and companies respond to this demand. 

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Labels to look for

Look for accreditation on a product label to back up a company’s claims. Organisations that are generally respected in this area include Choose Cruelty-Free, The Vegan Society, PETA and Leaping Bunny. 

Vegan and cruelty-free labels do not necessarily guarantee that a product’s ingredient list is clean, ethical, safe and all-natural. You’re better off reading the ingredient list to be sure that you’re not putting potentially dangerous chemicals on your skin or ingredients that have been tested on animals. Also, be aware of the packaging of the product; is it plastic or made from recyclable materials, like paper?

Another thing to consider is the human cost of creating cosmetics. Cruelty-free labels do not extend to the human labour that goes into sourcing ingredients and creating products. For example, while mica is a commonly used ingredient in eyeshadows, it is notorious for its use of child labour. Try and look for companies that are committed to fair and transparent labour standards.

We hope that this guide has demystified some of the terms around clean beauty and that you are inspired to adopt your own clean beauty routine.

See also: 8 Ingredients to Avoid in Your Shampoo

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Mighty Mushrooms: How Fungi Fight Plastic & Pollution

Have you ever given thought to mushrooms, besides whether you want them served with your breakfast? It turns out that fungi are a bit of a phenomenon in the natural world; from “eating” plastic to absorbing carbon dioxide, they can seemingly do it all.

After watching the Netflix documentary, “Fantastic Fungi“, which we recently reviewed as part of our Green Tomatoes series, here are some of the weird and wonderful ways that mushrooms are being used to fight climate change. 

Eating plastic

Some mushrooms “eat” plastic, which can help to mitigate the waste crisis. In fact, the mushroom called Aspergillus tubingensis has the ability to grow directly on the surface of plastic and naturally break it down. 

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Since 2017, at least 50 species of these plastic-munching mushrooms have been discovered. This opens up exciting opportunities for these mushrooms to tackle the ever-growing waste problem around the world. However, scaling the technology to the level needed would be extremely expensive.  

Creating bio-fabrics 

Fabric can be made from mushrooms’ lattice-like “roots” called mycelium, which are carbon-negative, water-proof and can be dyed in any colour naturally. Its production requires no fertilisers and very little water, making it an excellent environmentally friendly alternative. A cotton T-shirt typically requires over 3,200 litres of water, while a dress made from a type of mycelium fabric requires just 12!

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Mycelium-based fabric can be made to be as hard as enamel or as soft as a sponge, depending on the amount of light, humidity and temperature, making it an incredibly versatile textile. It’s naturally antimicrobial too, making it incredibly sanitary. Brands like Hermes and Lululemon have already announced introducing mushroom-leather into their collections, so stay tuned for more brands to follow suit.

Protecting other plants

Mushrooms can be used in forestry, where they kill sickness in other plants, because they live off the bacteria that negatively impacts other plants. Also, the mycelia in mushrooms help plants grow bigger and stronger, by helping their roots reach water and nutrients further down in the soil. 

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You can use mushrooms in your herb gardens to encourage quicker growth; research has shown that tomato plants grown with certain mushrooms make the tomato-plants bigger and produce more fruit! 

Cleaning up pollution

As mentioned, mushrooms’ mycelium system helps to “anchor” soil and in doing so, helps the mushroom grow and find food and water. Remarkably, these mycelium can also cleanse pollutants from soil and water!

Since the mycelium is used to find nutrients and won’t stop until there are none left, it can eat its way through systems that are bad for the environment. For example, it can be put into a lake to clear up algae, or used in oil spills to break down hydrocarbons. Incredibly, mycelium also has the ability to absorb vast amounts of carbon dioxide, making it a novel although potentially life-saving solution for tackling climate change. 

If you haven’t yet watched “Fantastic Fungi,” we highly recommend doing so. Read our review for more information and stay tuned for more green film reviews coming up!

See also: 8 Plant-Based Foodies to Follow on Instagram

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8Shades Of… Rasheed Shroff, Founder of Banyan Workspace

A Hong Kong coworking space with sustainability and social responsibility at its core, Banyan Workspace uses locally and regionally sourced natural materials, energy-conscious appliances, ethically-sourced drinks and snacks – and even has its own composting and e-waste recycling system.

We spoke with its founder, Rasheed Shroff, to learn more about the inspirations behind Banyan’s eco-philosophy, his favourite veggie dishes in town, and how he’s continuously working to be more sustainable in his professional and personal life.


1. In one sentence, tell us what you do!

Together with my wife Amy, I am the founder and owner of Banyan Workspace, an elevated boutique coworking space in Quarry Bay. We’ve been recognised by many local media platforms as Hong Kong’s most socially responsible and eco-friendly coworking space.

2. Why are you an 8Shader?

We always considered ourselves environmentally conscious, but our sustainability journey advanced really rapidly when we were conceptualising Banyan Workspace two years ago. We never wanted it to be a “blank slate” functional office, but a warm space that was reflective of our own principles.

The more we explored sustainable solutions to common office problems, the more our eyes were opened to how much we could and should be doing better every day. Sustainability, including social responsibility, has now become the main pillar that Banyan is built around.

3. Your best eco habit?

Despite living miles from the office in Clearwater Bay, I have committed to taking public transport instead of driving to work. I’m also working really hard to cut down on my meat consumption, especially red meat. If you look at the statistics on the carbon impact of cars and cattle, I think these are two areas where everyone can make the effort to prioritise the environment over personal want. Especially when we have such easy and efficient alternatives in Hong Kong!

4. Guilty not-so-green habit?

I still love meat, but these days it is a special treat rather than a diet staple. And, I’ll have it with a glass of sustainable Sea Change merlot to make myself feel slightly less guilty.

5. Fave eco product?

My Banyan Workspace reusable travel mug, especially when it’s filled with Impact Berry coffee! We designed it so that it can be collapsed to easily fit into a bag when empty, so there’s never an excuse to use a disposable cup.

6. Fave veggie dish in HK?

We’re lucky in Quarry Bay that there are a lot of great restaurants around us that offer fantastic veggie meals, from the mushroom risotto at Ask For Alonzo to the ‘vegan crunch’ at Fete Up, so I never feel like I am stuck for choice.

On weekends, my treat is the Impossible burger from Burger Deli in Sai Kung. Not all fake meat tastes as good as the real thing but, in my opinion, this is the absolute best I have found!

7. What makes a workspace green?

You mean beyond all our lush green plants? For Banyan Workspace, it’s definitely all about the team and their passion for sustainability.

From the materials and interior design of the workspace (such as upcycling construction waste) to the nitty gritty of our daily operations (such as using Mil Mill’s tetrapak-to-tissue products), we all share a commitment to viewing every decision through a green lens. The word we constantly come back to is impact; how we lessen our impact on the environment and how we can make an impact on our community.

8. What shade of green are you, and why?

I’d have to say Banyan Green – fully aware of our responsibilities but acknowledging that we still have a long way to go! Sustainability isn’t a destination, it’s a journey – and one that I’m proud that the team and I are going on together.


Besides its passion for sustainability, Banyan Workspace is committed to uplifting the community and donates a portion of its membership fees to its partner NGOs.

Follow Banyan Workspace on Instagram and check out their website at banyanworkspace.com.

See also: 8Shades Of… Cynthia Lok of Clean Hong Kong

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Shop For A Good Cause With Hogan 3R In Benefit Of EcoDrive HK

Looking for wardrobe additions that not only look good, but do good, too? Enter Hogan, whose new 3R (Recycle, Reuse, Reduce) collection is made with the planet in mind. 

Hogan has created its new collection from recycled materials that don’t compromise on quality. For the shoes, the upper is made from a special blend of regenerated leathers and recycled plastic, while the outsole is 3D-printed using industrial waste materials that prevent landfill waste. Hogan’s distinctive “H” logo stretches across the upper, sole and tread of the shoe to create shoes that are both relaxed and modern for an effortless and casual look.

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The black and white shoes are available in orange, pink, yellow, purple and blue accents. 

The Hogan 3R collection also comprises a hooded trench coat made from recycled wool, a bomber jacket, quilted shirts that are made from regenerated fibres and synthetic down, an oversize down jacket made from water-repellent nylon and bio-based polyester, sweatshirts made with recycled wool and finally, an oversize fanny pack. 

Source: Hogan

Hogan has endeavoured to make the 3R collection’s impact on the planet and all those who inhabit it as important as how it looks. As climate change continues to accelerate, it is becoming more important for brands to adopt this mentality, and for consumers to buy sustainably.

Shop for a cause

From 15-17 October 2021, Hogan is hosting a charity shopping event where part of the sales will be donated to environmental NGO, EcoDrive. Head to Hogan’s boutiques this weekend in Pacific Place, Elements or Harbour City to see and shop the 3R collection!

To help you on your journey to becoming more eco-conscious, we’ve partnered with Hogan to offer our readers the chance to win a pair of shoes from their 3R collection!

How to enter

  1. Follow us Instagram (@8shadesoffical) and look for the special Hogan post.
  2. Tell us your top sustainability fashion tip and tag 2 friends in the comments (unlimited entries allowed)
  3. Share the post on to your IG stories for a bonus entry!

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, 19 October by IG DM. Good luck!

See also: Louis Vuitton Releases its First Sustainable, Unisex Shoe

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Good News: Facebook Bans Illegal Sales Of Amazon Rainforest Land

Welcome to our new series on 8Shades called “Good News”, where we aim to start your week on a positive note by sharing a feel-good eco story. There’s enough bad news in the world, so let’s focus on the positive instead!

This week, Facebook has promised to crack down on the illegal sales of protected Amazon rainforest land via its Marketplace platform. 

Source: Flickr.

Earlier this year, an investigation by the BBC found that Facebook’s Marketplace product was being used to organise sales of protected lands in the Amazon rainforest. At that time, Facebook said that it wouldn’t take independent action over the issue.

Now, without any explanation on why they’ve changed their mind on the issue, Facebook says that it’s “committed to sustainability and protecting land in ecological conservation areas.” 

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An example of a Facebook ad for a piece of property in the Amazon. This one is on public land and covers 30,000 hectares with an asking price of US$10.5 million. Source: Mongabay

The social media platform says that it “will now review listings on Facebook Marketplace against an international organisation’s authoritative database of protected areas to identify listings that may violate this new policy.” This database is run by the UN Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), which catalogues protected areas. 

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Source: Flickr.

For too long, Facebook has been criticised by environmental groups and news outlets for restricting the distribution of and reporting on climate change and other environmental issues, so this is a welcome move for the social media giant. Its coverage of news has the power to change a lot of people’s minds, so Facebook needs to make sure that its coverage and distribution of climate change news matches the issue’s urgency!

Here at 8Shades, we want to inspire hope that good eco news can be found everywhere, no matter how small. Be sure to come back every Monday for more positive environmental news!

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8 Safe & Sustainable Shampoos in Hong Kong

We recently filled you in on the ingredients you should avoid in your shampoo that may be harmful for yourself and the environment – now, we bring you our list of 8Shades-approved sustainable shampoos that you can get right here in Hong Kong. Not only are they safe for you to use on your hair and scalp, they come in eco-friendly and recyclable packaging too.

See also: 8 Ingredients to Avoid in Your Shampoo


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Oway Hair Care From I Never Use Foundation (INUF) 

This shampoo from Oway Hair Care is vegan and cruelty-, paraben-, sulfate- and petroleum-free. When your bottle is finished, clean it and bring it back to the store in exchange for other INUF products! After being collected, all bottles are sent to Baguio Waste Management and Recycling facility, where they are either recycled or converted to energy. 

Available at inuf.com


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LUSH

LUSH is arguably the pioneer of the shampoo bar. Simply apply the bar directly to wet hair and rub it in, or rub the foam in your hand first and then wash. This particular bar is intended to stimulate hair follicles to promote blood circulation, while the natural rosemary fragrance soothes and calms the scalp, adding shine to your hair. 

Available at LUSH


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Bathe to Basics

Bathe to Basics makes all-natural and locally-made products, including shampoos, soaps, face washes, oils and perfumes. Plus, many of their products can be topped up at refill stations in their shop, including their shampoos, to reduce packaging and waste. 

Their Basic Shampoo removes product residue and build-up and is free from fillers, artificial fragrances and sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS), which can cause irritation and itchy skin. 

Available at bathetobasics.com


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Ethique

Ethique also creates shampoo bars and prides itself on its eco-friendly approach to its products.

The brand is completely plastic-free, and the paper it uses comes from sustainably-managed forests in New Zealand. Ethique is also climate positive, offsetting 120% of their carbon emissions.

Available at Live Zero


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Wood Polar

Based in Tsuen Wan in Hong Kong, Wood Polar’s products are made with natural ingredients that are free from harmful and potentially irritating chemicals. They’re also vegan-friendly, cruelty-free with recyclable packaging.

Their Honey Beer Shampoo Bar is made from – you guessed it – beer, which is meant to add thickness and shine to your hair along with egg and honey.

Available at woodpolar.com


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Soaper Delights

Established in Hong Kong in 2013, Soaper Delights makes its products with the planet in mind, bringing sustainability into its ethically-sourced raw materials, its local partners and its eco-friendly and biodegradable packaging. 

Made in a local workshop, their Herbal Shampoo bars are intended to encourage hair growth and soothe the scalp.

Available at soaperdelights.com


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Dani Naturals

Dani Naturals uses vegan and natural ingredients that are cruelty-free along with recyclable packaging.

Their Bamboo Bergamot Shampoo is sulfate-free and made with certified organic and fair-trade ingredients that are gentle enough for daily use. It contains no artificial fragrance, using essential oil blends instead. 

Available at Slowood


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Briogeo

Popular hair care brand Briogeo has worked to be sustainable. For example, it sources packaging that is recyclable or contains at least 25% post-consumer recycled plastic, its products are free of harsh sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates and artificial dyes, and they’re also vegan and cruelty-free.

We like their Matcha and Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo, which is not only kind on the planet but your hair too – cleaning it without stripping it of its natural oils. 

Available at sephora.hk

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See also: 8 Ingredients to Avoid in Your Shampoo

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8Shades Of… Michael Smith Of Moxie

In our latest edition of ‘8Shades Of’, we’re chatting with Michael Smith (@michaelsmitth), chef de cuisine at brand new vegetarian-centric restaurant Moxie

Moxie is the latest venture from renowned chef Shane Osborn, as part of his The Arcane Collective group of restaurants. You may have spotted Michael cooking up a storm in his previous role as chef de cuisine at Osborn’s Michelin-starred restaurant Arcane and having become vegetarian last year, he’s now leading the charge at Moxie – an ingredient-led, eco-conscious dining destination that features a primarily plant-based menu and focus on sustainability.

We talk to Michael about his fave veggie dishes, tips for eating more sustainably and why supporting local farmers in Hong Kong is so important:

1. In one sentence, tell us what you do?

I am the chef de cuisine at Moxie, a new all-day dining restaurant from The Arcane Collective. 

2. Why are you an 8Shader?

My experience as the chef de cuisine at Arcane certainly had a part to play in this. The way we cook there and at Moxie is ingredient-driven; we build our menu around seasonal, quality produce. This gets you thinking about the way we eat and how it is – or should be – so closely linked to the land. We have created close relationships with local farmers in Hong Kong and abroad, such as in Taiwan, where we source much of our produce from. Once you get involved in this part of the process, you can’t help but become hyper-conscious of the environment and the effect we as humans are having on it. 

As both a chef and a human being, having beautiful fruits and vegetables to eat is hugely important to me. As simple as that sounds, that is something that won’t be possible if we don’t look after our planet. 

3. What’s your best eco habit – and your guilty not-so green one?

My best eco habit is that I became vegetarian in January 2020 and have never looked back! My not-so-green habit is… kitchen OCD, as we use so much paper cleaning throughout the day.

4. Fave eco product?

My EcoDrive water bottle.

5. Fave veggie dish in Hong Kong?

There’s this wonderful shiitake, mizuna and white cabbage salad with a burnt jalapeno dressing at Chino – it’s fantastic. 

6. What is something about sustainable food that you think people should be more aware of?

In Hong Kong in particular, we seem to have forgotten about our local farming industry somewhere along the line over the past 30 years or so. Local produce used to make up 75 percent of the produce consumed by Hong Kongers; these days, it makes up less than 5 percent. We need to build a more resilient food system in Hong Kong, one small step at a time, and support our local farmers so that they can continue to thrive for years to come. 

I also hope to see chefs continue to think more assiduously about the meat they serve, and think about serving less but better, more ethically sourced seafood and more whole-food plant-based cuisine. 

7. What’s one easy top tip for eating more sustainably in everyday life?

Eat local and eat plants as much as possible! 

8. What shade of green are you and why? 

British racing green – it’s iconic and used throughout the branding at Moxie.

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See also: 8Shades Of… Ellie Furuya Of Rii Swim

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Where To Find Impossible Pork in Hong Kong

Are you a fan of Impossible burgers? Then you might just love Impossible Pork, the company’s newest addition to their plant-based meat range, which will be available in Hong Kong from the beginning of October.

Just like its competitor and some might say, predecessor, OmniPork, Impossible Pork can be used in any recipe that calls for actual ground pork, including spring rolls, meatballs, dumplings, xiao long bao, siu mai or sausage links, making it easier than ever to cut down on your meat consumption!

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To celebrate the launch, you can now try delicious Impossible Pork dishes at the Tong Chong Street Market in Taikoo Place from now until the end of October.

Also, from 4-8 October 2021, Impossible will be giving away 100 free Impossible Pork Bento Boxes daily from 15 participating restaurants. These boxes will feature a different theme each day, from Dim Sum and Classic Chinese, to East Meets West and South-East Asian, and each will have three tasting portion dishes from popular restaurants including Tim Ho Wan, Good BBQ, Bloom by Wong Jia Sha, Indonesia 1968, Check-in Taipei, Kyoto Katsugyu and Years

After this initial phase, from October 4, more than 40 partner restaurants will continue serving Impossible Pork dishes alongside their normal offerings. Some of these dishes include the Eggplant and Impossible Pork Casserole at MX, Pork Meatballs in an Italian Tomato Sauce with Linguini at Ruby Tuesday and Impossible Suckling Pig served with steamed lotus bread at My Meat Run Laboratory.

You’ll also be able to buy ready-to-cook dishes made with Impossible Pork at selected PARKnSHOP stores in Hong Kong from October onwards. These dishes include Impossible Pork Dumplings with Chinese Cabbage, Impossible Deep Fried Bean Curd Roll, Steamed Impossible Pork Patty with Preserved Vegetables and Impossible Pork Cube Stir Fry with Mixed Vegetables. 

The Benefits of Impossible Pork

Alternative meat products are more sustainable than their traditional counterparts, but in particular, Impossible Pork uses 85% less water, 82% less land and generates 73% less greenhouse gas emissions than traditional pork products. 

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Source: Impossible Foods

The rising popularity of alternative meat products is making it easier than ever to give up meat, or simply eat less of it. You can use Impossible Pork to make your usual favourite meals, or gather your friends for a Meatless Monday meal and experiment with different recipes! Here’s some inspiration for Meatless Monday recipes.

See also: 8 Benefits of Going Meatless

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DIY: 8 Ways To Repurpose Used Coffee Grounds

Many of us are working to become more sustainable in our personal lives; be it recycling, buying less or creating less waste. In fact, our trash could become our treasure with a bit of creativity and effort.

Put your caffeine addiction to good use; between sprucing up your beauty routine, cleaning your kitchen utensils and getting rid of pests, used coffee grounds can be used in so many ways. Here are eight ideas on how to repurpose used coffee grounds:


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Compost

For those lucky to have a garden or even a space where you grow plants, you can use your used coffee grounds as compost. Adding compost to your garden can help the soil hold onto more nutrients and water, improving the health of your plants. In fact, studies have found that compost made with coffee grounds and kitchen waste contains more nutrients than compost made with waste alone.

See also: The Truth About… Fair Trade Coffee


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Remove Under Eye Circles

Many things can contribute to the development of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, including fragile blood vessels and poor circulation. Coffee grounds could be a promising solution to this due to their high antioxidant and caffeine contents; caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates blood circulation around the eyes, which can reduce the appearance of dark circles and swelling. The antioxidants in coffee can also help fight skin ageing. 

Just add water or coconut oil to your coffee grounds to form a paste. Apply this mixture under your eyes and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing. 


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Get Rid of Insects and Pests

Coffee contains certain compounds like caffeine and diterpenes, which can be toxic to insects. Use your coffee grounds to deter mosquitoes, ants, fruit flies and beetles, among other pests, either by setting out bowls of grounds or sprinkling them around outdoor seating areas or by scattering them around your plants. 


4.

Get Rid of Odours

Coffee grounds contain nitrogen, which helps to get rid of bad odours around the house. You can use them in various places around the house; for example, you can place a bowl of coffee grounds in your fridge or freezer to neutralise odours from rotten or fragrant foods, you can put them in old socks or pantyhose and place these bags in your shoes, bedroom drawers or under your car seat and you can even use them on your hands after chopping garlic and onion to remove the smell.


5.

Body Exfoliant

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Use coffee grounds to gently exfoliate your skin, removing dirt and dead skin cells. The caffeine in the grounds has antioxidants which can help protect the skin from sun damage and it can also help to increase blood flow. All you need to do is mix coffee grounds with a little bit of water or coconut oil. 


6.

Remove Product Buildup From Your Hair

Forget those expensive detoxing hair treatments that can often leave your hair feeling stripped and straw-like – instead, use the contents of your morning coffee for squeaky-clean hair! Exfoliating your scalp with coffee grounds can help remove buildup and dead skin cells. Even better, caffeine could stimulate hair growth.

Just use a handful of coffee grounds and massage into your scalp and hair for a couple of minutes, then wash as you normally would. Use this one to two times per week. 


7.

Clean Your Pots and Pans

The coarse texture of coffee grounds makes them great to scrub those kitchen utensils that are difficult to clean, like pots and pans. Sprinkle the coffee grounds directly on your pots and pans and scrub as usual. Just make sure to rinse them properly afterwards.


8.

Make a Flea Bath For Your Pet

dog flea bath

There are flea-removal products on the market, but many of them contain harsh chemicals. For a more natural solution, you could use coffee grounds as fleas seem to be deterred by them. Just rub the grounds through your pet’s fur after shampooing, rinse and allow them to dry as usual.

Please only use the coffee grounds externally and know that if this treatment doesn’t work for your pet, you may need to chat to a vet to discuss stronger options.


These are just some of the things that you can do with your used coffee grounds; there are in fact many other uses. Being creative with our “rubbish” is essential in fighting the waste crisis the world is currently going through. With a bit of research, we’d find that much of what we use around our house doesn’t have to be thrown away once we’re finished with them – we can simply use them for other things! 

See also: The Truth About… Honey