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Save Your Plastics at Starstreet Precinct

From 9-26 September 2021, bring your clean and empty recyclable plastics to a specially-set up recycling station at the Starstreet Precinct in Wan Chai, where you’ll also learn how to properly sort plastics for recycling. With any item you recycle, you’ll receive rewards from a range of brands in the neighbourhood! 

Simply head to the recycling station, which is opposite the PURE Yoga on Wing Fung Street. Based on the machine blueprints from Precious Plastic, an open-source project based in the Netherlands, the campaign uses plastic conversion machines that allow participants to turn used plastics into new products to take home. 

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The Save Your Plastics recycling station in the Starstreet Precinct.

Bring in your clean and recyclable plastics to receive reward vouchers from a variety of participating brands, including Green Common, Black Garlic, nood food, L’Occitane and Edgar

Rewards

Each plastic item recycled will earn you one star. Here are some examples of the rewards you can get for simply recycling!

  • 10 stars = complimentary cup of coffee from Blend & Grind
  • 15 stars = complimentary L’Occitane Pamper Kit
  • 30 stars = complimentary bioplastic toothbrush with replaceable head and four weeks of solid toothpaste
  • 60 stars = two HK$100 nood food vouchers

Types of plastic accepted

The station can collect and sort the following types of plastic: PET 1 plastic, which includes plastic beverage bottles and transparent fruit containers, HDPE 2 plastic, which includes dish soap containers, milk jugs and shampoo and body wash containers, LDPE 4 and PS 6 plastics, which includes coffee cup lids, fruit sleeves and single-use cutlery and PP 5 plastics, which includes takeaway food boxes and yoghurt containers. Just make sure that your recyclables are emptied, cleaned and dried before bringing it to the station.

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The recycling bins inside the station.

Things that are not accepted

The campaign won’t accept PVC plastics (clear food packaging, tablecloths, electrical tape), Type 7 plastic (baby feeding bottles), packaging with food waste or grease on it, any kinds of plastic bags, chemical containers (nail polish), items that are made up of different types of materials other than plastics including metals, rubber and silicone (e.g. toys or snack wrappers) and items larger than 30cm x 30cm x 30cm. 

Save Your Plastics at Starstreet

The Save Your Plastics campaign hopes to inspire all of us to take small steps in our daily lives that will together make a big impact. The 2019 campaign saw the collection and sorting of over 26,000 pieces of plastic! The majority of plastics collected was Type 1 (PET) which included mainly beverage and water bottles, as well as plastic cups. 

Sign up here to register for the campaign, and for more ideas on how to avoid plastic waste, read our tips on eight simple, sustainable swaps you can make for single-use plastics.

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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