Why ? Why some much plastic still at events Hong Kong……..?

5 12 2013

Great morning today as near 600 entrepreneurs and venture capitalists… arrived at Tamar site for the finals of the Start me up Hong Kong first finalists of the program to attract innovation to Hong Kong and to stimulate Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong. Great pitches and congratulations to the 3 winners. As the @sustaintologist in Hong Kong I have to express frustration that we talk about positive change yet we just cannot follow through!

The disappointing part is the lunch for each delegate is packed in 3 plastic containers and the ‘goodie bag’ is the same poly propylene that we see at the Messe Frankfurt and the HKTDC and the Eco Asia Expo’s in Hong Kong  – yet we are concerned and we express concern about the landfill ‘situation’ and the refuse “situation’ and the pollution situation ……….and nothing happens..

We talk and we talk and we meet at FoE and Greendrinks and Sipped In and and and ……………. and we still “swim” in plastic and styrofoam daily.

Once a year we have a great drive from Ecozine backed by Nikon and National Geographic etc etc and we clean up the city and the beaches and we do a great job. We even have a celebrity in Hong Kong backing this.

Why Hong Kong…….. Why? Can we not walk our talk? The event today at is not “alone”. I attended recently the Eco Asia Expo in Asia World Expo. Entering the Eco Asia Expo there are HUGE signage posted about How Environmentally friendly the Asiaworld Complex is yet the Eco Asia Expo hosted by the Asiaworld complex allow Eco Asia Expo to have PLASTIC lunchboxes in the halls for the vendors to serve the attendees of the fairs. Do not get me wrong here, we need to serve lunch. But why can we not stop the plastic? Only changing our behaviour i.e. stop using plastic is going to support a cleaner Hong Kong, less pollution on beaches (we may not need a Ecozine  Clean-Up Hong Kong annually), less landfill, less need for a INCINERATOR !!! and healthier people in Hong Kong!! 1+1=2 Hong Kong. We have to start somewhere to make Hong Kong a better and healthier place!

Imagine walking into the fast food chains in Hong Kong and asking for a different packaging? It is just like asking for a ceramic cup or mug in Starbucks rather than a paper cup. It is not hard. Changing from a paper cup to a mug in Starbucks was a great change! That is how easy change is.

Daily we read about the plastic in the landfills seeping all kinds of ‘toxic stuff’ that is associated with cancers into the water table and daily we read about more diseases associated with plastic. In Hong Kong specifically we have more than 2 million polystyrene lunch boxes being sent to landfill every single day. I have seen a staff member put the polystyrene/styrofoam lunchbox in a microwave and I have seen how the fried rice meal is migrated into the styrofoam in the bottom of the lunchbox. Do you know how bad that is for your health?

Do you know how bad plastic is for your health and what it does to your food you take in? Please  see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/is-there-plastic-in-my-food.html and http://www.wisegeekhealth.com/are-plastic-bottles-really-hazardous-to-my-health.htm

Hong Kong – we can do better ……

Please remember to contact http://www.innovasians.com or info@innovasians.com for turnkey solutions on getting plastic out of Hong Kong and our life and our landfill – we can do it! Let’s walk our talk!


Innovasians appointed Hong Kong distributor for low carbon “wonder” wheat straw

4 11 2013

Innovasians Ltd and FIG Canada Group Company Limited join forces.

Innovasians Ltd in Hong Kong have been selling the wheat straw ‘wonder’ products for the last 2 years but have been appointed the official distributor for the wheat straw packaging material. These products are referred to as the “wonder’ as these are low carbon, non-toxic and 100% biodegradable. These are made from 100% agricultural wheat straw, is non-toxic, contains no chemicals and is FDA approved.

The product resolves all the landfill issues in Hong Kong for sure. If these could replace the much hated and toxic Styrofoam (white boxes) and also the PET (those transparent boxes with salads and pastas and houmos etc etc) that we use daily in Hong Kong and we throw daily into landfill and it seeps toxins into the water table or washes into the ocean and is part of our food chain and detrimental to our health…….

The great news is that although the fast food giants in Hong Kong who are the biggest culprits in issuing the white boxes and the PET daily, they are the slowest to react and make a difference in Hong Kong, the Universities are collaborating and the Hospital authority is collaborating – that is great news and a great start to making a difference to consumption and making a difference to human health of all the residents in Hong Kong.

Thank you to The Hospital Authority and Universities in Hong Kong for your intelligent eco decision to convert plastic and Styrofoam to a biodegradable substitute. The Hospital Authority reported a saving in purchasing value!

We are striving at Innovasians to take the `toxicity of plastic out of our food chain for the health of Hong Kong people, taking plastic out of  our life to reduce the environmental impact of contribution to landfill, and supporting a healthier Hong Kong with less polystyrene/Styrofoam and plastic floating in Victoria harbour….

The wheat straw “wonder” is available in many shapes and MOQ (minimum order quantity) can be discussed. Please contact info@innovasians.com today or phone us on +852 34283102/3 if you are interested to reduce your impact on the environment.



Above 4 shapes for hospitals

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These shapes are for FOOD packaging  and food serving 

If you care about Hong Kong and your health – contact Innovasians Ltd today

why did McDonalds in the US decide to phase out polystyrene cups?

10 10 2013


McDonald’s has confirmed that it will replace all polystyrene cups with paper ones at its 14,000 US outlets.

Paper cups will now be used as standard across all US outlets.
Paper cups will now be used as standard across all US outlets.

The move comes in response to a shareholder proposal filed in 2011 by As You Sow, a non-profit organization that promotes corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, which asked it to stop using polystyrene.

After successful trials using double walled paper cups at around 2,000 outlets, McDonald’s will now roll them out as standard at all US outlets.

“We congratulate McDonald’s on its decision to stop using foam beverage cups, which will reducce the threat of plastic pollution to the world’s oceans and provide a more recyclable, valuable alternative in paper fiber,” said Conrad MaKerron, senior vice president for As You Sow.

According to As You Sow, polystyrene is not widely recycled and has become pervasive in the marine environment where it is a danger to birds and marine life. A number of cities in California have banned or restricted the use of polystyrene food packaging and the New York mayor has also proposed banning it.

McDonald’s began to phase out its clamshell hamburger boxes in 1990 but continued to use polystyrene beverage cups.

As You Sow says it is also in dialogue with Dunkin’ Donuts, which uses polystyrene beverage cups. The company has announced plans to phase them out in two to three years but has not disclosed what materials it will use instead.

How Tim Hortons closed the loop with coffee cups

7 10 2013
Article below is not total closed loop as new cups are still fed into the system, but certainly a start with less contribution to landfill! One would like to see more re-usable cups in the coffee industry – as Starbucks and Pacific Coffee in Hong Kong are both practising
Published October 03, 2013
Tim Hortons

In 2011 in Nova Scotia, Tim Hortons became the first Canadian quick service restaurant to implement a closed-loop recycling program. Carol Patterson, the company’s senior manager of regulatory affairs, says 99 out of every 100 Canadians recognize the Tim Hortons brand. The pervasive customer loyalty and immense recognition as a market leader created the impetus for the restaurant chain to adopt more sustainable practices such as cup recycling into business operations.

The solution

The cup-to-tray project required the collaborative efforts of Tim Hortons’ corporate offices, restaurant owners, participating staff and several community partners, together creating a unique pathway for product recycling, transportation and regeneration. The initiative required years of planning, community engagement and consumer buy-in. The end result was a cost-neutral, closed-loop system that underscored Tim Hortons’ sustainable priorities.

How it works

Tim Hortons locations in Nova Scotia implemented recycling units collecting hot beverage cups, lids, napkins and trays. Customers purchasing hot beverages were encouraged to recycle their cups and trays as much as possible. Employees even wore T-shirts to drum up consumer interest, donning a picture of a take-out tray with the caption: “In my past life I used to be a cup.”

From here, collection contractors and paper haulers take non-sorted cups and lids to Scotia Recycling Limited, which sorts and compresses recycled products. Next the cups and trays (now in bales) are delivered to CKF, a Canadian-owned paper product manufacturer based in Nova Scotia, which then processes the bales, molding them into new trays that can be sold back to Tim Hortons restaurants.

The results

After Tim Hortons locations in Nova Scotia began actively participating in the cup-to-tray program, other Canadian provinces quickly followed suit. As of year-end 2012, 850 Tim Hortons restaurants recycle paper cup products. Tim Hortons has the potential to divert 100 percent of all cups and take-out trays in Nova Scotia from landfill.

Project success easily was measured by the level of civic engagement. Patterson says the involvement of all stakeholders, even if they initially weren’t supportive, was key to the project’s success. In addition, ensuring customer and guest participation meant having an engaged employee base eager to adopt a culture of sustainability into the Tim Hortons community. When students at Nova Scotia colleges began collecting Tim Hortons cups and driving them to restaurant recycling units, it was clear the initiative had rubbed off on the public.

The cup-to-tray recycling project strongly embodies many practices found in the “Innovating for Sustainability” report published by the Network for Business Sustainability. Multi-level internal and external collaboration was imperative to the project’s success, as was customer insight and cross-company input. Reaching out to community partners and expanding their network put Tim Hortons in a strategic position to rely on the expertise of unrelated industries, such as waste management and paper manufacturing. The implementation of the unique cradle-to-cradle design strategy required the unlearning of outdated knowledge and to overcome the assumption that it was too daunting a task to accomplish. Although the cup-to-tray idea seemed like a daunting goal, Patterson says Tim Hortons strived to convince weary stakeholders that the process wouldn’t be as difficult to manage as it was perceived. For years, municipalities in Nova Scotia told the company that it couldn’t be done, but today, all 156 locations in Nova Scotia effectively have closed the loop.

Patterson’s message to companies looking to replicate Tim Hortons’ efforts is to not be afraid to fail; learning from past mistakes and overcoming obstacles is just part of the process.

This article originally appeared at Network for Business Sustainability and is reprinted with permission. Tim Hortons cup image by feverblue via Flickr

Coca-Cola rewards customers that pledge to recycle

7 10 2013


Published August 13, 2013
Coca-cola camera

Coca-Cola Enterprises will launch a fresh campaign this week designed to help boost theU.K.’s recycling rates by offering discounts to families who reuse or recycle their plastic bottles.

The “Don’t Waste. Create” campaign will be launched Wednesday, asking customers to submit recycling pledges to receive a 50 pence (77 cents) voucher off their next purchase of Coca-Cola bottled drinks, including Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite and Dr Pepper.

The campaign website also will suggest ways of reusing old plastic bottles, such as turning them into bird feeders or self-watering plant pots, in a bid to raise awareness of plastic waste and keep children occupied during the summer holidays.

“By asking [customers] to reuse and then recycle plastic bottles, ‘Don’t Waste. Create’ encourages families to think more sustainably while having fun, giving them a tangible way to help reduce their household waste,” said Nick Brown, associate director for recycling at Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Coca-Cola is keen to increase recycling rates to help feed the plastic bottle recycling plant that it co-owns with ECO Plastics in Hemswell.

The plant has allowed Coca-Cola to meet its target to include at least 25 percent recycled plastic in everybottle it produces, and the company is now aiming to further increase the proportion of recycled material.

This article originally appeared on BusinessGreen and is reprinted with permission.
Coca-Cola camera image by Ian Muttoo via Flickr

Let’s make plastic less harmful to us and the environment…?

1 10 2013
Plastic plays a huge role in the society we live in today. So much so, that society has become dependent on plastics. Being that plastics’ versatility allows it to be used in everything, it is essential that we assure that these resources will be available in the future. With that in mind, we also have to take into consideration the effects plastic has on our environment. So how do we find a way to keep plastic around forever but make sure that we are not affecting the environment by doing so? The solution lies with the latest green technology which allows plastic to Biodegrade anaerobically – that means even in landfill! Innovasians Ltd apply this cutting edge technology on request to OEM and ODM production. The Lan Kwai Fong Group as well as selected ESF Schools in Hong Kong are 2 clients of Innovasians Ltd who have taken the step to purchase this technology at a small pemium. Both clients are purchasing black garbags bags replacing regular garbage bags. So what good is that? The garbage bags will biodegrade in 18 months in landfill vs regular garbage bags that will be in landfill for 400 years and seep toxicity into the water table and the soil. Congratulations ESF Schools and LKF for caring about Hong Kong and your Environmental footprint
The Simple Environmental Solution:
The additive (Ecopure) also consists of features that make it possible for plastics to continue to be recyclable, and re-useable. Instead of taking centuries, with EcoPure, plastics will turn into biomass (rich soil) as well as biogas (CO2). EcoPure can also be used in other products such as ARS, SAN, Nylon, Polyester, and Rubber as well as HDPE, LDPE, PET, PS and more. Adding this organic plastic additive will enhance the biodegradation process of plastic as well as not have any physical effects on the properties of plastic. EcoPure has also been tested to withstand temperatures up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit.


How it works:
EcoPure is added to the plastics during the melting phase. This will expand the molecular structure of the plastic, scissoring the polymer chain and adding nutrients and other compounds, which weaken the polymer chain. This allows microbial action to colonize in and around the plastic. These microbes secrete acids which enzymes break down the entire polymer chain. EcoPure will give you a biodegradable end product that will have an indefinite life until it is placed into an active microbial environment. The degradation process is started when the plastic is added into the landfill and the microbes will then colonize on the surface and begin to digest and break down the plastic.
The EcoPure Way:
When EcoPure has been added to plastics, 80 Million pounds of landfill space can be saved over an 8 year period  That is over 2150 garbage trucks of trash. In one year, EcoPure has been able to save over 500 garbage trucks so far in the US. EcoPure helps to make plastic safe and non-toxic.  Implementing this new technology to plastics and other materials, we can create an eco-footprint/reduced environmental footprint that will help to save our environment now and help us continue to keep it safer (toxin free) for generations to come. At InnovAsians we aim at reducing the exact toxicity by removing harmful polystyrene/Styrofoam as well as PET and plastic from your daily ‘diet’ or harmful textile components and coatings on fabrics that you are not even aware about that could  lead to terminal illness and death. In Hong KOng alone more than 2 million Polystyrene/Styrofoam lunch boxes go to land fill EVERY DAY. These could be totally harmless if these contained Ecopure. For more information about EcoPure please visit us at http://www.innovasians.com/ and contact us at info@innovasians.com.

To reduce the environmental impact of yourself or your organization, do not hesitate to contact us.

Climate Change: Now It’s Over To Politicians

28 09 2013

Thomas Moore – Health and Science Correspondent – 27 September 2013

Scientists have come to a remarkable consensus on the cause of global warning. The question remains, what will governments do?


There can be little doubt now that human activity is largely responsible for global warming.

Nearly 900 scientists helped to write the one million words in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

And 110 governments went through it line by line.

All the more remarkable that the panel has reached a consensus. That makes it hard to ignore.

The projections are that by the end of the century the planet will be between 1.5C and 4.5C warmer.

That doesn’t sound like much. But there won’t be an even distribution of the rising temperature. Some parts of the world will be much warmer.

And even a small rise in temperature means the atmosphere stores more energy and moisture. There would be more weather extremes – heatwaves, droughts, floods and hurricanes.

Sea levels would also rise by between 26cm and 82cm as glaciers melt and ice caps retreat.

Sceptics argue that global surface temperatures haven’t risen since 1998 and that the scientific models are wrong.

But the scientists say this is only a temporary pause. Ocean currents have absorbed some of the extra heat, but at some point they will reverse.

So it is a united message from scientists.

It’s now over to the politicians. There will be a high level inter-governmental meeting next year. This is a global problem that needs global action.

Some governments have been slow to act, unwilling to make the switch to a low carbon economy, either because they believe it will hold back their development, or because they don’t believe it’s a message voters want to hear.

There’s no doubt that investment in green energy means higher fuel prices. But delaying action on carbon emissions will only mean greater cost later: flood barriers to hold back the rivers and sea, more expensive insurance and higher food bills.

It’s hard to escape the conclusion that we have to lift our heads out of the sand and act.


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