Your insider’s guide to Hong Kong

Four easy eco tips for travellers

Ideas to reduce waste and stay green while you travel

Words: Sarah Fung

Humble Brush

BYO toothbrush
Resist the temptation to rely on the hotel’s free toothbrush, and instead bring your own from home. Better yet, make it a biodegradable bamboo one that won’t end up in a landfill. The Humble Brush is a Swedish-designed bamboo toothbrush that runs on a buy-one-give-one model – for every Humblebrush purchased, the company will donate one to a child living in a part of the world with no easy access to dental care.

Available in Hong Kong at Just Green stores citywide, including 1/F, Wong Chung Ming Commercial House, 16 Wyndham Street, Central 2755 3555,

Reusable Packaging

Reusable Packaging
Exploring a city’s culture through its food is one of the greatest ways to get to know a place, but with that comes a lot of plastic waste, particularly in Southeast Asia. If you know you’re going to be doing a big foodie crawl, simply pack a lunchbox and cutlery in your bag that you can wash and reuse. Same goes for coffee cups: just bring your own and have the barista fill it for you. Check out the selection at, which offers lunch boxes in stainless steel tin, bamboo fibre coffee cups and travel utensils that come in a handy pouch.


Shampoo Bars
Solid shampoos are a great option when you’re on the road. They’re easy to check through in your hand luggage, they’re not at risk of leaking in your bag, and you don’t have to open a disposable plastic shampoo bottle to get squeaky-clean. Lush offers an impressive range for just about every conceivable hair type. Try New for a tingly sensation with peppermint and clove, or Montalbano, a citrus shampoo, for shine.

G/F, SoHo Square, 21A Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 3915 0638,

Water For Free

Reduce your reliance on plastic bottles Single-use plastic bottles are terrible for the environment – Hong Kong alone disposes some 2,000 tonnes of plastic each day. Get into the habit of bringing your own, and fill it up regularly with the help of a local free water app.

In Hong Kong, Water For Free lists more than 1,000 points across the city where you can easily refill your bottle:

Free water apps are also available in New York: NYC Water and London: Give Me Tap!

Many airports, including Hong Kong International Airport, also have free water refill points, so there’s no need to buy a bottle once you’re through security.


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