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Green Living - Resources

Various products needed in daily life, such as plastic, wood, etc., are taken from nature. For example, raw materials for plastics are petroleum by-products; trees are felled for the manufacture of wood. Energy is needed during production, processing and disposal, resulting in carbon dioxide emissions. We can make substantial contributions to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and alleviating global warming, as well as reduce the consumption of earth resources, if we reduce waste production or adopt recycling in our daily lives.

Green Rule
  • Prepare a shopping list before going shopping. Avoid buying unnecessary items, or being lured to buy more than you need through low prices, and thus reduce waste production.
  • Choose economy-sized or refilling products with fewer packages.
  • Pay attention to the packaging of products that you buy. Avoid individually-packed or over-packed goods.
  • Purchase products containing recycled materials, such as recycled paper, or second-hand goods, to reduce the consumption of Earth's resources.
  • Bring your own shopping bags; say no to plastic bags. Plastic bags can be reused many times and finally can be recycled.
  • Many plastic bags contain a layer of aluminium coating and cannot be recycled. Avoid them.
  • Take your own drinks bottle when you go out. If you need to buy a drink, choose a non-paper pack one, as a paper carton cannot be recycled or reused in Hong Kong.
  • Use handkerchiefs instead of tissues.
  • If a newly purchased item proves unsuitable and cannot be returned to the store, donate it to needy persons. Unwanted new items can also be given to friends or resold.
  • When you renovate your home or replace furniture, waste is generated. Make good use of old furniture, and donate unwanted furniture to charities or second-hand shops.
  • Donate used furniture and electric appliances to charities. Upon repair, these can be transferred to needy persons.
  • Clean and undamaged used clothing, shoes and bags can be recycled.
  • Support domestic separation, set up simple recycling facilities at home, recycling metal, paper and plastic. For example, put a plastic bag beside the rubbish bin, for recycling plastic bottles and metal cans.
  • Before disposing of items, remove the intact part (e.g. buttons on the clothing) for future use, tear and recycle the damaged part with recyclable materials (e.g. damaged hair accessories made of plastic), or use for other purpose (e.g. use old and worn out clothing as cleaning cloths).
Know More
  • According to a survey, each person in Hong Kong throws 3 plastic bags away each day. This amounts to 21 million plastic bags a day.
  • Recycling 1 aluminium can, 1 plastic bottle and 1 newspaper every day can save 246kg of carbon dioxide per year.
  • By recycling 1 tonne of paper, 17 trees and 1500 litres of petroleum can be saved.
  • Compared to the production of new items, the recycling and recovery of aluminium products uses 95% less energy.
  • Plastics are by-products of petroleum. 250 mL of petroleum is needed to produce a plastic bottle with a 1-litre capacity.
  • Over 230 tonnes of textiles (including used clothing) are dumped in Hong Kong's landfills.
  • Each day, 3,500 tonnes of construction waste is dumped in Hong Kong's landfills. This is about 26% of all Hong Kong's waste.

 
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