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Green Living - Eating Habits

“The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.” Food is not only vital for our survival, but delicious cuisine also brings us great pleasure. Hong Kong is a food paradise, where many delicious dishes seem readily available.

In fact, all the steps in producing, processing, preparing and disposal of food require considerable resources and energy. For example, the production of beef requires resources like water and pasture in order to feed the cattle. Transportation of food also requires a large amount of energy. If we can reduce food waste or adopt a low-carbon eating style, we can not only reduce carbon emissions and help to alleviate global warming, we also help reduce the consumption of natural resources.

Green Rule
  • Purchase organic food, preventing the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers that may harm our health as well as the environment. Also say no to food containing additives; eat more fresh food.
  • Imported meats require a lot of energy for transportation, so it's better to choose local or mainland China meats.
  • Eat more vegetables and less meat, adopting a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle.
  • Buy food according to your needs, preventing accumulation of large amounts of food, and foodstuffs reaching expiry dates.
  • Also when dining out, bring a box to take away leftover food.
  • When dining out, order food according to your appetite. You can also ask for less food, to avoid wastage.
  • Use storage boxes instead of storage bags and plastic wrap.
  • If a takeaway box can be recycled or reused, clean it for reuse, or put in the plastic recycling box.
  • Avoid visiting restaurants that provide only disposable dishware like wooden chopsticks and polystyrene foam lunchboxes. Dine in instead of takeaway.
  • Try different ways of cooking to reduce waste. For example, more oil is needed for frying and deep-frying, resulting in more wastage.
  • If estate has food waste recycling facility, before send food waste for recycling, remove any hard shells and bone, for easier decomposition.
Know More
  • Each person in Hong Kong waste around 462 grams of food each day.
  • Carbon emissions during beef production are 40 times higher those emitted in vegetable production.

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