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How to shop green?

How can we be environmentally conscious while shopping? Here are a few tips to do so-

  • Prepare a shopping list before buying so as to avoid purchasing more than needed.

  • Family-sized product has less packaging and costs less.

  • Buy products with minimal packaging that can reduce wasting resources.

  • Reuse the packaging materials, such as plastic bag, paper bag, plastic box, paper, ribbon, etc.

  • Implement Clean Recycling practices for recyclable packaging materials.

  • When buying, remember to bring your own shopping bag.


When Buying Food and Drinks

When buying food and drinks, don’t be a “Big Waster” !

  • Bring your own container for drinks and food.

  • Before recycling, think twice whether they can be reused.

  • "Think before you buy food", "Think before you cook", "Think before you order food", "If you can’t finish your food, don’t waste it".

  • Cut down on take-away food which usually uses non-recyclable materials.

  • Use durable tableware instead of disposable ones such as foam container, plastic cutlery, paper cup and wooden chopsticks.

  • Bring your own bottled drink when you go out and if necessary, buy drinks contained in plastic or glass bottles which can be recycled.

  • Avoid buying tetra pack drinks which do not have recyclable outlets locally.

Buy food that has less impact on the environment.

  • Buy fresh local food which consumes less energy and hence less pollution.

  • Buy organic food as it reduces pollution (Certified organic standards do not permit the use of toxic chemicals in farming and require responsible management of healthy soil and biodiversity.).

  • Do not buy products containing endangered animal parts or plants.

When Buying Daily Necessities

We can choose or make environmentally friendly products to minimize the impact.

  • Buy ant or cockroach traps instead of fluorocarbon sprays to minimize pollution.

  • Avoid using products containing ozone depleting substances.

  • Use rechargeable batteries instead of non-rechargeable batteries because they can be recycled.

  • Mixing of vinegar and baking soda in water can produce a good cleaning agent.

  • Use handkerchiefs instead of tissues.

When Buying Clothes

The process of manufacturing clothing will generate pollution.

  • Choose clothes that do not crease easily, thus saving energy from ironing.

  • Donate unwanted clothes to charitable organizations or people in need.

When Buying Electrical Appliances

When buying electrical appliances, choose product such as refrigerator, air-conditioner, washing machine, dryer, etc with Grade 1 Energy Efficiency Label, hence saving energy.  We can also donate the waste electrical appliances to charitable organizations or the people in need.


Source: Environmental Protection Department

https://www.gov.hk/en/residents/environment/public/green/greenshopping.htm


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