ZERO WASTE WEEK

ZERO WASTE WEEK

14 May, 2015
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June 7-14th, take a pledge or join an event; there's something for everyone!
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Big news! Ecozine is organizing the first-ever Zero Waste Week in Hong Kong this summer... and everyone is invited to take part!

From June 7th to 14th, all Hong Kong citizens – individuals, communities, businesses, schools, and policy-makers – will have the chance to join hands for a cleaner Hong Kong by taking a pledge to reduce waste. Your week-long pledge can be as simple as saying 'no' to plastic bags, or as big as sending nothing at all to landfill! 

This campaign couldn't come at a better time. Hong Kong generates 6 million tonnes of trash a year - the weight of 350 blue whales. Clearly, this is not sustainable.

Across the globe, major cities, companies and even countries are setting targets for a brighter, cleaner future without problems like overflowing landfills and plastic-filled oceans. Zero Waste Week Hong Kong is a citywide challenge to send less to landfill for the week of 7 to 14 June. A community outreach, thought leadership and social media campaign, the challenge brings attention to the necessity to reduce the output of waste in Hong Kong.

Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary. It means designing and managing products and processes better, to avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources.

Leading the local movement are Lisa Christensen and Nissa Marion, founders of Hong Kong Cleanup and Ecozine. “As a social movement, Zero Waste Week encourages all members of the Hong Kong community to take action by pledging to reduce the amount of waste they send to the landfill. We like to think of it as a boot camp for bins – where size zero is the aim,” says Christensen.

Get involved right this minute: CLICK HERE TO TAKE A ZERO WASTE PLEDGE!

Help spread the word -VIEW/DOWNLOAD THE ZERO WASTE POSTER!

To celebrate and support this city-wide step to a cleaner future, there will be a host of exciting events and activities throughout the week. Read on!

THURSDAY, JUNE 11: ZERO WASTE GLOBAL SUMMIT, CYBERPORT  |  BUY TICKETS NOW! 

Hong Kong's FIRST high-profile summit on Zero Waste brings top international experts and local leaders to discuss this vital, trending topic from the contexts of Policy, Business, Education and Technology.

 The Summit is targeted at sustainability professionals, executives from all industries, NGOs, students, and the general public, with an aim to explore the theme of Zero Waste in the context of Hong Kong’s future. For anyone with an interest in sustainability, this high-profile event is not to be missed!

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS include:

Dr. Paul Connett, expert author of The Zero Waste Solution, USA
Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong SAR
Joan Marc Simon, Director of Zero Waste Europe, Spain
Sonia Mendoza, Chairman of Mother Earth Foundation, Philippines
Pal Martensson, Independent Consultant, Zero Waste International Alliance and Zero Waste Europe, Sweden
...and many more!

Guests at the summit will have the opportunity to:

HEAR inspiring case studies and tangible solutions from a international and local business leaders, experts, academics, students, NGOs, and government.

JOIN the world's leading Zero Waste experts and local thought leaders in lively and productive panel discussions and action-oriented workshops.

ENJOY a vegetarian lunch buffet, cocktails and networking activities, and even an optional early-morning yoga session.

FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION, CLICK HERE! 

 

SATURDAY JUNE 13 - SUNDAY JUNE 14: ZERO WASTE WEEKEND FESTIVAL, CYBERPORT

A whole weekend of sustainably-minded fun for the family! The Zero Waste Weekend Festival at Cyberport will feature art, interactive games and activities, presentations, and a hand-curated eco marketplace showcasing local eco-friendly and healthy products. Expect fun surprises and plenty of entertainment for children and grownups alike!

Updates will be posted regularly - watch this space, mark your calendar, and click here for a more comprehensive run-down of the weekend's events.

 

Other exciting events planned for Zero Waste Week  include: 

MONDAY, JUNE 8 - ZERO WASTE CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE, NOMURA, IFC

Hosted at the Nomura offices on the 30th floor of IFC 2, this event brings together top-tier executives from Hong Kong’s corporate world to discuss and develop a way forward for offices and companies in the context of Zero Waste. International sustainability experts will facilitate a conversation on setting targets and timelines for Zero Waste Offices, with an intended outcome is a template, a timeline and a plan to reconvene and compare successes and challenges.

TUESDAY, JUNE 9 - ZERO HERO HAPPY HOUR, TAZMANIA BALLROOM, CENTRAL

Zero Waste isn't always about being serious... so we're having a party! And it's perfectly timed to coincide with the release of the much-anticipated Summer Issue of Ecozine (our first-anniversary issue)! Guests will be treated to music, veggie canapes, ping pong and pool tables and plenty of fun and networking.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1O - CITY-WIDE CLEANUP

All members of the Hong Kong community are invited to join in and clean up something on this day. Whether it’s picking up a piece of litter on the way to work and putting it where it belongs, or hitting the country park trails with a bag for collecting waste, every little bit can make a difference and help to remind us that we are all, together, part of the problem… and the solution.

FRIDAY, JUNE 12 - ZERO WASTE YOUTH CONFERENCE, CYBERPORT

ESF School Foundation and Ark Eden, as official supporting organizations of Zero Waste Week, will lead the conference and bring approximately 500 students from across the region. The day will be designed for students to take the lead in developing innovative thinking and action for reducing waste in the school environment. The intended outcome is to have a working template for Zero Waste Schools and a timeline to achieve it!

What an exciting roundup of events! Go on, Hong Kong... mark your calendars, buy your conference tickets, take your pledge... and JOIN THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT!

QUICK LINKS AND INFO:

- Take A Pledge - it's the easiest way to get involved in the action!

- Like our Facebook pages to follow the campaign: Ecozine | Hong Kong Cleanup

- Join the conversation on instagram or Twitter with hashtag #ZeroWasteWeek

- Become part of the community on the Zero Waste Hong Kong Facebook Group

By: Ecozine Staff
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