|Incense coils hang from the ceiling in Man Mo Temple|
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Monday, 23 April 2018
|Microplastics like these end up in the stomachs of many local fish and seafood|
|A locally caught flathead grey mullet in a restaurant|
Last month, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's division of life sciences found that microbeads -- that can be found in items ranging from facial scrubs to toothpaste -- end up in the digestive tracts of fish and other marine creatures. This is not new, but confirms it's happening in Hong Kong.
And an even more mind-boggling statistic -- an earlier Education University study found Hong Kong beaches recorded an average of 5,000 pieces of microplastics per square metre -- 2.4 times higher than the concentration in the United States.
|Some plastics that were found in the flathead grey mullet|
There are so many small things we can do to drastically cut down on the amount of plastic we use -- like not buying bottled water, using reusable bags for groceries, not using disposable plates, cups and cutlery, and no straws.
How hard can it be to make these changes for the health of not only the planet, but us too?
Sunday, 22 April 2018
|How does this mountain of garbage make Hong Kong look beautiful?|
|Mainly one-use plastic items were collected on beaches|
There is also a Facebook page that encourages people to write to restaurants, shops and grocery stores to complain about their excessive use of plastic packaging, and then post the letter on the social media site.
It's called A letter a day keeps the plastic away, and many people are posting their letters and responses from companies, but the replies are usually standard corporate ones that seem mildly concerned, but not much concrete action to rectify the situation.
|Hong Kong's waste problem is growing every year|
In 2016, 10,345 tonnes of municipal waste was sent to landfills every day -- 1.8 percent more than the year before, though most of it was commercial rather than residential. Of this waste, 20 percent or 3,132 tonnes was plastic.
This has to stop soon because it is unsustainable. Is there no one else who understands this? Or is it because people are so reliant on domestic helpers to clean and cook that they are completely unaware of how much garbage they create?
Another day, another Earth Day. But environmental NGOs have more work to do to get the public and companies to understand waste is everyone's responsibility.
Saturday, 21 April 2018
|My lunch today -- thinly sliced fish congee with a plate of Chinese cabbage|