Want to minimise your plastic waste? Bring these 3 small things and make a big change! 外出必備三寶,令你更減廢環保。

Our small effort can definitely make a great impact to reducing our plastic waste. Here are three quick tips to consider before you leave your home!

我們的小小貢獻,絕對能為地球減廢出一分力!三項小貼士,便可達到減少塑膠廢物。謹記這三點,每天出門前要檢查一下有冇帶齊三寶!

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Bring your own Water Bottle 自備水樽

I really encourage all of you to carry a bottle of water with you before you get out. Fill up a 1 litre bottle at the start of your day and it'll go a long way to reduce plastic waste. If you are heading to work, you can always refill the bottle there. This way you won't be using a plastic water bottle. And there are actually free water fountains or dispensers all over Hong Kong! You can find them on this useful map by Free Water HK. And if a rigid water bottle is too inconvenient to carry, there are collapsible bottles on the market that can make it even easier for you!

我真心鼓勵大家外出時真的要自攜水樽,你可以載滿大概一公升水,應該足夠供應你一段時間。如果你是上班族,返到公司都應該有水供應,咁就唔駛買水,因為98%嘅水樽都係用膠造。其實香港各處係有免費供應飲用水,目的係希望大家減少買樽裝水。我知道要帶住一個水樽出外確實有點不放便,但市面上都有可伸縮的水樽賣,大家可以考慮使用。

 

Bring your own Container 自攜食物盒

It happens so often that you're out for work or leisure, and you decide to order some takeaway. Instead of the nasty throwaway boxes made of styrofoam or some other plastic, why not bring your own reusable one? Huffington Post made this list of 10 reusable food containers that don't contain BPA. Haven't heard of BPA? It's one of the chemicals in plastic that are worrying scientists for potential harmful effects. Avoid when you can! And while you're at it, why not bring your own cutlery too?

如果你係上班族或每天也需要外出,而你亦有機會會買外賣,我真的鼓勵大家要自攜食物盒。最理想的外賣形式就係自備食物盒,減低使用發泡膠午餐盒。當然,如果你能自備餐具便做足一百分!

 

Bring your own Straw 自攜飲管

Plastic straws are some of the most common throwaway plastics. In the USA, the amount of straws used every day is enough to go round the earth's equator 2.5 times! Instead of using these throwaway straws, just tell your waiter you don't need one, or even better: bring your own! I bought a stainless steel straw a while ago, and it's so much better than using plastic ones whenever I go out. Some restaurants also use paper straws, which is not a bad idea, but I still believe bringing your own straw is simply the best solution to reduce your waste pile. Find your via Plastic-Free HK or Tree Children's Lodge, and take a look at the video below, by Hong Kong's very own Last Straw Movement.

飲管在塑膠廢物中佔據重要位置,美國每日產生的塑膠飲管廢物多到可以環繞地球表面兩周半!其實我們每人絕對可以為這件事出分力,只要你不再用塑膠飲管就可以,可選擇用自備的。我在一年前購了不銹鋼飲管,如外出可自攜或選擇走塑膠飲管。有些餐廳都己選用紙飲管,總好過用塑膠飲管。但總括來說,自備或怎至不用會更能達到減廢。