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!



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!



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?



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.