4 Simple Ways You Can Help Save The Earth


July 4, 2018 | BY Erica Fong

Spearheaded by Hong Kong Tatler, a lively forum discussion involving the likes of celebrity and eco-business owner Jessica Alba, chef Richard Ekkebus, philanthropist Sharie Ross-Tse, entrepreneur Luke Grana, and Chief Content Officer and Managing Director of Edipresse Media Hong Kong, Sean Fitzpatrick, was held recently as part of Landmark’s ‘A Year Of Something New’ campaign.

It covered topics ranging from health and work-life balance to sustainability, and was attended by 800 guests. Here are 4 key takeaways from the discussion on how you can protect your own health and help to preserve the planet we all live on

Photo: Courtesy of Landmark

Jessica Alba: Understand Ingredients

"Read labels. Know what you’re bringing into your home. Know what ingredients you should probably avoid, because what you put on your body, what you clean your home with, and what you put in and around your baby doesn't just affect your health, but also goes down the drain into the ocean.

Synthetic fragrances, dyes; it all actually does poison the ocean, animals, and plant life over time. So it doesn’t only do yourself harm, but it also does harm to others."

(Related: Jessica Alba: True Luxury Is About Having Peace Of Mind)

4 Simple Ways You Can Help Save The Earth
Photo: Courtesy of Grana

Luke Grana: Choose Quality Over Quantity

"Buy quality over quantity. At Grana, we talk about cost per wear. You could buy a fast fashion product for US$20 that you only wear four times, or you could buy a luxury garment for US$200 dollars that you wear 100 times. So the cost per wear goes from five dollars down to two. It's about quality over quantity and choosing products made to last."

(Related: Why Bag Designer Gabriela Hearst Advocates Sustainability In Fashion)

Photo: Courtesy of Hong Kong Tatler

Richard Ekkebus: Stop Buying Single-Use Plastics

"Stop buying plastic-bottled water. There's a simple reason: in Hong Kong alone, we produce about 5.2 million plastic bottles a day, which is unsustainable. Every single piece of plastic that’s been produced over the last 100 years is still (in some shape or form) on this planet.

These plastic particles break down into microparticles and they end up in our food chain. So, I think that's one of the most important points where people have to start: get yourself a good filter system or filter jar. Water should not [have to] be transported from Tuscany to [where you are] anymore."

(Related: Akaryn Hotel Group Is Going Single-Use Plastic-Free)

4 Simple Ways You Can Help Save The Earth
Photo: Olivier Yoan for Hong Kong Tatler

Sharie Ross-Tse: Prioritise Health 

"Empower yourself with knowledge about what you need to do in order to live a more active lifestyle. Ultimately, invest in health—it’s your one biggest luxury."

(Related: 6 Reasons to Get That Gym Membership)

This article first appeared on hk.asiatatler.com

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