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Guide to zero waste running in 2018

Fancy zero waste running in 2018?

We tend to criticise Hong Kong for its lack of environmental protection policies and crazy consumption. However, there is one thing we should all be thankful for: about three-quarters of its territory is countryside.

No wonder trail running is so popular in Hong Kong. It is also a powerful way to reduce your carbon footprint and reconnect with nature while getting stronger and healthier. To start running you only need a pair of shoes, a T-shirt and shorts or tights.

But trail running can be also wasteful. The more I ran last year, the more challenging it was to keep up my zero waste standards. As reaching the jar is one of my key resolutions this year, I talked to a few prominent trail runners and race directors to find out their plans and activities for 2018 and link them to zero waste lifestyle.

Zero waste run-solutions

Package free and healthy nutrition

Running requires a great deal of energy. Most of it comes from protein bars, electrolytes, powders – all wrapped in non-recyclable packaging. You can get away with a couple of bananas and apples, but it doesn’t work when you run long distances or add cardio workouts.

Silke Bender and Vlad Ixel are both accomplished trail runners and professional coaches. As they spend most of their time on the trails, nutrition becomes crucial. Vlad usually takes dates, a hydration pack filled with water and dissolvable electrolyte tablets on his trail runs.

No magic, just an easy way to avoid unnecessary packaging and waste,” he shares.

Silke adds: “To hydrate on my trail runs I bring water and coconut water. These are filled up at home into reusable hydration soft bottles, which means I don’t’ need to buy small bottles on the go, saving waste and money. Food wise I bring my homemade energy and protein balls in reusable zip bags”.

Cooking your own meals and choosing natural foods is a great tool, not only on the trails but as part of your daily snacks. You can find a great number of healthy recipes on Green Queen.

Photo credit: Green Queen
Photo credit: Silke Bender

Free water apps for trail running and hiking

Hydrating yourself is a huge priority if you go on a long run or hike. Running out of water might become a real nightmare, especially in summer. Luckily, you don’t need to buy the plastic bottles anymore – take your reusable one and refill it in the nearest water fountain. How to find them? There are currently two solutions in Hong Kong. Water for Free app is a crowdsourced tool available for both Android and IOS users. They also provide drinking fountain rental services.

Photo Credit: Water For Free

Another solution is the Water Initiative by HK Running launched in late 2017 to help athletes who are out running the trails or hiking to find the closest water fountain instead of having to buy another water bottle:

We are very pleased with the feedback so far having received support from a few of Hong Kong’s top environmental awareness and plastic reduction agencies: Ocean Recovery Alliance and Plastic Free HK. We are also looking forward to developing this in the future and helping HK become less dependent on single-use plastic items”, says David Tanner, Founder at HK Running.

David is also organising Women’s Five, Hong Kong’s women-only 5 week Running and Yoga programme to help them prepare, or to build on their fitness to for the run.

Map: HK Running

Zero waste running events

Taking part in running competitions is another milestone in your run-solutions. Whether it’s a 5km competition or a full 50k ultra, making it to the finish line is absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, seeing the start/finish line – and often the checkpoints – filled with plastic bottles and single-use cups kills the spirit. Add the race packs full of sponsors’ leaflets, unwanted T-shirts wrapped in plastic and you might reconsider your passion to run the race.

The Green Race (TGR) was the first one to thrive for zero waste events, providing the runners with sustainable alternatives to medals, race packs and offers from sponsors. LoopUnite! teamed up with TGR for one of their races in 2017 achieving 83% of waste reduction.

Photo credit: The Green Race

Fortunately, more and more Hong Kong races are becoming sustainable. Steven Carr is one of the founders at RaceBase, famous for The 9 Dragons Race and The Country of Origin, among other running events. Having seen the massive amount of rubbish left at those races, Steven and his team decided to prevent it as much as possible.:

At the pre-race stage, no plastic will be used to wrap the race pack or medals. Factories have been asked to use less plastic in their packaging and this is at our cost”, reassures Steven.

RaceBase will ask participants to bring their own cups and utensils for any food during the event. To attack the waste produced during the event, RaceBase will have separate containers at all checkpoints and send it later to recycling centres, while food waste will be sent to composting.

Photo Credit: RaceBase

At the Women’s Five we try and be as less wasteful as possible, one example is the merchandise we give to everyone in race packs – some of it is usually individually wrapped in plastic, but we make sure to order them in bulk and not individually wrapped“, says David Tanner.

You can check the 2018 race calendar for Asia and start setting your milestones.

Donating your unwanted clothes

Runners tend to try out many pairs of shoes before finding the ones that fit their needs most. Add here the GPS watches, backpacks, poles and other items left behind by their newest models – and you have another big wardrobe problem. What should you do if they are still in good condition? Donate them to less privileged runners!

Gone Running is a popular online and physical shop, “for runners, by runners” as they describe themselves. They are collecting donations for the Nepalese runners and most recently they launched a new campaign, where you can donate your old working GPS watches and get a 200HKD voucher if you decide to purchase the newer model.

Likewise, Steven’s team is working with two green charities “who will collect any unwanted finishing gifts to be sent to other charities who can use these” at their races.

Beach cleanups and runs

Many of us have offered our help at least one beach cleanup in Hong Kong. Why not to merge it with trail running? Keilem Ng is a famous eco-warrior and activist. She started with “One person – 30 minutes” initiative, where she spends 30 minutes for a regular beach cleanup in Lantau, and documenting it on social media. Keilem then founded Eco Marine, a Lantau based non-profit organisation that aims to promote local marine and environmental awareness.

“At Eco Marine, beyond discouraging single-use plastic items like single-use water bottles, disposable rain jackets etc, we encourage a ‘take out policy’ where we carry away our own rubbish items as well as pick up additional rubbish items we may see on the trails. We believe every little action counts and a small change by every individual can together create great impact”, explains Keilem.

Photo Credit: Keilem Ng

You can join The Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup #2 on Sunday and meet Mira Rai, a legendary Nepalese runner.

Trail running is only one of the millions of options to improve your fitness, health and nutrition goals simultaneously in 2018. It’s also an exciting way to go zero waste and be part of the glocal community that always inspires and supports you.

Do hope this article inspires you to lace up your shoes and hit one of the HK trails!

Photo credit: Women’s five
Image of Christmas package using string

Happy Zero Waste Christmas!

So one of the most wasteful seasons is upon us – that time of year when we all feel obliged to buy one another gifts, just because it’s Christmas. So how do we turn our season of goodwill into a zero waste Christmas?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have once again done their evil deed and encouraged most of us to buy things for ourselves, friends and family we probably didn’t really need. Up-graded that smartphone to the latest model when our current one works perfectly well for example. This point was well proven this year as Cyber Monday’s revenue was driven by smartphones with sales hitting an all time high at $1.59 Billion.

Sadly analytics illustrate that in the US alone, Cyber Monday broke all records with over $1 Billion more spent online this year, totaling a staggering $6.59 Billion, while Black Friday online sales were not too far behind at $5.03 billion.

So how do we stop ourselves from being tempted to enter Christmas retail madness? How do we ignore those comical and ‘must have’ gift trends that come and go? Those plastic Fidget Spinners are a classic example, currently the height of fashion, but we all know they will end up discarded and replaced by the next craze on the block.

Enough Is Enough

Long fed up with buying presents just for the sake of it, I thought I’d share some of my top tips with you on how I make my Christmas as zero waste as possible.

1. Peruse the Local Antique Shops

My youngest daughter loves retro china and there are always hidden treasures to be found.

2. Organic Candles

Always a popular with friends and family and at the end of their life can be used as a drinking glass or a small vase.

3. Gift an Experience

These have always gone down so well with my family – from track and spa days, to adventure weekends in the mountains. There are many companies offering experiences in Hong Kong. Gift Something is one with its selection of high-end gifts, while the latest VR experiences offer packages from as low as $33 per hour.

Promise coupon

4. Girls’ Night In/Night on the Town

My eldest daughter lives locally, but we both lead such busy lives we rarely have time to catch up. So we regularly gift a night together; a homemade ‘take out’ with a bottle of sparkle or a night out in the city – cocktails and dinner always go down well. We’ve been using this card for several years now, but we never know when we’ll receive it back.

5. Adopt a Pet

Perfect for someone who loves animals but does not have the time or space at home for them. The SPCA saves 1,000s of animals every year and only 1% of their funding comes from the Government. The charity depends upon the generous Hong Kong people to enable them to continue their work of helping animals in need everyday. All donations over the amount of $HK100 are eligible for tax deduction in Hong Kong. Or support an international organisation such as WWF and gift a subscription.

Millionaire shortcake

6. Start Baking and Creating

My Millionaire Shortcake (pictured above) and homemade cookies go down a storm with my sons. I also reuse any glass screw top bottles and make liquid goodies – my Limoncello, and botanical gins have proved most welcome as gifts. And the bonus is if they return the bottle they get the same again next year!

7. Recycled Toys

eBay is great for discovering quality for secondhand toys, or do what I did and buy up complete Lego sets from a neighbour’s son who had no interest in them and so were in pristine condition. Lego is great as it recycles indefinitely, but it is so expensive. In the UK you can buy a membership to Lego, which is an excellent idea. Check out your area to see if there is something similar, or you could organise your child a special party by hiring the toys – the Hong Kong Toy Club’s mission is to ‘deliver joy’.

8. Enjoy A Good Read

My husband always appreciates an Amazon voucher for his Kindle ebooks. Two years ago he bought me a 12-month Audible membership, perfect for car journeys and a great listen for drifting off to sleep when your eyes are too tired to read.

Christmas trees from upcycled corks and bottles

9. Christmas Tree and Decorations

Importing trees into Hong Kong from the US has caused much controversy on Facebook recently, owing to the contribution this makes to the carbon footprint, and so avoiding buying one altogether is always recommended. I’m lucky enough to have a garden and last year bought a small, sustainably and ethically grown tree with roots for replanting in a pot each year. It’s enjoyed summer and is currently waiting patiently outside to shine again during the festive season with its outdoor solar lights.

But why not decorate your locally grown house plant, or create your own tree by upcycling? There are some fabulous ideas on Pinterest; above are a couple that feature in pubs.

The traditional alternative to a real tree is an artificial one, again not ideal as it’s usually made of non-recyclable PVC. It’s been estimated that you’d need to use a PVC tree for at least 20 years to make up for the amount of energy used in its production. Some artificial trees are made of more environmentally friendly materials today, so it’s worth shopping around. With this option it’s best to choose with care and keep your tree for as long as possible.

My artificial tree is now 17 years old and so still has some way to go. We store it carefully and each year it comes out as good as new. I bought traditional baubles and tinsel with my first ever tree many moons ago and they’re still going strong. We added one or two each year – each holds a special memory and everyone takes great delight in hunting out their favourites when they visit. Brian sits proudly at the top – he’s a hand knitted snowman I made as a gift for my daughter when she was three and at 29 she still squeals with delight when she sees him. We’ll share him with you on Instagram nearer to Christmas.

Be creative and use nature’s naturals to decorate your home. We make our own organic decorations – so easy and great fun to make. Please don’t use glitter; icing sugar to dust rather than artificial snow is also a perfect substitute.

E-card illustrating a tiger and WWF logo

10. Sending Cards and Gifts

Around 9,000 trees are cut down to produce approximately 180 million red packets (lai see) used in Hong Kong. By adopting some of the suggestions above, the need for packaging is removed.

I always used to support my favourite charities by buying and sending their cards; now the majority of friends receive an e-card and I donate to charity instead. Any cards I receive are made into gift tags the following year.

Finally, why not use old magazines or newspaper to gift wrap – I have a friend who loves to travel so she always gets the travel pages. I use string rather than Sellotape and if they unwrap at mine I pinch it back and reuse it in the garden! Also gift bags can be recycled again and again.

Happy zero waste compliments of the festive season everyone!

 

E-card image reproduced courtesy of Edwin Giesbers and WWF

Martin Cal and family holding the Green Race flag

Running the Green Race

Interview with Martin Cai

Martin Cai is a Race Director at The Green Race (TGR), an organisation working towards the creation of sustainable trail running events in Hong Kong. They provide finishers with sustainable options for medals, vouchers from sponsors and additional race pack items.

Vision and collaboration with other like-minded organisations is enabling them to build a loyal community of Green Race runners across Hong Kong. They are also expanding to other countries in Asia, including Japan and Singapore.

Native to Canada, Martin has been running since he was a teenager, but as with many other expats, he switched to trail running as soon as he moved to Hong Kong nearly seven years ago. Working in corporate finance with an education in Resource Management from The University of British Columbia, his passion has always been for the great outdoors. Starting up the Green Race was an opportunity to get back out to the green side of things once again.

We caught Martin on a ferry ride to Mui Wo, with the entire team and runners heading for a training run on a Sunday morning.

Q. So how did you start TGR? And why Green?

A. The more I was running, the more I was feeling guilty about the waste generated at running events. At the same time I started looking for a personal trainer and met Vlad Ixel and Etienne Rodriguez just over two years ago. Through a few attempts and learns, The Green Race was born and the rest has quickly become history!

Q. How challenging was it to convince people to join your races? A green agenda may not have been at the forefront of runners minds as much as it is today.

A. We are focusing on creating a greater benefit than all those medals and goodies’ bags. People think you need to give up so much for a green lifestyle. It’s not true. You can have almost everything and be closer to wasteless than you may think. We are working to create more value for the runners without necessarily telling them what they should or should not do to ‘save the earth’. There is a very thin line between urging people to go green and schooling them.

Q. Was it easy to find the sustainable solutions in Hong Kong? Have the running costs been an issue?

A. There is nothing that can’t be done in Hong Kong with a bit of will – where there is a market there is a way. Once we started exploring the opportunities, we felt connected to the entire community. From the outset it has been financially challenging as providing better quality can mean higher costs, be it a compostable bag or high quality T-shirt that lasts longer or is made from natural fibres. In just over two years, we have managed to become profitable and help change perceptions around how these sorts of events can be just as fun without the trail of waste. It’s great to see Hong Kong in action, but as they say, keep your friends close, and your direct competition even closer! Hong Kong business thrives with direct competition ‘setting up shop’ right up alongside you. We’re all learning from each other – and making trail running better for everyone, including Mother Nature.

Q. What are your future plans? Do you see your community growing?

A. Heading into 2018, we find ourselves within our third financial year already! I can think of no other place on the face of the Earth where time moves as quickly as it does in Hong Kong, and we still have a very long list of work items. This is a very big year for us – we feel we have invested our time, passion, and capital into creating brand and loyal following. Our definite focus is on quality. We now have a great responsibility to continue innovating and surprising with new green focused ideas that can help make life better for all of us in Hong Kong, one sustainably sourced bamboo fork at a time #noplasticforks!

We are especially grateful to Loop Unite for having partnered with Green Race to jointly create what we hope will be some of the cleanest and greenest top end trail running events in Hong Kong.

Upcoming Green Race events can be found here

Volunteer with Green Race here

 

Zero Waste Family - Three babies having a shower bath

Top Tips On Becoming A Zero Waste Family – Babies

As the mother of four children – all born in the 80s – the myriad of convenience consumer choices for parents were beginning to rear their wasteful heads and leading us into temptation. Nowadays we are more conscious of the impact our waste has on the environment and as a consequence, trying to ensure we don’t add to the damage any more than necessary. This series of three zero waste family articles investigates the pitfalls and asks parents for their suggestions on how they personally try to minimise their impact.

The Nappy

By far the most controversial item of bringing up a baby is nappies. Back in the 80s we used terry nappies in the main, along with disposable liners to catch the solids and flush down the loo. When my twins were born, I suddenly had three babies under the age of 17 months and a total of 72 terry nappies on the go! And believe me there was a real art to folding a terry nappy: for tiny babies, for boys and for girls, as essentially they were just square towels, unlike today’s ready-to-wear models.

To be honest it was more the cost of disposable nappies that made me stick to reusable (it’s estimated that a baby uses 3,920 nappies in their first year alone), but once the twins were born I did succumb to convenience whenever we went on trips away from home.  

Hong Kong resident and Project Manager, Fiona, who lives with her husband, three-and-a-half year old toddler and helper, agrees.

Nappies are by far the most visible sign of waste in babyhood. Our waste would be halved without nappies!” she admits. “I initially planned to be the perfect parent with the intention of being entirely disposable nappy free. However, what worked for us was to use washables at home and on easy outings, and disposables at night and longer outings.

Another tip is as your baby gets older learning to tell when they need to go, and popping them on the potty. It’s good for eliminating the need for nappies fairly early on. Hong Kong’s Susan Norton runs ‘one-two-pee’ service, and is happy to come along and do private consultations. This worked well for us at home, but it was a while before we lost them outside. It’s worth a try and the two-part green and white Ikea potty was pretty useful for this.” Fiona says.

A word of caution here though, some of my contemporaries who tried early potty training had little ones suffer with incontinence, one well into school age, so it doesn’t work for all.

Lisa Odell, founder of Plastic Free Hong Kong, is currently expecting her second baby and a firm advocate of zero waste.

At one point reusable nappies were the norm, but then along came the convenience of disposable nappies and although I took this route with my son, I will definitely be using reusable with our little one on the way. I feel it’s my responsibility and duty to save the World from the thousands of nappies I would contribute to the landfill if I didn’t. Today, there are so many great options so finding the one that works for you is much more attainable.”

The Facts: The US Environment Protection Agency estimates that using reusable cloth diapers [nappies] prevent around half a tonne of disposable diapers per child from going into US landfills each year, cutting down on the pathogens which experts agree could potentially pollute drinking water.

The manufacture of disposable nappies also uses volatile chemicals, which contaminate the eco-system. In addition, up to 200,000 trees are lost each year to make disposable nappies for babies in the US alone. Even more alarming is that experts estimate that depositing nappies in landfills could take from 200 to 500 years to degrade, creating methane and other toxic gases in the process.

But there’s good news from founder of Baby Tooshy , Gioula Chelten who says: “Reusable cloth diapers are becoming more popular among health and environmentally conscious parents, and reports show that reusable diapers also save families as much as 900 USD per year (7,022 HKD) compared with disposables when the costs of diapers, laundry detergent and energy are taken into account.”

Hemp cloth diapers are more absorbent than cotton, and hemp is among the most sustainable crops currently in use for fabric production.

The Gifts

There was no such thing as a baby shower in the UK in the 80s. It was all about the baby rather than the mum and it was thought unlucky to buy gifts before your little one was born (and you knew its gender!). The gifts were practical necessities as mums tended to give up work and money was tight. It’s different today with many mums continuing to work and with rampant commercialism and clever marketing machines it means we are all encouraged and able to buy far more than we need.

So if a baby shower is on the cards, and friends and family buy you gifts once the baby is born, it’s worth ensuring they are aware that you choose to follow the zero waste route and give them the enjoyable challenge of discovering pampering goodies, treats and baby items that do not land you with a pile of packaging to recycle, or worse still, that ends up in Hong Kong’s limited landfill.

Zero Waste Family - Fruit Basket with baby towels and cloths

Fiona’s company sent her a fruit basket when her son was born. “This was a lovely gesture”, she says, “and we use the basket to keep our mulling cloth collection in.”

The Equipment & The Clothes

I fully agreed with Fiona when she gave us her thoughts on this topic:

Most British, Australian and American baby books have long lists of what you’ll need for your baby. Most of this is nonsense, and you can tell the houses are far bigger than necessary! You need somewhere to sleep, somewhere to bathe, change nappies, some clothes, stuff to mop up bodily fluids, and that’s about it!”

And so beware of the shops loaded with beautiful tempting treasures, most of these last two minutes and then you have to store them until baby number two comes along, or sell for a fraction of their original value. Yes, I was guilty of having a house that some might think was bigger than necessary – certainly by Hong Kong standards anyway – and when my eldest daughter was born it was filled with the paraphernalia I had been convinced I needed ‘by the experts’.

Zero Waste Family - Sink bath

However, by the time my twin sons arrived I had decluttered and gone minimal; essentially I had two baby bouncers, a pram and two cots. Until they were big enough for the bath, I bathed the babies in the sink, used our crockery, towels and other everyday items to care for them. Trust me, forget any peer pressure and beware those selling treasures, babies neither know or care about these things as long as they are loved, dry and well fed.

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With 400 square foot of accommodation – about average for Hong Kong – some of Fiona’s waste reduction is also about not having enough space for too much ‘stuff’. For a baby bath she used a storage box and still uses this in the shower – “good for splashing, playing and washing”. Her cot, changing mat and clothes were handed down from friends.

Lisa adopted the same principle: “Buy or borrow used clothing from friends and family. My circle of girlfriends is great, as we just keep passing around our children’s clothes to each other. Also, here in Hong Kong, there are such a plethora of Facebook Groups dedicated to selling baby items, that finding good quality, cute clothes is pretty easy.

 

Watch out for more tips in part two next month when we cover ‘From Toddler to Teen’.

 

 

CAPTIONS

  • My three toddlers in the shower base
  • Fiona’s gift fruit basket proving useful for storing baby towels
  • My twin sons bathing in the sink
  • Monkey modelling the baby in Fiona’s IKEA drawer makeshift bath
Claire Sancelot holding up her waste bins

That Zero Waste Moment

Interview with Claire Sancelot

Claire Sancelot is a powerful mompreneur and the first Hong Kong zero waster. Her blog Zero Waste Hong Kong has inspired and equipped hundreds of people to switch to a sustainable lifestyle in our city. She moved to Malaysia in 2015, but her blog continues to be a very useful source of lifehacks customised to Hong Kong realities.

Q. Why did you decide to start a zero waste lifestyle, given the very limited opportunities back in 2013?

A. Oh, it was quite an obvious decision. We were a typical expat family, with a dog. Then we had our first child, then the twins. Eventually, we hired a live-in helper and we found ourselves surrounded by clutter. Our house was a quite messy place to live, where most of the rubbish came from plastic bottles, nappies and paper tissues. My husband and I realised we couldn’t live like that anymore and embarked on a zero waste lifestyle.

Q. How did it happen exactly? Was it easy to start?

A. Well, it definitely didn’t happen overnight. We took it easy, one item at a time. We started with our kitchen and immediately removed all the paper tissues. Textile cloth was the perfect solution and a great money saver! Later, we replaced our plastic bottled water with a filter and again it saved us space and money! We consume at least 10 litres of water per day, just imagine how much it is in bottles.

Q. Sounds quite easy but I imagine you also had a lot of challenges on the way. Besides that, you’re a mom of three very young children!

A. It took us some time to find the best brands and solutions to meet our needs. But my entrepreneurial background helped a lot. Prior to starting zero waste lifestyle, I owned Lulu Hong Kong, city’s first ethical fashion shop. All our products were made in the US and Europe from eco-friendly natural fibres, including our silk products. Unfortunately, I had to close it during my second complicated pregnancy. I never regretted my decision as I’ve got two wonderful twin daughters.

Q. Your entrepreneurial personality however showed itself again – you started a very popular blog. Why?

A.For a very practical reason, really. My friends kept asking me about the tips all the time and I spent hours on emails and chats. So, I just put everything in one place and enjoyed it a lot.

Q. Four years from your first blog entry, how would you evaluate the changes in your life?

A. Going zero waste made us happier and more united as a family. Our house looks much nicer, much tidier and we focus more on experiences rather than possessions. We’re not perfect though, because… well, we are human! Sometimes we do indulge or make mistakes. It happens. But then we move on and do our best to live waste free!

You can discover more at thehivebulkfoods.com. Although based in Malaysia, Claire delivers to Hong Kong.

Read more about Claire and her family via her blog.

 

Image courtesy of South China Morning Post

Hong Kong’s Time Bomb

Hong Kong has a colossal problem – it’s literally being overwhelmed by its own waste and facing environmental catastrophe. Our Environmental Protection Department tell us that if we continue down this path the issue will reach breaking point in just three years. Continue reading

Paola Cortese-D'arcy

How It All Began

Interview with Paola Cortese

The concept for the Loop Tribe was born in 2015, when founder Paola Cortese-D’arcy had what she calls her A-ha! moment.

LoopUnite! was launched in 2017, and here Paola tells us more about how it all began.

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Rise of the sharing economy

Our founder, Paola, made the paper again this week, this time highlighting her skills as an entrepreneur.

South China Morning Press were primarily reporting on LinkedIn’s prediction that freelancers will represent 43 per cent of the global workforce by 2020, and the fact that since the 2008 recession, some Hong Kong companies have adopted contracting as a means to manage staff numbers more efficiently.

The article also covered the rise of the sharing economy in Hong Kong naming Uber, Airbnb, and PlateCulture as a few examples. They highlighted Paola as one who, with her entrepreneurial outlook, benefits from this new sharing economy. Two or three times a week she hosts guests registered with PlateCulture in her home where they enjoy home-prepared and cooked Indonesian food.

“It’s a good side income for me and also helps me improve my cooking skills,” says Paola. “Very little capital is required as well, plus hosting is fun!

PlateCulture also enables Paola to easily follow her zero waste lifestyle, something she feels passionate about.

You can read the full SCMP article here

Image courtesy of Jonathan Wong, SCMP (temporary holding image – need to obtain high res version or swap for better quality)