Hong Kong has always offered a unique visual culture for visitors to immerse themselves in; here is an embodiment of the term “urban jungle,” where nature takes a remarkably bold stand in the form of banyan roots, butterflies and wild boars, all of which assert their right to the land and air they share with 7.4 million humans. But in a metropolis of this size and speed, taking that moment to appreciate the wild world around us can sometimes be difficult, leading to a disconnect between us and our environment that could have lasting implications on the sustainability of the city itself.
But with the help of a new generation of sustainability-propelled innovators, Hong Kong has been steadily working towards a green future against its world-renowned backdrop of bustling modernity. In addition to the fresh crop of institutions pushing for eco-friendly living, we’ve got recommendations for visitors on where to shop and dine sustainably in Hong Kong.
This international restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui’s K11 shopping mall cooks with local ingredients from sustainable sources whenever possible. It also grows all of its own microgreens, with a little help from friends at Rooftop Republic. somethingwild.com.hk
Located in Central’s PMQ complex, Sohofama serves modern Chinese comfort food with a clean, chemical-free and sustainable twist, sourcing locally and going organic when it can. sohofama.com
An early pioneer of plant-based living in Hong Kong, Mana!’s two outposts, one in the thick of it in Central and the other tucked away in Sheung Wan, promote “diet change, not climate change” and aim to minimize waste with fully biodegradable packaging. mana.hk
Locally harvested bamboo becomes kitchenware, towels, bed linen and more at this PMQ store, where everything sold is eco-friendly, pesticide-free and biodegradable. bamboahome.com
Locals go to Sai Ying Pun’s zero-waste boutique for bulk produce, which also stocks a wide range of plastic-free, all-natural body care, beauty and cleaning products. livezero.hk
Whoever said that sustainability couldn’t be stylish has never been to Hula. What started as an online brand selling pre-loved designer garments recently opened its first physical space, in edgy former industrial area Wong Chuk Hang. With more than 750 brands at up to 95% off the original retail price, what’s not to love? thehula.com
This article first appeared in the June 2019 issue of Smile magazine.