#Hashtag Hong Kong



    Listen to #Hashtag Hong Kong every Sunday morning at 8.15

    Focussing on issues affecting civil society, we'll hear from representatives of NGOs, associations, statutory bodies, and non-profit groups.

    (Sundays 8.15am - 8.25am)



    Leanne Tam, Campaigner, Greenpeace East Asia

    I am Leanne Tam from Greenpeace East Asia.


    Every day, Hong Kong people rush through work, afraid of losing to others only one tiny step behind. Takeaway coffee for breakfast and fast food takeaways to fight for more time to work? Without realizing it, this lifestyle eats us up. If you ever take a step back, you'll notice our environment is filled with rubbish. In 2021,The average daily quantity of solid waste disposed of at landfills was over 11,000 tonnes, a 18 percent increase compared to 10 years ago. The daily per capita was 1.53kg in 2021. It is definitely a number 1 compared to other East Asia well developed cities, like Taipei, Tokyo, and Seoul, where their per capita waste disposal rate is around or less than 1kg.

    Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul all had implemented a waste charging scheme in their city years ago. While for Hong Kong, the municipal solid waste charging had been “discussed” for 17 years, the policy will finally be in place on 1st April next year.


    The year 2024 is a critical year in making substantial progress in addressing the waste crisis in the city. Other than waste charging, the first phase on the regulation of disposable plastic tableware will also be executed in April 2024. There will be a full ban on foam food containers and cutlery, no more disposable plastic tableware allowed for dine-in restaurants and no more plastic-straw, cutlery for takeaway.


    While waste charging and regulation on plastic tableware would probably be two crucial policies driving forces on waste reduction. But back to the basics, paying money while continuously throwing away disposable items doesn't mean solving the waste problem. Waste that ends up in landfills, burned in the air, or leaks into the natural environment still generates harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses and environmental pollution. Most importantly, pollution does not happen when you throw, but it begins at the production stage of the single-use items. From oil extraction to plastic manufacturing and packaging, they have already consumed various environmental resources and caused pollution. Reducing waste at source is the root cause solution that truly tackles the waste problem.


    Take a look at policies in other countries and regions, using regulation and incentive promoting REUSE to completely phase out single-use items is paramount important. To avoid the issue of simply shifting from plastic to paper, bamboo, or other single-use materials without effectively addressing the waste problem.


    Greenpeace believes phasing out the unnecessary packaging is the key. For primary packaging, we can make good use of technology and product design to establish a circular packaging system. This can be achieved by implementing a reusable and returnable packaging to phase out the linear single-use packaging system. To demonstrate the possibility and feasibility of the reuse system, Greenpeace launched the Borrow and Return Cup Program in 2022, enabling customers to borrow reuse cups from over 35 cafes. Reuse cup is introduced to the Hong Kong community through a mobile app. Customers can order takeaway coffee in a reuse cup, and return the cup to any partnering cafe within the network. The program so far saved over 8,000 disposable cups, with a return rate of 99%. Not only receiving positive feedback from the F & B sector and customers, also demonstrating that environmental-friendly and convenience are not mutually exclusive.


    To further reveal the environmental potential of reuse systems through scientific research, Greenpeace conducted a Life-cycle assessment of single-use and reuse cup systems. The assessment aimed to calculate the environmental impact generated throughout the entire life cycle of these cups, from production, transportation, use to final disposal.


    The study found that the production stage of disposable cup systems accounts for the lion's share of emissions. Even using recycled plastic as raw material input for disposable plastic cups cannot change the significantly large amounts of natural resources consumed and the array of adverse emissions caused during the production process.


    This study proved that reuse cups are more resource-efficient and cause less pollution, compared to paper cups and recycled plastic cups. Greenpeace invites chain restaurants in Hong Kong to implement reuse systems, to shoulder corporate responsibility and proactively address the second phase of disposable plastic tableware regulations. The government should also relocate more resources on reuse rather than solely relying on recycling as the ultimate solution to the waste issue. Let’s join hands and unlock the environmental potential of reuse systems, working together to make our city greener for a sustainable future.


    Now I’d like to dedicate this song Fix you by Coldplay to all of you.

    03/12/2023 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:15 - 08:30)

    03/12/2023 - Leanne Tam, Campaigner, Greenpeace East Asia


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    Leanne Tam, Campaigner, Greenpeace East Asia


    Natalie Leung, Co-executive Director of Teach for Hong Kong


     Charlotte Lam, founder of EATcofriendly


    Chan Chung Yin, Community Organizer at Society for Community Organization


    Cindy Pang, Project Manager, Heep Hong Society


     Iris Chang, president of The Practising Pharmacists Association of Hong Kong


     Sally Lo, the Founder and Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund


    Alicia Liu, Founder of Women In Sports Empowered Hong Kong


    Dr Candice Powell, the CEO of Mind HK


    Mervyn Cheung, Chairman of Hong Kong Education Policy Concern Organisation

    Lena Wong, Founder & Executive Director of HK Momtrepreneurs

    May is the month of Mother's Day and it is the start of the year for our charitable organization - Hong Kong Momtrepreneurs.   We celebrate the success of the past year and look forward to the year to come.    
    In the past few years, the whole world has suffered; Hong Kong has struggled; all mothers have endeavoured.  According to the Mckinsey Women in the Workplace report in 2022, for every woman at the director level who gets promoted to the next level, two women directors are choosing to leave their company. Covid has hit women hard; despite how both men and women had to stay home, we all know the reality that most women had to bear child care and other family responsibilities.   The additional stresses and tensions women had suffered during the pandemic had become extra burdens for them to progress any further in the workplace.    The McKinsey Report further highlights that 43% of women leaders are burned out, compared to only 31% of men at their level as they are often overworked and under-recognized.    Women are more likely to take up roles and responsibilities in DEI and other works to improve retention and employee satisfaction work that are not often appreciated and recognized.    
    Focusing on Hong Kong in particular, there remain a number of structural problems in our society.   In Hong Kong, we have less than 1,800 childcare placements for 0-2 years old and there are continuous insufficient flexible work arrangements — all of these making it difficult and challenging for women in Hong Kong to continue working after the birth of their children.    Nevertheless, we are taking baby steps in Hong Kong to provide more support to mothers to be retained in the workforce.   Finally, we have an extended maternity leave from 10 weeks to 14 weeks and there are more protections by law against discrimination on sex, marital status, pregnancy, breastfeeding, disability and family status, yet there is still a lot we could do to build a more inclusive society.  
    If there is one good side product of the pandemic - it is the fact that companies of all sizes are forced to build some infrastructures to adapt to remote and flexible work arrangements.   It has become a norm now to have hybrid work arrangements to allow staff to work from home 1 to 2 days per week.  This has enabled both women and men to have the flexibility to get work done without restricting them to be there at the office from 9 to 5.  
    Technology has allowed us to work anytime and anywhere and that work can be done efficiently and effectively without physical constraints.  
    We also see more empathy and understanding from employers and fellow co-workers for staff members with family caring responsibilities.   We all remember the time we saw a child stepping into the room or a pet walking across the screen when our colleagues were conducting a video call.  Work-life balance was no longer a topic of discussion because work/life have blended together.    We know more about our colleagues and our bosses, what they do at work and how they behave at home.   
    In 2022, we conducted focus groups to examine whether, through motherhood, mothers acquire positive attributes that make them better leaders in the workplace and in society.  “Do Mothers Make Better Leaders?” was the thought leadership of Hong Kong Momtrepreneurs last year to break the stereotype of the “Motherhood Penalty” and to combat biases against mothers returning to the workplace after a career break.    From the physical and psychological changes from motherhood, women have more empathy, better understanding, more patience, better negotiation skills and more gratitude.    There should be more open minds and acceptance to accept women and men returning to work after a prolonged career break as they can bring diverse perspectives and contributions to our unilateral workforce. 
    In the near future, I wish:
    1.    There should be a fair number of daycare facilities in Hong Kong to make it more economically viable as compared to the current child care supported by family or migrant workers. 
    2.    There should be a practice of job sharing and other innovative forms of work arrangement to provide more jobs to more.
    3.    There should be more real resources put into recruiting returnees back to work and retaining female talents.  
    It is Mother’s Day today and the first one in the past 3 years where there is no limit to how you like to celebrate this with your mothers, so please join me and put our hands together for all mothers.  
    This Morning, I would like to dedicate this song :  The One Thing by Shakira for all mothers and you listening. Enjoy~ 


    14/05/2023 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:15 - 08:30)

    14/05/2023 - Lena Wong, Founder & Executive Director of HK Momtrepreneurs