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Jun

30

Plastic Footprint Challenge

Are you up for a challenge? If you would like to know how much plastic you and your family use each day, then join the Plastic Footprint Challenge.  During this two week challenge the only thing you have to do is keep ALL the plastic waste you would otherwise put in the recycle bin or […]

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Apr

27

Apps for healthy and conscious shopping

Earlier this month I wrote about the 2016 update on Pesticides in Produce  from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).  Just a few days later the new EWG Healthy Living app was launched.  In this post I’ll introduce this and other similar apps that help you make better choices as consumers. The EWG are an excellent […]

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Mar

15

Do we need more Vitamin G?

More people in Hong Kong are taking up the fight to keep our natural surroundings just that, natural.  We are standing up to stop the development of un-spoilt land and country parks, under pressure for affordable housing and the baffling claim that the more concrete you pour the better the economy will be.  Nevertheless research […]

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Aug

30

Celebrating Whale Sharks

Today, August 3o, is International Whale Shark Day!  I love that a day has been dedicated to an important marine animal like the whale shark.  But what has this got to do with wellness I hear you ask. Well I believe that everything is interconnected, and that includes our relationship with the oceans and marine […]

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Jan

11

Favorite Ingredients of Wellness

Here we are, 2015 already!  I do hope this year goes by at a slower pace than the last. Perhaps it’s because I’m getting older that I feel the years are rolling by far to quickly.  I don’t know, but with all that I plan to do in 2015, I hope, and remain optimistic, that time […]

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Dec

19

Triclosan – the deadly agent in soap

Triclosan is a chemical antimicrobial that is found in all sorts of consumer products from soaps, shampoo’s, detergents and even in children’s toys.  It has also been in the spotlight recently with government investigations and researchers testing its harmful effects. Triclosan has been investigated by various authorities in the US due to concerns that it is linked to […]

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Aug

22

Organic is healthier and 5 reasons to support it

  Organic is something we can all partake of and benefit from. When we demand organic, we are demanding poison-free food. We are demanding clean air. We are demanding pure, fresh water. We are demanding soil that is free to do its job and seeds that are free of toxins. We are demanding that our […]

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Jul

08

Favorite Ingredients of Wellness

I’ve long wanted to add a new monthly feature post and at last here it is.  I’m calling this ‘Favorite Ingredients of Wellness’  and it will feature some of the wonderful wellness things I’ve experienced in the past month. I hope you enjoy this offering. I hope you find the desire to try some of them. […]

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Jun

13

World Environment Day – it counts every day

As I sat on top of Tigers Head (Lo Fu Tau) earlier this week, contemplating life and my navel, it’s impossible not to be in awe of the beauty of the environment around me.  I wondered if I, if we, do enough to protect and preserve this environment; do we do enough to engage others […]

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May

21

Want to grow your own food?

Growing your own food is increasingly popular, even in an urban jungle like Hong Kong.  A balcony can be your oasis in the city, feeding your body whilst nurturing your mind and spirit.  It offers an opportunity for bees and other pollinators to find a home in the city; to have a reason to come […]

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Jan

28

Wellness, Walking and Nature

letting nature recharge our battery of senses brings balance to our personal and collective lives      Michael J Cohen     Cooped up in a cold apartment and office throughout the day, a glance outside has in recent weeks offered nothing more than grey polluted skies and little inspiration to get outdoors.  But being in […]

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Nov

18

The joy of composting – Bokashi style

There are many things we can do to reduce waste, to consume in a sustainable way and to be conscious consumers.  In some cases the barriers are simply that we don’t know how.  The recent SCMP profile of HK Green Home eco warrior Claire Sancelot highlights that aiming for zero waste is not all that hard, if […]

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Oct

09

World Animal Day

Did you know October 4 was World Animal Day? There are some important reasons for highlighting this special day and they relate to the wellness of humans and animals. First we’ll start with some recent stories that highlight why we should be thinking about and doing more for animal wellbeing.  Then we move onto the […]

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Jul

23

Wellness in small places – vertical gardens and indoor plants

Human health and wellbeing, on a sustainable basis, should be the primary objective of urban policy and planning. An increasingly growing body of research from fields as diverse as psychology, ecology, urban planning and architecture, and health and wellness, are determining that a connection to nature is essential to human health (Brymer, Cuddihy & Sharma-Brymer […]

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May

27

The burning facts about sunscreen

Summer is fast approaching for those of us in the northern hemisphere, a time for families to think about protection from the harmful rays of the sun.   ‘Harmful’ is how we have learnt to think about the sun.  Originally from Australia I have been a sun devotee most of my life.  Whilst spending endless hours […]

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