We’re with Kermit on this one – in Hong Kong it’s not always easy to be green. We all know it’s important to “go green” and the good news is that more and more eco-friendly shops, restaurants and services are appearing all the time here. Here’s a look at our top picks to help you and your family green your routine.
A premium online organic food market, where all products are sourced directly from certified organic farmers and producers in regions in Europe with a strong tradition of gastronomy and well-established organic regulations.
Tel: +852 6088 3971
An online grocery with organic food and personal care products, Healthy Delight is also a great shop for those looking who are gluten-free.
An organic convenience store with locations on Lamma Island, Central and Wan Chai.
The place for the best European organic and eco-friendly foods, they also sell cosmetics and a variety of personal care and home products from reusable nappies to reusable batteries.
If you have a child with a food allergy, multiple intolerances or with special needs that require a special diet, this is the one-stop, online grocery with your name written all over it.
HK’s source for raw organic whole food education and catering, Rawthenitc Food offers great classes as well as a super selection of kid-friendly recipes online.
South Stream Seafoods
A great source for organic seafood (and more!) delivered to your door. Read our recent review here.
Tel: +852 2555 6200
Our first stop for great organic produce and natural products. They have a nice selection of organic baby food as well. We’ll be the first to say it can be pretty pricey, but the quality is tops.
Address: 3/F & 4/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central
Tel: +852 2111 4480
Sarah Sanesi is a holistic health practitioner, a certified baby planner and a greenproofer. She founded Baby Bloom, which offers a wide range of services for expecting couples and young families, including greenproofing that provides education, support and resources in order to protect families from unsafe exposure to potentially toxic substances in their home, on their body and in their environment.
Ecological pest control in Hong Kong? Yup. BioCycle offers an safe alternative with their tailor-made packages that treat and prevent a wide range of pest problems. Their line of Swiss-formula pesticides (which has a very low active dose of active ingredients) is biodegradable, non-staining, non-flammable, and targets only cold blooded insects – meaning you don’t have to leave the treated areas after spraying. It’s also odorless and free of nasty VOC’s (that would be volatile organic compounds – and you don’t want those).
Butterfly Dreams sheets are made of the softest, eco-friendly microfibre fabric that is finer than silk. Wrinkle resistant, environmentally friendly and super soft, these sheets are also allergen-free so they are perfect for those with allergies or asthma.
Calcite Indoor Environment Services Ltd
Calcite is an HK pioneer in the green building and healthy home industry. Among their services: green building consultation and indoor environment assessment. They also distribute one of the best selling US brands of safe paint on the market today, Mythic Non Toxic Paint. Don’t miss our deal with them this week only on Shop Yummy: Get 50% off an indoor home air quality assessment!
Furniture and home accessories that are fun, funky, and eco-friendly.
Indigo, one of our go-to’s for stylish furniture and home accessories, uses wood from well-managed and sustainable forests and even has pieces that are made from ‘up-cycled’ waste materials.
A one-stop green shop where you’ll find organic and natural products for babies and mummies. They have great bedding (and it’s a great place for organic cot mattresses). In addition to the online shop they also have a retail location in Central.
Address: Room 301, Hong Kong House, 17-19 Wellington Street, Central (Close to Entertainment Building, Opposite to Yung Kee Restaurant)
Tel: + 852 2521 1162
A great source for a range of green home essentials – from safe paints to eco cleaners.
Our pick for super green, super luxe bath towels. Their 100% bamboo towels are cashmere-soft and seriously plush.
The name says it all – here you’ll find all sorts of organic products for your baby. It’s one of our go-to spots for sweet baby shower gifts.
Central: 1/F, Sun Fung Mansion, 52-60 Lyndhurst Terrace, Tel: +852 2882-6008
Causeway Bay: Windsor House Shop 220, Tel: +852 2882 6328
Olympian: Shop UG07, Olympian City 3, Tel +852 2882 6645
A delightful selection of thoughtfully made, simple, and of course, organic baby clothes.
Only ‘Ecowood’ sustainably harvested from carefully managed native forests goes into Okooko’s beds. These guys take it seriously and are one of the few furniture manufacturers in the world to international accreditation for quality as well as for environmentally sustainable manufacturing. They also plant a tree for every bed they sell – over 57,000 trees planted to date.
Address: Store 16 & 17, 27th Foor, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau
Tel: +852 2870 1132
Eco-chic is a word that gets bandied about quite a lot these days, but at TREE, it’s more than a catchphrase – it’s the hallmark of the entire brand. Head here for beautiful and sustainable furniture made from reclaimed, recycled, and re-loved wood. Their new TREEkids line is a sweet addition.
Address: 28F Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau (Tel:+852 2870 1582) and 22 Elgin Street, Soho, Central (Tel: +852 2841 8844)
The online baby superstore now as a “green” section with a selection of eco-friendly, green and organic products for you and your baby. We love their Monday-Saturday same-day delivery.
Tel: +852 3905 0157
Bloom and Grow
Bloom and Grow is Asia's leading distributor of some of the best and most-loved baby, nursery and maternity products around. Among the green products in their arsenal: the organic ERGOBaby carrier, Organic Gro-swaddles, and the Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Bottles which is perfect for the kiddo's lunch box - it's completely plastic free and come with a lifetime guarantee. All of their products are found at top baby stores in Hong Kong including Bumps to Babes.
One of the Big Apple’s greenest socialites, Cornelia Guest has just launched a line of vegan handbags. You can pick up the cruelty-free line at Bloomingdales (which ships to HK - yippee!).
This gem of a boutique on Staunton Street offers funky fashion from loads of international designers as well as an organic coffee bar for your fair-trade caffeine fix.
Address: 39 Staunton Street, Soho
Tel: +852 2810 1166
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, Closed on Mondays
Check out HLB’s “Eco-Friendly and Organic” section for a cool range of clothes, bath essentials, decor and more. High on our list are the cute 3 Sprout storage containers that feature eco-spun felt.
Little Miss Green the Party Queen
Selling the cutest environmentally-friendly party supplies and gifts around. Everything here is biodegradable, fair trade, organic, sustainably made, or recycled – or all of the above!
Lulu Hong Kong
The only store in Hong Kong that sells only ethical fashion, Lulu HK proves chic, sustainable, eco-conscious clothing does in fact exist. And for every purchase above HK$2,000 they’ll plant a tree through their eco partner, PATT foundation.
Address: 25/F Workington Tower, 78 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
Stocking inspired gifts, toys and clothes mostly from Europe, this is a treasure chest of fabulous toys, clothes and gifts, many of which of eco-friendly.
Address: 9 Gough Street, Central (Tel: +852 2544 2255) and now 80 Queen’s Road East in Wan Chai (Tel: +852 2528 0229).
A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney’s eponymous line is as well-known for its sharp tailoring and sexy femininity as it is for its fur and leather-free design philosophy.
Stella McCartney Hong Kong: Shop 233-234, 2nd Floor, The Landmark
Tel: +852 2801 6793
G/F Gateway Arcade, 106 Canton Road, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2367 8128
One of the first eco beauty boutiques in Hong Kong, Beyond Organic stock a nice range of green brands and offers spa services in all their locations as well – and every product used in their facial and body treatments is certified organic.
Address: Locations all around HK, including IFC and Times Square. Click here for locations and hours.
To all of you who strive to be eco-fabulous from head to toe, if it’s not already on speed dial, you’ll want to add the Emmanuel F salon to your Rolodex. The first salon in Hong Kong to use natural and organic hair products, their their hair coloring services are the gentlest around – no icky chemicals burning your hair, no aluminum foils, no strong odors. And if perming or straightening your hair is your thing, they also offer Organic Curl Systems — enriched with plant amino acids, it works around the natural pH level of your hair so it’s left undamaged in the grueling process.
Address: Nexxus building, level 2, shop 211-213, 41 Connaught Road Central
Tel: +852 2167 8280
The new kid on the block – part of the Sense of Touch group – is most known for their speedy treatments, but we love their “Nature” line of eco-friendly face and body treatments using organic and natural products.
Purveyors of organic skincare from a number of top international boutique brands including Babies Only, Pangea Organics, and Huiles & Baumes.
Shop No.125b, 1/F, Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3162 8638
Or shop online!
The Organic Pharmacy
Fans of the cult British beauty brand The Organic Pharmacy were none too happy when it disappeared from the IFC mall a few years ago. But now Hong Kong’s natural brigade and lovers of their Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream and other products can stock up at their counter at the newly opened Harvey Nicks in Pacific Place.
Address: Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd, Central
Tel: + 852 3695 3388
Sense of Touch
Looking for a vegan mani-pedi? Easy. Head to Sense of Touch where they offer Spa Ritual which is free of harmful chemicals and formaldehyde and is are safe for pregnant women to use.
Address: Various, but only the Central and Deep Water Bay locations offer the Spa Ritual brand.
One of Yummy Mummy’s newest experts, The Green Queen knows all there is to know about all things green and beautiful in Hong Kong. She’s covered this town top to bottom on her blog, giving you the scoop on going eco-chic from top to toe and in all areas on your life.
A Chinese-language website that promotes an eco fabulous lifestyle with events, swops, and more.
A FEW WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Clean Air Network
We’re big, big fans of the great work being done by CAN on cleaning up HK’s air pollution. Learn how you can get involved and make a difference here (your lungs will thank you!).
The Environmental Protection Dept of Hong Kong
To help you obtain information on waste reduction and recycling, the Environmental Protection Department operates a Recycling Helpline that provides, among other things, advice on waste reduction and recycling and a list of waste collectors and recyclers. You can call the helpline at 2838-3111 or request information by email from email@example.com.
Want your building to get on the recycling bandwagon? Visit the EPD’s Waste Reduction site here to learn how.
The World Wildlife Federation offers a number of great excursions all around Hong Kong. A few of our favorites is the Mai Po Nature Reserve. There are so many ways to get involved – check it out here.