Very quick note to let you know we have our usual stalls at the flea market near the post office tomorrow. We have lots of great clothes from Earth Collection- a whole rack for men this time too! If you have items to donate and any time to donate to help run the stall I’d really love to see you. Hope the weather is like today.
As an aside I was incredibly inspired by a speaker at the recent youth conference Tracey Read organised with Plastic Free Seas last week. Her name is Claire Sancelot and she recently featured in The South China Morning Post with her aim of living waste free- right here in Hong Kong!! Impossible you might think… Read this article and watch the embedded video of how she does it… http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1351679/hong-kong-family-close-achieving-goal-zero-household-waste?page=all
WOW! It is my new aim for 2014. Claire aims to only buy second hand goods, clothes, toys etc and what an easy way to do this ourselves with the very convenient flea market in DB.
Watch it and get inspired too. See you tomorrow!
12-5pm Main Plaza.
P.S. This flea market the sales will be going to Plastic Free Seas Youth Conference costs. It was a phenomenal event!
As you may know our very own beach cleanup organiser (and my personal hero) Tracey Read, now has her very own NGO called Plastic Free Seas! Right now she is organising a Youth Conference in November for 100 students and 25 teachers, from 25 schools, with the aim of empowering those 25 schools to make some radical changes in their waste management practices. A huge ambition with huge potential to reach so many… but also with a huge cost.
Tracey is working really hard on setting this up, gathering people, resources and developing the program- the first we hope of an annual youth conference. She is completely unpaid so all her time, effort and energy is fuelled by her vision of what we can do to help Hong Kong and benefit our oceans, beaches, landfill, schools, homes and most importantly our minds! There is no doubt we need a mental shift in the way we consume and use disposable items.
Tracey needs money to help with the expenses of this first conference. Everything helps and donations from you- either through your business or as a personal donation would be gratefully received and is tax deductible. There are some great ‘purchases’ you can make too- I’ve got myself a plastic free seas t-shirt and Kleen Kanteen water bottle! Tracey has set up a donation platform at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/plastic-free-seas-youth-conference-2013 Please note the donations are in USD not HKD. Please forward this link to any friends or companies who you think might like to help with this excellent educational and action planned event.
Many thanks for your support from all of us at DB Green!
P.S. What disposable items are you using today? Can you make a change and bring your own container, cutlery, mug tomorrow and from now on? Reuse your paper and envelopes? I’m making a change- from now on I am bringing my only cutlery everywhere I go! No more disposable knives forks and chopsticks for me! Tracey is working on a portable cutlery pack you can pop in your bag so keep an eye out for that one!
Well this one came round really soon! The next one I note is not till the 1st of December so pop down tomorrow to help, donate your unwanted treasures and purchase some wonderful clothes and other items. Remember the charity stalls are all along the back of the plaza from the post office to the bank. Tomorrow we’ll be sharing with the Sri Lankan charity – their last stall ever before they leave Hong Kong so come support us both. Tomorrows DB Green funds raised will be going to help support an environmental youth conference in November being organised with our own Tracey Read for Plastic Free Seas.
Look forward to seeing you there!
DB Green’s Annual Post Lantern Festival Beach Cleanup – DB main beach
Date – Friday 20th Sept
Time – 9-11 am
Join DB Green for a family friendly beach cleanup following the festivities of the Mid Autumn Festival the night before. Help us clean up the thousands of glowsticks that are left on the beach and give the kids a chance to ‘celebrate’ once more with these single use items. Last year the kids got together to see how long they could make the glowstick chain. It’s awareness raising of responsible celebrations and it’s fun. Please join us!!
DB Green’s International Coastal Cleanup – Nim Shue Wan
Date – Saturday 21st Sept
Time – 1-4pm
The International Coastal Cleanup happens every year in the 3rd week of September. We join forces with 100,000 people worldwide to collect data from our beaches on the trash that we remove. Get a group together or come as an individual – everyone is most welcome.
Last year DB Green’s team (with much support from South Island School) won the prize for the biggest non corporate team (300 people!!) and also the most trash collected (over 4 tonnes!!). Although an honour to win a prize for all our efforts – the real prize is a cleaner home. Something we can all do our bit for.
As always we will have an after cleanup celebration with a BBQ generously sponsored by Hemingway’s. Everyone is most welcome! If possible, let us know you are coming by sending us a message on our Facebook page.
DB Green will supply gloves, bags, water refills and first aid. Participants need to bring their own water bottles and wear sensible shoes. See you on the beach!
Thanks to all who donated, gave their time and bought from our stalls today and on previous flea markets! Without you, we would not be able to put money to enjoy our after beach cleanup BBQ’s/pizzas, plant our yearly trees, print information on recycling and no junk mail stickers, banners for recycling info and beach cleanups, kids beach cleanup t-shirts, movies for educations night, and, this year help pay for the beach shack at Sam Pak Wan (North Plaza beach).
For this financial year we have raised:
Flea Market April: $2106
The Earth Collection Clothes sale (my house and movie night): $5658
Movie Night June (food and drinks): $3941
Flea Market June: $3307
Flea Market August: $3621
We have spent so far this financial year:
Tree Planting $6502
Beach shack $8000
Beach cleanup pizza $530
With more projects, beach cleanups and school education to come your purchases help us do more! Remember there are no admin costs, every cent taken goes towards our expenses above. We hope you’ll make it to one or both of the 2 beach cleanups in September and enjoy a pizza or BBQ with us afterwards. (Something we can all enjoy from our fundraising!)
Obviously much of our sales comes from the generous donation of clothes and accessory samples from the team at The Earth Collection (BCC Pacific) whose office is in DB and who feel passionate about the environment and who have been with us from the very beginning. Thank you! Likewise, being with us from the very first beach cleanup, Hemingways (who are way out in front when it comes to environmental leaders in our DB restaurants) deserve thanks for sponsoring and helping cook our BBQ’s. Thanks also to our sponsors Barefoot Wines whose wine donations have added to our sales at movie night and made our beach cleanups just a little more fun at the end! And while we’re at it- gotta give some credit to our husbands especially Nick Wade and Jeff Read who often end up doing the heavy lifting of our organisational endeavours. Thanks for your patience, and, understanding that a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!
And thanks to all of you volunteers- you know who you are- nothing and I mean NOTHING is more precious then your time you give to us! It’s what we’re all about, it’s what we need the most and it’s what gets the work done. We’re an action group above all else!
See you at the beach cleanups!
If you’ve been away- WELCOME BACK!
There’s nothing like starting off the new school year with a spring clean- clearing your house of unused or unwanted items helps clear the mind for the busy year ahead. Plus your trash could be someone elses treasure! Bring your items down to the plaza on Sunday about 12ish and at least someone may get some use from them- stopping the need to buy new (at 10 times the price) and using more resources the planet doesn’t have to give! The charity stalls are in a line from the bank to the post office. We’re in there somewhere. All money goes to green projects in DB.
Also we could do with some volunteers for an hour or so between 12 and 5? Can you help?
Bring your wallet and find some treasure too!
Look forward to seeing you then,
Our last beach cleanup before the summer was another fun and rewarding event. We had about 30 people attend and collected a huge amount of waste from the beach (that sadly was only cleaned one week before!) In total, about 100 bags of trash was removed and about 12 bags of plastic for recycling.
A big thank you to the team below, Alpha Phi Omega International Fraternity & Sorority Hong Kong Alumni Association who made a HUGE effort to come to our cleanup from all over HK! We couldn’t have done as much as we did without you. Thank you for your commitment to the environment!
One point we wanted to make with this cleanup was to isolate one particular type of beach trash that is often overlooked as a significant source of plastic pollution – the plastic cup. We separated the cups into a pile and were amazed at how many there were at the end. We estimated at least 1500! Choose reusables whenever you can for outdoor eating & drinking.
Hope to see many more local DBers for our next cleanup in September! It was great finishing off the event with pizza, beer & wine (from Barefoot Wines) and a chance to have a chat and enjoy our clean beach.
If you don’t want to clean a beach please do all you can to help reduce the waste you produce and recycle as much as you can. Everyone can do a little to make HK a cleaner, less wasteful city.
Thanks again to everyone that came & helped.