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Minimalism – The Film – Films 4 Change – 21st March

Posted on March 19th, 2017 in DB Green Matters,Events,Uncategorized by Angie Bucu

Our next Films 4 Change documentary is timely and very relevant to us living in Hong Kong. An entertaining change promoting watch for the whole family!

How might your life be better with less?
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.
This feature-length documentary from Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, better known as “The Minimalists” to their millions of fans and followers, will appeal to audiences who are curious about simple living and what benefits it could bring to their own lives.
The film takes audiences inside the lives of minimalists across America from various walks of life, and it examines the burgeoning “simple living” movement from compelling social, political, economic, and environmental perspectives.

Running time: 79 minutes, followed by a short discussion


Trailer and more info:

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Films 4 Change in DB

Posted on May 8th, 2016 in DB Green Matters,Events,Movie Reviews by Angie Bucu

Welcome to our first “Films 4 Change” Movie Night in Discovery Bay. Supported by DB Green and hosted at Zaks (upstairs). Please indicate your attendance on our events page here.

Our first movie is Just Eat it: A food waste story.

food waste
“Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.”
For more on the film:

Join us for this entertaining yet important film about the food waste issues. After the film you will have a chance to hear about what is happening in Hong Kong regarding food waste issues and what one of HK’s foremost food waste charities, Feeding Hong Kong,  is doing to help feed those in need whilst reducing food waste going to landfill.

Films 4 Change Movie Nights in DB will be a monthly event showcasing documentary films with important and relevant themes on the environment, sustainability and health.

As a community event we want to encourage conversation and action within the community and how we can all make a difference or be a part of the change. To facilitate this discussion we will invite a guest expert to talk to the audience about the issue as it relates to Hong Kong.

Community event

Do you have a few hours spare a month?

Are you keen to give something back to the community?

Discovery Bay’s local non-profit environmental group, DB Green, is meeting in Hemingway’s on February 20 at 7.30pm to discuss activities & events planned for 2013.

We invite all members of the community to come along to this open evening and hear how you can make a positive difference in your community, share ideas you may have for environmental activities in DB, and find out how to make DB a greener place to live!

We need people to join the team and help with recycling projects, beach cleanup, tree planting, website & social media, flea markets, school projects, admin and more.

DB Green for our community

Wednesday   20th February, Hemingway’s 7.30 pm

Wine by Barefoot

Snacks by Hemingway’s

Other giveaways 

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Beach Cleanup – Nov 18 – Sam Pak Wan North Plaza 9-1

Posted on November 9th, 2012 in Beach Clean-up,DB Green Matters,Events by Angie Bucu

DB Green is organizing a community beach cleanup on Sunday Nov 18 from 9am to 1pm. Everyone is most welcome to attend. Cotton gloves, garbage bags, various equipment and water refills are provided. Please bring a reusable water bottle, wear sturdy shoes and adequate weather protection. Our sponsors Barefoot Wine will be supporting us and our volunteers with a relaxing glass of bubbly or wine to chill out with afterwards.

Hope to see you, your family and lots of friends there! Please help us to spread the word so we can really make a difference.


Which beaches?

Posted on August 4th, 2012 in Beach Clean-up,DB Green Matters,Events by Kate Wade

Hi there,

We’re getting lots of calls from people wanting to know where to go. Information on what beaches are the worst is hard to know for sure without actually getting out there to see them, but just speaking to Gary he thinks the following beaches probably would be good ones to get to.

Cheung Chau

Shi Ma Wan

Mui Wo

There are plenty more beaches around that need work but are hard to get to and maybe only accessible by boat or hiking. Oceanpark is also doing a fantastic job of gathering volunteers and have beach cleanups organized. Check out there website and click on the plastic disaster information. They may have a beach cleanup close to where you live.

Beaches in DB that still need work are Nim Shue Wan and Cheung Sha Lan and also the far end of Sam Pak Wan. Bags & gloves are situated at locations Nim Shue Wan at the middle of the beach in front of the concrete house opposite the pier. At Sam Pak Wan when you first go down to the path at the beach on your left under the trees are bags full of bags and gloves. Maps in previous entries. There is a limited amount of equipment so if you have your own colander/sieve and dustpan and brush/broom bring that along. Dana (a DB Green organizer) has said she will be at Nim Shue Wan at 11am tomorrow Sunday so if you really want some guidance she can help. She intends to head to Cheung Sha Lan beach.

Thanks again for the wonderful wonderful response. Gary and Tracey are also so excited about the incredible response “revolution” from the Hong Kong public. They are seeing light at the end of the tunnel but we all need to keep up the good work. When you can, make regular visits to beaches near you and keep picking up the nurdles (and other rubbish) that arrives on the beach every day. We will keep you posted on what we are up to on this page and the Facebook page.

Unfortunately I am away with work shortly so have to race out the door- have a great weekend!






Posted on July 26th, 2012 in Beach Clean-up,DB Green Matters,Events,Recycling by Angie Bucu

A massive spill of pre production plastic pellets (nurdles) that have washed up on Sam Pak Wan in the North Plaza and an immediate widespread environmental beach cleanup is needed to prevent toxic contamination of the South China Sea from this plastic pellet spill. The weight of these is pellets is 750kg which is both contained and uncontained in 30 bags on the beach. This equates to at least 30 million individual pieces of plastic which has far reaching implications.

Once in the waterways these plastic pieces are impossible to remove and the plastic pellets act as a sponge to soak up Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) which are industrial chemicals or pesticides. POPs are highly toxic chemicals that can cause an array of adverse effects in humans such as cancer, reproductive disorders and disruption to the immune and endocrine systems. The easiest and most common way for these nurdles and therefore POPs to get into the food chain is to be mistaken as fish eggs and eaten by marine life.

Tracey is in contact with various government departments, DB management and the culprit manufacturing company (SINOPEC), however we need community help NOW before this does turn into an environmental disaster for our community.


Help choose a theme for our site!

Posted on May 26th, 2007 in DB Green Matters by Patrick

Rather than going the route of designing a website from scratch or to use templates to create static pages that would need to be maintained by a technical person, I thought that an organization like DB Green may be able to use a blog effectively. The best software out there for maintaining blogs seems to be WordPress (I am partial to open-source solutions). Using the software opens us up to the potential of using one of the thousands of different themes which have been posted at: Please take a look and make some suggestions by clicking on comment to this message!

Hello world!

Posted on May 26th, 2007 in DB Green Matters by Patrick

It is still very early days for this new website, however after dicsussions with Kate, we have decided to try our hand at a website that will be in the format of a blog for a couple of different reasons:

  1. this will allow multiple users to be able to add their own content
  2. the blog format will keep the site changing and thereby keep visitors coming back! Mark this spot with your RSS Reader!