Do you know if everyone from Hong Kong uses 1 less tissue a day, we can save 100,000 trees a year? We're inviting you to make a difference. Together. Now.
According to data released by the Environment Bureau, tissue paper makes up 7% (650 tonnes) of Hong Kong’s daily wastage.This closely follows kitchen refuse and food waste, which is the largest component. Unfortunately, due to hygienic reasons, used tissue cannot be recycled, thus generating more waste.
We were all brought up using handkerchiefs. In a sense, handkerchiefs have become an emblem of good upbringing and etiquette.Day by day, our busy lives and materialistic consumerist attitudes have made us ever more complacent and lazy. The handkerchief was slowly forgotten,overshadowed by the convenience of tissues.
According to the Environment Bureau, tissues makeup 7% of Hong Kong’s rubbish. That’s 650 tonnes every single day. Following kitchen refuse and food waste, used tissues are the second largest contributor to landfills. What’s more – they’re not even recycled because of hygiene issues, thus generating more waste.
Try counting how many pieces of tissue paper you use every day. Simple maths demonstrates how much stress we are putting onto our landfills and our planet. Hong Kong has a population of 7.3 million people;if everyone uses just one piece of tissue paper a day, that’s already 7.3 million pieces of tissue. And let’s be honest here, no one uses just one piece of tissue a day. Let’s not sabotage our environment for a moment of ease.
What’s the Chief Project’s plan?
They collect and recycle leftover fabric yard ages from professional cotton fabric manufacturers, giving them a second life as your handkerchiefs through the hands of local women labour organisations. By doing this we:
1) Prevent manufacturers from disposing large amounts of high quality fabric, in turn relieving wastage pressure on our landfills
2) Provide an alternative solution by guiding Hong Kong towards a zero waste lifestyle with handkerchiefs
3) Develop social capital by creating jobs for unemployed women workers in our community
The Chief Project aims to produce a triple-win situation for our community. The Chief project is working towards creating a zero-waste future where handkerchiefs can substitute the majority of tissue use, at the same time providing opportunities for women workers who are working hard to take care of their families and children.
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