Date
11 December 2017
SEE Network will launch this weekend the “Shop Naked” campaign, which aims to reduce waste resulting from packaging. Photo: HKEJ
SEE Network will launch this weekend the “Shop Naked” campaign, which aims to reduce waste resulting from packaging. Photo: HKEJ

‘Shop naked’ campaign aims to reduce waste from packaging

More than two years after the charging of plastic shopping bags took effect, many Hong Kong consumers have made it a daily habit to bring their own bags for shopping.

This weekend a local sustainability group will launch a green campaign to further efforts to reduce waste.

SEE Network will run a community-oriented campaign called “Shop Naked” that aims to cut down waste resulting from packaging.

The first action of the campaign will take place along Tai Ping Shan Street and the nearby community in the Central and Western District on Saturday and Sunday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. There will be 16 participating stores.

The campaign is being launched to pave the way for the government’s proposed charging of municipal solid waste.

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing is supporting the event, and has promoted it in a post on his personal Facebook page last Saturday.

During the weekend event, consumers will be encouraged to bring their own containers when buying daily necessities such as washing powder, insect repellant, fruit and school supplies at a pop-up store on Sai Street in Sheung Wan.

SEE Network’s founder Patsy Cheng said not many stores and restaurants allow consumers to “shop naked”, and this is reflected in online comments about efforts to reduce waste.

Cheng said after she spent nearly two months discussing with stores and restaurants, more than 100 of them now welcome customers to bring their own containers for the items they buy.

These stores include restaurants, groceries, candy stores, drink stores, bakeries and Chinese barbeque restaurants, she said.

She said she hopes the campaign could gather dedicated customers who can promote shopping without packaging.

The “Shop Naked” days will include a wider range of activities such as a cultural and food-tasting tour as well as a running and reading event.

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