Event Recap

ECF Circular Economy Education & Incubation Programme

September 19, 2022

upside down, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

In Chinese, there is an old transition of 百家布(bak ka po) in which families will give a piece of their clothes to the family when a new child is born. A small square cuts out from each piece of clothing to make a long blanket to cover the baby, signalling blessings from different families. We would like to borrow this concept and utilise the used in making these kinds of blankets. We aim to support sustainability while upholding our traditional Chinese values by holding workshops to pass down our culture as our first step.

Used clothes are usually donated. But we have witnessed a problem that the used clothe sometimes aren’t really valued and used. Even if we shift the clothes to other countries, the transportation costs carbon footprint. Therefore, in light of solving these problems, we would like to hold workshops to teach people how to turn clothe into daily necessities like cup handle and the porch for utensils. These products encourage people to go green and reduce the waste of one-off product. If proven to be successful, we would like to scale up and make and sell out products to the public, possibly opening an Instagram shop.

ReMilk Soap, City University of Hong Kong

ReMilkSoap aims to solving food problem that uses expired milk from supermarkets or bakeries in Hong Kong to make premium quality soap useful for everyone, including sensitive skin people. It aims at solving the problem of wasted milk of food waste in the city, where around 5.9 million glasses of milk are poured down the sink every year.

Projekt Eco, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Projekt Eco aims to be a sustainable, minimalistic Jewellery line created from e-waste. Designed to be deployed in Hong Kong and created out of two entrepreneurial minds from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Projekt Eco is one of a kind in the sustainable consumer market.

Tons of electronic waste are accumulated every year that causes life threatening hazards for children, and everyone involved. In fact, all the electronics we throw away like phones, computers, even electronic PCB parts we get at labs - have so much precious metal in them that urban mining now has a very bright prospect in becoming one of the most sustainable ways of mining. With that objective in mind, Projekt Eco will design workshops for students of HKUST to get familiar with the type of waste we can get from our daily life devices and how we can turn them into classy and chic jewellery!

baggie, The University of Hong Kong

Have you ever seen unwanted and disposed cardboards at a consolidation station likeSF Express? I bet you are part of the people who dispose of the cardboard after taking the packages out. As these cardboards are with tapes, scavengers would not travel considerable distances to pick them up, which cardboards results in the landfills. We, baggie, aim to recycle this cardboard and give them a second life by transforming them into eco-friendly bags with appealing design, targeting the general public who might not be into sustainability.

Hong Kong has always been a collector and exporter of recycling materials. However, some of the recycled materials are in bad conditions that cannot be accepted or upcycled according to the policy change in Mainland China. Without a comprehensive system to reuse the material, they often end up in landfills.This is why we come up with the idea - “baggie.”

We would like to collaborate with the consolidation stations to set up an area to dump the cardboard, and we would later collect them. Initially, we would start as a student team. But if the business is successful and expandable, we would like to hire elderly/scavengers to help us process the cardboard, providing an alternative job for them.

Glart, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

There are various types of glass arts and there are many glasses art experience workshop in Hong Kong.  We have created many glasses, yet we can recycle glasses. It takes around 450 years for aplastic water bottle. It takes such a long time for glasses to return to the soil. Instead of creating additional burden to the landfills, we are conducting art jams with recycled glasses. To create glasses artwork such as lamp-cover.

Impact Makers, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

An e-commerce platform specialising in eco-friendly products with recognition labels highlighting which kind of natural resources or eco issue merchants are working on. The platform assists merchants and our platform to achieve a win-win situation. Merchants save their effort on building their own online selling platform and gain exposure from the synergistic effect. Meanwhile, our platform gains stable financial sources from the commission fee and entering fee.

In order to reduce the carbon footprint to maximum, merchants will be suggested to use recyclable materials for packaging of express delivery while customers will be provided recycling tips of the product they purchased. In this case, environmentally-friendly actions are encouraged on the whole value chain from production to express delivery to consumption, and engaging stakeholders from merchants to general public, creating a shared value among the circle.

Chopchitect, The University of Hong Kong

As we are ordering more takeaway than before, more disposable utensils are produced day by day. Currently there are more options to reduce the risk, such as reusable and washable utensils, option for not needing disposable utensils. Yet, we still have a long way to goto get rid of the disposable utensils because of reluctance to change, laziness to wash, and the fact that it is even more wasteful to stock a lot of utensils for occasionally throwing a party.

We craft small wooden furniture with chopsticks. Students collected used chopsticks and cleaned them one by one(detergents are not used to avoid environmental contamination throughout the process). We then glued the chopsticks together to make the ideal shape and sanitised it with high temperature (fire set up with other used chopsticks).Finally, shelfs and computer stands were made.

Chopsticks are quite a good material to craft the furniture as they are long and easy to wield into different shapes. They are perfectly fit with small sized furniture.

潬, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

These days people still need to wear mask when they go out. And when people dine out, sometimes we purchase an extra PVC-based or other plastic-based mask wrap to prevent our mask being contaminated. Or usually, people take out a piece of tissue and then throw it away. These practices create unnecessarily garbage.Here is an easy way to reduce waste.

The word 潬 is composed of 2 parts:Water (水)and Receipts (單).We discovered that the receipts stuck with each other after getting in touch of water. When the receipts are dried, they can be crafted mask cover.

CARBON NEGATIVE, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

With global leaders and jurisdictions requiring compulsory ESG reporting, the core goal and objective of our service is to assist our primary target customers – business users - with their ESG reporting processes through our greenhouse gas (GHG) emission or footprint tracking solution.

Our solution will serve two major purposes: data tracking and data analytics, with the key data being GHG. We hope that our solution not only helps business users in reducing GHG emission and fulfilling ESG reporting needs, but ultimately pinpoints inefficient supply chain processes and encourages reduction in GHG emission, creating positive impact to the environment and our community.

Shoer, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Shoer leverages on shoes to empower children from low-income families and other needed groups in the society such as the underemployed and the mentally disadvantaged. It creates a membership platform for decent paid families to get shoes at a lower cost, in the meantime low-income families could enjoy the surplus and be empowered together with other needed groups by newly emerging sports and shoes-reconditioning.