Event Recap

ECF Circular Economy Education & Incubation Programme

October 20, 2022

upside down, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

In our project, upside down, we aim to combine the elements of sustainability and cultural preservation. In Chinese culture, there is an old tradition 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, signaling blessings from different families.

Many world-renowned designers are incorporating this concept in their designs; however, the origin of the technique is being forgotten. Therefore, we would like to borrow this concept and utilize the used clothing 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. We have also recognized another problem with used clothes—used clothe sometimes aren’t 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 clothes into daily necessities like cup handles and the porch for utensils. These products encourage people to go green and reduce the waste of one-off products. 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 cardboard at a consolidation station like SF 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 cardboard results in landfills. We, baggie, aim to recycle this cardboard and give them a second life by transforming them into eco-friendly bags with appealing designs, 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 condition that cannot be accepted or upcycled according to the policy change in Mainland China. During COVID, the transportation of cardboard even stopped, resulting in wasting the cardboard. Without a comprehensive system to reuse the material, they often end up in landfills.

We need to add the internal capacity of Hong Kong to recycling these kinds of materials. This is why we come up with the idea - of the “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.

Glart, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

While glass is commonly used in Hong Kong, it takes around a million years for a glass bottle to return to soil. Instead of creating additional burden to the landfills, we believe glass in all form should be given a second life to create more value.

Currently, we are conducting art jamming workshop with recycled glasses to create artwork such as painted vase and scented candle. We believe such a low-cost art jamming workshop can create positive impacts to the whole society, such as relieving citizens’ stress and promoting art throughout our community, while at the same time reuse glass to do good to our environment.

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 takeaways than before, more disposable utensils are produced day by day. Currently, there are more options to reduce waste, such as reusable and washable utensils options. Yet, we still have a long way to go to get rid of disposable utensils because of reluctance to change and laziness to wash. Thus, more recycling ideas for disposable utensils are needed.

Our team thus craft small wooden furniture with chopsticks. We 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 sanitized it at a high temperature.

Chopsticks are quite an excellent material to craft furniture as they are long and easy to wield in different shapes. They are perfectly fit with small-sized furniture. In long run, we hope that our project can help reduce waste of disposable utensils and create more useful fun furniture for customers to buy, promoting the ideas of recycling.

潬, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Due to COVID rules, everyone needs to wear a mask when they go out. We often buy an additional mask container so that when we eat out and take off the mask, we could quarantine the mask with the cover. The cover is usually made of plastic, and we are actually making more waste (as the cover becomes dirty and contaminated after a few times of use). Therefore, we were thinking if there are anything that we can recycle from our daily consumption.

The word 潬 is composed of 2 parts:Water (水)and Receipts (單). Receipts might be one of the answers. People often find receipts unnecessary and throw them away. Yet this is something we produce daily as well. So, we think of using receipts.

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

In the four walks of life, shoes have always been neglected in the process of recycling and rarely there are people donating shoes. While with the improving living conditions, teenagers change their shoes in a faster pace to keep up with current fashion trends, leaving good-conditioned old shoes idle.

In view of this, we propose setting up a shoe recycling program, engaging both decent-paid families’ children and low-income families’ children, creating an endless cycle of shoes redistribution. We will collect idle shoes from the public, clean them and disinfect them, the reallocate it back to low-income families.