Eco Warriors: Cissy Wang of EcoDrive Hong Kong
Last year, 11 Hong Kong women from the Tatler community joined forces to fight one of our world’s most pressing issues: single-use plastics.
Known collectively as EcoDrive Hong Kong, they've been running outreach and education programmes at Hong Kong schools, private members clubs and local sports teams to reduce their plastic footprint (and that's just the start).
Why and how did you decide to become one of the founders of EcoDrive?
Tell us about your personal background when it comes to environmental issues.
Growing up in Canada, our household has always practiced recycle, reuse, reduce and composting. As a mother, I've become even more aware and sensitive to our environment and health matters.
Why are you passionate about reducing single-use plastics?
I believe we need to start somewhere, and I think that each person can start by reducing their plastic use, and ultimately get rid of single-use plastics. It's a habit, and a bit of a lifestyle change, but it's all for the better.
What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to plastics usage in HK?
As a citizen in HK, I love this city and it hurts to see that we aren't taking care of it. The city and the people are so busy on a daily basis and may overlook the issues.
What actions have you taken in your own life and/or business to help reduce plastic waste?
At home, we use different garbage bins for different types of waste, such as paper, plastic, compost, etc. Our family tries our best to bring and use our own bottles, cloth bags, metal straws, etc. It's about starting with the little things here and there.
We try to reuse items in the house, such as paper bags from shopping—we use these paper bags to wrap gifts for special occasions such as Christmas, instead of using new wrapping paper.
Plastic seems to be a necessary evil in our modern world. Given that, what do you think is the future of plastic? Can we really live without it?
I believe the convenience of plastic materials makes it seem like it plays a very important role in our society, but with all the advanced technology in today's world, there should be an alternative product.
In the meantime, we need to educate and bring awareness to everyone regarding the importance of the damage we are causing to ourselves and the environment if we continue to be careless with the use of so much unnecessary plastic waste.
What are some tips you have for everyone to reduce single-use plastics?
Start small; remember to carry reusable bags, and your own bottle.
Are there any other ways that we can protect the environment?
Save water and electricity, and don't print unnecessary paper.
What other causes are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about women and children's issues. I try to the best of my abilities to help in these causes.
See also: Start Small, Start Now: Introducing EcoDrive Hong Kong