UNIfy: Sustainable Living #StayAtHome Edition-Week 4

UNIfy: Sustainable Living #StayAtHome Edition-Week 4


Week 4

3 tips to be green at home


Be eco-friendly by purchasing in bulk

We really buy a lot in our daily lives. How can we save more by purchasing more but say “NO” to waste at the same time? The following measures can help:

• Well-planned storage space beforehand.

• Combine your purchases with others. Have your goods delivered to one person’s address.

• Avoid purchasing products with individual packing or too many packaging materials.

• Pay attention to shelf life to avoid waste generation.



• 好好規劃家中儲存空間,減少因空間不足而要棄置物品。

• 購物前同家人、甚至鄰居親友溝通,夾單多買之餘,送抵的貨物可以用自己家中的容器裝載分享,減少垃圾。

• 留意貨物的包裝,減少採購獨立包裝或過多包裝的貨品。

• 注意貨物的有效期,避免過量儲存導致貨物過期而產生的廢物。

Recycle and upcycle

Be environmentally at home by having good recycling and upcycling practice. The following tips can help you to achieve a good practice:

• For paper recyclables, remember to tear off plastic tape, remove non-paper materials, and keep dry.

• For metal cans and plastic recyclables, make sure to rinse them with water to achieve clean recycling.

• Recycle waste plastic bottles of beverages or personal care products after removing the caps and labels.

• You can use old files or envelopes to store your face mask. Make sure they are clean though!



• 回收紙張時,請記住撕下膠帶,除去非紙張材料,並保持乾爽。

• 回收金屬罐和膠樽時,請確保用水沖洗它們以實踐清潔回收。

• 回收膠樽飲料或個人護理產品膠樽時,記得取下瓶蓋和標籤。

• 您可以使用乾淨的舊文件夾或信封來存儲您的面罩。

Use reusable utensils for takeaway

Staying at home and ordering takeaway? You can still be environmentally friendly by requesting no plastic bags, straws and disposable utensils. If you really needed to use one-off disposable utensils, don’t be too quick to throw them away. Most of them can be cleaned and reused. Follow these steps, and you too can save earth by reducing the use of one-off disposables!

• Use handkerchiefs rather than paper napkins.

• Use less plastic bags and use durable bags or baskets. Plastic bags take years to decompose.

• Encourage the use of reusable dishes and utensils.

• Use your own cup. Avoid using paper cups.



• 用手帕代替紙巾。

• 減少使用膠袋,因為膠袋難以分解,應改用耐用的購物袋或購物籃。

• 多用可循環再用的食具和餐具。

• 自備私人水杯,避免使用紙杯與發泡膠杯。

Choose Local, Organic and Seasonal

Choosing local organic seasonal produce can minimise carbon emissions during food transportation and keep your food fresh and nutritious. Organic farming, free of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, helps maintain soil quality and reduce pollution. Pick the best for your health and the environment and support local sustainable agriculture! Find out more on how to get your own local veggies @Green Objects良心農業 .


選購本地出產的有機時令食材,能減低與運輸有關的碳排放和營養流失。有機耕種作業亦絕不施放有毒化肥和農藥,蔬菜成份天然之餘,又護土少污染。@Green Objects良心農業集合本地農墟和共購計劃的資訊,鼓勵大家食得環保有「營」,同時推動本地農業的可持續發展。

Eat Less Meat

Today’s industrial meat production is highly resource intensive, accounting for massive environmental pollution and carbon emissions. A research shows that HKers’ excessive appetite for meat is the main cause to its high per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, and if citizens adopt the government’s nutrient guidelines on meat consumption, HK could achieve a 43% reduction in GHG emissions. (https://bit.ly/2xsppNs) Let’s try out the low carbon recipes prepared by @LowCarbonLiving and @DietDoctor!


畜牧業消耗大量天然資源,排放大量溫室氣體且污染環境。有研究結果顯示,香港人均溫室氣體排放量高的主因正是過度食肉,更指出如市民按政府營養指引的份量進食,可令本港的溫室氣體排放量大減43%!(https://bit.ly/2xsppNs) 不妨跟@低碳生活館@DietDoctor偷師,製作簡單又美味的低碳菜式吧!

Mindful Eating Waste No More

UN report shows that 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally every year, yet, 11% of the global population suffered from hunger in 2016. It's time for us the hearty eaters to learn "Mindful Eating" (https://bit.ly/2XxM4m7). Slow down, learn to appreciate, enjoy the flavour and every bite of our food. Make sure to order or prepare just the right amount you need so no food will be wasted. Your body and digestive system will feel way better.



Week 3

3 tips to adopt a low carbon healthy diet


Week 2

3 tips to make your home more energy efficient


Slay Energy Vampires

“Energy Vampire” refers to appliance that consumes electricity in standby mode, especially those with clock display, remote control sensor or battery charger. They lurk in your home, taking the form of phone charger, router, television, microwave oven, etc., and can account for up to 10% of your electricity bill.

How to get rid of these vampires?

• Use smart power strips to turn off power to assorted appliances when they are not in use (e.g. television and TV box, computer and printer).

• Unplug chargers once your electronic devices are fully charged.

• Identify the appliances that you don’t use often and unplug them.

• Put appliances (e.g. computer monitor) to sleep when not in use by activating energy saving mode.



• 利用電源板(拖板)管理開關,將閒置電器的電源關上(例如: 電視及電視盒、電腦及打印機)。

• 當電子設備充滿電後,盡快拔下充電器插頭。

• 將較少使用的電器插頭拔下。

• 將電器調校至慳電模式(例如: 電腦顯示屏),在閒置時令其進入睡眠狀態。

Stay Cool

Fridge runs 24 hours a day and is one of the major energy consumers at home. How to conserve energy while keeping your food fresh?

• Try to keep the fridge and freezer about 80% full. Having less air space in the fridge can reduce the loss of cold air when door is opened. Consider filling the space with pitchers of water or packs of ice in freezer if it is too empty. Do not overcrowd it as it needs air circulation to keep food at even temperature.

• Don’t put hot food directly into the fridge. Let the food cool down first.

• Avoid frequent opening of refrigerator door which allows more cold air escape and hence higher energy consumption.

• Keep the fridge at optimal temperature of 3°C and freezer at -15°C. An extra 5% energy is consumed with every 1°C lowered.



• 將雪櫃儲物量保持80%滿,雪櫃中的空間減少了,因打開雪櫃門而流失的冷空氣亦相對少。如果雪櫃不夠滿,可考慮放置盛有水的水瓶於雪櫃或袋裝冰塊於冰箱。但要留意,切勿將雪櫃塞得過滿,避免阻礙冷空氣在雪櫃內流通,以確保食物保持溫度均勻。

• 待熱食冷卻後才放入雪櫃內。

• 避免經常打開雪櫃門,以免流失冷空氣。

• 把雪櫃及冰箱的溫度分別調至3°C和 -15°C。(注意:每降低1°C,就會額外消耗5%電源。)

Brighten Up Your Day

Lighting brightens up our home and makes spaces cozier and safer. It also accounts for 15% of a typical household electricity bill. How to save energy smartly?

• Sit near the window to bring natural light to your e-learning.

• Switch off lights when you leave the room.

• Switch to LED bulbs that last 3.5 times longer and use up to 85% less electricity than regular incandescent bulbs.

• Instead of going online all day, pick a book that has been on your waitlist and shelf for long. Let your mind travel through books.



• 網上學習時,可坐在窗邊,善用日光,令課堂充滿陽光氣息。

• 在家離開房間時將電燈關上。

• 轉用比烏絲燈泡長壽3.5倍且耗電量少達85%的LED燈泡。

• 不想整天留在家中上網?不妨在書櫃找一本還未打開的書,享受閱讀的時光,讓自由的意念釋放。

Week 1

3 tips to keep your mind and body healthy


Workout From Home

Exercising regularly can strengthen your immune system and boost endorphins, keeping your body and mind fresh and active. For workout regulars, try the flexibility exercises and high-intensity interval training(https://bit.ly/2UQjlGi and https://bit.ly/343PD4T). For beginners, let’s stretch together(https://bit.ly/2UNf3j4).



Practise Mindfulness

Staying healthy physically and mentally are of equal importance. Find a cosy corner at home, sit comfortably in easy pose, close your eyes, practise breathing and meditation with @Stilltogether (live and online resources) or @Smilingmind (app).


鍛鍊身體固然重要,心靈亦需同樣程度的照料。在家中找一個舒適的角落,盤腿而坐,閉上雙眼與@一起靜(網上直播及短片)或@Smiling Mind(應用程式)一同呼吸,好好練習。

Try Traditional Chinese Regimen

‘Washing hands, disinfecting and wearing masks’ is the golden set of preventive measures in Western medicine while Traditional Chinese medicine has its own approach:

• Veggie soup (Chinese style): https://bit.ly/2QStRf9

• Herbal sachets: https://bit.ly/39st6zF

• Acupoint massage: https://bit.ly/2wOFCML



• 湯水食譜:https://bit.ly/2QStRf9

• 防疫香囊:https://bit.ly/39st6zF

• 穴位按摩:https://bit.ly/2wOFCML