Sustainable City & Ecological Footprint | WWF Hong Kong

Sustainable City & Ecological Footprint

Massive increases in human population, urban development and consumption of renewable natural resources in the last century have created an imbalance in human’s relationship with our planet. According to the analysis on Hong Kong's Ecological Footprint , Hong Kong people are living beyond the Earth’s limits. We need 3.9 Earths if everyone led the lifestyle of Hong Kong people. Since our small city cannot provide the huge diversity and amount of natural resources, we imports most of what we need.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a scientist to save the planet. By making better choices in your daily life, you can reduce your Ecological Footprint and conserve our planet’s valuable natural resources.
What is Ecological Footprint?
The Ecological Footprint is an accounting tool used to measure the land and sea areas mankind uses to provide what we take from nature, such as timber and paper, seafood, livestock, crops and area needed to absorb our carbon dioxide emission. On average humanity would need the regenerative capacity of 1.6 Earths to provide what we need from nature.
Ecological Footprint
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Let’s Change the Way we Live!

Living in a more sustainable lifestyle is not complicated. There are so many little things you can do in your daily life that can make a big impact over time. In Hong Kong, our daily consumption at individual, family and business level accounts for 76 per cent of Hong Kong’s Ecological Footprint. Among which, clothing, food, energy and transportation contribute to the most. To avoid over-consumption of renewable natural resources, we need to start with changes in our daily behaviours. The choices we make can have a considerable impact on our sustainable future, and showing retailers and manufacturers that we want sustainable options will actually create more demand for and hence supply of them!
Here are a few suggestions on how to get started:
  • Clothing
    • Review your wardrobe regularly to see if you really need to buy new items.
    • Don’t throw away unwanted clothes. Show your creativity by “mix-and-matching” unwanted clothes to create your new styles.
    • Recycle unwanted clothes or swap them for other goods.
    • Choose clothing made from organic cotton.
  • Food
    • Only buy or order what you can consume to reduce food waste.
    • Wherever possible, buy local, seasonal produce that hasn’t crossed the globe to get to you – so there is less of a carbon footprint.
    • Avoid single-use plastic bottles and utensils. Bring your own bottles and utensils.
    • When buying seafood, look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) logos, and eat sustainable seafood listed on WWF-Hong Kong’s Seafood Guide. Check out the Seafood Guide Mobile App.
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  • Living
    • Turn off or unplug electrical appliances that are not in use. Don't put them in stand-by mode.
    • Recycle used paper, plastic, metals and batteries to reduce waste to landfill.
    • Bring your own bag and stay away from plastic bags and over-packaged products.
    • If you’re buying electrical appliances, buy the most energy efficient model you can afford. Choose electrical appliances with an “Energy Efficiency Grade 1” label.
    • Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label to choose sustainably sourced timber and paper products. Or consider recycled furniture, and wooden and paper products.
    • If you’re looking for gifts, shop smarter by choosing environmentally friendly products. Visit Panda Shop
  • Travel
    • Take public transport. Drive less to reduce carbon emission.