Take 5 with... Philippe Li from "HK Recycles"

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WELCOME TO WOMB'S WEEKLY "TAKE 5 WITH..." SERIES. ROUGHLY ONCE A WEEK WE WILL FEATURE A SHORT INTERVIEW WITH A HK-BASED CONSCIOUS PERSONALITY.

THIS WEEK WE PRESENT TO YOU: PHILIPPE LI FROM HK RECYCLES!

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from, where did you study, and why did you choose to be based in Hong Kong (at least for now)?

I was born in Hong Kong and raised in London. Having studied Economics and Geography this made me more aware of our impact on the ecological system. It was by sheer chance that I ended up back in Hong Kong and working in the recycling industry. 

What's important to you, and how do these values affect your professional choices? 

Always being critically aware of ones' impact on our socioenvironmental space. This thinking pushes me to do things that I enjoy, that's true to my values and something worthwhile and meaningful. 

Let's address the very problem before we start discussing solutions - what are your thoughts on consumption today?

The consumption of single-use plastic is important. Should be avoided where possible. If not possible, try to find a location to recycle them. 

What are your thoughts on pollution and waste in HK?

Tackling air pollution is extremely important. The health impact of air pollution is well documented. Yet very little has been done in this area. As the population grows, this problem will only worsen. 

Waste reduction is equally important. Reducing the amount of waste we generate should go hand in hand with developing the habit to recycle as much as possible. 

What's even more important is to start a dialogue about the issue and give time to each individual to change their behaviour since behavioural change requires time. Also, it's important to not create a dualist approach between those who are green and not green. Creating sides only creates a divide. 

What's your personal battle? How do you make your everyday life greener?

I like my fair share of caffeine. Sometimes, I forget to bring my reusable cup and will try to drink in where possible. If I don't have time, I will still have my coffee but just without the lid. 

I don't buy bottled water. It's just unnecessary. But I still buy bottle drinks like coconut water, juices etc but will recycle them. 

Buying groceries from the wet market gives me a choice to go for things without packagings. 

It's really just the finer things in one's life. And each individual should think about their specific context and what can they do within their means.

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