Supporting local not only helps to boost our economy, but is also a more sustainable and smarter consumer choice. Shop local with these 12 environmentally and socially conscious brands in Hong Kong.
In the Hive’s most recent edition of their popular farmers’ market, Urban Farm & Feast, local vendors came from across Hong Kong to showcase how their brands are innovating in healthy and green living. Take a look at these environmentally and socially conscious brands to bring some healthy living to your home, and improve your wellness. With the Covid-19 pandemic still ongoing, it’s important to continue to shop local and support small businesses to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the city.
From the Amazon rainforest to your doorstep, Asopie, founded by members of the Amazonian tribal and Indigenous community in the Amazon region of Suriname, brings you an expansive selection of sustainable organic, pure, and authentic Amazonian superfoods. Asopie also offers a range of fresh produce native to the Amazon region including fresh plantains, cassava, and other authentic Amazonian produce. They provide bulk and wholesale options for businesses looking to incorporate Amazonian superfoods into their brand.
Hive Life pick: Asopie Superbox
Carty HK curates a selection of eco-conscious local lifestyle brands in Hong Kong including organic coffee, soy-wax candles, hand-made soap, made-in-Hong Kong beverages, CBD products, and more. Carty is your “one stop platform for shopping local” and is a socially conscious and friendly alternative to traditional shops and grocery stores. Discover and shop local with up and coming Hong Kong brands, and live well with Carty.
Hive Life pick: The Blomstre Organic Soy Wax Caballero Candle
Garden Hill creates their plant-based ‘dairy’ products in Hong Kong with high quality and fresh ingredients. Perfect for people with lactose intolerance, vegans, or those seeking out dairy alternatives, Garden Hill has a delicious alternative to every classic dairy product. From butter to cheese, to mayonnaise, every product is designed by the brand’s culinary expert founder, Jan. She applies her background in food science to make these healthier dietary options, that are healthier for our planet too!
Hive Life pick: Vegan Truffle Mayo
Situated on the volcanic soil-rich banks of Taal lake in the Philippines, the Hinitan Plantation is a heritage farm preserving a rare Barako Coffee and Batangas Cocoa. The rich Barako coffee and Hinitan chocolate is carefully roasted and hand crafted in Hong Kong. Hinitian also sources from other single origin partner farms across Asia to curate a quality coffee and chocolate experience, giving these local farms global awareness.
Hive Life pick: Yuzu Lemon Zest Dark Chocolate
Inner Temple Healing Oils
Inner Temple Healing Oils offers a range of healing and self-care products designed to boost and regulate happiness, health, and wellness. Their products can be used as a variety of treatments for pain management, nasal congestion, skincare, home spa, relaxation, and more. All of Inner Temple’s oils are organic and natural, and are created using Ayurveda and aromatherapy.
Hive Life pick: Muscle Ache Relief Balanced Oil
La Cabane was founded in 2010 with the intention of bringing natural & biodynamic wines to Hong Kong. Their personally selected winemakers and partners are all small growers, brought to you directly from the source by La Cabane in the most sustainable way possible. They have two locations in Hong Kong, a Cellar on Hollywood Road, and a Bistro, where wine lovers can gather to enjoy and taste their extensive selection in good company.
Hive Life pick: El Bandito The Dark Side, 2019 – Testalonga El Bandito
Livin Farms is a tech startup with bases in both Hong Kong and Austria. They educate people on how they can integrate sustainability into their lives. Their educational tool, The Hive Explorer, is an indoor farming kit that helps users to repurpose their food waste. Not only will this help with having a greener household, but it will also allow users to reconnect with nature and better understand our relationship with our planet. Livin Farms’ technology is also accessible to businesses looking to upcycle their food waste.
Be sure to use the discount code “HIVEFARMSW” for US$30 off on the webstore.
Hive Life pick: The Hive Explorer
Created by a food nutritionist, Nomsoftheday aims to promote snacking healthily with their gourmet activated nut snack creations. Their scrumptious treats are free from refined sugar, grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan friendly. Nomsoftheday has three signature flavours: Maple Glazed Rosemary Pecans, Spicy Sichuan Cashews, and Garlic Lime Almonds. These nuts are the perfect addition to your household, whether as a snack food or a healthy flavour kick in your meals.
Hive Life pick: Garlic Lime Almonds
Paper-Roses is a Hong Kong-based boutique illustration and design house. They create beautifully whimsical and colourful products including reusable masks, greeting cards, stationery, and gifts. By using eco-conscious materials, Paper-Roses’ products are perfect to incorporate into your lifestyle at home and as gifts for loved ones. Every stylish design is lovingly hand-drawn or painted, and the brand offers many Hong Kong-unique illustrations.
Be sure to use the discount code “HIVE202110” for 10% off on the website (valid until 30 June 2021).
Hive Life pick: Hong Kong Skyline Face Mask
Did you know 40 tonnes of food is disposed of every second? And about a third of everything we produce will never be used or consumed. Phenix is a food rescue app that connects merchants’ food surplus with consumers, at a discounted price. Since 2014, Phenix has been helping to reduce food waste through their platform, repurposing unsold items and solving the traditional habit of brands to throw out unsold products. Their app was released in February 2021 in Hong Kong to tackle the city’s food waste surplus. Giving unsold goods a second life, at a reduced cost, provides accessibility to people who may not be able to afford these products, ensuring that everything produced can be used without unnecessary waste.
Hive Life pick: Phenix App
Soap Yummy’s handmade soaps smell good enough to eat, made from wholesome ingredients, they are “100% Yummy to the Skin & Gentle to the Earth”. Every soap product is handmade, vegan, natural, and palm oil free. Soap Yummy makes and packages their products with love- only using eco-friendly and biodegradable packaging, and is completely plastic free. On top of soap, the brand has expanded to skincare and lip balm, all available in a range of delicious scents.
Hive Life pick: Coconut Lime Lip Balm
Suphia’s Functional Foods
Growing from founder Suphia’s journey with healthy and sustainable eating, Suphia’s Functional Foods aims to “revolutionize the local snack market”. Every unique bar, ball, and cake is handmade with love, and has its own unique design and health function. Suphia uses raw and organic ingredients only, which prevents toxins from entering the products as well as locks in nutrients. Every product is organic, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly, making sure every bite is full of nutritious and delicious premium superfoods.
Hive Life pick: Mixed Wild Berry Bar