Come 15th of September, you’ll be scrambling to purchase an oily box of mooncakes to gift your relatives for Mid-Autumn Festival. Maybe you should let Micro-forest help you with an environmentally friendly and healthy gift alternative.
Food waste is a huge issue to humanity, and accounts for a third of all solid waste in Hong Kong. For our city alone, 3,200 tonnes of food are sent to one of the three landfills everyday, to be exhausted by the time we reach 2018.
This is where social enterprise MicroForests steps in, in hopes of making a difference by providing Green Hampers created by low-income single mothers. Each hamper carries a variety of fruit from persimmons, dragon fruits, apples, oranges, to grapes, mangosteens, kiwis and peaches, topped with a handmade ‘MicroForest’ terrarium.
The initial thought process was an eco-friendly alternative to mooncakes, come Mid-Autumn Festival. According to Green Power’s survey, over 1.85 million mooncakes were thrown out last year. A staggering amount. There’s only so many slices of mooncakes one can eat during the Festival before they get ill of it.
Hampers start at HKD$980 and can be ordered online here. Between now and 1 August, use the code ‘earlybird‘ to get 10% off your order!