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The Green Women Festival: A celebration of women in environmental protection

The Green Women Festival 2019 is held in the Campfire Collaborative Spaces to celebrate social entrepreneurship, environmental awareness and gender equality. Speakers from various social organisations gave presentations, while workshops involving art and discussions are held for everyone to explore the concept of a green lifestyle.

Women came together for the Green Women Festival not only to share thoughts on pressing environmental concerns and to purchase eco-friendly products, but also to be inspired by each other.
Anita Patel, co-founder of vegan skincare brand Zero Yet 100, introduces her collection of body oil and deodorants. "So many consumers are unaware of how much chemicals regular deodorants contain. They are terrible for your body and equally bad for the earth." said Ms. Patel, "Our brand and packaging might look less glossy and glamorous, but we can make sure you won't absorb anything toxic chemicals through our products."
Worker from Fair Taste picks out an organic raisin for visitors to taste. This food brand which sells healthy and artificial sugar free snacks is the first fair trade brand in China. Farmers from the countries where it imports raw food materials are paid a fair price for their fruits and nuts so they can afford to run their farms without cheap and highly toxic pesticides and fertilisers.
The founder of design and art brand Little Flower in the Sun is creating a pastel painting of sunrise with a brush and her own fingers. Her brand strives to support female creativity and encourages women to do creative work at home.
"Our fair trade Mauler Mouton Coffee remains completely untouched by fertilisers and pesticides," said one of the volunteers in charge The Hummingfish Foundation. This organisation gives all profits earned from selling coffee back to the coffee bean farmers of Laclubar to help their local community.
All earrings sold at the Butterfly Effect are made by Syrian women seeking refuge in Istanbul, Turkey. These intricate handmade pieces carry their dreams to rebuild their lives and their hopes for a peaceful future — "drop earrings, not bombs".
Literature discussing sex and sexual minorities are often marginalised and barred from mainstream attention. These second-hand books on display encourage women to explore their sexuality and break the taboos.
During her presentation, Laurel Chor who co-founded HK Explorers Initiative, detailed her experience of visiting an elephant conservation in Africa years ago. After she came back to Hong Kong, news came that poachers killed about 20 elephants in that area for their ivory, a product that could have easily ended up in Hong Kong which has one of the largest ivory industries.
"When I first started this organisation in 2006, I didn’t know how far it would go," said Jenny Quinton who founded Ark Eden upon a promise to a deceased friend. But today, 13 years later, this organisation composed mainly of students has planted more than 30,000 trees in Hong Kong and has numerous environmentalist projects based on Lantau Island.
Homemade and vegan refreshments are offered for all participants at the coffee area where everyone can share food and chat.
To showcase the charm of pre-loved clothes, fashion lovers take part in a professional photoshoot session in second-hand outfit. Many of these items have barely been worn, such this pair of black heels from Coach this model has on her feet.
Art enthusiast are invited to create their own unique painting on the spot in the art studio. Inspired by this event, many chose to paint around the theme of nature and conservation.

《The Young Reporter》

The Young Reporter (TYR) is an English news publication produced by international journalism students at Hong Kong Baptist University. It started as a printed magazine in 1969. Today, TYR is produced across different platforms.

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