Captain Moore starts The Plastic Pollution Conversation in HK

And so it begins …

Captain Moore cleared customs at 1830 today and was at his first speaking engagement 40 minutes later.  He was the guest speaker at the International Coastal Cleanup Challenge team briefing where he talked of the relationship between plastics on the land and their relationship to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  The ICC Challenge is in its 12th year now organised by Ecovision Asia and this year they have expanded their cleanup program to include country parks and city cleanups.  Not only will this stop more trash from flowing downstream/hill/drain and ending up on the beaches but it gets more people connected with the whole of the waste issue.  It is certainly a great thing to be a part of!

A big thank you to the sponsors for supporting Captain Moore’s visit too.  Marius from Ovolo  have put Captain Moore up for the week in one of their apartments in Central.  He will no doubt get some great rest there inbetween all the speaking engagements that have been organised for him this week. And Nissa from Ecovision Asia who sponsored his flight from Tokyo.

One very happy Captain at Ovolo resting up before he hits the town tomorrow.  Listen out on RTHK Radio 3 at 11am with Phil Whelan (12th Sept) having The Plastic Pollution Conversation with Charles.  Green Drinks in the evening so if you are free after work drop by Bisous from 7.30pm.


Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

I have a list of people that helped before, during and after the event that I really want thank.  Without their help the fundraiser would not have been nearly as successful and I am truly grateful for their support.

Gary & Dave from Hemingway’s I can’t thank you enough.  You have been so supportive and helpful for this event and over the years with all the DB Green beach cleanups.  You really have great community spirit, there are very few places that are as generous with time and assistance as you are.  Thanks to the staff of Hemingways too it was a very busy night!

Jeff – what would I do without you.  Always supportive, uncomplaining and helpful and of course my IT wizard.

Colin – such a fab MC, you did a great job entertaining everyone and keeping the night flowing well.

The Models – Heidi, Dee, Melissa, Adele, Jess, Syd & Ajit – you were all awesome and so much fun.  It was a great show with you thank you for taking part.

Behind the Scenes Helpers – Jules – great advice, great music, excellent raffle ticket seller, Jen – fab stagehand and general organiser, Lise – raffle ticket seller extraordinaire, Iain & Jo – heartfelt thanks for manning the door most of the night, Fiona – thank you for the gorgeous hair and makeup

Mel & Sarah – from DB Living magazine, goodness knows how many hours, emails, prizes and everything else you helped me with – thank you.  Not to mention the cover shot this month 😉

Photography – Baljit & Radhika Gidwani thank you for donating your time & photographic skills it was great to have you there

The Trashion Models – wow! Awesome outfits from everyone – I’m really grateful that you made such an effort.

The Sponsors – I was overwhelmed with support of prize donations.  Without the generosity of all the companies and individuals that donated for the auction and raffle on the night there is no way I would have ever raised the $75,000+ that I did.  Please see the sponsor list and support the companies that have supported me.  Thank you also for the advertising from Around DB, and

My friends – putting up with me, listening to me and encouraging me so much in many ways everyday – love you – thanks!

And lastly but definitely not least I want to thank YOU.  Thank you to everyone who came to the event, has stopped me in the street and given me money, given me assistance, encouragement, advice and so much support, you will all be with me on this journey!

The Fashion Show

The idea for including the Fashion Show was that I wanted to highlight some of the more sustainable options in fashion available in Hong Kong.  The clothing industry is a huge polluter of our waterways with the chemical dye processes.  Companies that use sustainable natural fibres and colour clothes with natural dyes are not only more healthy for the planet but also for us as the wearers.  So I would like to thank Lulu Hong Kong & Carrot, Banana & Peach for allowing me to show off some of their gorgeous range of affordable and sustainably made clothes.

The second part of the fashion show involved vintage and secondhand clothes.  Rewearing old clothes cuts down on the huge amount of textile waste that is disposed of in HK which the Environmental Protection Dept. estimates to be 253 TONNES EACH DAY!

The Fashion Show Started off with gorgeous clothing from Lulu Hong Kong.

Our first model is DEE. She is wearing the Lilas silk pleated top and the Stephanie Ikat printed silk skirt

This elegant top dresses up any outfit all while keeping you comfortable.

The skirt is the perfect silk mini, the Stephanie is cinched at the waist with an elastic band and falls around mid-thigh. You’re sure to turn heads with this number.

Melissa is wearing Lilas, a silk pleated neckline dress also from LuLu

This dress is made with natural dyes and is vegan.

This elegant dress is perfect for any occasion as it shimmers and its pleated neckline falls perfectly on the wearer.

Silk is a natural fiber that has unfortunately become unsustainable through mass production. LuLu’s peace silk process does not cruelly kill the hard-working silk worms; instead, it allows the moths to emerge from their cocoons and live. It is LuLu’s pleasure to undertake a more difficult but more sustainable process to turn the fine and precious cocoons into the most coveted and elegant dresses and tops

This dress is $1,230

Adele wears a sleeveless dress

Made with Natural dyes Organic cotton it has fine ribbed banding across the top and waistband allows for the dress to fall right where you need it. Comfortable enough for the summer or dressed up with boots.

This dress is priced at $860

Heidi is wearing the Diane Wrap Dress from Lulu.

The classic design of this wrap dress will take you quickly from day to night. The organic cotton fabric allows for both simplicity and style.

Lulu Hong Kong believes that we as a society need to rethink the way we produce consume and dispose of fashion. Lulu Hong Kong aims to show Hong Kongers that fashion can be fun while still being socially and environmentally responsible

LuLu’s organic cotton maintains the soft and classic feel of cotton without using any toxic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Conventional cotton production uses 10% of the world’s pesticides and 25% of all insecticides

This dress costs $900.

Available online at

Adele and Melissa are both wearing outfits from our next contributor, CARROT, BANANA & PEACH

Carrot, Banana & Peach is the authentic yoga brand for those who want to stretch out or break a sweat in eco-friendly, sustainable, stylish performance yoga wear that meets the needs of many forms of yoga.

Home grown in Britain during the 90’s, Carrot, Banana & Peach has remained committed to using natural based materials in sustainable eco-centric yoga clothes for men and women.

The signature bright colours which contrast with earthly tones on natural based materials, give Carrot, Banana & Peach a unique look and style. With attention to detail, quality and Mother Nature, you will not only feel fit and healthy when donning their brand but you’ll instantly feel the sports relevance in each twist, turn and jump as you are powered by nature.

There is a men’s range as well as the women’s. Prices start at about $350

You can find them online at

Next we have Jessica and Ajit.

These guys are modeling from a great vintage store based in Central called Bang Bang 70’s.

Jessica is wearing an authentic 1970’s Japanese housewife dress. This is teamed with a classic patent clutch bag, as relevant today as it was 40 years ago! Both could be purchased for around $1000

Ajit has the pleasure of wearing a 100% nylon and polyester mix classic 70’s shirt. Albeit extra deodorant needed in the summer months, this would not look out of place in any of Hong Kongs hip, young bars!!

Adele and Syd continue our Vintage theme

Adele is wearing a classic 1970’s sportswear dress in one of this season’s hottest colour, orange. The look is completed and updated for 2012 with a current shoulder bag. This outfit has been provided by VINTAGE HONG KONG, located in SOHO, Central.

Syd compliments Adele with a blouson sports jackets and original sports bag. Both are from Bang Bang 70’s which is located in SOHO Central. This store is a treasure trove of men’s and women’s clothes and accessories from the 70’s.

Vintage HK is G/F 57-59 Hollywood Road, Central, HK

Bang Bang 70s is 1/F No.16A Aberdeen St, Central, HK

3 days to go …

The final week before the fundraiser and it is a bit frantic!

Up for grabs on the night are these fabulous prizes in the raffle

12 bottles of Barefoot Bubbly

Sunday Brunch for 4 at Olea restaurant Novotel Tung Chung

2 dining vouchers from Linguini Fini

2 dining vouchers from Koh Tomyums

A mouthwatering giftbasket from ilBelPaese

A signature Spa treatment from the fabulous Emmanual F

Greenproofing voucher from Baby Bloom

A pamper basket of organic Miessence body care & makeup

Luxury His’n’Hers robes from Sleep Naked

A private yoga session from Discover Yoga Therapy

Your own personal chef delivering you meals with HK Personal Chef

A TeRa back pack

A gift basket of organic goodies from Fusion

Beautiful Bedrunners and stone oil burners from the inspiring Burnt Oringe range

A goodie bag from The White Lotus Centre

A haircut from the very talented Fiona

A case of mixed Australian wine from Down South Wines

And up for grabs in the silent auction are these fab goodies

A night in the Teepees for 14 people at Palm Beach, Cheung Sha

A pleasure junk for the day from Santa Fe Relocations for 27 people

Sideways Driving Simulator Racing for an hour with 12 people

1 night’s accommodation and dinner for 2 at the Tung Chung Novotel

2 stunning photographic prints on canvas from China82

A dental whitening package from Bayside Dental

A pampering Rouge Experience

Get Fit & Tone Up with 10 sessions of Bootcamp run by Elliot Stewart

3 lots of delicious organic veggies home delivered weekly for a month by Homegrown Foods

Try out your pilot skills on a flight simulator

And our major prize of

1 weeks luxury accomodation at The Village, Coconut Island Resort is very kindly donated by Absolute Resorts

and the Trashion dresscode is proudly sponsored by Envirosax

A massive, massive THANKYOU to the very generous sponsors!

How can you help?

I have been asked by quite a few people what can they do to help.

If you are in a position to donate or know of anyone (or a company) that has prizes that might be appropriate for the fundraiser that would be great.  You can leave a message here or contact me on tlread  @

If you would like to help out on the fundraiser night on the 21st that would also be very much appreciated.  I am needing some stage hands to help run the fashion show as well as help out with the raffle and auction.

As for donating cash, that gets tricky.  The online charity systems and PayPal do not support payments for an event like this.  It is different because I had to pay for all the costs up front to the non-profit organisation (Algalita) and normally all payments through donating sites are sent directly to the charity not the fundraiser.

If you want to get together and have a bake sale or other creative event that would be fab!  The more awareness that is raised about this plastic pollution problem the better!

Otherwise, the easiest thing to do is come along to the fundraiser with all your friends 🙂

Thank you!

Fundraiser sponsors

The biggest thank you to all the sponsors & supporters.  Your generosity is most definitely appreciated.

JP Media for the fabulous PR support and help in so many ways.

DB Living Magazine

Around DB

The Official Photographers – Baljit & Radhika Gidwani  available for hire for parties and events


Raffle & Auction Prize donations so far …

Novotel Tung Chung  20% discount on photographic prints whe you visit their showroom

The Catwalk Stars

Lulu Hong Kong

Bang Bang 70’s Vintage Store

Vintage HK


Trashion is proudly sponsored by Envirosax