Influencing changes from the ground up.
Updated: Apr 5, 2020
Since its inception in 2006, HeroesToo has been active with environmental education in schools and universities.
Working with final year students on converting individual plastic usage to a measurable common denominator - Carbon Footprint. Kristie Kwok, Tang Wai Fuk, Lee Ching Lam and Yu Tze Wai
HeroesToo EcoDesign Competitions
In 2010 HeroesToo, in collaboration with our social enterprise partner, SolutionsToo Ltd., launched a series of Sustainable Design Competitions (SDC). The aim of the competitions was to encourage talented artists to incorporate sustainability into their designs as well as spreading this message to the community.
Sustainable Design Competition - Bus Shelter
This competition involved students artistically sparring one another to create a design to feature on bus shelters around Hong Kong. The competition inspired participation from numerous people from a wide array of schools, companies and institutes.
Faculty members at the Hong Kong Design Institute made our challenge a compulsory assignment for its students. Kowloon Motor Bus Commission collaborated and used the winning designs on their bus shelters. This eventually led to local media outlets TVB Pearl, Roadshow and SCMP covering the event on-air.
Bus shelters are integral to Hong Kong’s intricate transportation system and are impossible to miss. Therefore, we chose bus shelters as the object of the sustainable design competition and to incorporate (without compromising on style) a design to both serve as an urban landscape icon and a billboard for environmental issues.
The bus shelter SDC attracted close to one hundred entries, including from students of several major academic institutions and design students from universities. We were pleasantly surprised to discover at some universities our bus shelter SDC had become part of the design syllabus. The competition also gained major support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club and Kowloon Motor Bus Company who even dedicated a couple of their shelters to the winning designs.
We held workshops during the competition which allowed students to receive a first-hand look at how architects designed prototypes for companies with the theme, of course, being sustainability.
The twelve finalist chosen constructed models to represent their idea and these were presented to the judging panel at our closing ceremony. The models were exhibited in Central Oasis where the public could view and gain an understanding of the concept behind the finalist’s work. Team TPA from Chu Hai College of Higher Education was announced champion.
Sustainable Design Competition - Rain Jacket
HeroesToo launched The Sustainable Design Competition in 2010 to promote sustainable living through eco-friendly lifestyle products.
The aim of the series’ first challenge was to find talented Hong Kong designers with ambitions and aspirations to be at the forefront of the ever-changing fashion industry with a range of sustainable fashion designs through development of low carbon clothing.
The competition was open to all local tertiary students who were asked to submit individual or team designs of a portable rain jacket using recycled materials. Nine finalists emerged from over 60 submissions. Materials were provided for the finalists to spark their creativity and they were invited to a workshop where industry professionals shared their expertise on different facets of sustainable fashion ranging from fabrics to entrepreneurship.
The finalists’ designs were showcased at a grand finale on 1st June before renowned designers in a judging panel including Walter Ma. Kerry Chong Chui Yi from Hong Kong Polytechnic University was declared the winner. In addition to having her design produced for retail, Kerry also won a cash prize of $10,000. Derek Chan Chun Kit and Tristan Yeung Man Fung placed first and second runners-up respectively, whilst the People’s Choice Award went to Natalie Wong S.T. Sadik.
We believe fashion is, and will continue to be, an integral part of our young people’s lives. By raising awareness of the need for sustainable clothing, not only can we encourage youngsters to become more conscientious consumers but also make a push for environmentally responsible production. The Sustainable Design Competition Series propeled this concept across other aspects of our lifestyles, making it a competition with realistic outcomes.
HeroesToo Reforestation Programmes
The HeroesToo Reforestation and Forest Protection Programme was initiated on 27th July 2010 in collaboration with the Guangdong Academy of Forestry in Lashi Village.
DO DAY - 18 October 2018
In partnership with the DO School, global Plastic Pollution Coalition and St. James Settlement, HeroesToo had a unique opportunity on International DO Day to encourage the community of entrepreneurs, eco-preneurs, environmentalists, social innovators, green techies, eco-warriors and responsible citizens in Hong Kong to come together and to Do Good by working on reducing plastic waste through a purposely crafted Action Plan workshop and create a solution. The workshop was conducted by trained facilitator Thomas Tang of Do School.
SCHOOL BOTTLE WRAP COMPETITION 2019
Student winners of the HeroesToo School Bottle Wrap Design Competition were presented with their prizes and the beautiful eco-friendly stainless steel drinking bottles with their winning design on them.
HEROES TOO ACTION DAY
Our HeroesToo Action Day Festival held at Kwun Tong Promenade, Kowloon East, on Saturday, 18 May 2019 offered a wide array of family attractions including health and eco-conscious activities for all. Eco-art workshops, face painting, healthy cookies baking workshop, cycling, educational game booths and a forum by our younger generation to stimulate action for climate change in Hong Kong! Hong Kong’s favourite egg waffles were given away to those taking eco-action and we broke the Guiness Book of Records for the most waffles made in an hour!
ACTION DAY STUDENT ECO FORUM
Directed by HeroesToo’s Eleanor Sackett and facilitated by Cynthia Chow, Director and Founder of HK Eco Film Festival, our younger generation on stage shared their views and discussed ideas to stimulate action for climate change in Hong Kong. Panelists included student leaders of Climate Strike Action Hong Kong, final year student rep from HKUST Environmental Studies, Desiree Ho choreographer and HK Arts Development Council's Cultural Bursary awardee, Yasmin Hingun, YAF Dancer and Writer and Philippe LI, Director of Hong Kong Re-cycles.