Sustainability has become more and more important in society now with ever changing climates, and overcrowded cities. This has lead a big increase of sustainable programs and social enterprises over the past decade.
Sustainability is seen to be the answer to the depletion of natural resources due to the increase in demand caused by more overpopulation. Sustainability can be what helps change the world and make high demand and overcrowded cities into self-sustaining locations. Although Sustainability has been around for a while now. It is beginning to pick up more and more momentum and more and more governments and large businesses.
Hong Kong is one of the most populated cities in the world with skyscrapers covering most of the streets with open space becoming more and more harder to find. More and more methods are being tried to find a sustainable food source in the future. Thus resulting in communities growing novel food sources like vegetable, fruits and even insects in their apartment and rooftop. With technology being so rich and accessible, more and more designers and pioneers are opting to explore the opportunity to have a sustainable food source in their homes and changing the diets of the many. With more and more tenants looking to opt for locally grown sustainable produce, businesses are starting to rise making sustainability and social enterprises an attractive business venture with over 574 Social enterprises currently operating Hong Kong.
There is still a lot to be done. This is because of the lack of availability and high price of produce grown using sustainable methods compared to produce grown using old methods. Actions are being taken to address this issue however with some leaders and industry experts addressing the issue at the EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum held at the end of October 2017. EAT is a organisation that looks to seek out solutions to solve the outdating food production methods that will soon become obsolete due to the continuous rise in demand in overpopulated cities. EAT brings together many users from different industries to count on their field of expertise to help collaborate to find a new revolutionary solution.
It’s not just the food industry that is revolutionizing businesses in Hong Kong. The fashion industry is also looking to and exploring sustainability using unused recycled clothes to help create new lines and trends like shoes wallets and watches. Social enterprise fashion industry is also starting to rise with more young innovators starting platforms to allow users to swap, buy & sell second-hand clothes.
With the climate constantly changing it is important to support social enterprises when the opportunity arises to keep businesses who care about sustainability in businesses. With more support not just from the community around but the government as well, Social enterprises and sustainability will be the solution to keeping our world moving.