This year marks the fifth year of our annual Green Sevens campaign, continuing our mission to reduce the environmental impact of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. Through an augmented set of initiatives, we hope to inspire improved environmental stewardship for Hong Kong’s major events, backed by the slogan ‘Tackling Waste!’

We have been working alongside the HKSAR Government (represented by ENB, EPD & LCSD), alongside our co-title sponsors Cathay Pacific and Hsbc, as well as our official beer supplier Carlsberg, Swire Coca-Cola and Holiday Inn Golden Mile to make this happen, and we’re delighted with the progress so far.

This year, the ‘faces’ of the 2018 Green Sevens campaign are our two Green Ambassadors, Hong Kong rugby internationals James Cunningham and Jamie Tsang. They’ll be supported in their duties by a ‘Green Team’ of environmental studies students and our famed ‘Big Waster’ mascot.

So, what exactly are we doing to combat food and beverage wastage at the Sevens?

  1. The $10 re-use incentive for refilling jugs

Beer is reportedly a major feature of the Sevens weekend for some attending fans, in fact, more than 400,000 pints are expected to be consumed over the weekend. Consequently, we are encouraging the public to re-use plastic jugs, entitling spectators to a HK$10 discount on beverage orders, and ensuring they deposit plastic cups in the many designated recycling zones and bins inside the Stadium.

  1. The last straw…

This year, as a rule all food and beverage vendors have agreed that straws will no longer automatically be given with purchases. If a straw is requested, it will be a paper one, provided by The Last Straw, a local non-profit working to eliminate the use of plastic straws.

  1. Food recovery and donation

Last year’s food recovered and donation efforts saw 386kg of edible food from caterers donated to Food Angel, generating around a thousand meals for distribution to Hongkongers having difficulty securing adequate food. This year we’re working with the same organisation to ensure that no leftover food is wasted.

  1. It’s all about ‘upcycling’

Alongside out recycling efforts, we’re hoping to demonstrate the value of ‘upcycling’. All medals presented to the mini and youth showcase participants over the weekend will be made from recovered materials by St James’ Settlement in Wan Chai.