Gabriel Yeung - Founder of HarmlessHK (Season 2, Episode 3)

Welcome to the podcast, where I sit down with someone related to Hong Kong and share their relationship with the city, with you. In this episode I sit down with the founder of HarmlessHK, a small company that is making and selling a straw that is entirely made of paper. Now I know what you’re thinking, a paper straw is probably going to collapse after the first sip. Well Gabriel rated his straw as having a 2 hour ability to satisfy your consumption of liquids and I put that to the test without his knowledge. There is a youtube video I made in the show notes showing the outcome of that test. Spoilers, it passed.

Together we discuss why his straw is necessary when there are movements underway to remove ourselves from our use of single use items, his motivations for starting his company and how does Gabriel though his company hope to contribute towards helping the environment.

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Jeff Rotmeyer (Founder of ImpactHK)

In this episode I sit down with Jeff Rotmeyer, the founder and director of ImpactHK, a charity he created that iams to help the homeless of Hong Kong. Jeff’s charity is a no-nonsense approach where people aren’t pressured to come to the aid of the services he provides. It begins with a simple act of kindness by giving something to a homeless person on the street and any future engagement is undertaken by the person who feels they are in need. The hope is, a simple kind act will create trust and then enable those in need, to seek out further assistance on their own volition. 

Together we sit down and touch on the many topics surrounding homelessness in Hong Kong. Hopw Impact HK started, their philosophy, how many are homeless in HK and the media narratives surrounding homeless people.

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