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Urban Spring is committed to offering innovative and sustainable solutions to reduce single-use plastic waste in Hong Kong.

Our first move is to enhance the convenience to refill water across Hong Kong. We offer safe drinking water through well-designed and well-maintained water dispensers all over the City. We believe that disposable plastic bottles can be drastically reduced if there is a safe, viable, convenient and cool alternative.

We have been collaborating with local communities to educate the public about the scale of our plastic waste issue and to re-define the way we consume drinking water outside of our homes.

“We need to be smarter how we obtain drinking water.”

Some of this water has travelled half way around the world to reach us! The logistics is unnecessary as we have plenty of water resources, and we are creating much more plastic waste than our recycling facilities and landfills can handle. The tremendous amount of plastic waste not only causes severe pollution, it impacts marine life and human health. We have to re-think the way to obtain and consume drinking water outside our homes.

“Let’s make refilling and drinking water fun and engaging!”

We innovate the design of water dispenser.

We don’t believe in over the top solution. We believe the most refreshing way is to enjoy water the way it is. However, the refilling experience needs to be cool and fun, we want you to experience an “Aha” moment.

Ada

“The future is now.
#REDUCE is the new attitude.”

“Few years ago, I was still buying one or two bottled tea per week during summer. I got to understand more about the impact of plastic waste and our recycling system and have now taken a pledge not to consume any single-use plastic bottle, straw and coffee caps. Give it a try, it is not as hard as you think! My role in Urban Spring is to oversee it’s strategic development. I am having tons of fun leading a creative team to drive the product launch in 2017. The plastic issue has really got into my blood and none of my friends can get away feeling guilty whenever they reach for that single-use plastic bottle after my pledge!”.

Felix

“My dream? Fresh water. Waste free.”

“At Urban Spring, I help out with product development and production, along with running little tests here and there with the team to figure out what we are doing. Have I learnt much? Heck yes – there is a super HEAVY price to pay for abuse of plastics, NEVER take fresh clean water for granted, convenience is not the ONLY dominating doctrine for any fast-paced city lives and peer pressure can be brutal in a good way (always bring your coffee mug)! To peace out, I enjoy soccer, a glass of wine and hang out with like-minded friends for no reasons.”

Helen

“If you change yourself you will change your world. Just imagine if I can change 10 friends’ habit and they pass it on to another 10 friends, we can move the world.”

“I joined Urban Spring in September 2015 and I continuously feel very motivated everyday when meeting like-minded people. I oversees the marketing and communications of the organization to bring this cool living style to hong kong people. It is exciting yet challenging, but who loves challenges, Helen!! Prior to become part of the Urban Spring team, I gained solid experiences in multiple 4As advertising agencies and NGO Habitat for Humanity which granted me lots of insights from both commerical and non commercial fields. What’s better than working in a social innovation that can have a good mix of the two worlds?!”

Steven

“We deserve to live our lives to the most, we also have to be responsible for our own actions. Plastic bottle is not evil when it first being created, it is the abuse of plastic in our lives that makes our earth sick. ”

“I joined Urban Spring in September 2015 and I am very happy to work on the the right thing with the right team. My work focuses on product development and business and operation planning to provide an alternative solution to single use plastic bottle. I worked in various commercial industries such as building services, telecommunication and consumer product trading and manufacturing, which opened my eyes and sharpened my skills. I also gained valuable experience in a successful social enterprise SCHSA, where I established my commitment to social enterprise.”

Katon

“One word to describe myself? *smiles* I am an Adventurer.”

“Prior to working at Urban Spring I spent around a year in South Sudan as one of United Nations’ Welfare Officers. The 13 months I volunteered there was strenuous, but working along with the natives and overseeing the lives of African citizens have brought me valuable insights into poverty, which eventually sparked a flame where I hope I can contribute to a social enterprise in the place where I grew up, here in Hong Kong. Even in South Sudan, I see people purchasing packages of bottled water every day. At Urban Spring I work in the Operations aspect of things – I believe with a great team like us, we will be able to play a part in building a more sustainable Hong Kong.”

Gareth

“Let’s get back to basics…the good old days”

We all have an eco-friendly childhood, don’t we? Remember the time when we bring our own water bottle and refill it at school? However most of us have consumed lots of plastic bottled drinks ever since we can afford them-this is exactly me before I realised how serious the issue is. Prior to working at Urban Spring I was educated in Australia, what really impressed me is that public water fountains​ are​ at our fingertips-why can’t we do so in Hong Kong?

I always ​find that changing ​other people’s​ habit gives me sense of accomplishment, ​though​ challenging​. F​ree Hong Kong ​of ​P​lastic ​B​ottles wouldn’t be make believe ​because ​our Urban Spring team ​is ​very dedicated in achieving it.

Enkar

“Simply bring & refill your bottles and you can save our environment! Starting from YOU! Starting from TODAY!”

“I am so excited to join this energetic and creative team ​in seek​ing​ real solutions to free Hong Kong of disposable plastic bottles. I’ve ​worked in NGO and ​government.​ It is very hard and takes a long time to change the status quo and policy​. ​ ​However nothing stops us from changing our drinking water habit! We used to drink water from our bottles when we were little. Why change that? Start ​to ​bring your own bottles and SAY NO TO ​DISPOSABLE ​PLASTIC!”

Katherine

“Bottled water is the new smoking.”

“The must-have items in my backpack include a water bottle, a collapsible food container with spork, and a collapsible cup for coffee. At the end of the day, I feel great being able to enjoy life without creating additional waste.  Living a green life doesn’t require a lot work, you can easily green up your life with simple, painless ways to help out the environment.  Ditch bottled water today to keep Mother Earth and your wallet green!”

Our Board of Directors is a group of passionate and determined problem-solvers who want to make a difference! With their excellent leadership and profound industry experience, the Board values a strong collaborative culture of innovation and dedication. Our Board currently consists of 6 Directors, and they are Dr. Anthony Ng, Mr. But Ho Ming, Mr. Edmundo Klophaus, Mr. Stephen Wong, Ms. Jolene Lin and Miss Ada Yip.

Ada Yip

Executive Director, Urban Spring

Anthony Ng

Trustee, WYNG Foundation

But Ho Ming

Advisor, Trailwatch

Edmundo Klophaus

Vice President Marketing and Communications ThyssenKrupp Elevators Asia Pacific

Jolene Lin

Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong

Stephen Wong

Adjunct Lecturer, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Anthony Ng was born in Hong Kong, where he received his primary and secondary education. He left to study abroad in 1966. He received his BSc degree from McGill University and his MD and MPH degrees from Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. He then received his surgery training in the United States, New Zealand and England. He joined the University Surgical Unit of Hong Kong University Medical School in 1979. He started his private practice group in 1986. He was honorary secretary for the Hong Kong Medical Association from 1988 to 1992. He has retired from active practice since 2012. Since returning to Hong Kong, he has taken an interest in community affairs. He was chairman of the Hong Kong Observers, a Hong Kong pressure group in 1985 and served as an elected District Councilor for Sheung Wan from 1985 to 1994. He was also a member of the Consumer Council from 1990 to 1995. He continues to maintain an interest in the constitutional and environmental affairs of Hong Kong.

But Ho Ming, a sunday hiker since 2003, was formerly a Senior Executive in Engineering Consulting, Telecommunications, and a Lecturer in the HK Polytechnic University.

As Investor, Trustee and/or Director in the following business ventures and non-profit voluntary agencies, Mr. But Ho Ming currently takes up responsibilities in their management and operations: Robot Sapience Limited (Supplier of Educational Platform in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence at High School and Junior College Level); Computancy Limited (Software Developer for New Media and Social Networks); Hamilton Concord Consulting (HK) Limited (General Business Consulting); Wellstar Electronics Limited (Supplier for Façade Lighting & LED Panels/Curtains); Produce Green Foundation (Charity Institute promoting Organic Farming & Sustainable Development); Creative Technology Education Association (Voluntary Association in the Education Sector, promoting the creative use of information systems, artificial intelligence and robotics); WYNG Foundation (Private Foundation & Registered Charity Body, support Information Exchange & Knowledge Dissemination).

But Ho Ming was a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics & Political Science, and a British Council Scholar.

Edmundo serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications in ThyssenKrupp Group, one of the most renowned companies in elavator technology. Prior to joining ThyssenKrupp, Edmundo worked 22 years with Philips Lighting in Sales & Marketing, selling Energy Saving Lighting solutions to Commercial and Industrial Buildings, Public Lighting, Hospitality and Homes across Europe and Asia as well as implementing the “Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment “ (WEEE) legislation in Europe and the first legal ban ever of incandescent light bulbs in Australia. Since 2006, Edmundo is working on Energy Efficiency and Carbon Markets, specialized in setting up and executing large national projects with Energy Saving Lighting products with objective of bringing energy savings and carbon dioxide emissions reductions to households in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Stephen Wong is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University SPACE for the Institute for China Business, and also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the Master of Social Science in Global Political Economy. He is a renounced economic columnist for Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly, i-Money Magazine, Ming Pao, Hong Kong Economic Times, Apple Daily, and the China Securities Journal. He is a regular guest co-host for financial programs in NOW and Cable TV. He has published two best-selling finance books in Hong Kong and in Mainland China. He is the Vice Chairman of the Enrich Culture Group.

Stephen Wong is active in community services. He is the Chairman of the Clean Air Network (the leading NGO advocating for healthier air in Hong Kong), a committee member of the Financial Services Development Council and the Sustainable Development Council of the HKSAR, a member of the Budget and Allocation Committee as well as the Investment Committee at the Community Chest of Hong Kong, a member of the Sustainable Development Committee at the Sowers Action, a Board Member of the Social Ventures Hong Kong (a social philanthropic fund), and the Joint Convener of Finance Committee of the Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association.

Stephen Wong was a Managing Director and member of the Fixed Income Management Committee (Asia Pacific) at RBS. Previously, he was with UBS (London) as an Executive Director and Lehman Brothers (from 1997-2004 in London and New York) as a Director. He was also an advisor to the Chief Executive of Haitong International Securities Group

He graduated from Yale University (M.A.) and received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago

Ada serves as an Executive Director at Urban Spring. She is also a director of Wyng 43 Social Investment which invests financial and human capital in innovative misson-focused start-ups. Prior to these ventures, Ada was the Program Director of the i2i (incubation to investment) program at SOW Asia. Ada sits on the board of Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts, Teach4HK and Education For Good. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee at the Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme under the Home Affairs Department of the Hong Kong Government. Ada was born and brought up in Hong Kong. Ada has been fully dedicated to supporting the social entrepreneurship development in Hong Kong since 2013. Prior to embarking on this journey, She worked at a number of financial institutions in Toronto, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Jolene’s research interests lie in environmental law and policy, transnational law and climate change. Her most recent research focuses on climate change law as a matter of transnational and domestic law. She teaches International Environmental Law and Tort Law.

Jolene is a member of the editorial boards of Climate Law (Brill Publishing) and Transnational Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press). She is an associate member of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and a member of the advisory board for the University of Strathclyde’s LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy. Jolene has been a Visiting Professor at the law faculties of University of British Columbia and National University of Singapore.

Jolene also serves on the Hong Kong Appeal Tribunal Panel (Buildings Ordinance) and the Hong Kong Appeal Board Panel (Town Planning).

Ada serves as an Executive Director at Urban Spring. Ada is also a director of Wyng 43 Social Investment which invests financial and human capital in innovative misson-focused start-ups. Prior to these ventures, Ada was the Program Director of the i2i (incubation to investment) program at SOW Asia. Ada sits on the board of Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts, Teach4HK and Education For Good. Ada is also a member of the Advisory Committee at the Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme under the Home Affairs Department of the Hong Kong Government. Ada was born and brought up in Hong Kong. She has been fully dedicated to supporting the social entrepreneurship development in Hong Kong since 2013. Prior to embarking on this journey, Ada worked at a number of financial institutions in Toronto, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Dr Anthony Ng was born in Hong Kong, where he received his primary and secondary education. He left to study abroad in 1966. He received his BSc degree from McGill University and his MD and MPH degrees from Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. He then received his surgery training in the United States, New Zealand and England. He joined the University Surgical Unit of Hong Kong University Medical School in 1979. He started his private practice group in 1986. He was honorary secretary for the Hong Kong Medical Association from 1988 to 1992. He has retired from active practice since 2012. Since returning to Hong Kong, he has taken an interest in community affairs. He was chairman of the Hong Kong Observers, a Hong Kong pressure group in 1985 and served as an elected District Councilor for Sheung Wan from 1985 to 1994. He was also a member of the Consumer Council from 1990 to 1995. He continues to maintain an interest in the constitutional and environmental affairs of Hong Kong.

But Ho Ming, a sunday hiker since 2003, was formerly a Senior Executive in Engineering Consulting, Telecommunications, and a Lecturer in the HK Polytechnic University.

As Investor, Trustee and/or Director in the following business ventures and non-profit voluntary agencies, Mr. But Ho Ming currently takes up responsibilities in their management and operations: Robot Sapience Limited (Supplier of Educational Platform in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence at High School and Junior College Level); Computancy Limited (Software Developer for New Media and Social Networks); Hamilton Concord Consulting (HK) Limited (General Business Consulting); Wellstar Electronics Limited (Supplier for Façade Lighting & LED Panels/Curtains); Produce Green Foundation (Charity Institute promoting Organic Farming & Sustainable Development); Creative Technology Education Association (Voluntary Association in the Education Sector, promoting the creative use of information systems, artificial intelligence and robotics); WYNG Foundation (Private Foundation & Registered Charity Body, support Information Exchange & Knowledge Dissemination).

But Ho Ming was a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics & Political Science, and a British Council Scholar.

Edmundo serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications in ThyssenKrupp Group, one of the most renowned companies in elavator technology. Prior to joining ThyssenKrupp, Edmundo worked 22 years with Philips Lighting in Sales & Marketing, selling Energy Saving Lighting solutions to Commercial and Industrial Buildings, Public Lighting, Hospitality and Homes across Europe and Asia as well as implementing the “Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment “ (WEEE) legislation in Europe and the first legal ban ever of incandescent light bulbs in Australia. Since 2006, Edmundo is working on Energy Efficiency and Carbon Markets, specialized in setting up and executing large national projects with Energy Saving Lighting products with objective of bringing energy savings and carbon dioxide emissions reductions to households in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Stephen Wong is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University SPACE for the Institute for China Business, and also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the Master of Social Science in Global Political Economy. He is a renounced economic columnist for Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly, i-Money Magazine, Ming Pao, Hong Kong Economic Times, Apple Daily, and the China Securities Journal. He is a regular guest co-host for financial programs in NOW and Cable TV. He has published two best-selling finance books in Hong Kong and in Mainland China. He is the Vice Chairman of the Enrich Culture Group.

Stephen Wong is active in community services. He is the Chairman of the Clean Air Network (the leading NGO advocating for healthier air in Hong Kong), a committee member of the Financial Services Development Council and the Sustainable Development Council of the HKSAR, a member of the Budget and Allocation Committee as well as the Investment Committee at the Community Chest of Hong Kong, a member of the Sustainable Development Committee at the Sowers Action, a Board Member of the Social Ventures Hong Kong (a social philanthropic fund), and the Joint Convener of Finance Committee of the Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association.

Stephen Wong was a Managing Director and member of the Fixed Income Management Committee (Asia Pacific) at RBS. Previously, he was with UBS (London) as an Executive Director and Lehman Brothers (from 1997-2004 in London and New York) as a Director. He was also an advisor to the Chief Executive of Haitong International Securities Group

He graduated from Yale University (M.A.) and received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago

Jolene’s research interests lie in environmental law and policy, transnational law and climate change. Her most recent research focuses on climate change law as a matter of transnational and domestic law. She teaches International Environmental Law and Tort Law.

Jolene is a member of the editorial boards of Climate Law (Brill Publishing) and Transnational Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press). She is an associate member of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and a member of the advisory board for the University of Strathclyde’s LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy. Jolene has been a Visiting Professor at the law faculties of University of British Columbia and National University of Singapore.

Jolene also serves on the Hong Kong Appeal Tribunal Panel (Buildings Ordinance) and the Hong Kong Appeal Board Panel (Town Planning).

Our mission is to revive our city with a sustainable and refreshing water experience.  We believe the current mainstream way of consuming water is either not sustainable or simply not refreshing enough!

Hong Kong on average consumes 1.5 million plastic bottled water every day. And some of these water travel half way around the world to reach us! Hong Kong recycling facility, and even sadly landfill, cannot handle this amount of plastic waste. Our city needs a more realistic solution to water. We need to drink water smarter.

We believe the most refreshing way is to enjoy water the way it is.  We don’t believe in over the top solution.  At the same time, we want to make it fun and engaging.  It is the trendy way of consuming water.

We have a holistic approach and one of our solutions is to provide a new water experience for the Hong Kong people through a smart, safe and affordable water station.

We believe in education.  We believe in advocacy.  And we believe in solution at the source.  Therefore, we take the lead and provide a new way of delivering water to our city.  At the same time, we always look for opportunity to partner with people and organisations with similar mind-set.

We use industrial-grade water filtration system.  On top of that, we have real-time monitoring system installed on our water stations to ensure that they are operating as intended.

Hong Kong water is safe.  The Water Supplies Department standard is in compliance with the WHO standard.  Obviously we need to consider the entire water delivery system.  Therefore, when we install our water stations, we perform inspection on the location’s piping and water storage systems.  We also have a maintenance program that performs regular water testing as required.

As we have explained above, the issue is with the specific water storage and piping within a particular facility.  This is not about Hong Kong water quality overall.  With our lead-removal filtration system, onsite inspection, regular water testing, real-time monitoring system, these should provide great assurance for our users to enjoy the water.

Filtration is a well-proven technology at a reasonable price level.  We are not re-creating water.  We should let water be water!  This is truly the sustainable and refreshing way!