Organic joy: small is beautiful

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 March, 2009, 12:00am

Ophelia Chan Ka-lai would like to tell you about new organics. They are the ones that are grown in a small-is-beautiful way, as opposed to the ones flown or shipped in by big corporations that, because of the time spent in transit, can lose some of their goodness along the way.

Chan is the founder of Herbal Bliss and has been involved in organic products and health and beauty in the city for more than 10 years.

'Joyful organic living is not to bring ourselves into a pure and toxic-free edgy lifestyle, or to self-protect through green consumerism. Instead, organic living is to revive a harmonious relationship with our own selves, the universe and nature, and from there, to know what 'life' is,' Chan said. 'I wish to differentiate between the kind of refined, small-is-beautiful organic products versus the industrial corporate organic, which often is not that good for our health or the environment.'

Chan favours small farmers, or family groups, rather than larger corporate traders, who she says often have processed organic goods that contain additives and are flown around the globe.

Chan, a holistic health and beauty consultant and author, will give two seminars in English called 'Get Beyond Organic' on March 27 from 10.30am to noon, and on March 31 from 7pm to 8.30pm at Herbal Bliss, Unit 11A, 128 Wellington Street, Central. The cost is HK$150, with all proceeds going to Greenpeace. Call 2676 2885.