A daub of the summer's aroma

Think of a summer bouquet bursting with juicy fruits and flowers ... Then imagine it all crushed up into a portable potion.

Tuesday, 3 July, 2012, 12:00am

China playing catch-up on electric vehicles

China will move faster to develop its clean-energy vehicle industry to regain ground lost to the United States and tackle the pressing issue of rising fuel consumption at home, the State Council says.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Thousands of tonnes of illicit oil seized

Police seized more than 3,000 tonnes of illegally manufactured cooking oil last month in raids on 13 underground workshops and licensed factories on the mainland.

More than 100 suspects involved in the national production and distribution network were arrested.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Capacity glut, oil prices hit shipper

China Shipping Development, one of the mainland's largest oil and commodities shipping groups, said a capacity glut and high oil prices will continue to cast a pall over the shipping industry in 2012.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Consider recycling fats

We all know that cooking with too much oil and grease is not good for our bodies, but we may not realise that improper disposal of fats is also bad for the environment.

Instead of tossing oil down the drain or in the rubbish bin, which can cause damage to the sewage system and harm wildlife, you might consider recycling waste oil.

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Ban to curb 'gutter oil' operators

Shanghai has ordered restaurants to sell used cooking oil only to 'regulated teams' in a bid to stamp out 'gutter oil' - reprocessed oil linked to health risks.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Bid to create standards for waste cooking oil

The central government has launched a national research project to create safety standards to identify 'gutter oil' or waste cooking oil.

The authorities have completed a draft plan to unify food-safety laboratories' technical methods and evaluation benchmarks when dealing with samples believed to contain such oil.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Waste oil conversion prevents smooth ride for biodiesel plans

Waste cooking oil, or 'gutter oil', is commonly used in Hong Kong restaurants and fast food chains. And there is a huge demand for it.

It is often collected from restaurants, reprocessed again into cooking oil and resold on the mainland and in Hong Kong.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

32 detained in raids on kitchen oil network

Police have detained 32 people for reprocessing and selling tonnes of used cooking oil, the Ministry of Public Security said yesterday, in the latest food scandal to hit the mainland.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Dip into some luxury at home

1 Ecoya Candles HK$420, available at Lane Crawford

Made from natural plant wax obtained from sustainable sources and 100 per cent cotton wax, these Australian-made candles come in sumptuous scents including lotus flower, French pear, and frangipani.

2 Timeless Repair Cream by Pevonia HK$2,280/30ml

7 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Oil on Water

Oil on Water by Paul French and Sam Chambers Zed Books, HK$206

8 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

The true cost of oil

The oil spill that has spread across the Gulf of Mexico is one of the worst environmental disasters in US history. It has ruined fishing and tourism in the area, putting thousands of people out of work.

What about oil spills in poor countries that don't have the kind of global importance and reach that the US has?

20 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Power room

L'Occitane's Shea Butter Fabulous Serum (first right, HK$360/30ml) uses naturally derived hyaluronic acid for plumping, a complex of grains and nuts to stimulate cell renewal, and shea butter to help restore the skin's barrier function for better protection. From all L'Occitane stores, including IFC Mall, Central, and Pacific Place, Admiralty.

19 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Brand story: Ila

What is it?

Ila, a new organic face and body care brand created by a British woman but with ingredients sourced from sustainable farming practices around the world. Founder Denise Leicester says Ila is the Sanskrit word for earth, and the name of the Hindu goddess associated with well-being.

What's their philosophy?

23 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Brand story: Primavera

What is it?

Primavera, an organic skincare and lifestyle brand new to Hong Kong, founded by Ute Leube and Kurt Nubling nearly 20 years ago in the southern German Alps.

What's their philosophy?

19 May 2009 - 12:00am