When I think of Bali I think abundance. It's lush green landscape, active volcanoes, rocky coastlines, extensive beaches and a culture to match its pseudonym, Island of the Gods. Bali definitely has a lot to offer, but what many people do not know is the progressive leap the island has taken in the natural and plastic free product sector. With limited waste disposal options and an ever growing plastic pollution problem many small businesses have used their ingenuity and the islands abundance to develop alternatives from natural plant derived materials. Nearly all products are made by hand in small batches, and the message is clear, plastic free packaging from cradle to gate.
The sheer number of quality, eco-conscious, handmade products has completely taken off in recent years; from reusable straws, wax food wrappers and non-toxic kitchen sponges to bamboo makeup remover pads and all types of natural soaps, scrubs and lotions. See our Box Inspiration
page for brands and products we love. Bali makes living a natural and plastic free life feel so easy, plus their products are beautifully crafted making your space look great too.
The Bali Box grew from a desire to support the eco-entreprenuers of Bali and introduce their products to Hong Kong. We currently offer a quarterly subscription delivered to your door, which includes six to eight bath, beauty and kitchen essentials and one small home decor or accessory (think soy wax candles, small seagrass baskets and naturally woven pillow cases). We are now also offering a few in-stock theme boxes, which are great as starter kits, refills or gift boxes for friends and family. Are core ethos are as follows:
- We guarantee that all products are carefully sourced from local artisans and small businesses in Bali and are chosen for their environmental and social responsibility and positive business reputation.
- We ensure that materials are naturally derived, made by hand and are plastic free with the exception of some caps on natural bug sprays and face serums/oils.
- Working conditions, fair pay and overall staff wellbeing are important to us. We are slowly meeting and forming relationships with the many amazing business owners and their staff in Bali.
The Bali Box only delivers to Hong Kong, and since there is no way around shipping, emissions generated are offset using MyClimate.org
, one of the best carbon offsetting organisations in the world.
Dr. Tara Alderson, Founder
Environmental awareness and sustainability entered my life in 2005 when I started a bachelors degree in Environmental Studies at The University of Manitoba, Canada. I completed my studies in the winter of 2008 and moved to Hong Kong to be with my now husband, and to be honest, it was a tough market to enter at that time. I floated around interning at a few social enterprises and attended as many "green" events as I could, so I was ecstatic when I landed a job at Ove Arup & Partners in their Environmental Consulting team. It was a perfect entry level position for someone with my degree and I worked on huge Environmental Impact Assessments for housing developments, roads and MTR stations. It was an amazing experience and I value my time at Arup significantly.
With the need for something more progressive in the sustainability field I wrote a proposal to the Kadoorie Institute of The University of Hong Kong on sustainable food systems with a focus on Hong Kong and China. I graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in 2018 and you can find my thesis here
if you dare. I now also write content on sustainable food systems for Food Made Good Hong Kong
My goal for The Bali Box is to help people move towards a more natural and plastic free home by providing quality bath, beauty and kitchen products that I have tested myself. Honestly, there are a lot of horrible "natural" products out there and I hope that my experience in the environment and sustainability field will give you the confidence needed when making this purchasing choice.