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Pioneering new perspectives

JUN 28, 2018

Jessica Alba led new conversations with inspiring changemakers Richard Ekkebus, Luke Grana and Sharie Ross and host Sean Fitzpatrick at LANDMARK’s forum.

June has been a month of new ideas at LANDMARK. We recently welcomed Jessica Alba to join a panel discussion on work-life balance, happiness, and sustainability in "A Year of Something New." Here are a few of the highlights from the enlightening conversation.

 

Highlights from Jessica Alba's visit to LANDMARK

Earlier this month, the globally recognised entrepreneur, advocate, actress and mother of three joined a panel of inspiring influencers on LANDMARK's "Small and Sustainable" forum. Joining Jessica Alba on stage were pioneers such as Richard Ekkebus, Culinary Director at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong; Luke Grana, Founder of innovative Hong Kong apparel start-up Grana; and Sharie Ross, Co-founder and Director of global wellness company Reviv. The power panel discussed sustainability, wellness and their advice for achieving personal happiness.

For those who missed the event, we've distilled some of the most fruitful words of wisdom. You can also watch the full Facebook Live stream here.

On sustainability

"Read labels. Know what you're bringing into your home.... Synthetic fragrances, dyes - they actually poisons the ocean, animals and plant life over time. So it doesn't only do yourself harm, but it does harm to others."-Jessica Alba, founder of The Honest Company

"Stop buying plastic bottled water for the simple reason that in Hong Kong alone, we produce about 5.2 million plastic bottles a day, which is unsustainable."-Richard Ekkebus, Culinary Director at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

"Buy quality over quantity. At Grana, we talk about cost per wear. It's about quality over quantity and choosing products made to last."-Luke Grana, founder of Grana

On work-life balance

"How do you find balance? I don't know if that's possible... I think it's about figuring out where your priorities lie, and then every day, deciding where you want to focus you time."-Jessica Alba, founder of The Honest Company

"We don't have a lot of time here [in life], so I feel like you should spend it with the people and do the things that make you the happiest." -Jessica Alba, founder of The Honest Company

"Startup life is ups and downs and it can be very stressful.... In my personal life, Hong Kong is an amazing place for finding some balance. It's a fast and slow life - I get out hiking as much as I can, swimming, surfing, and travel are important."- Luke Grana, Founder of innovative Hong Kong apparel start-up Grana

"For me, it's important that I have great emotional time with my family - not a lot in quantity but high in quality. Our most precious family moments are around a table, without mobile phones, when we have conversation and a lot of fun - that's where I find my balance." -Richard Ekkebus, Culinary Director at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

"Empower yourself with knowledge about how to live a more active lifestyle. Ultimately, invest in health - it's your one biggest luxury."-Sharie Ross, co-founder of Reviv

On new ideas

"Don't try to be the smartest person in the room. Always be curious and try to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you."-Jessica Alba, founder of The Honest Company

"Any time you're challenging the norm or the status quo, it's going to be an uphill battle but it's a battle that's worth fighting, especially when you're thinking of human health, and babies, and moms."-Jessica Alba, founder of The Honest Company

"It's hard to be happy if you're not healthy. And at the end of the day, everyone just wants to be happy." -Jessica Alba, founder of The Honest Company

"When you're doing something that is rewarding... and you know the end user is going to benefit from it, there's nothing more important than fostering that passion and purpose."-Sharie Ross, Co-founder and Director of global wellness company Reviv.

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