Make Chinese New Year more meaningful - reduce and reuse! 利用回收及循環再用,令農曆新年過得更有意義!

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It's holiday season all over Asia, but aside from family time, gifts and plenty of food, it's also primetime for plastic and food waste! Here are a few tips to reduce our waste pile this year:

農曆新年,亞洲各處洋溢著濃厚的節日氣氛。大家在忙於跟家人慶祝,互相拜年的同時,也是塑膠用量及浪費食物的高峰期!以下是今年減少廢物堆積的一些小貼士:

1. Recycle your red packets | 利是封回收及循環再用

Reuse red packets from last year, and save the good ones for next year. Or check out these collection boxes from local environmental organisations.

去年的利是封可以循環再用,今年收到的可留待明年再用。本地某些環保組織也在不同地區設有回收箱

2. Try not to buy new red packets | 放棄購買新利是封

As there are always shops giving away red packets with any purchase, try not to buy new ones. If you are running short, stick to ones with recycled paper, and a simple design; no lamination or self-adhesives, as those are especially hard to recycle. 

過年前於購物時會有很多機會得到免費利是封,可以減少機會購買。如真的有需要購買,應購買選用環保紙及清簡的設計。應避免過膠及自動黏貼物料,尤其是難於回收的設計,例如姓氏,生肖的款式。

3. Always recycle the New Year decoration | 新年裝飾循環再用

Nowadays, most of the decoration, such as red banners and bunting, are made of long-lasting material, such as plastics, fabric, or felt. Try to recycle them, you'll see they'll easily last you 10 years!

現今的過年裝飾,賀年揮春,掛飾等,均用一些耐用的物料製作而成,例如塑膠、布或不織布等。循環再用,輕易可用上十年或以上。

4. Avoid gift wrapping | 放棄包禮物

The packaging design of that chocolate or candy box you bought is already very nice! Instead of wrapping that again, we can save a lot of giftwrap, ribbons, and adhesive tape! 

大部分的糖果包裝已經是設計精美,不需再浪費另一張禮物包裝紙及膠紙。

5. Donate your leftovers | 惜食食物捐贈

We usually create an excess amount of food during the festive season. You can always donate the leftovers to the food bank in HK instead of throwing them away. Here are some charities in HK that accept food donations to support the underprivileged.

過時過節,會有較大機會製造過多食物。如果真有如此情況,可以把多出來的食物捐到相關機構,給予有需要人士,幫助弱勢社群。

With these five tips in mind we can start making Chinese New Year a little less taxing on our planet. Happy Year of the Dog!

如果大家都能幫幫忙,考慮到這五個小貼士,我們可以在農曆新年期間減少地球對廢物的負擔。開心地渡過愉快的狗年!

Annabat Martens