Chinese New Year – one of our favourite festive season whereby we get to eat so many delicious snacks, collect red packets and reunite with family members! It is definitely a time of celebration, but similar to every other festive season, unnecessary waste is always created. So how do you minimise your environmental impact while enjoying this holiday without a sense of guilt?
Here are some tips on how to go green this Chinese New Year.
Good as new notes
When distributing the red packet, it is a practice to ensure that the notes are new. People would spend weeks preceding Chinese New Year to queue at the banks to obtain new notes. Why is that so? As old or torn notes are regarded as being disrespectful.
Instead of using more resources to generate these new notes, have you ever considered using “good as new” notes? POSB and DBS customers are able to withdraw these notes at 36 various pop up POSB Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). Now, you no longer have to feel guilty about the number of trees being felled just to print all those new notes!
Recycle them all!
During this season, a lot of unnecessary waste will be created from the red packets to the soft drinks and to the plastic containers being used to store those snacks. It is undeniable that there is not yet a zero waste alternative for all these items. Hence, the next best alternative is to ensure that we recycle as much as we can or you can upcycle it! Remember to recycle all the red packets, soft drink cans and bottles, plastic containers and tetra packs that you can find. Always remember that a small action is better than no action!
Shop like new
New clothes are another tradition of Chinese New Year. But instead of purchasing brand new clothes, why not shop like brand new with secondhand clothes? Refash, a secondhand shop, is having their Chinese New Year final sale with a wide range of clothing from popular brands such as Love Bonito, The Closet Lover and so on. Plus, with the prices being so affordable, you can feel good and save money at the same time!
Give your items a second life
There will definitely be a huge mass of unwanted items after spring cleaning. You might wonder to yourself “What should I do with these now?. Well, give them a second life!
EcoBank is a national zero-waste campaign that provides a platform for you to give your pre-loved items a second lease of life. They encourage responsible consumption and to do your part for charity. Between March 2 – March 4 this year, EcoBank is welcoming donations of good condition toys, clothes, books and accessories through 7 pick up points across Singapore. 100% proceeds from selling donated items at EcoBank Bazzer will be going to The Children’s Charities Association of Singapore (CCA). Unsold items will go to CCA and the MINDS Thrift Shop to benefit their fundraising efforts.
So what are you waiting for? Do good and donate these items to them!
There are so many more other ways to go green this Chinese New Year. Share with us your green steps taken during this festive season!