Chinese New Year is fast approaching and it is a time for families to come together and celebrate the beginning of a new year according to the lunar calendar. It is a time for new beginnings and is typically marked by the exchange of gifts, the decorating of homes with red lanterns and paper decorations, and the preparation of traditional foods. While it is a time for celebration, it is also important to consider the environmental impact of our actions. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Chinese New Year sustainably:
- Use reusable decorations: Instead of buying disposable decorations made of paper and plastic, consider using decorations that can be used year after year. This includes things like lanterns made of cloth or metal, or handmade decorations made from recycled materials.
- Use reusable tableware: Instead of using disposable plates, cups, and utensils, opt for reusable tableware that can be washed and used again. This will help reduce the amount of waste generated during the celebration.
- Recycle your reusable! Snack containers, CNY decorative can be recycled. Check how to recycle right here.
- Go meatless: Traditional Chinese New Year dishes often feature meat, but consider incorporating more plant-based options into your menu. Livestock production is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so choosing plant-based options can help reduce your carbon footprint.
By following these tips, you can celebrate Chinese New Year while also taking care of the environment. Happy New Year!