The Lunar New Year is just around the corner and we’re all out to make sure we minimise our carbon footprint while we celebrate the occasion.

From past records, the amount of waste disposed of usually increases during festive seasons.  For example, 270,300 tonnes of waste were disposed of in January 2016 (i.e. period leading to Lunar New Year) compared to the average monthly amount of 261,000 tonnes for the whole of 2016.

If everyone does his or her part to reduce waste, this will help reduce our carbon footprint and fight climate change. We’ll also be prolonging the lifespan of our only landfill Semakau.

Here are some tips to reduce the amount of waste we generate during the festive season:

  1. Buy, order and cook only what you need so that excess is not thrown away. There’s no need to be so kiasu and stock up on food – major supermarkets are open even during the public holidays!
  2. When planning for parties, cater 10-15% fewer guests than expected (in case they don’t turn up at the last minute!)
  3. Downsize the portions of each dish if there are a variety of dishes served, or request for smaller portions of items such as rice or noodles.
  4. Share the leftovers – let your guests taobao food home or share with your neighbours
  5. Use reusable and washable plates, cups and cutlery and reduce the use of disposables.
  6. Reuse old red packets to make new and unique CNY decorations for your home
  7. Bring along a reusable bag when shopping for CNY goodies and clothes
  8. Keep and reuse the CNY goodies containers – you can also use it to store cookies that you bake next time!
  9. Wash clothes on a full load to maximise water and energy usage
  10. Uncovered some unwanted stuff during tour spring cleaning? Donate the items that are still in good condition or recycle them! Even electronic appliances can be recycled!

Do you have any more tips on how to have a climate-friendly CNY? Share with us your eco-tip in the comments section below!

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