Celebrating CNY the Sustainable way

Yaay!!! Chinese New Year (CNY) one of our favorite Chinese celebrations is around the corner!! This year, why not reconsider some of the usual traditions of “out with the old, in with the new”, and take some small steps towards a more sustainable CNY?


Red Packets

Red packets, or lai see as more locally known, are generally given out during the 15 days of CNY. Traditionally, they are made of paper, but there are other options, such as digital lai sees or these reusable cloth ones sold by a couple based in Hong Kong: Little Storiz (https://littlestoriz.com/?lang=en). They are priced at hkd119 each, with 5% off purchases of 5 or more. You can customize them with names and also zodiac signs of the receiver, and use them again and again each year!

Pic 1: Photos obtained from the co-founder of Little Storiz


If sticking to paper lai sees, you can consider re-using them next year if they’re in good condition, instead of using them once only. If you’re a strict traditionalist and just cannot accept using anything “old” for CNY, you can also consider other more sustainable options, such as red packets made out of recycled paper, or ones with m