The Year of the Pig arrived on February 5th. In Chinese tradition, the pig is a symbol of wealth and prosperity, and for most young people, their first touch of newfound wealth for each Lunar New Year comes in the form of money-filled red packets or envelopes, known as “lai see” in Cantonese. It’s a traditional way to share your good fortune.
Do you usually keep or throw away the emptied red packets?
Do you know how many emptied red packets are disposed of every year?
According to environmental organisation “Greeners Action”, at least 12 million empty red packets were recycled last year. This year, those unwanted envelopes were given a new lease of life.
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