Go green at the Mid-Autumn Festival!

One of the most delightful annual celebrations in Hong Kong, the Mid-Autumn Festival, takes place on September 15 this year. As in previous years, Tai Pak Beach is set to be alive with lights as residents head to the beach to celebrate the festival.

Of course, light shows and glow sticks are all part of the Mid-Autumn tradition, but have you ever wondered what happens to all that colourful plastic once the fun is over?

Sadly, glowsticks are single-use items containing a toxic product, therefore they are harmful to the environment when disposed of. This year, DB residents are being urged to cut down on the number of glow sticks they give to their children. Sure, they're fun and kids love them, but do they really need so many?

Here are a few suggestions to make the festival more environmentally friendly without spoiling the fun:

• Buy or make reusable lanterns
• Limit the number of glowsticks to a minimum
• Bring your own reusable water bottles, cutlery, plates and cups
• Remember to clean up after yourselves!

To read more about how you can help our local environment, visit dbgreen.org and check out The Greener Festivals Campaign.

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