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Decorate sustainably

Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, is Feb. 1, 2022. It’s also typically celebrated for about 15 days afterward. Get rid of the old, and bring in new luck! Try to do this sustainably:

  • Make sure some of the decorations you buy or make can be stored and reused next year. That means not every decoration needs to say “2022” or feature a tiger. (It’s the Year of the Tiger!)
  • Red flowers symbolize luck for Lunar New Year. Instead of buying real flowers (with their pesticides and plastic wrap), buy or make paper flowers you can reuse every year. Children can make these peoniesexternal link , for example, with surplus and scrap paper and supplies.
  • You can also go natural with branches, berries or buds from the garden.
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Go green with your red envelopes

Red envelopes, often stuffed with money, represent good fortune in the New Year. Keep the red envelopes you receive to use again next year. Or upcycle your used red envelopes – turn them into paper craftsexternal link  and use them for decorations.

When giving red envelopes, tuck in the flaps instead of gluing them, to make them easier to reuse.

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Feast and share

Symbolizing prosperity, fish is a staple of Chinese New Year celebrations (in Mandarin, the sound for "fish" is the same as for "surplus"). Explore sustainable seafood choicesexternal link  and guidelinesexternal link .

Have a plan for your Lunar New Year leftovers, to share or enjoy later! Reuse plastic packaging for leftover storage when possible. For purchasing and storing your food ingredients, King County's online Too Good to Waste food storage guide has tips in six languages.

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