Happy Chinese New Year

Gong Hei Fat Choi
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On the picture, my oldest wearing her second hand Chinese dress to celebrate next week at school (again thank you Beatrice).
Last year, some parents posted on this page that some HK schools offer ‘used’ Chinese costumes for the CNY which is wonderful we need to push more schools to offer those services, between Christmas/ CNY/ Diwali/ favorite book character dress day, I even heard preschools asking parents to dress their kids in specific color just for one day so the kids could learn that color. If schools want to celebrate all those wonderful holidays or just special days in an educational and responsible manner I wish they would offer children costumes used by previous students, if not I believe the schools decorations should be more than enough to put the kids in a festive mood. The impact on the planet and humans to manufacture all those cheap clothes worn for one day is just unbearable. We all know those cheap clothes are usually sold in the lanes by unregulated factories were labor laws are not respected and environmental laws just non existent.
Talk to your schools, be opened CNY is a wonderful holidays celebrated by friends and families let it be more about people/ experiences rather than things.
Happy Holidays

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7th wedding anniversary

About to celebrate my 7th wedding anniversary and I still am constantly reminded of the excesses of my pre-minimalist lifestyle.
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I am still using the envelops of my wedding invitations, yes you are reading this right. I cannot remember how many invitations were printed but I remember it was minimum order which was much larger than our guests and as crazy as it sounds I agreed to pay a really high price for invitations that I would never use.
7 years later, I am still using those envelops for bills that cannot be paid online and in classic HK fashion, we moved so I have to cross the address on the back and write my new address. We pay our school fees on Crane paper, ridiculous.
Do you have similar experiences? Please share

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Even school can be Zero Waste

The twins are starting school this January and the school requires them to wear a uniform. Since, we never bought new clothes for the children (thank you Beatrice for selling us your daughters’ clothes every year), we were in an impasse. I explained to the school our lifestyle and that we would prefer not to buy new clothes for environmental and just plain human rights reasons. They had second hand clothes and were apologetic about their state. Some had tears and some shirts had written SCHOOL with a large black marker in the back but some were in excellent conditions. It was just perfect and it really did not matter to us the kids are almost 3 and who cares about the clothes after mending them, they just do the job.
Plus, mega bonus this is all FREE, I will just return them in 6 months and exchange them for a bigger size.
As a thank you, we donated to the school all the baby books the girls have outgrown for their classroom for the 1 to 2 years old.
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Even school can be Zero Waste we just have to ask and explain.

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HK Christmas Trees

Since, in HK our real Christmas tree are from Canada or USA and then tossed in landfills this is our versions.
1. Our family second hand tree which must be now almost 10 years old with homemade decorations and some made by local craftsman in Rajasthan.
2. Caroline’s family tree, done by her 2 children, gorgeous.
3. Florence’s family tree, down by upcycling cardboard paper with the help of her children, beautiful.
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Please, post your version of beautiful Christmas tree.

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Carbon Neutral Christmas Gifts.

We got our 3 children their Christmas gifts (those are all the gifts they will get, which I think is already way too much). They will be offered by their grandparents. Only the children are getting physical presents on Christmas day, parents, grandparents and friends will have great food and just good old plain fun being together.
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Presents were all bought during the Christmas Community Sale last weekend. It was a phenomenal sale, “Feeding HK” received a large portion of the profit. Special thank you to the amazing women organizing it: Tiffany, Swati, Tanya, Petra, Anna, Maria, Yvonne‚Ķ.
Community sales are wonderful to meet neighbors, sell all your outgrown items and buy your ‘new’ ones. I also got a ‘new’ swimming cap, I just lost mine few weeks ago…good karma, plus winter shoes for the oldest. Few friends told me, “I do not dare” etc.. talk to your neighbors you will see people will be very enthusiastic about the idea and will be happy to help.
Of course depending on their conditions, those toys will be donated to the same community fair in a few years. You’ve got to love the ‘Reuse’ circle.

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