Cutting Christmas cards could help save 125 trees
It will be a Christmas without cards but plenty of greetings in a green way.
Friends of the Earth is hoping to reduce by 500,000 the number of Christmas cards sent this year, equivalent to 125 trees - about the number of cards being mailed out by companies in Hong Kong every year.
Since the Green Christmas Campaign kicked off in 1995, the group has been urging a cut in the number of Christmas cards.
Last year, with a total of 74 private firms and government bodies participating, about 300,000 fewer cards were printed, sparing about 75 trees from being axed.
And 2.5 tonnes of used Christmas cards were collected.
This year, the group hopes more corporations will stop the practice of sending Christmas cards so the target of 500,000 fewer cards being printed can be reached.
Greetings conveyed in newspapers, via the Internet, by using e-mail messages and over the telephone were being encouraged, said Edwin Lau Che-feng, assistant director (projects) of Friends of the Earth.
'It's acceptable to send a card to relatives and friends who are living overseas,' he added.
'But if we want to prevent natural disasters such as the flooding on the mainland, which is due to deforestation, we have to adopt a conservative approach,' he said.
Another green group, the Conservancy Association, has launched a Christmas card design competition this year with hand-made recycled paper.
At least 99 primary and secondary schools are participating.
A spokeswoman for Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa said he did not send Christmas cards to friends and relatives.