Lawmakers romanced with green message

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 February, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 February, 2004, 12:00am

While sweethearts everywhere will exchange tokens of love today, Friends of the Earth has attacked the advertising campaigns for gifts that generate huge amounts of waste.

The group presented eight women legislators with environmentally friendly gifts outside the Legislative Council building yesterday.

Legislator Audrey Eu Yuet-mee was offered a paper kite, symbolising that gifts as light as air could be weighty in terms of heart. Choy So-yuk was given a kitchen apron, meaning love could be long-lasting if you lead a healthy diet. Cyd Ho Sau-lan was given a kinetic-powered torch, signifying that love could be endlessly powered by the heart.

Li Fung-ying, Emily Lau Wai-hing, Miriam Lau Kin-yee, Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee and Chan Yuen-han were given plants. The legislators all agreed that the gifts, though not as costly or romantic as they would normally have expected, were meaningful and heartfelt.

'It has been a dream for me to fly a kite since I was young, though my skill is poor,' said Ms Eu.

The green group said many gifts were excessively packaged, adding to overflowing landfills.

Mei Ng Fong Siu-mei, director of Friends of the Earth, said its survey found that more than 70 per cent of people did not mind if their gifts were unpackaged.

She said there was only one true formula to celebrate Valentine's Day. 'Take care of your loved ones. It is not necessary to buy a gift.'