Mid-Autumn sees greening of China's mooncake market (3)

16:34, September 20, 2010      

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"It has become a custom we tiredly follow," said a customer surnamed Liu, referring to the practice of sending expensive mooncakes to superiors and important friends.

On the other hand, some families face a glut of mooncakes every Mid-Autumn, most of which they politely receive from friends.

"Every Mid-Autumn, we throw away many cakes we can't eat," said Wu Jianhua, a senior engineer in east China's Fuzhou City.

In 2009 alone, China produced 250,000 tons of mooncakes to welcome the Mid-Autumn festival, and the paper used in wrapping consumed more than 6,000 trees, according to the People's Daily website.

Until ordinary Chinese start to question the time-honored but outdated gift-sending mentality, and encourage better packaging and recycling standards, Mid-Autumn will continue to be a time of wasteful over-consumption.
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