BEP Provides "Ghost Festival Bag" to Reduce Air Pollution|中元普渡"薄金包" 鼓勵紙錢集中燃燒


The annual Hungry Ghost Festival is arriving, but as environmental protection awareness rises, many local governments are trying to encourage the public to burn joss paper, or "ghost cash" offerings, in one central area. Hsinchu city even launched a special Ghost Festival hamper bag with reduced amounts of joss paper, and collaborated with convenience stores.


Environmental pollution is created every year when the public burns massive amounts of joss paper, or "ghost cash", offerings during the annual Hungry Ghost Festival. To encourage the public to collectively burn these offerings in one place, Hsinchu city launched a Ghost Festival hamper 2.0 named the "Thin Gold Bag", which contained a towel, rice, and reduced amounts of incense sticks and joss paper to help reduce the amount of joss paper burned.

The "Thin" in its name "Thin Gold Bag", comes from the thinness of joss paper and our hopes to reduce the amount of joss paper used. We hope the public can use this hamper to fulfill their needs to make offerings while maintaining the air quality and thus our wellbeing.

Furthermore, Hsinchu government also collaborated with convenience stores to allow the public to donate their "ghost cash" offering budget to charity groups, such that the public can replace burning joss paper with actual good deeds instead.

I think it's not bad. Mainly because it can help reduce air pollution. When burning joss paper, that smell is quite unpleasant.

Using the money to buy joss paper to donate to charities in need, this can help to fulfill the need to make offerings, while in the same time helping those in need.

According to the statistics, NT$ 134,700 was raised following the launch of this initiative. If 2.2 kilograms of joss paper can be purchased with NT$100, this means that 3,000 kilograms of joss paper, or a carbon emission of 4,445 kilograms, were reduced. Although there's still some room for improvement, this shows that there is a growing awareness among the public to reduce the burning of joss paper.



每年中元普渡,民眾大量焚燒祭祀用金紙,總是造成環境上的汙染。為了鼓勵民眾將金紙集中焚燒,新竹市今年所推出的2.0版薄金包,除了毛巾、白米、更大量減少香支以及紙錢,讓民眾可以減低金紙焚燒數量。

新竹市環保局空噪科長 潘依萍表示:「那這個薄,取的是紙錢薄,代表是紙錢還有像是減量的意義,希望民眾使用這個薄金包,也可以同時達到祭祀的效果,那也可以來維護我們的健康,還有空氣品質。」

也透過與便利商店合作,由民眾將購買金紙的預算捐到公益團體專戶,以「捐款做功德」替代舊有的「實體金紙焚燒」。

民眾表示:「其實還滿不錯的,因為最主要是可以減少空氣汙染,那紙錢在燃燒的時候,其實那個味道還滿刺鼻的。」

新竹市環保局空噪科長 潘依萍表示:「把要買紙錢的這個善款,捐給有需要的團體,這個目的就是可以,既可以達到祭祀的目的,又可以幫助一些相關需要的民眾。」

根據統計,活動推動後共募得13萬4700元,若以100元可買2.2公斤紙錢來算,已經減少紙錢約3千公斤,減少排放二氧化碳約4445公斤,雖然還有不少的進步空間,不過也顯示出民眾對於減燒金紙開始有初步的認知。

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