How to Green Loy Kratong

“Why do we Loy Kratong ?”

Loy Kratong festival is the day people in the region thank and apologise to the goddess of rivers, Gaṅgā.

But, we actually instead put Kratong in rivers for nothing but trash every year.

Statistically, only in Bangkok, there are over 800,000 Kratongs floated.

Estimation says that there are several millions garbage of Kratongs in each country observing this festival, and most of them are made from environmental-destroying materials, such as, foam, plastic, or paper.

For the past few years, there are natural-material Kratongs, but did you know that some of them still can pollute the water!?

The idea of Bread, Snack, Corn, Ice Cream Cone Kratongs seems to be a nice one, and kind to fish, but actually, these Kratongs can cause even worse pollution to the environment because fish do not feel like eating them. Lots of them are with artificial colouring and flavouring.

Moreover, they can be broken up easily and separated all around. The worst water polluter, marine lives die, and cannot be collected afterwards.

So, if we like to Loy Kratong, which Kratong would we choose to be environmental-friendly, together with getting the virtue and merit in our heart?

We have summarised it for your easy reading here.

Ice Kratong

The brand-new idea that came up last year which you can easily do it at home without spending even a baht

The great idea, but needs good care as well. Care for the eco-friendly container holding it to the river.

You had better not using any joss sticks or candles. Just flowers are sufficiently beautiful. If you have time, you can even decorate it making mock-up from plants or vegetables.

Caution: Observe how many people are floating Ice Kratong. If there are too many, the water temperature can be colder enough that it threatens sea lives.

Others can help use alternative Kratongs as these:

Banana Leaf Kratong

The well-known original Kratong, but do not forget to select ones without artificial decoration. Avoid ones with staplers, needles, or pins. It is not only safe for the environment, but also for the collectors, and decomposers.