The second annual Green Product Consumption campaign to raise environmental awareness has kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City .

Sponsored by Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper and the Sai Gon Co-op Mart supermarket chain to mark the World Environment Day (June 5), the campaign began on Sunday with a bicycle parade by more than 100 volunteers from the Cathedral to Tao Dan Park in District 3.

The campaign seeks to send a message that using products made by polluting businesses is an indirect cause of poisoning of the environment.

The Khu pho Xanh (Green residential area) festival will be held in Districts Binh Thanh and 10 on May 29, June 4 and June 11 to raise awareness of energy saving and keeping streets clean and green.

Around 500 households will join this event.

It will also feature entertainment activities for children to mark the International Children's Day, which falls on June 1.

Co.op Mart Ly Thuong Kiet will host a contest titled Green Shopping Marathon on June 11.

It will involve customers shopping for green products with a certain amount of money and within a certain time. The one with the best knowledge of green products will be deemed the winner.

But the main event will be a sale of eco-friendly and recycled products on June 4 at the Youth Cultural House.

Famous singers and goodwill ambassadors for the campaign like Hoang Bach, Kim Xuan, and Huynh Giao will take part in it.

This year the campaign has attracted around 1,000 people and 300 volunteers from the University of Economics, University of Foreign Trade, and University of Social Sciences./.