Monthly Archives: April 2012

Do we need that plastic bag? [News]

Do we need that plastic bag? [News] By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 28 Apr 2012. A few days ago, I found myself in the curious position of having no plastic bags left in the house, and needing to take out the trash. That meant going to the supermarket and buying something that I was going to buy anyway, like…

Plastic bag production ‘an environmental worry’ [News]

Plastic bag production ‘an environmental worry’ [News] By Lee Jia Xin and Goh Shi Ting, The Straits Times, 27 Apr 2012. Plastic bag production in Singapore has been singled out as an environmental worry because of the amount of crude oil it uses. About 1.2kg of the precious resource goes into every kilogram of bags manufactured, according to a study…

Recycling has its rewards [News]

Recycling has its rewards [News] By Amanda Lee, Today, 23 Apr 2012. More recyclable material has been collected from Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats and landed properties, according to the country’s first online recycling rewards programme. The programme, called Grow your Recycling Incentives Now, was launched in June in landed properties in Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and…

Supermarts may start charging for plastic bags [News]

Supermarts may start charging for plastic bags [News] By Lee Jia Xin, The Straits Times, 23 Apr 2012. Shoppers may need to pay for plastic bags in the future, if a proposal being studied is adopted. The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is studying ways to cut down on the excessive use of plastic bags here. One of the options being…

Exchange your used books at Book Exchange 2012 [News]

Exchange your used books at Book Exchange 2012 [News] By Channel NewsAsia, 12 Apr 2012. From April 13 to 27, book lovers can participate in the annual National Library Board book exchange by dropping off their used books at any of the 24 public libraries. The event allows the public to share their passion for reading with other Singaporeans, and to…

Siblings put food waste to good use [News]

Siblings put food waste to good use [News] By Leslie Kay Lim, The Straits Times, 11 Apr 2012. For many businesses, excess food is merely waste to be thrown away. But for charities, it represents a precious resource. They can redistribute the supplies to the needy, ensuring that nothing is wasted. All they need is to be matched with appropriate…

Why are few Singaporean families going green? [News]

Why are few Singaporean families going green? [News] By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 7 Apr 2012. Singapore families are dismal when it comes to recycling and using energy efficiently, so much so that the Environment and Water Resources Ministry is seeking the help of experts to change their habits. Consultants are being asked to carry out two studies to…