Food Waste Habits of Households in Singapore

October 16, 2015 by  
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The 2015 Electrolux Food Waste At Home Survey revealed the food waste habits of households in Singapore. The survey was conducted by Electrolux based on 1,000 respondents from 18-65 years old.

Some of the key findings show that:

77% of Singaporeans regularly waste food at home, with almost a third refusing to eat leftovers.

41% of Singaporeans only think about food waste occasionally despite households contributing to the 788,600 tonnes of food waste generated in Singapore each year.

The top five reasons why food is wasted at homes:

  1. Preparing too much food / taking too much food on your plate (51%)
  2. Forgotten about food: out-of-date food at the back of their fridge because they just can’t see it (48%)
  3. Catering for fussy eaters (31%)
  4. Households not liking leftovers (23%)
  5. Rarely eating together as a family (11%)

The most common items thrown away each week:

  1. Cooked rice (51%)
  2. Vegetables/salad (49%)
  3. Cooked meat/fish (45%)

The survey was timed to kickstart #happyplatesg, a six-week community initiative to raise awareness of food waste in Singapore, one plate at a time. Through this, Electrolux intends to rally the help of Singaporeans to support at least 1,000 local families in need through the campaign’s beneficiary, The Food Bank Singapore.

happyplateSG

Source and image credit: Electrolux Asia Pacific

How Much Food Do You Waste In Singapore?

October 13, 2015 by  
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October. This year, we would like to remember World Food Day by spreading awareness and action on food waste reduction.

Together with Helpling, an online platform that connects you to cleaners, we have created this infographic to show you how much food we waste in Singapore.

How much food do you waste in Singapore

Now that you understand how much food we waste in Singapore, the next step is for you to play a part in reducing food waste in your daily life and at home. Simply follow the 8 tips below and start reducing food waste!

1) Learn About Food Sources

Learn about where your food comes from and understand how farmers toil to produce your food. This would help you better appreciate the food you eat and thus waste less food.

2) Grow Your Own Food

Grow your own food in Singapore to better appreciate your food and waste less. This would also help to reduce the food wastage during transportation and storage, the resources spent, and carbon emissions generated from importing food.

3) Plan What To Buy

Before you go shopping for food, plan what to buy using a shopping list. This would help you avoid buying more food than you need.

4) Store And Handle Food Properly

Store and handle your food properly at home to help you keep food longer without spoilage, and thus reduce food wastage.

5) Cook And Order Just Enough

Choose the right food portions and cook just enough food. Also order just enough food, thus avoiding food waste and saving money.

6) Cook Your Leftover Food

Keep and cook your leftover food instead of throwing them away, thus helping to reduce food wastage at home.

7) Start Food Composting

Try composting your fruit and vegetable scraps at home or in the community garden, and produce compost for gardening.

8) Make Garbage Enzyme

Make garbage enzyme from your fruit and vegetable scraps, and use it for cleaning purposes.

Finally, sign the pledge to Save Food Cut Waste in Singapore, and share this post with your friends and encourage them to reduce food waste together!

Infographic credit: Helpling

Going Paperless in the Corporate Economy

September 15, 2015 by  
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This post is contributed by Kimmy Paulino from Eco-Savvy Rebel.

It’s been more than 20 years since email was brought out to the world. It has probably saved the world a billion tons of paper with the revolution. Our personal and business correspondences were made faster and faster with internet speed, inbox size and user-friendly interfaces.

In the corporate scene, you can always see a lot of wasteful practices. I remember ‘ol colleagues who need to print all their emails because they can’t keep track of the trails, or those who need to send over CDs for massive files. Tools have been introduced to solve these issues and are now considered norms. Read more

Majority Of Consumers Are Concerned About Food Waste From F&B Companies In Singapore [Media Release]

August 5, 2015 by  
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Food Waste Survey Results

– 90% of consumers are concerned about the food waste generated by F&B companies
– 95% of consumers want F&B companies to do more to reduce food waste
– Consumers are willing to support F&B companies which adopt strategies to reduce food waste

Singapore, 5 Aug 2015 – Majority of consumers are concerned about food waste generated by food and beverage (F&B) companies and would encourage and support the companies to reduce food waste, according to a recent survey conducted to understand consumer attitudes toward food waste generated by the F&B sector in Singapore. The study was conducted from Feb to Apr this year by the students under the Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme from the National University of Singapore, in partnership with the new non-profit organisation, Zero Waste SG.

According to the National Environment Agency, about 790,000 tonnes of food waste was generated in Singapore in 2014 and only 13% of this waste is recycled. Consumers can reduce food waste on an individual level, but can also play an important role in advocating for greater efforts and best practices in food waste reduction by the F&B sector. With this premise, the study aims to understand consumers’ attitude towards food waste and how they hope F&B companies (including retail shops selling food; bakeries; cafes; restaurants; food courts; canteens; hawker centres; markets; supermarkets; and caterers) can contribute to the reduction of food waste. Read more

Zero Waste SG is Singapore’s Latest Environmental NGO

July 14, 2015 by  
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Zero Waste SG - Eugene Tay, Executive Director

Zero Waste SG is a new not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to help Singapore eliminate the concept of waste, and accelerate the shift towards zero waste and the circular economy.

It started as a website in 2008 providing tips and resources on waste minimisation and recycling, and is officially registered as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) on 13 Jul 2015, thus joining the ranks of other established environmental NGOs in Singapore.

The Singapore government has set targets of achieving a 70% national recycling rate and a 30% domestic recycling rate by 2030. We believe that we can help Singapore to meet and exceed these targets, by working together with government agencies, businesses, community groups and individuals.

Zero Waste SG will work on 7 key programmes to promote education and engagement on the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) among individuals and households; increase waste minimisation and recycling among businesses and organisations; and reduce specific waste.

Let’s End Waste, Together

Singapore has achieved much in waste management and recycling over the past 10 years, although we still lag behind countries like Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Much more can be done here and also in our region where waste management is increasingly important with growing population and consumption.

There are no existing non-profit organisations in Singapore that focus mainly on waste. Now with the concepts of zero waste and the circular economy gaining traction around the world, we believe that it is time to end waste in Singapore and globally.

In our current linear economy of ‘take, make, use and throw’, waste is waste. This is no longer sustainable. We can no longer use more resources to generate more waste. What is the alternative?

Imagine a future of zero waste and circular economy, where waste is not waste. Less waste is generated through redesigning, reducing, reusing, sharing, repairing, remanufacturing, and recycling. Waste generated becomes biological nutrients to be returned safely back to the environment, or becomes technical nutrients to be returned back to the economy.

We still have a long way to achieve zero waste. That is why we have to start now. We have to think big but start small. Small but determined steps.

But we cannot do this alone. We need volunteers, sponsors and partners to work together with us. This is a call to action.

Let’s end waste, together.

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