Tag: Reduce

Bring Your Own Utensils (BYOU)

Bring Your Own Utensils (BYOU) How many disposable forks, spoons and chopsticks do you throw away each year? Let’s assume that a person throws away a pair of disposable utensils each week, which means that 104 utensils are disposed annually and if everyone in Singapore does the same, this result in the disposal of about 500,000,000 utensils in Singapore each year. If…

Wrap Your Christmas Gift With Cloth

Wrap Your Christmas Gift With Cloth Do you want to wrap your Christmas gift in an eco-friendly way? Furoshiki is a Japanese traditional wrapping cloth which is used in a creative and stylish way to wrap gifts and things. Watch how you can wrap your Christmas gifts Furoshiki-style. http://vimeo.com/2321507 The wrapping cloth can be reused or can be part of…

Design and Make Sustainable Products

Design and Make Sustainable Products Designers and manufacturers can design and make sustainable products and packaging that are durable and non-toxic, use less materials and resources during its entire life cycle, and can be reused, repaired or recycled. To eliminate the concept of waste means to design things – products, packaging and systems – from the very beginning in the…

Buy and Use Only What You Need

Buy and Use Only What You Need In modern society, overconsumption and wastage of resources seem to be a norm. We buy more than what is necessary, use and waste more material, water and electricity than needed, and throw away more waste. We tend to change our material belongings constantly to suit the current fashion and trend, leaving behind a…

Eliminate the Excessive Use of Paper

In Singapore, paper is one of the most common type of waste and about 1.26 million tonnes of paper waste was generated in 2013. We need to eliminate the excessive use of paper and try to reduce paper waste where possible.

Cutting down on our use of paper will lead to a smaller environmental impact from paper production, such as…

Avoid Disposable Items

Avoid Disposable Items Disposable items such as plastic bags, plastic cutlery and batteries are thrown away after a single use. This is a waste of resources and creates unnecessary wastage. We should try to avoid buying and using disposable items if possible. Here’s what you can do: Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) to Reduce the Use of Plastic Bags Avoid Disposable Plastic…

Choose Products with Less Packaging

Choose Products with Less Packaging Some products come with unnecessary plastic or paper packaging for aesthetic and advertising purposes, and these packaging usually end up as waste. You can choose products with less or no packaging, thus reducing the packaging wastage and cost. The Problem of Packaging Waste As more companies compete to advertise and promote their brands, they use all forms…

Conduct a Waste Audit

Conduct a Waste Audit If your company or organisation wishes to reduce the waste generated from your premises, you can first conduct a waste audit. A waste audit involves finding out the type and quantity of waste generated, and how the waste are generated and disposed. This audit would help you to identify the problems and opportunities for waste reduction. How…

Don’t Waste Food

Don’t Waste Food Singaporeans waste a lot of food each year. In 2013, we threw away about 0.8 million tonnes of food waste and only 13% was recycled. We should not waste food and let’s try to find ways to reduce food wastage in our homes, for our events and for companies that produce food products. Here’s a few tips: For Homes…

Start Recycling at Work

Start Recycling at Work If your company or organisation already has a recycling programme, that’s good and you can recycle at work. If not, it’s time to start one now. Just follow our 6 steps to minimise waste and start recycling at work. First, you would need to form a team and get commitment from your management and colleagues. Conduct a…