Let’s gather as many people as possible,
dressed all in the bright orange T-shirts we’re handing out,
for the “FILL YOUR STOMACH, NOT THE LANDFILL” Picnic.
Just bring your own reusable containers and cutlery, get a takeaway meal (or bring lunch), for a no-disposables meal together! Anyone and everyone is invited to this family-friendly picnic.
We hope to create a fun, visual spectacle, surrounded by signboards with the “FILL YOUR STOMACH” tagline, to spread our green message to the public.
Let’s get Operation Zero Waste Dabao noticed.
Hope to see you there!
Facebook event here.
Part of Operation Zero Waste Dabao’s outreach to workplaces and schools is Box In Bag Day, on Aug 5, 2013.
The rather silly-sounding name belies the more meaningful cultural and behavioural shift at the core of BIB Day. On that Monday morning, we are encouraging the staff at participating workplaces to take one simple step: putting a lunchbox in their workbag to take to work.
It’s a chance to start the practice of stowing a lunchbox at the office for all those dabao moments we can’t always foresee, thereby reducing food packaging wastage and cultivating a mentality of reuse rather than use-and-throw. It’s also a fun chance for staff bonding!
These are posters that can be used in staff-wide emailers for BIB Day:
…as well as a sample form that can be used to RSVP to BIB Day:
One of the workplaces partnering up with Operation Zero Waste Dabao is the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)! Their Pledge Wall is under construction, but here’s a quick glimpse of the work in progress :).
Staff members will get to write their names and personal pledges on the glass panel framing the AWARE meeting room. There will also be a mini display on ecofeminism next to the Pledge Wall. All of this is in conjunction with AWARE’s commitment to use less disposable foodware, and more eco-friendly disposables options when disposable foodware is necessary, during Operation Zero Waste Dabao.
Thanks AWARE, and all other participating organisations! We hope more workplaces will join us in taking this ridiculously easy first step in cultivating a life-long habit of reuse.
Announcing our participating outlets:
Food For Thought @ Singapore Botanic Gardens
Food Republic @ City Square Mall
Frunatic @ The Star Vista
Tian Yuan Healthy Vegetarian Food Paradise 田园健康素食品
Veggie Hub 绿色地带
Supporters and sponsors:
So proud to be in this with you all! Thank you so much for joining the movement.
This post is so long overdue! It was all the way back on June 27th that I tagged along with the Youth Environment Envoys (YEEs) and other school groups on their field trip to the NEA’s ENVision Gallery, Tuas Incineration Plant and Marina Barrage.
The ENVision Gallery is a “one-stop showcase of Singapore’s environmental story” located on level 3 of the Environment Building, 40 Scotts Road. MEWR (Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources) calls it “a journey through the five different zones covering the key environmental topics – air, land, water, energy, and public health.” It’s a fun and interactive exhibition that makes the complex issues MEWR handles very easy for the layperson to understand. It’s open year-round from 9am to 6pm on weekdays, for free, and guided tours are available for school groups on request (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here’s an excerpt from a Straits Times article in today’s Home section, page B4 (my emphasis added):
The lack of public participation in recycling is also a problem with household waste like plastic and food often being incinerated and going to landfill.
Each year, 803,400 tonnes of plastic waste is generated, making it fourth among the top five waste streams, after ferrous metals, construction debris and paper or cardboard, which all have higher recycling rates. Just 10 per cent of plastic is recycled, a rate that has stayed the same since 2001.
“One-third of the waste we discard at home is packaging waste,” Dr Balakrishnan noted. However the 128 companies and groups that have signed the Singapore Packaging Agreement since 2007 have reduced their packaging waste by 14,900 tonnes.
The voluntary agreement aims to get producers to reduce the material used in product packaging and recycle packaging waste.
Dr Balakrishnan also presented the 3R Packaging Awards to 16 firms for outstanding efforts in doing this. Winners included Nestle Singapore, which cut packaging from its Yang Sheng Le herbal soups and Milo powdered drink mixes, and LHT Holdings, which makes pallets, packaging and doors from horticultural and industrial wood waste.
LHT began using recycled material in the late 1990s, after then Environment Minister Yeo Cheow Tong announced that fees for waste incineration would rise. Its managing director Neo Koon Boo said: “Our target is zero waste.”
Article by Grace Chua, published Wednesday, July 3, 2013