Another inside look!

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Getting posters ready

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Awesome volunteers putting posters up at Loving Hut @ Suntec City

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Post-work organic ginger beer 🙂

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Cornware and reusable lunchboxes being used at Veggie Hub, Fortune Centre

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Tasty and nutritious desserts chilling in Cornware at 7 Treasures Hut, Fortune Centre

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Posters prominently at the counter of Loving Hut @ International Plaza – thanks, Loving Hut!

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One of our young volunteers!

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Our volunteers managed to survey 60 people in about an hour and a half! If we keep this up for the next 9 days of the campaign, we’ll have a great sample size to work with. Surveys can be found here.




1pm – 3pm

City Green @ City Square Mall

Let’s gather as many people as possible,
dressed all in the bright orange T-shirts we’re handing out,

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.

Opportunity to green your workplace: August 5 is BIB Day!

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:

BIB day

BIB day 2

…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 :).

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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.

Behind the scenes sneak-peeks!

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Stamps created for Operation Zero Waste Dabao by bloomerang : ).


Labels made of recycled cardboard for Operation Zero Waste Dabao lunchboxes.


Stamping labels!


These special-edition reusable lunchboxes are up for grabs at participating outlets if customers bring their own containers for 3 takeaway orders during the campaign.

L'earth lunchbox label underside

The label reads:
You won’t believe what this L’earth lunchbox is made of! Proudly designed in Singapore, it’s a sturdy combination of locally-sourced wheat by-products and recycled plastics. Oh, and this label is made of recycled cardboard too!
Microwave-safe, non-toxic & food-safe


Terrence, Tamsin’s mum (World’s #1 Volunteer!), and Tamsin with the finished products : ).

using lunchbox at economy rice

Got hungry while stamping labels, so we dabao’d some food — using our reusable lunchboxes, of course : ). Economy rice guy was more than happy to zero waste dabao with us. …Styrofoam boxes lurking in the back over there.


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So excited to see the logo on these special-edition eco tumblers! Win won by taking the customer survey: HELP FIGURE OUT THE PUZZLE!


Talking to VeganBurg’s MarCom warrior about the campaign …and about good places for vegan food : ).


With Aunty Ling Ling at Tian Yuan 田园 in Fortune Centre.

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Brochures at Create Healthy Lifestyle.

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Operation Zero Waste Dabao (“零浪费“) Chinese language poster at New Green Pasture Cafe.

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Cafe Saladier gets decked out : ).

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Volunteers arrange campaign swag at Frunatic @ The Star Vista.

Volunteers arrange campaign swag at Frunatic @ The Star Vista.

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Main info poster

Takeaway: Past and present. If we could dabao with zero wastage then, surely we can do it now.

Takeaway: Past and present.
If we could dabao with zero wastage then, surely we can do it now.

Posters for participating outlets to put up, forever and ever even after the campaign, showing their support of reuse over wastage.

Posters for participating outlets to put up, forever and ever even after the campaign, showing their support of reuse over wastage.

Thank you to everyone who has put in so much hard work behind the scenes.

Thanks to our friends and family, managers and employees at participating F&B outlets,

energetic volunteers, our green suppliers, and supporting organizations.

Can’t wait for the campaign to kick off this Monday!

3 days till campaign launch!

Announcing our participating outlets:

participating outlets

Bliss Cafes and Restaurants

Cafe Saladier

Create Healthy Lifestyle

Food For Thought @ Singapore Botanic Gardens

Food Republic @ City Square Mall

Frunatic @ The Star Vista

Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant

Honzen Cafe

Little Green Cafe

Loving Hut Singapore

Merely Ice Cream

New Green Pasture Cafe 新绿园

Real Food

Tian Yuan Healthy Vegetarian Food Paradise 田园健康素食品


Veggie Hub 绿色地带


Supporters and sponsors:

National Youth Council (Young ChangeMakers)

Keep Singapore Beautiful Movement

ECO Singapore

Singapore Environment Council

Olive Green



Fuji Xerox Singapore



And friends:

Asian Green Youth Challenge

Association of Women for Action and Research

NUSSU Students Against Violation of the Earth

Raffles Community Advocates: Glass Ark

Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations

SMU Project iConserve

SMU Verts 

Youth Environment Envoy Programme

So proud to be in this with you all! Thank you so much for joining the movement.

Field Trip Part 2: Tuas Incineration Plant

Some photos and a video from our inside look at TIP

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A slideshow presentation by an engineer at Tuas Incineration Plant. This slide maps out our four waste-to-energy facilities in Singapore.

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A claw crane operator at work.

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Lo hei rubbish! 捞起垃圾!

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Behind-the-scenes: How the incinerators are monitored.

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Red and green light alerts corresponding to all the different components/stages of the incineration process.

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How the engineers keep track of incineration on their computer monitors.

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A happy engineer!

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Oh, so THAT’s where my Canadian Pizza 2-For-1 box is… (photo creds to Dan Dan Thio)

Field Trip Part 1: ENVision Gallery and the Youth Environment Envoys

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 (

The youths on the field trip were really sweet and inspiring people – I was able to talk to a few about what they do in their own capacities at school and in their other communities, and hope to see them again. I also had the chance to share a little about Operation Zero Waste Dabao with them! At the end of the ENVision tour, there was a tree installation on which we were encouraged to post our environment-related personal pledges written on little paper leaves. I  convinced a few field trippers to pledge to practice reuse-over-waste and they were kind enough to let me snap some shots of them :).
More to come in Part 2!

Today’s headlines: S’pore ‘behind others’ in managing waste (July 3)

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