Photos of our NOT THE LANDFILL Picnic (Aug 4)

FILL YOUR STOMACH, NOT THE LANDFILL Picnic!

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Our picnickers dabao’d lunch in reusable containers. Is it me or does that look like an extra large serving here ;)? Actually, quite a few of the aunties and uncles I spoke to said they don’t mind giving bigger servings to customers who bring their own containers, as a gesture of thanks for considering the environment!

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So what type of reusable containers are best? Plastic, aluminium, stainless steel, ceramic, or glass? Visit the new FAQ page for the answer!

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Customized Operation Zero Waste Dabao signage up at Food Republic @ City Square Mall

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Happy picnickers! Our volunteer in the centre is using the L’earth lunchbox made of wheat by-products and recycled plastic :).

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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.

“FILL YOUR STOMACH, NOT THE LANDFILL” Picnic on Sunday, Aug 4

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 4

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,
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.

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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:

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…as well as a sample form that can be used to RSVP to BIB Day:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UWo6tnVRrXbQj6kFIYP86ghEP0EZFysyqlQn5DRmqzs/edit

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 : ).

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

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Stamping labels!

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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

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

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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!

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

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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

VeganBurg

Veggie Hub 绿色地带

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Supporters and sponsors:

National Youth Council (Young ChangeMakers)

Keep Singapore Beautiful Movement

ECO Singapore

Singapore Environment Council

Olive Green

L’Earth

Envirochem

Fuji Xerox Singapore

Bloomerang

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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)