Give Away Your Unwanted Stuff

December 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Home and Garden, Tips

It’s the time of the year when we start house cleaning and clear away old stuff for the coming new year.

If you have unwanted stuff that are still in good condition, consider giving them to someone or donating them to charity. You can give it away through the following ways:

1. Give Away Online

The Singapore Freecycle Network is part of the global Freecycle movement that allows anyone to give away or receive items for free on Yahoo! Groups. Read more

Choose Water Efficient Fittings and Appliances with the Water Efficiency Label

September 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Home and Garden, Tips

water efficient tapsThe Water Efficiency Label under the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) is for water-efficient water fittings and appliance, such as showerheads, clothes washing machines, shower taps and mixers, basin taps and mixers, sink/bib taps and mixers, flushing cisterns, urinals and urinal flush valve.

The Water Efficiency Label shows the water consumption and water efficiency of the appliances and fittings. The water efficiency is expressed in terms of ticks: Zero Tick; 1 Tick (Good); 2 Ticks (Very Good); and 3 Ticks (Excellent). The more ticks shaded on the Label, the more water-efficient a product is.

Check out water efficient products with the Water Efficiency Label. Read more

Fly Less and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

September 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Tips, Work and Transport

You can make a conscious choice to fly less and reduce your carbon footprint.

Instead of flying off for a holiday, you can stay in Singapore and visit local attractions or natural habitats. Explore our local nature areas and discover the wonderful biodiversity of flora and fauna.

You can visit Wildsingapore for information on the various nature areas and the biodiversity found right here in Singapore.

Instead of taking the plane to visit someone overseas or to attend an overseas business meeting, consider staying here and making a video call using Skype, Google video chat, Google+ Hangouts, or other videoconferencing tools.

Volunteer Your Time With Environmental Groups

August 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Kids and Leisure, Tips

John F. Kennedy once said, “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”. Instead of relying or expecting the government to take care of our environment, it is time for Singaporeans to do our part and take responsibility.

Support the local environmental causes, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and environmental groups. Join the various activities organised by the NGOs and groups or volunteer your time with them. Read more

Choose Locally Produced Food

August 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Food and Drink, Tips

In Singapore, we import most of our food from all over the world, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, China, New Zealand, Australia, US, and Brazil.

According to media reports, local production makes up 7% of leafy vegetables and 4% of fish consumed here, and about 23% of eggs consumed in Singapore are produced locally.

As we import most of our food, we are contributing to more carbon emissions and fuel usage for shipping and transporting food from overseas.

You can choose to buy food that are grown locally such as vegetables and seafood from supermarkets and wet markets. Or you can buy directly from some of the farms at the Kranji Countryside.

By buying local, you are helping to reduce your carbon footprint and support the livelihood of local farmers.

Avoid Cleaning Too Much

We feel that it’s not necessary to be clean and spotless at all times. It’s ok to be slightly “dirty”, and help save water and energy, reduce the use of chemicals, and avoid over-exposure to chemicals.

You may not agree with us but we think cleanliness can be overlooked occasionally. We think it’s ok to:

1) Wear the same clothes for a few days if there’s no stain or smell; just hang them out under the sun and wear them the next day.

2) Sweep your floor using a broom instead of using the vacuum cleaner; there’s no need to suck up every little bit of dust.

3) Mop your floor once a week and not daily; just remember to wash your feet immediately when you reach home.

4) Clean the kitchen and toilet once a week or fortnightly and use less chemicals; there’s no need to see the kitchen and toilet spotless and sparkling like in commercials.

5) Collect rainwater and use it for flushing the toilet, watering the plants, and washing the car; there’s no need to use clean potable water.

6) Wash your car using only water; there’s no need to use chemicals and polish it to look brand new.

7) Take a quick shower within 15 minutes, and not spend hours making yourself spotless.

Image: Plastic Cans and Brush by vierdrie via stock.xchng

Switch to Rechargeable Batteries

May 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Home and Garden, Tips

Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries can be reused many times and this will help to reduce the disposal of normal single-use alkaline batteries. If 5% of the local population switch to rechargeable batteries, this would prevent the annual disposal of more one million single-use batteries (assuming each person throws away five single-use batteries a year).

Switching to rechargeable batteries also helps you to save money. A pack of four AA alkaline batteries costs about S$2 and can be used only once, whereas a pack of four rechargeable batteries and a charger costs about S$40, and the batteries can be recharged and reused more than 500 times. If you switch to rechargeable batteries and recharge them 20 times, the purchase cost between normal and rechargeable batteries would break even.

Image: Batteries 04 by Carin via stock.xchng

Avoid Printing ATM Receipts

May 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Tips, Work and Transport

The printing of ATM receipts not only wastes paper but also creates a litter problem.

There are more than 1,400 ATM machine locations in Singapore provided by the three local banks (DBS/POSB, UOB and OCBC). If there are ten people printing receipts from each ATM machine daily, we would end up with more than five million paper receipts annually.

This is not taking into account the fact that there are more than one ATM machine at each location and that there are more than five other banks with ATM machines. Imagine the paper wasted if we take all these into account.

In addition, the paper receipts are often found as litter around the ATM machines. So, choose not to print receipts and check your bank account online or update your bank book regularly to ensure that there is no discrepancy.

Image: Unnecessary litter by padday via Flickr

Try Carpooling and Carsharing

April 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Tips, Work and Transport

Carpooling and carsharing allows you to enjoy the benefits of a car without having to own one.

Carsharing

Carsharing allows you the freedom of using a car as and when you want it, without the worries of car ownership. You can book the car and collect it at selected locations.

Check out these carsharing schemes:

Carpooling

Carpooling is the shared use of a car between someone who has a car and those who wants to share the ride. You can also share a taxi ride. Read more

Leave No Child Inside

April 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Kids and Leisure, Tips

Nowadays, our children growing up in urban Singapore are having less contact with nature. There should be more opportunities for them to learn about nature and biodiversity. Bring your children out from the house to the local nature areas and show them the wonderful biodiversity of flora and fauna in Singapore. Leave no child inside.

To find out more about the nature areas in Singapore, visit the National Parks Board and Wildsingapore websites for information on our nature areas, including: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve; Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa; Labrador Nature Reserve and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Guided walks are conducted for some nature areas and we would recommend you to bring your children for such walks to gain more knowledge about the particular area. Some people are mistaken that Singapore is too small to have any nature areas worth visiting, but the biodiversity in these small areas are still an eye-opener if you are willing to spend some time there.

Sign up today for a guided walk to a nature area with your children, and make a commitment to visit at least one nature area every month.

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