Adopting a sustainable lifestyle in the Garden City is a breeze with these 10 smart tips.
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NEXT: Remember, Fresh Air is Still Free! →
Entrance to all of these parks is free, and most are connected via the extensive Parks Connector Network, that includes five large loops. In the near future, NParks will also be introducing the Round Island Route (RIR), a 150-kilometre cycle-friendly stretch, as well as a 36-kilometre Coast-to-Coast trail stretching from Jurong Lake Gardens to Coney Island Park.
NEXT: Save H2O at Home →
The kit can help users reduce up to 5-percent of their monthly water consumption. Likewise, look for the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) label on water faucets, shower heads, low- capacity flushing cisterns and appliances like washing machines.
NEXT: Don’t Throw Out Expired Food →
NEXT: Lessen the Mess of Moving →
Recently moved homes? Unless you opted for rental or reusable containers from a moving company, you’re likely overrun with cardboard boxes. In SG, you can recycle them in blue bins provided by the National Environmental Agency (check the NEA’s National Recycling Programme page for guidelines and collection schedule). Or, collapse, save and reuse them to store household items. About to relocate? Visit PackEverything.com to choose eco-friendly boxes and suppplies.
NEXT: Beware the Vampires! →
Even if you put your computer or cable box into “sleep” mode when you’re done with it, it could still continue to suck up electricity. In fact, this applies to every single electrical appliance in your home. (And it explains the nickname for these devices and machines: “energy vampires”!) The easiest way to shave your electricity costs and lower your carbon footprint is to turn off the appliance or electronic device and unplug it from the socket. The fastest way? Invest in a multi-socket power strip, and turn off the outlets you don’t need.
NEXT: Give Furniture Another Life →
If one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the latter man is probably part of the family who owns Hock Siong & Co. The shop specialises in restoring Chinese-style and classic furniture,and houseware like wardrobes, chairs and more – and pays people for their no-longer-wanted items. Alternatively, e-sell or e-buy secondhand items on Cash Converters, Carousell and the various SG “expat”, “new mums” and “pre-loved” groups on Facebook (or just give them away on the “sgfreecycle” page).
If you’re feeling even more altruistic, contact the team at Pass It On, which matches items people want to donate with the wishlists of the needy. Just post a picture of what you want to donate with a short description on the website. Then, wait for someone to accept your donation. Or, give your sad-looking wood or metal furniture a little TLC with a spiffy new paint job.
NEXT: Commute Smarter – Carpool Apps →
Sure, you could drive to work or take public transit or a taxi, but that’s so 2017. These days, the eco-transport options are expanding in SG, and now include these three options:
Grab has GrabShare, which allows you to carpool in a Grab car or Grab taxi with another commuter (and can save you up to 30 percent on fares!), and GrabHitch, a social carpooling option that connects you to a non-commercial driver; RYDE works similarly to GrabHitch. Swat is a ride-sharing service that’s limited to weekday mornings and certain SG areas, but charges a flat fare of $5 regardless of distance.
NEXT: Commute Smarter – Electric Cars →
SG’s first fleet of electric cars for public car-sharing scheme BlueSG offers two subscription plans: a yearly membership plan for $15 per month, and a weekly membership plan, which does not require any recurring fee (though rentals are charged based on duration). You’ll need a SG driver’s license, but won’t have to pay for insurance, maintenance and parking. Register online; book via the app.
NEXT: Commute Smarter – Bike Sharing →
Plastic clogs drainage systems and contributes to flooding in many cities – and is now the most prevalent debris found in the ocean. Try these tricks to reuse the ubiquitous packaging: Plastic takeout and food containers are ideal for storing leftovers, packing your lunch or bringing nosh to picnics. Or, as writer and marketing consultant Faith Chanda shared in a recent edition of the Singapore American newsletter: “We still use recycled containers from diaper wipes to store everything from action figures to art supplies and jigsaw pieces.”
NEXT: Eliminate E-Waste →
Got yourself a new phone? Don’t know what to do with the old one? Pass it to the ReCYCLE programme by SingPost and Singtel. To do: Throw devices like mobile phones, tablets, cables and chargers into bins at selected post offices and Singtel shops or exclusive retailer outlets. Or, pick up a ReCYCLE envelope at one of these outlets and mail in the items at no charge.
NEXT: Trim Your Textile Waste →
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