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If you’re not participating in Veganuary, there are still many ways you can do your bit for the environment with these super easy #sggreenhacks.
In land-scarce Singapore, very few people have full-on gardens. But, the new Urban Farming Kit ($14.90) can help you lower your carbon footprint as you cultivate tasty plants like chye sim (Chinese flowering cabbage), kailan (Chinese kale) or kang kong (water spinach). The kit contains everything you need to get started, and purchasing one also supports the underprivileged elderly women who partner with Super Farmers to create these kits.
In October, the EU voted to ban single-use plastics – get with the times by minimising plastic use and other waste with these ideas:
• Mirroring a global trend, more food outlets in SG are no longer providing single-use plastic straws. Don’t want to give them up? Bring around your own reusable metal, glass or silicone straws instead. Lazada sells a six-piece set of straight and bendable glass straws for $7, while Redmart has a set of four stainless-steel straws and a cleaning brush for $17.
• Looking for a reusable coffee cup? Check out the Zuperzozial brand, which makes its cups ($49 for a set of six) out of bamboo and corn powder.
• Take along your own containers to purchase dry food items at green grocers like UnPackt in Sembawang Hills estate. Tip: You reduce food waste by weighing and purchasing only as much as you need.
If you already separate and set aside your plastic recyclables, good work! But, if you’re not rinsing out those bottles and containers, know this: They can’t be recycled due to food contamination, which dramatically lowers the recycling rate. Take a few extra seconds to do this crucial step, and help spread the word to friends and family, too.
Do your part to help fight climate change by adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle. For instance, by switching to ES Power, you can ensure that for every bit of electricity you consume, you will have zero carbon footprint – at zero additional cost. Learn more on its site. Alternatively, make a difference with your shopping dollars: SG-based, eco-fashion brands like Etrican, Hunter + Boo and Zhai Eco Collective use only organic cotton (the first two) or natural fibres like bamboo, linen and eucalyptus (the latter).
Do you sometimes feel like you have to use the harsh stuff to get your house really clean? Now, there’s no need to expose your family (or the environment) to toxic chemicals, thanks to Green Kulture’s line of eco-safe homecare products.
By Ruth Beattie, From The Finder Issue 296 / Photos: 123RF.com, Unpackt and Hunter + Boo
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