How You Can Reduce Wastage In Singapore And Save Money

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Zero wastage is gaining traction from all parts of the world. Singapore has also its very own Zero Waste movement called ZeroWaste SG. The aim is to end waste in the world. Singapore has done quite well, but we still fall behind countries like Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. There is a lot of things we can attempt to do on our own to help this movement that is crucial for the survival of our species as a whole.

The key idea of Zero Waste is this: Remove what isn’t adding value to your life, to make room for stuff that is.

1. Food

The issue of food wastage is real in Singapore. Reducing it can only help you save more time and money. Think about it. One-third of all the food in the world is thrown out. In fact, Singapore threw away about 788,600 tonnes of food in 2014 of which only 13% was recycled. The stats are alarming, and it reflects our poorly we have invested our time and money into food. It is time for us to become more conscious of the way we consume and store food.

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Here are six tips on how you can reduce food wastage.

  • Plan what to buy – Before grocery shopping, make a list of exactly what you need. It prevents you from overbuying and saves your cash too. 
  • Cook your leftovers – Shop your fridge and pantry and use it recreate recipes!
  • Store and handle food properly – Fresh food tends to spoil quickly hence it is key to store them in air tight containers. 
  • Donate to food banks – Click here to find our how you can do so in Singapore. 
  • Try Composting but don’t overthink it –  Composting is a natural process of turning your garden and kitchen waste into rich fertilisers for plants. Compost makes the soil richer and makes the grow well. Attend a workshop to learn more!

2. Clothing

Have you ever looked at your wardrobe and felt anxious? Do you have clothes piled up but you still want to shop online to buy a dress for the event you are attending next week. Clothing waste is a real thing, and it is time we do something about it to help us stay sane.

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Here are three simple ways to reduce clothing waste and save cash.

  • Shop your closet – Go through your wardrobe thoroughly and you can discover a hidden favourite and re-style it to suit your current trend needs. 
  • Donate – There are so many places in Singapore for you to donate your old clothing. They include H&M, Minds Shop, New2uThriftShop and The Salvation Army. 
  • Sell – Resell your clothes online on eBayAsos Marketplace and Bib + Tuck.

3. Electronics

E-waste refers to the discarding of any kind of electrical and electronic products. It is important to know about recycling e-waste to protect human and environmental health. E-waste contains small amounts of heavy metals that can be harmful. Currently Ghana is the world’s largest e-waste dumping ground. It has caused severe health problems to the population of Ghana and children are burning e-waste there instead of going to school. It is still not too late to be mindful of the way we consume our electronics.

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Here are voluntary E-Waste Recycling Programmes for Individuals and Households in Singapore.

  • Starhub’s E-waste recycling – Click here to find out more.
  • Singtel’s E-waste recycling – Click here to find more.

Click here to find out more on other initiatives.

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Let us all do our part for saving the environment!

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