Give Away Your Unwanted Stuff

December 17, 2012 by  
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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.

Pass It On is a Central CDC initiative that allows the public to donate unwanted household items in good working condition to Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs).

YouSwop is an online community that allows people to exchange items for something they need for free.

2. Give to Charity

The Salvation Army operates Family Thrift Stores that receives donations-in-kind from the public and companies, and resells them to support social programmes. You can find a list of the locations of Family Thrift Stores and donation bins at the Salvation Army website.

The Tzu Chi Recycling Points and the monthly Recycling Day collects items like clothes, electrical appliances, school bags, leather, belts, shoes, soft toys, CDs, etc.

Blessings in a Bag is a non-profit project that partners with communities, orphanages, schools, and homes across Asia to provide for the needs of underprivileged, abused and medically-ill children. They accept donations for items (in decent condition and not stained, torn or dirty) such as children’s workbooks, educational toys and games, baby and children’s clothes, children’s story books, and recyclable tote bags.

3. Use the Recycling Programme

Old clothing and soft toys or electrical items can be placed in the recycling bags or bins under the National Recycling Programme. These items are usually sold by the recycling collectors.

Contact your recycling collector to check what used items can be placed inside the recycling bag or bin.

Fly Less and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

September 12, 2012 by  
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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  
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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.

Find out more about these NGOs and groups that are contributing to the environmental causes in Singapore and volunteer your time with them:

Animal Concerns Research and Education Society
Avelife Foundation
Blue Water Volunteers
Cat Welfare Society
Environmental Challenge Organisation (Singapore)
Ground-Up Initiative
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore)
Kampung Temasek
Nature Society (Singapore)
Raffles Museum Toddycats
Singapore Environment Council
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
TeamSeagrass
Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
Waterways Watch Society
WWF Singapore

Choose Locally Produced Food

August 1, 2012 by  
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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.

Try Carpooling and Carsharing

April 27, 2012 by  
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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:

Car Club
KahShare
WhizzCar

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.

For carpooling or taxipooling opportunities, check out:

Carpool King
CabCorner
MyRideBuddy

MyRideBuddy is the first dynamic and real time carpooling solution in Singapore. MyRideBuddy matches users near common start and end points or en route drop-off points, so that they can share a car ride together according to their convenience and preferences.

All you need to do is to state when you want to carpool, and the start and end points. MyRideBuddy will automatically match partners and send you the required information via email and SMS. It will also inform you about the time of the pick up, the location and the car and ride partner details.

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