Conversations on Sustainable Singapore (Waste and the 3Rs)

May 26, 2014 by  
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Conversations on Sustainable Singapore (Waste and 3Rs) - report cover

Together with Nature Society (Singapore) and SMU verts, Green Future Solutions co-organised 3 Conversations on Sustainable Singapore, with the objectives to understand people’s thoughts and stories, and to generate constructive and specific suggestions for the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint review conducted by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR).

The Conversations on Sustainable Singapore are held over three sessions and focus on the following topics:

  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Waste and the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
  • Food Security (Food Supply and Food Waste)

The second session of the Conversations on Sustainable Singapore: Waste and the 3Rs was held on 4 May 2014. The discussions and suggestions during the session are compiled in the following report for submission to MEWR as potential inputs for the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint review, and also sent to the National Environment Agency (NEA) for their reference and consideration for action.

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Conversations on Sustainable Singapore – Reading Materials

May 20, 2014 by  
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Together with Nature Society (Singapore) and SMU verts, Green Future Solutions co-organised 3 Conversations on Sustainable Singapore, with the objectives to understand people’s thoughts and stories, and to generate constructive and specific suggestions for the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint review conducted by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR).

The Conversations on Sustainable Singapore are held over three sessions and focus on the following topics:

  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Waste and the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
  • Food Security (Food Supply and Food Waste)

For each session, a 2-page reading material on the topic was sent to the participants before the session, so that they can read up on the topic and come prepared with suggestions.

The reading materials are posted below for your reference: Read more

Conversations on Sustainable Singapore

April 7, 2014 by  
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Conversations on Sustainable Singapore

Do you wish to see a more sustainable Singapore and have good ideas to share? We’re pleased to announce that Nature Society (Singapore), SMU verts and Green Future Solutions are co-organising 3 Conversations on Sustainable Singapore for you to discuss specific topics and share suggestions.

The aim of the conversations is to generate constructive and specific suggestions, which would be submitted for the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint review by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.

You’re invited to join us for the conversations! The sessions will be held at the SMU Administration Building, Level 6 University Lounge, on the following dates and time, with a specific topic for each session:

26 Apr 2014, Sat (0830 – 1300)
Energy and Climate Change

4 May 2014, Sun (0830 – 1300)
Waste and the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)

24 May 2014, Sat (0830 – 1300)
Food Security (Food Supply and Food Waste)

We’re opening up 50 seats to the public for each session. For more info and to sign up for the conversations, click on the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aufR_Luk6OoCOrs58vHVPiB-TbF4fQW58nCmdAFjXuo/viewform

We look forward to your participation in the Conversations on Sustainable Singapore!

A Zero Waste Hierarchy for Developing Countries in Asia

October 31, 2013 by  
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Developing countries in Asia are struggling with the increasing amounts of waste generated and disposed. Those countries without the proper waste infrastructure and collection services often resort to open dumping or burning, thus causing environmental pollution and health problems.

What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a concept that could be adopted in these developing countries in Asia. Zero Waste challenges the old way of thinking about waste as something that has no value and to be thrown away.

According to the Zero Waste Alliance: “Zero waste suggests that the entire concept of waste should be eliminated. Instead, waste should be thought of as a “residual product” or simply a “potential resource” to counter our basic acceptance of waste as a normal course of events. Opportunities such as reduced costs, increased profits, and reduced environmental impacts are found when returning these “residual products” or “resources” as food to either natural and industrial systems.” Read more

Design and Make Sustainable Products

August 8, 2012 by  
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Are you a designer interested in designing more sustainable products? Is your company looking at green product design? This article explores the various sustainable design principles that have been developed over the years, which designers can adopt and apply in their work.

Designers and manufacturers can design and make sustainable products and packaging that are durable and non-toxic, use less materials and resources during its entire life cycle, and which can be reused, repaired or recycled.

To eliminate the concept of waste means to design things – products, packaging and systems – from the very beginning in the understanding that waste does not exist. – Jonathon Porritt, Capitalism as if the World Matters

Several sustainable design and product principles have been developed over the years and we look at some of them below:

  1. Biomimicry
  2. Cradle to Cradle
  3. Design for the Environment
  4. Life Cycle Assessment
  5. The Natural Step
  6. Other Resources

If you’re a designer or manufacturer, learn and adopt these sustainable principles in your product or packaging. Read more

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