Sustainability

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE REEF. BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.

In celebration of the International Year of the Reef 2018, do your part to help preserve and conserve Singapore's coastal and marine ecosystem. It starts with conscious consumption and reducing single-use plastics in our everyday life.

Highlights

Let’s keep our oceans full of life, not plastic

Choose planet over plastic: FRANK by OCBC and Our Singapore Reefs organised our first youth dive at Lazarus island to clean up the reefs from marine debris and plastic waste.

Watch the youth divers in action in this video.

FRANK by OCBC x Messymsxi - A Natural Effort

In a slum in India, knee-deep in 400kg of plastic waste, surrounded by the choking smell of burning PVC—Zi Xi's has been to some interesting places, all as a result of her passion for the environment. As the daughter of a Chinese painter, illustration came naturally to Zi Xi, although it was never a profession she thought she'd end up in.

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FRANK BY OCBC X OUR SINGAPORE REEFS – A SEA OF CHANGE

The goal: take on the ocean’s trash. The solution: Dive in—literally. Our Singapore Reefs (OSR), made up of founders Tai Chong and Sam, and their colleagues Lynette and Yvonne, has made it their mission to clean up our seas, one discarded plastic bottle (and more) at a time.

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DID YOU KNOW?

PLASTIC TAKES 1,000 YEARS TO GO AWAY

Plastics are used for a day or even minutes, but they take 1,000 years to break down. Even the biodegradable ones break down into microplastics - small particles of less than 5mm. Sadly, a large volume of microplastics end up in our waterways, oceans, or get ingested by marine life.

DID YOU KNOW?

Plastic Poisons Our Food Chain

Even plankton, the tiniest creatures in our oceans, are eating micro-plastics and absorbing their toxins. The substance displaces nutritive algae needed to sustain larger sea life, which feed on them.

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ON AVERAGE, SINGAPOREANS GENERATE 815,200 TONNES OF PLASTIC WASTE EVERY YEAR

In 2017, only 51,800 tonnes of plastic waste was recycled. While that may seem like a sizeable amount, that’s only a 6% recycling rate.

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5 LEVELS OF THE ZERO WASTE HIERARCHY — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, and Landfill

Here's how to be more environmentally conscious: the Zero Waste hierarchy avoids and eliminates the amount and toxicity of waste by conserving and recovering all resources without burning or burying them.

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SCRUB PLASTIC OFF YOUR SHOPPING LIST

Your cosmetic product can contain as much plastic as the packaging it comes in. Plastic microbeads found in some cosmetic and personal care products become marine plastic litter that harms the ecosystems. Do your part by choosing not to use such products. Every bit of effort counts. 

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TIPS TO SAVE

Stainless Steel Straws

Metal straws are a more environmentally-friendly alternative to straws. They are reusable and last for a long time when properly taken care of. As compared to plastic straws, stainless steel straws are BPA free and safe to use. Make the switch and get yours for just under S$4 at most online stores - a small price for a huge impact.

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Stainless Steel Containers

These babies are durable, non-toxic, completely recyclable and less wasteful. It’s also friendlier on your wallet. Each time you bring reusable containers for takeaways, you save S$0.30 - that’s S$72 in savings a year. Woohoo.

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Reusable Tumblers

Get your drinks on while reducing plastic waste. Reusable tumblers not only keep your beverages hot for a long time, some places even offer S$0.50 off when you bring your own tumbler. That’s around S$120 savings a year, just from coffee. A win-win-win situation right there. 

TIPS TO SAVE

Reusable Bags

20,000 disposable plastic bags. That’s how much you can help reduce every time you choose a reusable bag over single-use ones. Do your part to reduce your environmental footprint by avoiding plastic bags. Additionally, some places are starting to charge for bags, with each bag costing up to S$1. Yikes. Bring your own reusable bags and save money while you save the environment. 

TIPS TO SAVE

Bring Your Own

Click here for a list of food vendors who offer discounts or incentives when you help reduce plastic disposables by bringing your own bag, bottle or container.

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SUSTAINABILITY CARDS

Green In or You're Out

"Adapted from a series of work titled Green Is Running Out, this series pokes fun at the need to incorporate plants into daily objects to add green amongst the ever-greying landscape." – Tan Zi Xi, Artist

Available for a limited time only, so get yours today!

Sources
Plastic Pollution Coalition | The Sustainability Project (2017) | United Nations Environment Programme (2017) | Zero Waste SG (2017) | National Environment Agency (2018) | The Independent (2017) | National Ocean Service (2017) | Cosmeticsinfo.org (2016) | Channel NewsAsia (2018) | DollarsandSense (2017)

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