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    little it would be less than a quarter of the price you bought it for and they sell it off at much higher prices than the amount they paid you the people who purchases it then would in turn have to invest even more money to get it fixed i think it would be better to donate it to schools or whichever place that can make better use of it victortky It would be better to donate your used computers or electronic equipment to those who need it more THose old electonics don t fetch a good price in the second hand market and it would be much better to give it to someone who needs it more than throwing it away Recycling is also a good thing as companies such as dell encourages their consumers to send their used products back to their stores for recycling Say No To Bottled Water Instead of buying pre packaged bottled water consider other options Many people find grabbing a bottle of water to go a necessary convenience and a hard habit to break Invest in a filter for your faucet or a filtered pitcher to go in the refrigerator Use this tasty filtered water to fill up a reusable neoprene or stainless steel bottle Think By pshung on 31 Jul 2010 Comment Like Report 5 Comments soapandshampoo Will save a lot of money too Bottled water is typically priced at about 1 20 2 dollars Assuming the average person buys bottled water 2 times a week he she can buy an extra meal every week keshias Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College in North Sydney has banned the sale of bottled water and invested 40 000 to install water stations throughout the school And this was a project lead by a couple of students Maybe we should ban it in our school too but it would take a lot of boycotting from the consumers to discourage the stores from selling bottled water http www abc net au news video 2010 07 28 2967041 htm nzyjordan but I like bottled water sharon9280 Bottled waters can easily be replaced Why spend money to buy bottled water when you can just bring your own water bottle and refill whenever you needed Bottled water is a product marked up 3000 Yes 3000 You re giving your precious allowance to the manufacturer and at the same time increasing wastes Plus plastic bottles cannot be used for long Eventually it has to be disposed of or recycled hopefully In many countries bottled waters are not regulated Meaning we wouldn t know what are the ingredients materials used for the packaging By comparison tap water is regulated more stringently So why buy bottled water when you can have cleaner water and save money too rhcp09 I do realise that I spend a lot of money purchasing bottled water when I can invest in a water bottle and bring water from home If more people do this less plastics will be

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    like to give some comment Recycling is indeed helping in preserving our resources but the more effective method is reduce Use how much we need not how much we want By reducing the amount of stuff used we also reduce amount of things needed to be recycled as well as resources used for recycling them ruskinong Agree with fasciola89 the core aim of the 3R system is the first R of Reduce If you can reduce you wouldn t need to reuse and much less recycle So reducing is the vital role in the entire lifestyle hellodufis Hey dawn and gang D I think all three Rs are important I don t believe that one is more important than the other they compliment each other Even if you reduce you still can and should reuse and recycle It does not mean that if you reduce you do not have to reuse and recycle Also even if you reuse you should also do the other two vice versa There s a reason why it s Reduce Reuse and Recycle and not use Reduce or Reuse or Recycle To Dawn yeap I think the small things makes a difference too It s like how we will purposely hold on to something just to get it to the recycling bin shekmingwei I agree with helloufis that the 3 Rs are all important Reuse and recycle cut down the amount of rubbish we create saving us space that is used to dump them and also reduce pollution Personally i think that even though reduce is slightly more effective as it directly lowers the demand its hard to change people s habit like using plastic bags It will take some time to educate the people and for them to adjust their life style to it massa23 The 3Rs Reduce Recycle and Reuse is very important We can just buy pen refills or use any paper that is printed wrong as rough paper instead of using a fresh new sheet of paper We should not keep buying new pens because we must know that a pen consists of the cover and the pen cover It s made of glass and some is even plastic Plastic is estimated that it won t begin to decompose in a landfill for at least 1 000 years So we must remember to save the earth by doing and not saying because the earth is in our hands Time For A Change I was reading the news in The Straits Times online when I chanced upon the blog entry titled Refusing to Recycle by reporter Victoria Vaughan In her blog she commented how she was saddened by the attitude to recycling in Singapore Waste mixed up are always piling on top of bins some even hanging out around its edges despite By amandaaalim on 18 May 2010 Comment Like Report 9 Comments camellialimxinyi I agree with her on this sad point Singaporeans really need to start learning and putting it to action on how to recycle sort out their trash Those selfish actions not only creates wastage it also unsightly and may even attract pests and insects It just simply reflects badly on our citizens I m ashamed whenever I come across such events It was and still is different in other countries camellialimxinyi For example I was in Taiwan for a holiday when I was very surprised when the cashier at a convenience store did not pack my newly bought goods into plastic bags We had to pay for it if we wanted it Looking around me I saw others carrying their goods home without plastic bags too Some even refused to get plastic bags even though they were struggling with many items This would not have happened in Singapore despite some places like IKEA and NTUC where you have to pay 5 cents for each plastic bag on specific days Singaporeans would rather just pay for the bags camellialimxinyi They also have a consistent trash sorting system as it is similar in Japan to train their people to sort out their rubbish and recycle the recyclables On top of that they also have the three different recycling bins beside every rubbish bin on the streets buildings and shopping malls I feel that it is really effective and what I saw there was that recycling has already being instilled firmly in the Taiwanese people s lives I was greatly impressed I propose that we do the same here The government may even consider imposing fines or incentives to improve this situation There needs to be a change haziqadam k everlust I totally agree Me being born in Taiwan I know what it was like many years back There was like only a bin in the entire street maybe as long as Orchard Road Now there is so much more bins and recycling bin beside every bin I have to point out that they only have one recycling bin compared to us where we have 3 namely Metal Paper Plastic That added inconvenience to sort out the trash is not very ideal knowing Singaporeans lazy mentality especially when it comes to trash I suggest that we revamp the system and change it to just one bin so it helps some of the Singaporeans overcome their lazy attitude pfang I think it takes time for Singaporeans to get used to the habit of recycling Since the last Bring Your Own Bag national green campaign there haven t been any significant national green campaigns Hopefully there will be one educating the public on what goes into the recycling bins Often waste are thrown into these recycling bins which only has a mediocre collection of recycled items to start with These contaminates the recyclables and causing them to be deemed no longer recyclable as a result I think we should be more considerate I m impressed with Japan s trashing sorting system They even separate the recyclable parts of a item into their respective categories Eg Collapsing paper cartons and separate the plastic screw on cap Also they cultivate the recycling habit since young I think we should do that too and start the change now alvin2 I reckon that Singapore can go green only if Singaporeans can break away from their comfort zone and do their part in saving the environment Simple stuffs such as to bring your own bags when shopping and refusing the plastic bags provided or keeping newspaper paperwork and then throwing it into the recycling bin would contribute alot in saving the environment I think that we Singaporeans do not really know the strain we have put on earth and the consequences that have yet to come yinqing I agree that Singaporeans are trying to go green er but I believe we are still not trying hard enough I do hope that the sorting of the trash system will be implemented in Singapore homes one day I believe it will work better than having to search for the recycling bins on the streets So far in neighbourhoods I have not spotted any recycling bins They are mainly located in Town area which I doubt many will bring my trash all the way onto the public transport and to Town area just to recycle it jessica I think we could probably start with the housewives since they are the ones doing most of the groceries shopping Getting them to bring their own shopping bags will save alot of plastic bags But problem is how do we change their mindset As far as I ve noticed most of the housewives do not bring the bags It s Time To Change I was reading the news in The Straits Times online when I chanced upon the blog entry titled Refusing to Recycle by reporter Victoria Vaughan In her blog she commented how she was saddened by the attitude to recycling in Singapore Waste mixed up are always piling on top of bins some even hanging out around its edges despite By artika on 18 May 2010 Comment Like Report 4 Comments keshias According to the Boiling Frog Analogy if a frog is placed into a pot of boiling water it will leap out immediately to escape the danger But if the frog is put into a pot of cold water that is being heated up gradually to boiling point the frog will not be aware of the threat until it is too late The frog will eventually be boiled to death The frog s survival instincts are geared towards detecting sudden changes This parable is often used to illustrate how humans have to pay attention to slowly changing trends in the environment not just the sudden changes We often make the mistake of monitoring only the obvious threats and ignore the slowly developing ones If we continue to avoid the issue slowly but surely the world that is our home will be destroyed It s not too late to fix things So spread the word set aside our differences and start saving our planet together while we still can softbunlet I think attitudes do change but it is often so slow that it takes a generation before you see the effects Just think about it less than 2 generations ago our forefathers were spewing industrial waste into the atmosphere unregulated and dumping waste into the rivers and seas Closer to home how many youths these days litter the ground just like that and spit on the floor compared to those who belong to the older generations As mankind progresses attitudes can and will change Do not be disheartened if every green effort you make today has seemingly no impact You are making a difference for the future for your children and the generations after that shekmingwei I do not really agree with the blogger that camellialimxinyi has mentioned Firstly recycling bins are not as easy to find compare to normal rubbish bins Second rubbish that a person on a street may have is also most probably not something that can be recycle like plastic bags used tissue paper or food wrapper We should be thankful that people are not throwing those waste anywhere on the ground this shows that they have awareness to keep their environment clean in them firstbornunicorn I think that Singaporeans are not recycling enough because it is still considered inconvenient and a hassle In other countries such as Japan Germany and Spain the residents have to sort out all their trash before throwing it out into specific bins Here everyone just throws all kinds of trash into their bins and then empty it into the collective point It would be good if the government could start a campaign that encourages people to sort out their trash before throwing it out Recycling bins should be made more conveniently accessible such as having them on every floor of HDB estates This would definitely cost more money but it would be money well spent if everyone started organising their waste into recyclable categories All the paper glass and plastic wastes can be sent to be recycled instead of being incinerated or sent to clog up landfills There should also be a collection point for old unwanted electronic products as many residents simply throw their old electronic goods into the trash It may be difficult to get everyone to start sorting out their trash so we could probably take a leaf out of California s book Within the Californian City of Santa Monica all the community s waste is put into one waste bin This is then hand sorted by workers at the recycling centre in the city s Industrial zone which is run by a private company paid for by tax dollars This single streaming process seems laborious being labour intensive but has the advantage of focusing the operation in a single venue and gives residents no responsibility to sort out their rubbish from their recyclables It is time that Singaporeans took more responsibility for their own waste and the government could do their part to help nudge us in the right direction Recycling Ideas Everyone everywhere is going green now a days and even at home People around the globe are starting to recycle their plastic stuffs and re using them You can find recycling bins at home and everyone is starting to use less A normal plastic bottle would normally have been thrown away after it is used but instead of doing so people are By nabesss on 11 May 2010 Comment Like Report 16 Comments rockebird I feel that as Singapore is a small country the need to recycle is very important and we should all play our part by starting at home Waste in Singapore are normally burned in the incinerators then sent to be dumped at palau semakau If everyone starts recycling the amount of waste will go down and palau semakau will not be filled up so quickly And since recycling decreases the amount of waste air will be better as less garbage will be burned in the incinerators We may be individuals but the impact is much greater if we did it together ojh Since we are all living on the same planet everyone has the responsibility in keeping the environment clean Thus every individual has a part to play In order to keep the environment clean the most basic step is to recycle our waste product Materials such as plastics and paper can always be recycled Plastics can produce toxic gases when being combusted and paper is made from the woods belonging to trees As such we should not be wasting these materials and throw them into the rubbish bin instead of the recycling bin I personally believed these actions are not enough to save this planet Besides recycling these products we could re use them as well For example aluminium cans from soft drinks keep be modify and use as a decoration in our home or even use as a door stop There is so much possibility we can do with our waste products and therefore we should not be just throwing them straight away to the rubbish bin Like what rockebird has said we may be individual our effort may be small However there are more the 6 billion humans on earth if we all contribute in keeping the environment clean the impact is larger than anyone can imagine cursatory i think our planet is very unique at least in this solar system There is no other place in the solar system for us to live so naturally like on earth So i think its our duty to preserve and to protect the planet Recycling is one of those ways we can help do that recycling basically help reduce the demand for more new raw materials thus letting the ecosystem to sustain such activities like logging and large scale fishing it help to raise awareness of the need to start helping to preserve the world Also i really hope governments can step up and do more in recycling efforts as they are the best people to start doing it and force private sectors to do the same and when all these little efforts add up it be very substantial and hopeful enough to reverse alot of the harm we have already done to the world yamakaya i think that we all need to do our part no matter how small or insignificant the things we are doing are because when we all a little bit they will add up to become a lot causing a large effect on the enviroment I also think that we should really reduce the waste we are throwing because when we the wastes are being incinerated in the incinerator and then the chemicals used to make these things are realeased into the air causing more damage then we think we are Therefore i really think that we should do our part as a human on this planet Jie Rui victorwoooh Since getting everyone to go green is such a large scale project I feel that we should first start with individual effort Everyone should play their part as every single effort counts People can start with reusing some of the waste they produced such as bottles plastic bags and papers They can also sort their rubbish out and dispose them in recycling bins instead of dumping them in the garbage bin which eventually takes up our living spaces and causes pollution Prevention is better than cure Recycling isn t cheap at all Therefore the best way is to start with reducing the usage of our resources Every bit of effort counts For example we can bring our own baskets when we visit the market instead of using plastic bags Bring our own water bottles rather than purchasing bottles of mineral water If everyone is able to make such minor changes in our lives we can make the world a better place isachn Its heartening to hear that more Singaporeans are cutting down on consumption and starting to recycle But currently most of the Singaporeans still can t be bothered to Reduce consumption Reuse their posessions and Recycle their unwanted items The environment damage from mining of resources is inflicted on other countries so at least in the short term it does not affect Singaporeans But if you don t see it doesn t mean it does not exist Reusing and Recycling of materials not only helps to save the environment elsewhere it also helps to reduce Singapore s dependance on foreign materials and oil By the way oil prices have recently gone over SGD 100 and its expected to go higher and at the same time Plastic can be EASILY recycled When we recycle we build recycling industries and create jobs here at home When we BUY oil from other countries to make plastic we lose jobs and they build skyscrapers Due to all the talks

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    I agree that plastic bags can be minimized extensively It can be reduced if every single one of us practices the habit of using reusable canvas bags The issue is most of us aren t trained in that sense from young So efforts to go green don t seem to be a big deal to many of us Singaporeans especially need to get the right mindset not have the only one to do it won t make a difference kind of mindset Nevertheless I m glad that Singapore is improving their efforts in going green such as building of eco friendly malls Singaporeans on the other hand should try their best on minimizing the use of plastic bags especially p1011195 Reading from the comments above the point of eradicating all these disposable plastic items is impossible has been made I would like to bring up something pochielle said She said We could also collect plastic bags for uses such as throwing rubbish into them at home and putting wet umbrellas to keep in bags I find this is what most people do My mom does that as well and i find that simply reusing certain plastic items is more logical and would be accepted by the public easier than eradicating the use of plastics But yes some items should be single use like plates and spoons due to hygene issues Simply replacing them with wooden spoons and durable melamine plates could slove the issue on disposing after 1 use However even reusing items has its limits Mainly regarding health For example Some people reuse plastic bottles Sure this is fine if u do it a few times but if its done too many times it starts to become a health hazzard example bacteria from sharing the bottle heat damage done to sterilize the bottle But people ignore the risks anyway because it is convenient for them We live in the world of convenience today We were born during the age of the internet Some people even wish for teleportation to be possible in the future why convenience Today most items would be considered single use even those that were made reuseable People are saying Yes if each individual plays a part please take into consideration the word if Statistically more people would ignore these things rather than take it seriously What im trying to say is that yes i agree with you that we should try to eradicate the widespread popularity of single use plastics by reusing certain items But we should first make more people aware and understand what these single use plastics are doing to our planet and make them understand the limits of reusing certain plastics In my opinion it is not viable to have the melamine plates wooden spoons and canvas bags now as people would not want to be inconvininced by the need to put in extra effort after so many years of having disposable utensils From my good friend in newzeland and I strongly agree with his point of view He also added it would require a lot of persuasion to get the public to see that they are actually killing the planet as the are lazy sons of bi es who just want to eat their ice cream and not wash the spoon Please pardon his comment im really sorry for the vulgarities I just wanted to show that he actully does make a good point about how it would require alot of persuasion wanying i think that instead of thinking about how to reduce less disposable plastic and encouraging the public to do so as well we should just make the public bring their own utensils and charge for utensils provided If that catches on a we would nt have to worry about wasting our resources b the public would not have to worry about wherether the washing uncle auntie did a good job cleaning their utensils c prices for food may go down because now there is no need to buy utensils Its a win win situation is it not off to invent really cool looking lightweight utensils looiqihui Plastic has been an environmental issue since the day it started Plastics come from fossil fuels or underground oil field crude oil and world s oil reservoirs are to near depletion Yet plastic is still an ongoing choice of material used in our daily products Plastic are made in low heating point making it easy for production It has shown that China is the first country for plastic exports USA is the first country for plastic imports compared to Singapore ranked at 24th in plastic imports 1 It is only possible for eradication of plastic when the world has found another source of resource to replace your daily products Imagine if you would have items that have to be lighter than plastic This means you might or might not be seeing your notebook case made in plastic It could be something that is heavier if the days come for depletion Consider melamine resin as a better choice for utensils there are negative impacts toward the environment as well Results has proven that melamine resin thermoset plastic takes more time to degrade than polyethylene thermoplastic polymer 2 This makes a longer process Since now the world is going green saving the Mother Earth It makes no sense to actually have plastics that are taken longer time to degrade This has been shown to why melamine failed and now melamine has been used as fasionable contemporary shapes tableware 3 However plastic are banned in Modbury Devon England 4 It is the first town in Europe to ban plastic bags from its shops thereafter an extraordinary transformation has taken place in the South Devon community Carry a plastic bag has become antisocial behaviour I had to rescue one lady because she was walking down the road with a plastic bag and her friends were saying you can t be seen in Modbury with a plastic bag said Rebecca Hosking 33 a wildlife camerawoman who came up with the idea in a local pub one evening On the hygiene factor the melamine monomer is safe as long the toxicity is low and that it does not injure our health As a result no counry regulates melamine as conrolled substance from the viewpoint of safety and health 5 There are claims for its durability and it was not totally indestructible Unfortunately melamine cups were stained by tea and coffee This was especially obvious on the two tone cups and bowls with a white lining I am sure some of you have been to traditional coffee shops that are still serving the old small teacups with the saucer You can clearly see that it is being stained and some are even chipped Lets place this on a safety side if the chipped off portion were to cut your lips while drinking Bear in mind that coffee shops wash the utensils in bulk it is bound to have utensils being chipped It is advise that consumers should look for safer choices and avoid melamine plastic dishware if it is not feasible to dispose of your melamine dishware avoid using older cracked pieces and do not use the dishware for hot or acidic foods 6 Therefore it is not a good choice for using melamine as our tableware Next on prevention there is no point to impose higher sub fees to people using disposable plastic tableware They may know the importance of saving Earth but to mere convenience they forgo the imposed fee This will not strengthen the spread of word but creating detrimental effects for the years to come Another case study to be focused when I am in one of the college in Nanjing China I notice that students bring their own utensils when they had their breaktime Likewise food vendors do not provide utensils for you even if you have it take away It is not an anti social cause to bring your own lunchbox with those utensils that look like you were using while you are in kindergarten This has proven widely when I asked them Where can I get the utensils They replied We are supposed to bring our own utensils whenever there is lunch break It is a habit to inculcate the youngs to bring your own foodware and have the independence to wash them after eating This is something that we all be it young or old should inculcate and follow In conclusion there has been a research that can hasten the process for degrading plasic Symphony Environmental Technologies has found a way by adding additives at the extrusion stage will make the finished product oxo biodegradable so that it will degrade and disappear in a short timescale leaving no fragments no methane and no harmful residues 7 If this research is to be successful we can add the additives to hasten the process Eliminate previous non additives plastics by recycling them The failure is plastic is a recyclable material but most of it does not end up being recycled Around 30 billion water bottles are thrown away each year and only around 20 percent are recycled 8 The importance is to push the cause further to make it recycled so it can be reused 1 Who Imports and Exports the Most Plastic by World Trade Organisation http spreadsheets google com pub key 0AonYZs4MzlZbcGhOdG0zTG1EWkVPYzUzTVpNRTVkSlE gid 1 2 What is Melamine http www wisegeek com what is melamine htm 3 The Rise and Fall of Melamine Tableware by Steve Akhurst http www retrowow co uk retro style plastics melamine tableware html 4 World Asks Town that Banned the Plastic Bag How Can We Do It Too http www guardian co uk environment 2007 may 12 uknews waste 5 Explanation of the Melamine Resin http nissin dental net news 20081115103938 html 6 Our Kitchenware Ourselves Generation Green http generationgreen org p 133 7 Degradable Plastics Biodegrable Plastics D2W http www degradable net index shtml 8 What is Made Out of Recycled Plastic http www wisegeek com what is made out of recycled plastic htm Other Resources 9 How is Plastic Made Flash Video http www degradable net plastics symphonyplastics zip 10 D2W Oxo biodegradable Plastics Response PDF Document http www degradable net response pdf p1046641 I believe that it is impossible to stop the use of single use plastic because our society is heavily dependent on it Until we are able to find a better alternative single use plastic products will always be in our lives The reason why canvas bags wooden spoons or melamine plate are unable to replace the single use plastic is because it doesn t have the ability single use plastic has Thus rather than trying to stop people from using the plastic we should adopt habits to fully maximize our single use plastic The habits we adopt makes single use plastics more than single use plastics karenmei Everything we do comes with a price Plastic is cheap and easy to make not to mention its durability too In this ever developing society we live in I am not surprised one would actually go for a plastic bag then a canvas bag when shopping or using a plastic spoon over a wooden spoon These things can save money and are much less troublesome after all switching back to the old methods of using other materials instead of plastic do have their own bad side Melamine bowls have to be washed over and over again and is very time consuming and waste of water especially for food centers Porcelain utensils crack easily too and are expensive to replace Wooden ice cream spoons require trees and canvas bags required money too when its replaced I would suggest we should just try to adapt to whatever is given to us and be content with it Although I had observed that some people take this privilege they have for granted I think this only applies to the minority and if we maximize the full use of this material we are not over using it My family keep whatever good conditioned plastic bags we have and would use if again and again for other purposes until it is torn We are truly lucky to be given so much convenience p1067802 It is not possible to eradicate the use of disposable plastic because time is needed to wash all the utensils and plates vendors will not have the time to wash the utensils and plates if they are very busy example during the peak hours the workers really do not have the spare time to wash all the utensils and plates What we can only do is to reduce the usuage of disposable plastic we should follow the japanese style some japanese bring there own utensils chopsticks and spoons when they go out to have lunch or dinner After they have finishes their food they wash their own utensils dry them and keep it inside their pouch So this is a very good way to reduce the usage of plastic spoons and wooden chopsticks Angie jiazhen True it is necessary for us to cut down on the use of plastic bags as they are non biodegradable and will pollute the environment when they are burned Judging from the comments above I can see that most people would support the idea of charging the public for the use of plastic bags However this will not cause a very significant reduction in the amount of plastic bags used as most people would still think that 20 cents or a few cents is nothing much Moreover for the sake of convinence most people would just give the few cents to get the plastic bag In addition as what some of you have pointed out the younger generation now is all about looking cool and that carrying your own canvas bag to shopping will make you look like an old aunty or uncle Even if the government do decide to charge us for the plastic bags most people would most probably protest against it Why do I say that Well this is because most of us are living in HDB flats now and to throw our rubbish we have to place our rubbish in a plastic bag before we can throw it down the rubbish chute If the government charge us for the plastic bags won t we be paying to throw our rubbish away It would be better if the government gave us plastic bags to throw our rubbish in and perhaps stop the distribution of plastic bags from now on Stores could switch to paper bags or encourage customers to buy a canvas bag so they can reuse it next time for their shopping I do think that the government should start focusing on corn plastic and ways in which it can be manufactured more easily to reduce costs Corn plastic as it name suggests is made from corn It is biodegradable and can be manufactured to a certain lifespan before it decomposes Sadly this technology is still not explored greatly by the government as it is too expensive to create corn plastic smellyoscar i agree with your statement the use of durable melamine plates help vendors save money on constantly restocking their disposable plates and utensils i think the govrnment should encourage singaporeans to bring their own utensils to help save washing time for vendors tohyanyu Agree However the idea is next to impossible unless what someone has mentioned we find an alternative biodegradable material with the properties that can match or is better than single use plastics We constantly use it for example to wrap single use needles or other medical tools for hygiene purposes and this cannot be compromised be it a small injection or a major surgery The government thus should encourage technology to attain said material or for the public to avoid usage of single use plastics whenever possible through education media and campagiens colgate I agree to a certain extend No matter how many campaigns that are being put up there would be people who are indifferent towards the importance of going green and save the Earth There are still ways that we can help to salvage it We can avoid the use of thin plastic carry bags disposable plastic cups and plates Advisable to use biodegradable products as well as cloth jute paper and glass products nabs Agree Most of us are lazy to bring our own bags to supermarkets we just have this habit for depending on supermarkets to provide us with plastic bags Agree on hawker centres should use durable melamine plates But stall vendors are getting lazy to wash their own plates so they use disposable plates spoon bowl and etc Which they can save money than buying disposable utensils Most of us are lazy to bring our own bags or wash plates p1067828 We should use less plastics instead of having baned for using the plastics or being replaced by those wooden utensils Using of these wooden utensils might make worst to the recycling cause it is made from wood whereby wood is decreasing in the amount too Plastics are cheaper then the malamine plates as plastics plates utensils are for our conveniency sake and safety people might accidentally broke the melamine plates and hurt themselves In this society nowadays we are getting lazier to do houseworks by washing up our dishes as thestandard of living is getting higher as compared with the past Using of plastics utensils at hawker area might be considered sterile and hence preventing from gettting ssone unwanted diseases from the uensils as nowadays those utensils and sent to factories to wash the utensils by the machinerys not by human labour I ca t deny the fact that many shops are promoting to us with the recycled bags NTUC have the recycled bags sold in 1 for the big bag People was getting more

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    difference and thus others claim that it is not effective Most would rather just throw their trash away as it is more convenient furthermore many do not see the importance of recycling Personally i think reducing is a much more effective way to save the earth as it does not require much hassle Ameerah allen05 In my opinion recycling is very much effective in mankind s fight against climate change yes it s true that most things we throw out are not recyclable like plastic bags and tin cans but but there are other items that may have another life of usage used plastic bottles can be used as water bottles and watering cans yes they are some kind of hassle but just keep in mind that this small step is actually a way for us to save the only planet we got Save Those Kisses It s a fact With Hershey Company producing approximately 20 000 000 kisses a day the 133 square miles of aluminium used to wrap the chocolate is recyclable What s more these recyclable wrap mostly ends up in trash rather than in recycling bins Interesting aye By yinqing on 01 May 2010 Comment Like Report 4 Comments ruskinong Yup That is why we should get people to recycle instead of wasting them by defining them as general waste immediately after usage Everything should be fully utilised to prevent wastage christelyay Yeah Almost everything can be recycled if we want to keshias I agree with Christel There are so many recycling competitions nowadays requesting teams to build a sculpture of some sort And it is up to our creativity how we want to recycle the items Though it is hard to find storage space to put all those recyclable materials because as we piled up more it will become unsightly and a fire hazard iamnotme I never knew that Hershey kisses wrappers are recyclable I guess this is like what you all had said anything could be recyclable This means that we should probably think twice before throwing your rubbish straight into the bin Instead we can probably keep it with us until we can find it s home at the nearest recycling bin This is so much better than ending it s life as some useless rubbish Trash To Treasure A man s trash is another man s treasure Between the two extreme of trash and treasure stand this magic word recycling Many people have heard of recycling and some might even have sorted your rubbish into those multi coloured and function bins In Japan classifying waste is a part of their lifestyle and people takes ownership of the By bydaylight on 26 Apr 2010 Comment Like Report 6 Comments bluepeasoup Japan really emphasizes the need to recycle I remembered when I was holidaying in Tokyo a few years back you can really tell that recycling is part of their lifestyle Even in a fast food chain like McDonald s they are expected to

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    go to that Macdonalds I ll make sure to tell them I dont want so many plastic bags shame on them for not realising the harm they re causing lets take a stand against this D Is SP Really Going Green This is a question I would really like to be answered With the construction of installing numerous brighter lights that takes up more wattage therefore more power along the corridors and the canteens revamping old places to install air conditioning such as foodcourt 5 and even opening the various foodcourts on the weekends All these By glennong on 17 Jul 2010 Comment Like Report 1 Likes keshias like this 9 Comments deepthroat The green initiative has just been launched not long ago Give SP more time sandyyy If SP s REALLY going green maybe they should start from the basic things such as paper We all know how much paper is wasted each semester on printing lecture tutorial notes for exams assignment reports etc And where do these stacks of paper go to after the scripts or reports are being vet by the lecturers Do they really end up in the recycling bins like they were supposed to or are do they get thrown away like they always do Mhmmm sharon9280 I don t doubt SP s recycling efforts I think those papers are usually kept for filing before being sent in bulk to factories for shredding and recycling But what I m really concerned is the usage of air conditioning within the premises Are they really necessary Not just that the usual temperature of air conditioners are set to below 20 degrees e g main library Moberly I hope that the green efforts don t just start from us students the estates being the one who can contribute most should set certain rules such as setting a timing lowest temperature for air conditioners Other than that the installation of sensors in toilets lights are switched on when movement is detected the system whereby electricity is cut off in a classroom once it s locked placing of recycling bins there can be more these moves are commendable Go SP Haha khairulariffin Personally I think SP has much to improve on in the area of going green When I stayed over in school to do a project most of their lights were still switched on in deserted areas of the school I think SP should cut down on printing notes on papers and have the students access their notes on laptops theverytallcp12 I think SP is indeed putting effort I ve seen posters and people walking around promoting the message Save Gaia However i agree that maybe SP should start turning off the lights of classes to go green Give them time Im sure things will get better han91 SP is trying their best to go green building all those things are also for the benefits of their student so do not blame it on SP I suggest that SP should build more gardens to grow more plants and trees its also a place for student to relax and chill out weirong Sounds like this very campaign is just for CSR greenism Indeed the question of whether SP is going green remains unknown However personally I feel that SP is doing its best for the environment This can be seen from the SP Go Green Movement that it has implemented this year Besides that I also noticed that more and more recycling bins are placed around Singapore Polytechnic The newly renovated toilets are also installed with lighting sensors where the lights will only be activated if a persons movement is detected in the toilet This goes to show that SP is indeed doing something for the environment But I feel that there is still room for improvement As what khairulariffin mentioned I noticed that lightings at most lecture halls are not turned off when they are not used especially at night rinka The efforts that SP put in is everyone can see Although there are still some points that we have missed So it needs more SP students to monitor and doing more good practices to our environment That is the most important thing that we want to achieve Bicycles Over Cars Recently I read about various cities in the world that have an overwhleming choice of bicycles over cars Examples include Copehhagen Denmark The 1 7 million people living in this northern city are known to be avid cyclers The city also won the European Environmental Award for its clean waterways and leadership in environmental planning in By thelion on 05 Jul 2010 Comment Like Report 10 Comments greenenthusiast While theoretically it may seem like a good idea I don t see it as feasibly being possible for Singaporeans to switch to bicycles Here s why 1 Singaporeans are pretty face The idea of each person in the family having to buy a bike and then the cost of maintaining each of these bikes is not cheap maybe not as ex as cars but most Singaporeans ALREADY have cars Bikes would be additional cost 2 Our road infrastructure is not made for excessive amounts of bicycles As of now LTA is even making pavements and sidewalks smaller in a bid to make roads wider roads meant for engine vehicles The reason why it is completely dangerous for bicycles to be ridden on roads with cars and other engine vehicles is the speed swerve and brake ability differences in engine and non engine vehicles More accidents are bound to happen if more bicycle riders start riding on our roads 3 While turning to bicycles instead of cars may be reducing the toxic wastage cars aren t our biggest polluters in the country and therefore the effect on Singapore s CO2 levels will not be that drastic Singapore s biggest polluters are our landfills high amount of refuse and garbage Singaporeans have yet to understand the power of the cliche d

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    earth s orbit around the sun which has changed the average amount of energy that the earth receives from the sun These variations in earth s orbit have created some very long lasting astronomic seasons similar to regular seasons over a year They have been the major cause of climate change and have generated the series of ice ages and warm periods like the ones we are now experiencing This natural astronomical cycle has a domino effect on the planet which further increases the incident of global warming One very important factor involves the arctic regions The slight rise in temperatures is enough to begin to melt the earth s permafrost which is the ground that has been frozen since the last ice age When this happens the layers of dead plant material and other organic compounds in the soil begin to decay which creates by products of carbon dioxide and methane gases This process releases more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere creating a vicious cycle that snowballs global warming Volcanic eruptions also contribute to the presence of gases in the atmosphere nathanaelnileshraj We have been listening about the inclination of global warming over a period of time now It has always been of of the top topics talked about in schools Are humans the cause or is the natural phenomenon Humans use CFC s which is said to loosen the protection of our ozone layer Smoke Gases and heavy industries they are also main causes as they emit alot of gases which harm the ozone layer With the weak ozone layer it is easier for the Sun s UV rays to directly shine on the Earth s layer which would heat up the surface Scientists say that events in the past are one of the causes for the heating of the Earth The rise in the temperature of the Earth s crust may just be the effects of the Sun directly glaring at the Earth s layer We can t blame the Earth because it is reacting normally as it is we can only blame ourselves humans as we know what we are doing but we are not doing much activites so stop it Cars and industries are needs and we can t stop them logesh I think we re on the fence there Okay maybe slighting hinging over the side Global warming is in fact a mad made occurrence We speed it up and we started it Global warming has been around since the mid 20th century when men started to industrialise resulting in the release of greenhouse gases due to deforestation fossil fuel burning and what not Celebrities Going Green It s good to see that even celebrities are going green Because they will influence us to go green too Look at the below case where Leonardo DiCaprio is taking the initiative to be an ambassador http wwf panda org 193469 2FWWF announces partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio to save tigers now By s55779 on 28 May 2010

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    tell why to the audience and what kind of benefit will the Earth and we this is important gain No doubt The Earth will still age jumpyqueen Isn t the hot weather a warning sign How about the ozone layer The whole in the ozone layer gets bigger and bigger The earth is dying not because of aging It s because us the humankind is wasting the precious and limited rescources Hence result in global warming air pollution water pollution etc Everyone of us should start our effort in saving the Earth Stop thinking about whether it s real or not What s real is how human beings are damaging the Earth Cutting down trees like the trees can grow overnight again Wasting water like water is free Let s play our part in saving the enviroment by educating our friends and family members Spread the word And make earth a better place to live in InnoVillage SP Talking about green buildings we have one in SP Features Natural lighting by solar Reflective surfaces in tube that links 3 floors 80 of the building is made of recycled materials Toilets naturally ventilated Rooftop have solar domes Wind turbine in Clean Tech Living Lab Solar charging panels at carpark InnoVillage SP By lana on 08 May 2010 Comment Like Report 1 Likes icarus like this 1 Comments canopynut I find innovillage s design quite radical If anyone of you has seen it before you would find that sections of this quadrangle shaped compound would seem like its built by stacking two ship containers on top of each other Most of the exterior is in bright yellow and is currently occupied by various private companies some of them whom which attained the 50 000 grant from YES startup spring Singapore As you enter and walk through its industrial like decor you would see sections and rooms dedicated to emerging markets like Clean Energy and Nanotechnology There s even a music audio room for recordings ont he first floor Exploring Innovillage got me inspired by its eco friendliness and its creative atmosphere It is but a glimpse of what SP might look like on the near future So if you re free check it out Its located behind the library on top of a hill overlooking T6 and T8 Shared Responsibilty Is going green a shared responsibility I think it is As cliche as this sounds everyone has a part to play in going green Every person matters So even if you are the only person going green it still makes a diference However the difference that 1 person make on his her own is minimal The difference that can be made when lets say 10 people By noisebomb on 05 May 2010 Comment Like Report 1 Likes fasciola89 like this 2 Comments ruskinong Switch off your lights when not in use Turn the air conditioner temperature to be at 25 degree celsius Switch off your laptop if you are not using it

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    out wasn t really a lights out The only good part of it was the car free day It was nice to have a little fresh air even though there were some cars there because of the event or because they were supplies for the stores in SP if there was anything that SP should continue from that event would be the car free day other than that don t waste resources saying that we are going green Because it really doesn t show Go Green Lifestyle As we commemorate Earth Day today 22April we would like to share some tips on saving the earth By going green it actually lowers your electricity bills as you conserve energy and water By taking the public transport it would not only save you money on paying for petrol providing maintenance for your car and even paying ERP and Road By keshias on 22 Apr 2010 Comment Like Report 4 Likes titanium ruskinong keshias bainbridge like this 8 Comments ruskinong Now i can learn more about what i can do to help the environment fasciola89 I am agree with your title Even though earth day is once a year go green should be a lifestyle Mendarah daging is the term in Indonesian lol xyrhs I guess it s pretty interesting to learn more about a green lifestyle You not only get to save your money you also get to save the environment A dual benefit lifestyle which people should consider adopting in their daily routine Go green Live green Be green keshias Everyday is Earth Day As long as you are living on Earth you are responsible for it As the future generation we would want a clean green place to live in And we can t possibly let the cleaners clean up behind us just cos they were paid Many people have this wrong thinking And it s so tough to CHANGE people s attitudes beliefs behaviours faris i do believe it s possible to have a green lifestyle the main issue here is are we willing to sacrifice our pampered lifestyle to go green canopychunhow everyone should try their very best trying to save their earth anywhere the earth belong everyone so y are people hesitating to play their part in save the earth when such simple changes to our lives which can change the world qayyum how to save the earth rinka Saving our Earth can be done through every little thing we do in our daily life Just practice the green tips and bear them in mind Our Earth will really be green SP Earth Hour 2010 On 27 March 2010 over 100 people congregated at Singapore Polytechnic to commemerate Earth Hour The main purpose of Earth Hour is to encourage the switching off of all non essential lightings for one hour to pledge themselves in the fight against climate change In SP it was amazing to see the buildings lights go out one after the other And By

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