Singapore is known as a beautiful garden city globally with a dense garden - one can see how our highways are dotted with trees and plants, announcing to all tourists visiting Singapore that she is known for her dense garden. One would think that to have such a beautiful garden on a large scale island wide, we would be one of the most environmentally friendly countries and most aware of plastic pollution and so on.
We pride ourselves as the only Garden City in the world and our streets, beaches and parks are clean. But we struggle to be environment friendly - use less single-use plastic or be plastic free - and almost all of a hawker centers use plastic/single-use disposable cutlery, plates and bowls. It is slapping ourselves in the face and being hypocritical about our efforts to be more aware of global warming, plastic pollution and be more environment friendly.
Plastics was the largest category of waste disposed of in Singapore last year - 763,400 tonnes - according to data from the NEA. Only 6% of the 815,200 of plastic waste generated was recycled. (need to confirm number) 430 billion tonnes of single-use plastic is thrown daily globally.
Analysis of the NEA data by Reuters shows that plastic waste per capita has increased nearly 20 per cent over the last 15 years and a report by The Straits Times in March said each person in Singapore threw away an average of 13 bags a day in 2016. At this rate we are heading, plastic pollution rate might increase faster than the removal and we could be plagued with more problems especially for a small country like us.
A whale in Thailand died from ingesting plastic. Photograph: National Geographic
The recent death of a pilot whale in thailand with 80 pieces of plastic trash in its stomach has drawn global attention to the repercussion of plastic pollution and how real and close to home it is. We are seeing more companies beginning to take steps to ban single-use plastic and plastic straws at work (office pantries).
Singapore is blessed with a great geographical location and a densely populated country, we believe policies against plastic pollution - single-use plastic bottles, disposable take out plastic containers and plastic bags - can be implemented and change Singaporeans’ lifestyle. This is a small change to our lifestyle but a BIG CHANGE to maintaining the environment giving POWER back to our beautiful planet!
The fight against plastic pollution is REAL and is only beginning, it is time for Singapore to make a change and start caring about the environment more. Join us as SodaStream save the world from plastic pollution, makes the change NOW and get your own reusable bottles HERE.
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