Bamboo plant shows the way to green living

The Ikea sustainable home showcase at Green Living 2016, which opened yesterday at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. The eco-lifestyle event offers more than 40 workshops and seminars for the public, on topics such as terrarium making and organ
The Ikea sustainable home showcase at Green Living 2016, which opened yesterday at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. The eco-lifestyle event offers more than 40 workshops and seminars for the public, on topics such as terrarium making and organic gardening.ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

The humble bamboo plant is turning heads at Green Living 2016, an eco-lifestyle event that opened yesterday at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.

Tissue paper products made of bamboo pulp under the NooTrees brand, which are on display at the event, have attracted attention as a greener alternative to those made of wood pulp.

NooTrees general manager David Ward said deforestation currently accounts for 20 per cent of all carbon emissions - more than the combined emissions of all the world's cars. By using the pulp of bamboo, which grows much faster than trees, the making of tissue paper products can become more sustainable, he added.

Tissue products made of bamboo were just one of 100 eco-lifestyle products and services brands at Green Living, which promotes sustainable living and features firms advocating green products.

The event, which ends tomorrow, is being held for the second year.

"As a thoughtfully curated and dedicated eco-lifestyle event, Green Living 2016 encourages and reminds everyone to be responsible for our environment," said Ms Karen Leong, project director of Reed Exhibitions, which is the organiser of the event.

Green Living 2016 features two showrooms that showcase how homes can be made energy-efficient. It also offers more than 40 workshops and seminars for the public, on topics such as terrarium making and organic gardening.

Visitors can stock up on organic food products at the Green Cafe as well as make their own smoothie on a pedal-powered smoothie bicycle.

Mr Ketut Adnyana, 42, a manager, was full of praise for Green Living. "I think this event will work well in terms of keeping our environment green and clean. It's very well done," he said.

Nadia Chevroulet

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2016, with the headline 'Bamboo plant shows the way to green living'. Print Edition | Subscribe