500kg in textiles donated for Earth Day

The Straits Times travel writer Lee Siew Hua (second from left) donating a large bag of clothes during the textile donation drive at SPH's Earth Day 2019 yesterday - an annual environmental awareness event organised by Singapore Press Holdings. About
The Straits Times travel writer Lee Siew Hua (second from left) donating a large bag of clothes during the textile donation drive at SPH’s Earth Day 2019 yesterday – an annual environmental awareness event organised by Singapore Press Holdings. About 500kg in textiles were collected, exceeding the target of 350kg. ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
The Straits Times travel writer Lee Siew Hua (second from left) donating a large bag of clothes during the textile donation drive at SPH's Earth Day 2019 yesterday - an annual environmental awareness event organised by Singapore Press Holdings. About
Tenants and members of the public removing microplastic fragments from the Ayer Ayer Project Table, an 8m-long interactive artwork made with debris from Singapore’s shores, at Ocean Financial Centre. PHOTO: KEPPEL

SPH marks environmental awareness event with upcycling workshops and eco-bazaar

Ms Toh Lay Ngoh, 60, of Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group, donated seven bags of clothing at SPH's Earth Day 2019 event yesterday, after rallying her family and colleagues over the past week.

She was doing her part for the event's first textile donation drive, which aimed to collect 350kg in used textiles to mark media giant SPH's 35th anniversary this year.

The annual event took place at the SPH Auditorium in Toa Payoh and also featured upcycling workshops and an eco-bazaar.

"I told my colleagues to go do some spring cleaning, and specially told my family to see if they have any old clothing to donate and recycle," said Ms Toh, a senior corporate services manager.

She also bought vegan cakes from Well Dressed Salad Bar & Cafe at the event, which she packed into her reusable container.

She said she tries her best to avoid animal food products as she wants to be compassionate towards animals and also stay healthier at the same time.

The Straits Times travel writer Lee Siew Hua donated about 5kg in textiles, saying she donates clothes once every 18 months. She has also stopped using plastic straws to help reduce plastic waste.

At the end of the event, about 500kg in textiles were collected, exceeding the target of 350kg.

SAY NO TO PLASTIC

Each of us is playing a part. If everyone simply refused plastic in the first place, it would make a huge difference.

MS PAULA MIQUELIS, co-founder of sustainability group Green is the New Black.

 
 
 
 

To raise awareness of the impact of plastic waste on the environment and to encourage the public to use less single-use plastic, Keppel Land and Keppel Reit Management joined hands to organise the display of an artwork made with debris from Singapore's shores.

Named Ayer Ayer Project Table, the interactive artwork is an 8m-long table in the shape of Singapore's Punggol beach coastline. The public, together with facilitators and tenants, can co-create the artwork by removing microplastic fragments found in the debris of the artwork.

This seeks to highlight the issue of plastic pollution, as studies have shown that microplastics are entering the human food chain.

The artwork is on display at Ocean Financial Centre from now till April 26; Marina Bay Financial Centre from April 29 to May 3 and Keppel Bay Tower from May 6 to 10.

To also encourage people to be more conscious about using and avoiding single-use plastic, Dentsu Singapore and Green is the New Black, a sustainability group, created the Plastic Salt campaign.

Dentsu Singapore used recycled plastic to print 3D miniature items such as straws, cups and bottles. These were then placed in salt grinders in eateries across Singapore to raise awareness.

"Each of us is playing a part. If everyone simply refused plastic in the first place, it would make a huge difference. Wherever possible, we need to help to raise awareness of these issues - we need to educate more people and fast," said Green is the New Black co-founder Paula Miquelis.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2019, with the headline '500kg in textiles donated for Earth Day'. Print Edition | Subscribe