Greener year

BYOC - that's bring your own container

After S'pore marked its Year Towards Zero Waste last year, more businesses seem aware of the pressure of consumption on the planet, and are taking steps to reduce waste.

Mr Ken Tan, founder of DOCO by Fish Sh-nack which sells fish-skin snacks at International Plaza, jumped on the bringyour- own-container bandwagon this year. Customers with their own jars get a discount.
Mr Ken Tan, founder of DOCO by Fish Sh-nack which sells fish-skin snacks at International Plaza, jumped on the bringyour- own-container bandwagon this year. Customers with their own jars get a discount.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Ms Levine Thio (left), who sells vegan bakes, has joined Ms Coco Oan in her venture to reduce plastic waste by giving a discount to customers who bring their own containers.
Ms Levine Thio (left), who sells vegan bakes, has joined Ms Coco Oan in her venture to reduce plastic waste by giving a discount to customers who bring their own containers. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The number of plastic containers left after all the cookies are eaten each Chinese New Year so frustrated Ms Coco Oan, 21, that she decided to do something about it.

In late 2016, she started collecting containers to donate to people, such as bakers. The Yale-NUS undergraduate collected about 660 containers the first year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2020, with the headline 'BYOC - that's bring your own container'. Print Edition | Subscribe