The Straits Times Causes Week: Environment

ST Causes Week 2019: Getting shoppers to think twice before buying to cut waste

Undergraduate Woo Qiyun kick-started the White Monday movement in Singapore, urging people to buy only what they need and to support businesses in the circular economy, such as thrift stores.
Undergraduate Woo Qiyun kick-started the White Monday movement in Singapore, urging people to buy only what they need and to support businesses in the circular economy, such as thrift stores.

While many were eagerly awaiting the Black Friday sale last month to "check out" their virtual shopping carts, undergraduate Woo Qiyun was trying to get shoppers here to think twice before they buy.

"I know people who would just scroll through social media and wonder what they should buy just because there is a sale," said the 22-year-old environmental studies student, who has made a personal commitment not to buy new clothes. "That got me thinking about how many people are actually buying things they don't need."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2019, with the headline 'Getting shoppers to think twice before buying to cut waste'. Print Edition | Subscribe