We’re officially almost two weeks in- how’s your “New Year New Me” resolution going? Are you still a vegan for Veganuary? While you were finding your next green meal, these movers and shakers came and changed the green scene. Check out our round up of the top five hottest headlines from the sustainability world this week!
1. Are you doing Veganuary this 2019?
Hop on the latest green trend- It’s everywhere and Singapore is now booming with plant-based options. In its 5th year, Veganuary saw over 190,000 people sign up and the numbers are only growing! In Singapore, we are starting to see companies offering plant-based options (thank you 4Fingers & Quorn!) as well as exciting pop-ups like Beyond Sausage’s food truck.
2. 10 Funniest Sustainability Moments of 2018
The doom and gloom of our environmental crisis can get us down sometimes. But Eco-Business decided to change the status quo, and collated the 10 funniest moments in the sustainability world last year to get those smiles back on our faces and our tummies tickled.
3. The Foam Ban in New York City
When you takeaway your chicken rice, it comes in plastic foam containers (the ones that make that really scratchy sound). But in New York City, you won’t ever see them any more. NYC just banned Plastic Foam Containers! These foam containers are bad for the environment (and sometimes your health). When they’re burnt for energy or disposal, they release gases that are toxic for people, animals and bad for our atmosphere.
4. It’s getting real hot and sunny in here.
And Sembcorp is leveraging on that as they just signed an agreement to own and operate rooftop “solar farms” atop Cache’s Commodity Hub, Pandan Logistics Hub and Cache Changi Districentre. The energy generated will not only lower Cache’s carbon footprint, but any excess will be sent right back to the energy grid. Plus, this system is said to avoid close to 4 million kilograms of CO2 emissions a year!
5. Could a plastic ban really work?
Well Australia just gave us a resounding answer – yes it can! In the 5 months since its ban, Australia has managed to reduce its plastic bag usage by as much as 80%. With two of their biggest supermarket chains having implemented this ban, shoppers have since made the switch to reusables.