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Green Is The New Black

The Conscious Scoop: No plastic at NTU Singapore, Vegan Magnums & Sustainable Lego

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Are we putting our money where our mouth is? Would you spend more for environmental consciousness?

From vegan Magnums (finally) to sustainable Lego, check out what this week had in store for sustainability. 

1.Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) banning free plastic bags 

Yep, you read that right. NTU is making a bold commitment to #beatplasticpollution by charging $0.20 per bag from the 1st of October. A move that’ll be helping to save over 10 million bags a year.Proceeds from the sale of bags will be going towards NTU’s student assistance funding and will be a great test of public reactions to paying for plastic bags on our little red dot.

Bye bye plastic, baby. 

 

2. Are Asians willing to part with ‘green’ for green? 

A survey showed that half of consumers in Southeast Asia would willingly pay more for environmentally-friendly products. But will they really? One posits that if price is competitive between 2 brands, sustainability might tip the scale. As our co-founder Stephanie puts it, “People are definitely willing to purchase more sustainable and ethical products, but they also want to maintain their standard of living and convenience”.

Would you part with your green ka-ching for green goods?

 

3. Legos that look like plants are made from plants

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ box of Lego? With kids (and adults) all over the world playing, collecting and swiping boxes off the shelves, we rack up sales of millions and possibly billions of lego. To make sure their little bricks won’t be building up in landfills, Lego has created a new range of sugarcane-based products that are more sustainable than their usual fossil fuel-based raw materials.

But this doesn’t make stepping on them any less painful.

 

4. Magnum ice-cream going dairy-free

The growing demand for vegan food shows no sign of slowing down – and we love it. Going plant-based is one of the most impactful ways for us to reduce our individual carbon footprint. Dairy-free products not only mean less pollution, it also means less cruelty. Plus, this is such a yummy treat for our dairy-intolerant friends!

For the conscious pleasure-seekers.

 

5. McDonald’s one-of-a-kind eco-friendly store

Bid farewell to the red-bricked roofs adorned with golden arches-It’s now not just a space for guilty-pleasure fast food, it’s a modern architectural marvel. Make way for a new and improved McDonalds, with a vegetated roof, native + drought-resilient plants as well as water-permeable pavements. Fully equipped with solar panels, LED lights and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, it’s also on its way to being awarded  highly-acclaimed green building certification.

I’m lovin’ it!

 

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An environmentalist, avid baker, and a dreamer with a goal to open the world of conscious living and responsible consumerism to Singaporeans and hopefully the rest of the world! She’s currently an undergraduate who’s hungry for an exciting adventure - or mostly just hungry. She hopes that by the time she graduates, she can help herself and her community leave green footsteps on this Earth we call home. 

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