Kickstart your Year of Zero Waste

Updated: Jan 18, 2019

Top events around sustainability in Singapore in 2019. Kickstart your year and New Year Resolutions (don't have any? Use ours!)💚


From recycling foods to DIY workshops and the huge and unmissable EarthFest, you'll be set for a fantastic Year of Zero-Waste. Whatever you're into, January won't leave you disappointed.


January events in singapore


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Ecopsychology: Photography Exhibition

When? Thu, 10 - Sat 26 January

Where? Objectifs - Centre for Photography and Film 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977 (map) What? 1PROJECTS presents Ecopsychology, a group exhibition by four rising photographers; Lavender Chang (Taiwan/Singapore), Sophirat Muangkum (Thailand), Pokchat Worasub (Thailand) and Yatender (Vietnam) curated by Nim Niyomsin. The last century has seen rapid change. Urbanization is spreading and the gap between humans and nature continues to grow. In Ecopsychology, resonating with the sense of alienation in modern society, four photographers are trying to understand our presence and position in relation to this world. They are trying to reform and reconnect the linkage between us and our environment, both at the conscious and subconscious levels.

Web? https://www.facebook.com/events/366354757433192/

Why? Because you're an artist at heart.. and/or you like weird art you don't understand but enjoy anyways because you don't have to get it.

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Launch of 2019 Year Towards Zero Waste

When? Sat, 12 / 13 January, 9 am – 4 pm Where? Our Tampines Hub - 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523 (map)

What? Following the Year of Climate Action, join us as we focus on our consumption habits and commit to reducing our waste! National Geographic Asia Emerging Explorer Arthur Huang will be sharing about sustainable design and how his company, Miniwiz, turns discarded plastics, apparel, and cigarette butts into anything from sunglasses to restaurant interiors. Curious about what we have in store for you? Check out our partner booths and learn how to fashion a bag from old clothes and pick up composting tips and tricks, all while slurping down a cold-pressed juice made from UglyFood!

Bonus: donate your unwanted electronic devices and plastic bags to our partners, who’ll give them a new lease of life! Bring along an old T-shirt on 13 January, and Greensquare Textile Recycling will show you how to turn it into a bag! Donations of non-perishable food items (at least one month before expiry) to The Food Bank Singapore are also welcome. Admission is free!

Web? https://www.facebook.com/events/235025290745434

Why? Because the launch is THE LAUNCH! Set the year's intention's off with a blast!


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January Cleanup

When? Sat, 12 January, 2 pm – 5 pm Where? Pulau Ubin (map) Meeting Point: Public Jetty (right after the "Welcome to Pulau Ubin" sign, near the toilets), Pulau Ubin, Singapore. There are two ferry terminals with almost the same name: Changi Village Ferry Terminal (postcode 499172) and Changi Ferry Terminal (499675). The CORRECT one is Changi Village Ferry Terminal (postcode 499172). What? The cleanup itself will not exceed TWO hours

After the cleanup, we will go have dinner and drinks at a local brewery near the Changi village jetty. All volunteers are welcome to join. How to register: Send us a private message with the full names and contact number of each participant until Thu 10th January 2019 end of day.

Web? https://www.facebook.com/events/1247093995429096

Why? Because you've always secretly loved getting your hands dirty! And so instagrammable.


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Love MacRitchie Walk by Toddycats - Venus Loop (13 Jan 2019)

When? Sun, 13 January, 8:30 am – 11:30 am Where? Windsor Nature Park's drop off point Venus Dr (NOT MacRitchie Reservoir Park!) Singapore (map) What? A series of FREE public guided walks at MacRitchie Forest. Join the NUS Toddycats, volunteers of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in discovering the forest! Learn about amazing plants and animals living in our backyard as part of the Love Our MacRitchie Forest movement.

The forest trail at Venus Loop meanders along the banks of a crystal-clear forest stream that is full of freshwater life. Here live dragons and damsels, freshwater crabs and prawns, the Puff-faced Watersnake, Pygmy Halfbeak and Saddle Barb. Look out, too, for the Green Crested Lizard, Slender Squirrel, Long-tailed Macaque, Blue-rumped Parrot and Colugo. Walk in the cool shade of old trees. Feel a kind of natural peace that only a rainforest can give. The trail here is a dirt path which is relatively level and suitable for children and the elderly. Be prepared for some mud. Come with us, and learn more about this rainforest. Feel our natural heritage at risk.

Web? Register: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/love-macritchie-walk-by-toddycats-venus-loop-13-jan-2019-registration-54387582724

Why? Because you love walks and the greta outdoors, and think it will be a great family morning.

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Reduce to Save: Food Waste Management Workshop

When? Wed, 16 January, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Where? Imagination Room @ Singapore Productivity Centre, 11 Eunos Road 8 #08-01 Lifelong Learning Institute

What? It is a tough business climate in the F&B industry with growing pressures from high operational expenditures and increased competition. By identifying the sources of food waste and inefficiencies, such as wastage of raw materials, businesses can reduce operating costs through savings on materials and disposal fees. An effective and efficient food waste management will ultimately translate to an increase in profitability.

Join us at this workshop where we will be covering concepts on food waste management and strategies to enable businesses to achieve potential savings in operational costs.

Web? https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/reduce-to-save-food-waste-management-workshop-tickets-53624311760?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Why? Because whether you be in the industry or not, we can all learn on how to save food (and money).

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Youth for Change 2019: Facilitator Training Session I When? Sat, 19 January, 9 am – 12:30 pm Where? TBC What? We know that many people are concerned about climate change but don't feel that they know enough to act. We also know that one of the best people to inspire others are their friends and family. This is part of a two-session program for would-be facilitators, who will be equipped to guide a structured 2hr long conversation and help people have productive conversations with friends about climate change that lead to action. We're looking for people who care for our environment and want to share their concern with others.

You will learn: - Principles of creating change - Techniques for moving people to action - Effective listening and facilitation - How to inspire people through story. Organised by Climate Conversations, and FREE!

Why? Because you're a bit confused on the link between plastics, recycling, pollution, ocean and climate change.


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Biophilia and Nature Education Symposium 2019

When? Sat, 19 January, 1 pm – 6 pm Where? Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens (map) What? Biophilia describes our innate love for nature and all living species. As Singapore becomes more urbanised and people spend less time outdoors, we risk losing our connection with nature. Yet, this connection is so crucial to our survival and development. Join us for this first symposium of its kind in Singapore that brings together our experts in education and conservation to discuss the importance of nature for our well being and for our children's education.

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSce_j9TwCqQLo6-JbbJYfr8kIVqR2GokX5oe-tGwzh1ndXoAA/viewform

Web? https://www.facebook.com/events/755989201416715/

Why? Because truth be told, if you're honest, you know embarrassingly little about your own native animals and plants... it's time to get smart. Also, what better way to make kids respect their environment than by showing them directly what there is worth fighting for?


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Green Up! - A Coastal Cleanup at Yishun Dam

When? Sat, 19 January, 3 pm – 6 pm Where? Yishun Dam Yishun Ave 1, Yishun, Singapore (map) Description Yishun Dam is on the northern coast of Singapore, on the side that faces Malaysia. An often forgotten-about part of Singapore's coasts, Yishun Dam is the recipient of an assortment of marine plastic waste of various sizes. We need your help to brighten up Singapore's coasts! Sign up for the activity at the Eventbrite link on the Facebook page.

Green Nudge will be providing the necessary equipment and tools for the clean-up, including gloves, tongs, trash bag, first-aid kit and water refill. Note: This venue requires some climbing in order to reach the cleanup site. Young children should be supervised by adults! Please be prepared to be hands-on in the activity! :)

Web? https://www.facebook.com/events/2233719776896235/

Why? Because you've always wanted to get dirty and get involved.


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Haze x BunkerBunker Paper Workshop

When? Sat, 19 January, 6 pm – 8 pm Where? BunkerBunker - 120A Prinsep St, Singapore, Singapore (map) What? At a bistro that carries a large selection of craft beers, and features different artists and community interactions, as well as sustainability events and workshops. PM Haze conducting a paper recycling workshop together with Keola the founder of BunkerBunker, so join us for a free workshop and learn more about sustainable forestry while recycling paper. Please bring your old paper so that we can recycle them there!

Please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/fzELGZvMjMGZr3n63

Web? https://www.facebook.com/events/360627638032593

Why? Because you looooove paper. We feel you.

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EarthFest 2019 When? Sun, 20 January, 11 am – 4:30 pm Where? Marina Barrage, Singapore (map) What? It has been very rewarding to see EarthFest grow year over year and now be celebrating its 4th edition! From its inception, it has been designed to be a genuinely sustainable festival and always tries to push the boundaries of what’s possible. This year we'll have new vendors, new guest speakers in the talks by Green is the New Black, new performers, a new children's area by orgayana and are even bringing in a tiny house for you to explore :) In total, it'll be over 130 stalls - our biggest yet!

This year we’re encouraging the new EarthLife - Happiness through Responsible Living habits: Minimalism: Choosing experiences with friends and family over materialism lessens your footprint.

Plant-based: Eating lower on the food chain reduces greenhouse gases and land and water usage.

Zero Waste: Preventing waste is better than recycling.

Biophilia: Making time to foster a love of nature gives us a reason to care enough to protect it.

Advocacy: Donating our time or money to environmental causes is the only way change happens.

Carbon Positive: It’s time to go beyond carbon neutral to having our lives remove CO2 from the air. We will have over 130 stalls this year and expand into a third floor. Web? Grab free tix at http://bit.ly/EarthFest2019

Why? Because it's EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about sustainable living under a roof (and on top of that, it's free)!


__________________________🐟__________________________ Marine trash sampling at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal Beach When? Sun, 27 January, 8:30 am – 11:30 am Where? Meet at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal 50 Tanah Merah Ferry Rd Singapore, 498833 (map) What? Join us for the last marine debris sampling event at beach next to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal! Data on both macro-debris (>5 mm) and microplastics (1 – 5 mm) would be collected from 20 quadrats (2.5 m by 2.5 m) in a systematic manner and supplies such as trash bags, sieves and gloves would be provided. Your participation would contribute valuable data to the NUS-NParks Marine Debris Monitoring Programme and would be used to establish the baseline data of marine trash in Singapore. Interested to find out more? Web? https://coastalcleanup.wordpress.com/nus‒nparks-marine-debris-monitoring-programme/

Why? Because you've always considered yourself a bit of a scientist!


__________________________🍫__________________________ SG Farmers' Market - CNY Edition When? Sun, 27 January, 9 am – 2 pm Where? Cairnhill Community Club 1 Anthony Road, Singapore 229944 (map) What? SG Farmers' Market will be back on 26 and 27 January! Over 18 Singapore farmers will gather at Cairnhill Community Club to bring their best produce to you. Come on down to buy the freshest veggies, eggs, fish, mushrooms and more to celebrate Chinese New Year early!

Web? https://www.facebook.com/events/377109889711104/

Why? Because food. Food, food, food. And you can brag you shopped local (once you taste the difference you will be going back for more)!

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Repair Kopitiam @Jurong & Tampines When? Sun, 27 January, 10 am – 3 pm Where? Blk 425 Jurong West Ave 1 and Blk 819 Tampines st 81 (map) What? Come and repair your broken stuff! Our friendly Repair Coaches will teach and guide you on how to repair them! Even if you don't have anything to repair this Sunday, do come down 'cos we even have an in-house Repair Class!

How it works on the day:

1. Register your item. We'll diagnose your item and advise you on what you can repair. 2. Let's get repairing! 3. When we're done, let's take a photo together! Come and hang out with us!

Why? Because you'll save money aaaaaaand there's free kopi! (or Milo!). And if you're a dad, dads fix stuff. It's cool.

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New Year Kampung Market When? Sun, 27 January, 11 am – 6 pm Where ?The Green Collective SG KINEX Mall #01-36 to 41, 11 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437157 (map) What? We're all about the local food movement - choose from microgreens, locally grown veg and fruit, vegan cheeses, bulk grains and nuts! Grab your biggest reusable bag from home, bring your fam and friends down to The Green Collective SG at KINEX, and have the best time yet!

Kroodi - yummy vegan cheeses

Eco.Le - our favourite bulk foods Fireflies Health Farm At Lim Chu Kang Lane 2 - organic veg

Edible Garden City - microgreens

Singapore Indoor Plants - SIP - indoor plants for Chinese New Year! Hello Chocolate - scrumptious chocolates (vegan ones too!)

外星之光 ETL No.9 - cleaning agents to keep your home clean the natural way ..... and more!

Animal Allies Singapore will be there to show how you can start your green journey without meat in your meals!

Web? https://www.facebook.com/events/306355499999193/

Why? Because you love your foodie IG account and chocolate (there will also be microgreens, so it's a fair balance right?). And you've never dared bulk buy until now (you won't look weird as everyone else will be doing it too).



Enjoy the month of January events in Singapore, green peeps! Have we missed out on some good ones? Please let us know!


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