Fashion Revolution x Green Drinks: Making Fashion Circular

For this month’s Green Drinks, we are collaborating with Fashion Revolution Singapore!

In this upcoming panel discussion, we ask ‘Can fashion be circular?’

Singapore throws out 1 tonne of textile waste every 5 minutes. 92% is incinerated and there’s no textile recycling plant here. How do we rethink the fashion industry as consumers, and what is the role of fashion designers in saving our planet?

Fashion Revolution and Green Drinks are pleased to present this exciting panel, moderated by Rajesh Chhabara, sustainability professor at TaFtc and a sustainability consultant:
– Nadya Hutagalung, UN Environment and Great Apes Survival Partnership Ambassador
– Nejla Matam-Finn, CEO and Founder of The Fifth Collection
– Jaimie Lim, Director of Waste2Wear Singapore
– Vincent Ooi, Founder of The Source Collection

Hear what these industry professionals have to say and meet likeminded individuals who care for a circular economy for the fashion industry :)

Date: 28 April 2018
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Venue: The Hive Lavender, Level 6, Vanguard Building, 1 Kallang Junction
Admission Fee: FREE!
RSVP: Reserve your spot here! See you there!

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Save the Date: Fashion Revolution Day Singapore – 28 April, 11am

An organisation on a mission to raise awareness of the social and environmental impact of the fashion industry, Fashion Revolution returns to Singapore on Saturday 28 April, 11am onwards, for an action-packed day of events!

Open to the public and held at hip new co-working space The Hive Lavender, the day long event includes a panel talk on the circular economy of fashion in Asia hosted by Green Drinks, a clothes swap by Swagalls, hands-on DIY and textile workshops by Singaporean upcyclers Agy Textile Artist and Taikensonzai, a free screening of the award-winning documentary RiverBlue and an ethical fashion show hosted by conscious online retailer ZERRIN.

The event, which takes place during Fashion Revolution Week 2018 (23 to 29th April) will mark the fifth year of Fashion Revolution, the world’s largest fashion activism movement founded to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased. It also marks five years since the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24th April 2013.

In Singapore, Fashion Revolution’s message of conscious consumption is more relevant than ever. A city with an appetite for deals and cheap clothing, the latest NEA statistics showed that Singaporeans produced 156,000 tonnes of textile and leather waste as recently as 2015, only 8 percent of which was recycled. Acknowledging this global and local crisis, this year the Singapore government has officially declared 2018 as the Year of Climate Action, and seeks to increase its support of green initiatives that tackle waste.

Through this year’s event, the volunteer committee at Fashion Revolution hope to do their part to show Singaporeans that living a greener lifestyle and shopping more sustainably is accessible to all, and can be done in style!

Fashion Revolution Day kicks off at 11:00 am at The Hive Lavender on 28 April. The public can find out more information and updates on its ​official facebook event page​ and RSVP here!

21 – 28 March: Celebrate International Day of Forests 2018

The International Day of Forests (21 March) is initiated by United Nations in 2012 to raise awareness about the importance of forests. From 21 to 28 March, you can join the rest of the world to celebrate the International Day of Forests by having a meal at eateries that use sustainable palm oil which help protect our forests, home to diverse (and adorable) wildlife.

One of the main causes of deforestation in Southeast Asia is the clearing of land for palm oil plantations. Sustainable palm oil, on the other hand, is produced by companies that do not engage in practices that harm the environment, such as deforestation and burning. Your support for these companies will motivate more to adopt sustainable palm oil which will protect our forests and stop the haze.

The following local eateries have switched to sustainable palm oil: VeganBurg, NomVNom, B3 by SMUAA, Siloso Beach Resort, TungLok, Crystal Jade, Grain, Singapore Zoo, IKEA and Old Chang Kee.

You can show your love to forests by sharing a picture of you and your friends at the eatery using #LoveForest #GoHazeFree #SustainablePalmOil. The campaign will culminate on 28 March with a show of support to Old Chang Kee outlets island-wide. Remember to tell them you are there to support them and thanks them for caring for our forests!

This campaign is organised by People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM Haze), in collaboration with Climate Conversations, and supported by National Youth Council, Singapore Institute of International Affairs and Young NTUC.

Find out more about PM.Haze and its initiatives here!

Earth Hour 2018 in Singapore

WWF’s Earth Hour, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, is back in Singapore – and bigger than ever with a festival of family fun and entertainment.

From 16 to 25 March, experience nature through Great Panda Quest by spotting WWF’s Pandas in the city, and get inspired by brands leading Singapore’s green movement at the Earth Hour Marketplace.

On 24 March, join some of the biggest local acts for the 60+ Countdown Bash and watch the Singapore skyline dim before your eyes. As lights go out across the globe for Earth Hour, plug in to a global conversation about the planet and make your voice count with #Connect2Earth.

DETAILS:

Events: Great Panda Quest | 16 – 25 March 2018, Daily
Earth Hour Marketplace | 23 – 25 March 2018, Daily
60+ Countdown Bash | 24 March 2018, 6pm – 9.30pm
Where: Open area near The Float @ Marina Bay
Tickets: FREE ADMISSION

For the latest updates and event details, please visit our Facebook event page pand.as/EarthHour.

Feeding the 5000 Singapore

Feeding the 5000 Singapore is a community food festival that aims to raise awareness on the 791,000 tonnes of food that are annually going to waste in Singapore. On March 25 at City Square Mall, Gone Adventurin and partners will provide a free meal for 5000 members of the public, made entirely from top quality ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste.

The internationally renowned Feeding the 5000 events have taken place in over 40 locations around the world since the very first edition in London in 2009 and is now coming to Asia for the first time! Together with our partnering organisations Food Bank Singapore, Food from the Heart, Free Food For All and Insectta Farm, we’re aiming to start a national movement of food waste in Singapore and encourage retailers and supermarkets to do their part to reduce food waste by regularly donating surplus food to people in need.

It’s a party to celebrate the delicious solutions to food waste, so there will be food personalities, chef demonstrations, local celebrities, food waste activities, live music, community talks and more!

Let’s start the national movement on reducing food waste together!

Date: Sunday March 25, 2018
Time: 11 AM – 3 PM
Venue: City Square Mall, B1 fountain square and L1 outside square
Website: http://www.goneadventurin.com/feedingthe5000singapore/
Registration: Free access. RSVP here!

Scaling Antarctica’s Vertical Limits

An all-female team sets out in search of new routes and peaks in one of the most inhospitable places on earth

By CHRISTINE AMOUR-LEVAR

Goaded by a mighty tailwind the massive Ilyushin IL-76 TD aircraft hurtles southwards at a velocity approaching 495 mph (800 km/h). The Drake Passage below sparkles to a far horizon as we make our way westward from Punta Arenas in Chile, to the Antarctic Peninsula and finally to Union Glacier, a private base operated by Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE), located in the Heritage Range, below the Ellsworth Mountains.

After about four and a half hours in the air, we prepare to land on the Blue Ice Runway, a rare and naturally occurring ice strip as hard as concrete that is solid enough to support the weight of this monstrous Soviet military aircraft. This kind of ice is so dense—so devoid of air bubbles—that it absorbs long-wavelength light, which is why it appears mesmerizingly blue. It’s -15 degrees Celsius as we get off the plane and take our first steps on Antarctica.

The vast ocean of white unfolding before my eyes is simply magnificent. I look up to see the sun ablaze in the blue polar sky while the fierce wind makes me literally moonwalk on the frozen runway as I try to move from the plane to the four-wheel drive waiting to take us to the main camp.

“January is the heart of summer in Antarctica,” we’re told by one of the ALE staff, “It’s the best time to visit, because the weather is the least hostile.” Indeed, man has never permanently inhabited this remote landmass. Accessible only during its warmest months, from November to March, it has no metropolis or village to speak of, no habitat except perhaps the odd expedition shed or research station. It’s all just massive, desolate, glacial emptiness and bone-chilling temperatures that can range anywhere from -10°C to -80°C during the colder months.

Our all-female team arrives at Union Glacier Camp and, after a quick tour of the facilities, we get assigned to the dual occupancy “clam” tents. Most of us are based in equatorial Singapore, and it has taken us close to 48 hours to get here. No wonder settling in feels good, and the tents are surprisingly comfortable to live in. They are double-walled and designed to withstand polar conditions with a high-tech nylon covering and durable aluminium frame. The large “doors” and a tall interior allow us to stand upright and move around easily as we sort out our gear.

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Ten ways to be more eco conscious this year

There are many ways to do our part for the environment that we love. Here, we highlight 10 ways to act on it – it is afterall, the year of climate action! ;)

1.Go meat-free at least once a week. Animal agriculture contributes significantly to global warming as well environmental issues such as deforestation, soil erosion and habitat loss, among others. Our food choices can make a huge impact on the health of the planet, so whether it’s Meat Free Monday, being a weekday vegetarian, or going completely vegetarian or vegan, be part of the movement to have an earth-friendly diet. Learn more about vegetarianism from Vegetarian Society (Singapore), do check out their events! 

2. Be a a mindful visitor to nature spaces locally or overseas, consider picking 10 pieces of litter wherever we go. If we collectively removed 10 pieces of trash from the natural environment, it would make a noticeable difference. Visit 10 Pieces for more information on this movement.

3. Eliminate food waste at home. Plan your meals in advance to minimise wastage and save vegetable peelings to make vegetable stock. Have you got excess food or condiments that is good enough to share with others? Download the Olio app to redistribute food items to others who might need and want it. Keen on the topic of food waste and want to do much more? Join SG Food Rescue on their weekly veggie hunt!

4. Buy nothing other than essentials. Instead of caving to shopping impulses, buy only what you need. The more your own, the more things you need to take care of. Ask yourself, “Do I really need this? Will I use this often? Can I borrow this from a friend or rent it from someone else?” Consider sharing instead of owning, and use sites like Rent Tycoons or Lendor and be part of the sharing economy. 

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