Student competition: 2023 PacificLight Crea8 Sustainability Competition

The PacificLight Crea8 Sustainability Competition is back! The theme of the 2023 Crea8 Sustainability Competition is ‘The Green Key’, and encourages primary and secondary school students to explore what it means to be climate positive. Each year, Crea8 Sustainability adopts a different theme to inspire young Singaporeans to embark on their environmental journey through creative self-expression and critical thinking.

Primary students are encouraged to turn waste into something useful by creating upcycled artwork with items that cannot be recycled. Secondary and Tertiary students are challenged to articulate their visions and use their online voices to create a short video that encourages, educates and advocates on issues surrounding sustainability. More details here!


7 APRIL 2023 (for Primary & Secondary level)

28 APRIL 2023 (for Tertiary-Level)

Primary Level – Giving Waste New Life
What happens to the things we can’t recycle? This year, we encourage children to deepen their understanding of recycling in an effort to develop a new sustainable relationship to what we commonly know as ‘waste’. Students are to create upcycled artwork from items that cannot be recycled, instead of using common items such as plastic bottles, bottle caps, or straws.

Secondary Level & Tertiary- #SustainabilityInAction
Made by youths for youths. This year, our #SustainabilityInAction challenges our youths from both secondary schools and tertiary institutions to speak up and use their online voice and talent to create a short video (equivalent to a TikTok/Instagram reel) to encourage, educate and advocate on issues surrounding sustainability.

Join the competition here!

About PacificLight Crea8 Sustainability Competition

Established in 2016, the PacificLight Crea8 Sustainability Competition aims to encourage young Singaporeans to step up to the challenge of tackling environmental issues by reducing their carbon footprint and leading a more sustainable lifestyle.

The Crea8 Sustainability competition started off as an art competition but has since evolved to include essay and video components to enable all youths in Singapore to participate.

PacificLight continues to inspire young Singaporeans to tackle environmental challenges and demonstrate their passion for a sustainable Singapore. The Crea8 Sustainability Competition encourages students to share their thoughts, demonstrate their ideas and share stories about the ways we can reduce our environmental impact.


Trash-Sure Sculpture unveiled at Gardens by the Bay

For the next three years, this upcycled art sculpture will be situated at the SG50 lattice at Gardens by the Bay. Made entirely out of trash from Singapore, this 10×7 metre sculpture of the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger was created by world renowned street artist, Bordalo II.

Trash-Sure is a nationwide campaign that uses art to narrate sustainability. With two billion tonnes of trash discarded globally on an annual basis, our waste contributes significantly and rapidly to carbon emissions. This sculpture highlights the urgency of the climate crisis we are facing and serves as a reminder of the need for conservation and biodiversity. Bordalo II has more than 240 art pieces in more than 20 countries, with this tiger being his largest upcycled sculpture in Asia.

The launch of Trash-Sure was presented by UBS and enterprise partner Ho Bee Land, and supported by venue partner Gardens by the Bay, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, the Singapore Tourism Board, the Adplanet Group and NGOs including World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore.

The trash was collected by the Adplanet Group, UBS employees and Ho Bee Land’s construction partner. Trash items include end of life materials such as plastic hoses, car fenders, roofs, doors, tires, aircon vents, road dividers, traffic cones, huge water containers, trash bins, portable loos, plastic trays, luggage, trolleys, toys and parts of children’s playgrounds.

Something to look out for in the latter part of this year is an art competition titled ‘Art of Trash’, where students in Singapore can enter by upcycling waste materials to create sculptures.

In the meantime, do check out this wonderful sculpture. For more information on Trash-Sure, visit their website!

About Artist Bordalo II
Bordalo II is a world renowned artivist from Portugal. Bordalo II creates stunning three-dimensional sculptures out of the debris of our overconsumeristic and materialistic society. Larger than life, his masterpieces serve to remind us that there is too much wastage because of our excessive and inconsiderate economic and social behaviors. His art form has a purpose –to powerfully communicate that trash can be reused and recycled. Tires, fan covers, fishing nets, tennis balls, syringes –there are just a few of the many discarded materials repurposed on his installations. As street art, the installations of Bordalo II also raise the alarm on our wasteful habits out in public to tackle issues on pollution and its effects on wildlife.

Launching today: 3M Inspire Challenge 2022

3M today launches the 3M Inspire Challenge 2022! Open to undergraduates from all disciplines and backgrounds, prizes include up to US$7,000 in cash prizes and internships at local 3M offices. Registration and submissions open today, read on to find out more.

From July 15 to November 15, 2022, 3M Inspire Challenge 2022 is on the hunt for the most innovative ideas to create a more positive world and add value to 3M’s business and customers.  

Participants can choose to propose solutions for one of the three themes: (1) Sustainable Materials, (2) The New Paradigm (a pandemic aware world), and (3) Equity (through science and technology).   

The challenge welcomes entries from students regardless of courses of study in Australia and New Zealand, India, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

The 3M Inspire Challenge will take place across two stages. The first stage, known as the Country-Level Semi-Finals, will see students face-off against their local peers in a live judging panel on October 26-27, 2022. The winners of this stage will be crowned the title of “Country Champion”, awarded a cash prize of USD$2,000, and internships at local 3M offices. 

The Country Champion will then proceed to the second stage, known as the Regional-Level Finals, to compete against all the Country Champions. The winning team will be crowned “Regional Champions” and walk away with a USD$5,000 cash prize. 
Throughout the challenge, participants will also enjoy access to 3M mentors from diverse backgrounds who will sharpen their ideas in preparation for the Country-Level Semi-Finals and Regional-Level Finals. 

Come reimagine a better world and make your mark in the region. Register for the 3M Inspire Challenge 2022 now.

4-5 June: Next Leaders Summit 2022

Coming soon, the Next Leaders Summit 2022! This is a virtual summit, sign ups close on 31 May. More details below.

Join our online event and be inspired by talks by young leaders in sustainability across Asia and to discuss issues of interest.

Are you interested in starting your own sustainability movement or project?

Connect with fellow aspiring young leaders in sustainability in Asia!

The Asia continent faces unprecedented sustainability challenges in the 21st century due to rapid population growth and urbanisation. There is a need to harness the creativity and passion of a new generation of leaders to chart a new, sustainable and regenerative course for more than 4 billion people on the continent.

NELIS (Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability) is a global network and organisation with people and activities in several countries around the world, dedicated to inspiring and supporting the next generation of leaders to bring about transformation in sustainability.

NELIS’ vision is to inspire one million leaders (OML) in key regions. Following on from similar successful summits and programs organised in Africa (OMLA) and Latin America (OMLATAM), NELIS is now initiating a similar movement in Asia, called OMLAS.

The OMLAS Summit will be followed by the launch of the OMLAS Fellowship program later in the year. The fellowship program is targeted at young professionals in their 20s and 30s who have a keen interest in sustainability and starting initiatives to make changes to their local communities. The goal is to empower one million young, Asian nexgen sustainability leaders by 2030. Seniors who are interested to join as mentors are also welcome.

The OMLAS Summit is jointly organised by NELIS Nepal, NELIS Singapore and NELIS Global.

Date: 4 & 5 June, 2022,
Time: 12:15 to 15:15 JST
Programme & Registration:

21 May 2022: 7th Zero Waste Bootcamp by Secondsguru

Secondsguru have organised another Zero Waste bootcamp, more details below!

If you are looking for an eco+social volunteering opportunity in Singapore, @Secondsguru’s
Zero Waste Bootcamp kickstarting 21 May (Sat) is for you! Targeted at 18-35 yr olds, the
12-week program allows you to:
🌟 Connect with like-minded peers
🌟 Gain skills and knowledge to carry out an eco+social project
🌟 Receive guidance from mentors while working with a local non-profit organization
🌟 Become a #YouthForChange!
Sign up now at !

Want to know about the impact from the past 6 Zero Waste Bootcamps? Head over to

Secondsguru is a social enterprise empowering communities towards greener living.

About Secondsguru
Secondsguru is a young social enterprise [registered with raiSE Singapore] on a mission to
promote eco-awareness. It runs educational talks & workshops, organises community outreach
and publishes resources on With the motto “Green Living. Made Easy.”, it focuses on solutions that make sustainable living a fun, creative and practical goal for all.