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!

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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.

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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Green Drinks: March Mingle

We have been very quiet because we have been taking a break! We are back for March, please join us for a casual gathering and networking session. We can talk about anything.. everything, including the recently announced carbon tax! Join us!

Date: 27 March 2018 (Tuesday)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Mahota (Pantry cafe), Kitchener Complex, 809 French Road, Level 3
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email greendrinkssingapore@gmail.com

See you there!

 

24 Jan 2018 – INSIGHT Dialogue: The Flipside of Clean Energy

Dear members of the Green Drinks community,

Come down and meet the Channel NewsAsia INSIGHT producer and environmental leaders over some food and drinks.

The event will showcase exclusive behind-the-scenes footage which the INSIGHT team garnered from filming the episode in Japan – offering a better understanding of the condition of Fukushima’s road to recovery and repercussions from the nuclear power plant disaster in 2011.

Various environmental themes from the episode will also be discussed on a panel with distinguished leaders from the green industry and the INSIGHT team.

We hope to encourage a conversation around the search for sustainability and awareness for issues that affect not just Singapore but the world.

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19 Dec: Bea Johnson in Singapore!

Join us for an wonderful evening with world renowned zero waste advocate Bea Johnson, along with a modest zero waste marketplace and society fundraiser on 19 December!
Hear from Bea Johnson, mingle with members of the zero waste community and pick up zero waste essentials for yourself or as Christmas gifts from the marketplace. Vendors include Neishaus, and 元气竹牙刷/Feel Good bamboo toothbrush, among others.
This event is organised by Green Drinks (Singapore), and is made possible by venue hosts thebridge and Spacemob.