Celebrating the life of Tay Lai Hock of Ground-Up Initiative

For those who have not already heard, Tay Lai Hock of Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) passed away earlier in the week. Also known as Kampung Chief, he was well respected for his leadership, authenticity, wisdom, ideas, compassion, conviction, character, directness, and how he walked the talk. He championed the need for a 21st century kampung culture and connected thousands of people to the land.

We at Green Drinks grieve his loss, and send our condolences to Lai Hock’s family and the GUI family. We feel blessed that he was able to speak at Green Drinks on two occasions – at the first session he shared his vision for GUI, and at a subsequent session, we got to hear his vision for Kampung Kampus. Both times, he inspired audience members and left a lasting impression.

If you would like to pay your final respects to Lai Hock:
-His wake is held at Blk 230 Simei Street 4, Friday (today) is the last day
-GUI have organised a memorial service to celebrate Lai Hock’s life on 18 August Saturday at Kampung Kampus, 91 Lorong Chencharu. More details here.

If you are going on Saturday, we will see you there!


25 Aug 2018: Urban Farm and Feast Market

The Hive Lavender, who have hosted a couple of our events, have organised the Urban Farm & Feast Market for 25 August. It will feature a marketplace and workshops among other activities, entry to the marketplace is free. More details below!

Join our local farmer’s market for an exciting day of ‘fresh’ ideas, Urban Farming workshopsdemonstrations and culinary delights. 

‘Do you know where your food really comes from?’

Take the opportunity to meet local farmers & vendors selling their produce, sharing their knowledge on healthy eating and discover more about sustainable food sources available here in Singapore.

‘Urban Farm & Feast Market’ is the perfect chance to understand and appreciate where your food comes from. Educate yourselves on nutrition and get the low down on Urban farming from ‘Farm to Table’ through a variety of interesting & interactive workshops and screenings. More so you can do some guilt free shopping at our ‘Urban Farm & Feast’ Marketplace, where you can purchase fresh goods and ‘support local’.

Our aim? – To bring the community together, celebrate local farming, and of course to grow our knowledge on sustainability. What better way to spend your Saturday than over fresh home-grown organic food and interactive learning?

Workshop Schedule:

12:00 – 1:00: Juicing for Health
1:00 – 2:00: Soil Class with @The Tender Gardener
2:00 -3:00: Build your Own Terrarium with @The Green Co.
2:30 – 3:30: Grow Your Own Herbs
3:30 – 5:00: Farm to Table Workshop
5:00-6:00: Yoghurt Making Workshop

So what are you waiting for?

There’s something for everyone, so bring your whole family down and join us on 25th August at the Hive Lavender. Get your tickets here!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets sold are non-refundable.

11 July: Green Jobs Symposium @CleanEnviro Summit Singapore 2018

Here’s an event to look forward to next week – the Green Jobs Symposium @CleanEnviro Summit Singapore 2018. The Green Jobs Symposium is organised by NEA and Young NTUC, more details below.

Join us at Green Jobs Symposium @ CESS 2018 to get a preview from industry leaders and environmental experts about the clean environment solutions of tomorrow’s cities and discover new career opportunities that arise. Be inspired by speakers who carved out a notable career in the sector, find out how and why.

Keynote speaker:
Dr Marcus Gover, Chief Executive Officer of Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)

Date: 11 Jul 2018, Wednesday
Time: 1:30PM – 3:30PM
Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Centre Level 4, Marina Bay Sands
Attire: Smart Casual
Fee: Free
URL: www.yntuc.sg/gjscess

About the Keynote Speaker
Dr Marcus Gover has worked in the environment sector for over 25 years and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in the UK.

WRAP is a not-for profit organisation working with governments, businesses and citizens to create a world in which resources are used sustainably. Its experts generate evidence-based solutions to protect the environment, build stronger economies and support more sustainable societies. WRAP’s impact spans the entire life-cycle of the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the products we buy, from production to consumption and beyond.

Marcus has a degree in chemical engineering and a PhD in combustion from Imperial College, London. After an initially technical career, he studied for an Executive MBA at Cranfield School of Management before taking on more senior management roles. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

Now Crowdfunding and 85% Funded: Local, Sustainable Fashion Space, The Fashion Pulpit

For those who are familiar with the sustainable fashion space, you would know Raye Padit. He is the co-founder of Connected Threads Asia, which runs the annual Fashion Revolution event in Singapore, and co-founded the popular Swapaholic, a regular clothes swapping event. His latest venture is a permanant space at Liang Court which offers not just swapping but mending and upcycling services, and it is called The Fashion Pulpit.

A crowdfunding campaign was launched in June, and at this point in time, the team has hit 85% of their target goal and there are three days left in this all or nothing campaign. Wish to lend your support? There are several tiers of rewards to choose from, and you can back the campaign here.

In their words, The Fashion Pulpit will be “A permanent swapping fashion space! One location, swap anytime, bring everyone. Not only will you be able to swap from the best selection of pre-loved fashion pieces, you can now upcycle and learn fashion tricks all at one place! We aim to provide convenience and flexibility on however and whenever you want to help us create a purpose-driven economy around sustainable fashion and conscious consumerism. The Fashion Pulpit will also be the very first of its kind in Singapore.”

If this is a cause that speaks to you, or if you know of someone who would be keen, please consider contributing and/or spreading the word :)

Hear About Low Impact Living at Green Drinks SG x The Green Collective SG Relaunch Party

Come celebrate the extension of The Green Collective SG’s lease at OneKM and hear from our speakers on their low impact lifestyles! Everyone is invited to the party where you can meet The Green Collective’s vendors, old and new. Learn how to start your conscious living journey in a talk led by our guest speakers Khee Shihui of Tabaogirl, and Maria Tan of @mariaubergine!

Both speakers will share their experiences and their journeys so far, and do a show and tell of their eco habits. Shihui, will show us how she avoids single use take out disposables and will bring her “Tabaogirl” kit, while Maria will show us how she has a zero waste home, including homemade and everyday zero waste products.

For this event we would encourage you to bring your own cup and if you like, beverages.

Should you have any preloved clothing that is in good condition or unexpired canned food you would like to give away, there are collection points that have been set up by Green Square Textile Recycling, and Food Bank Singapore.

Join us!

Date: 5 July 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 7pm – 9.30pm
Venue: The Green Collective,  #01-26/27 OneKM Mall, 11 Tanjong Katong Road
Admission: Free
RSVP: Register here!

See you there!

About Our Speakers

Khee Shihui
Khee Shihui is working towards a low environmental impact life. In May 2017, after The Telegraph reported about the irreparable damage done to the Great Barrier Reef due to global warming and human practices, she decided to change her habits instead of just agonising over the environmental degradation of urban life, e.g. prevalence of single use disposables, fast fashion, commercial agriculture or livestock farming. She shares her stories about greener living at @tabaogirl on Instagram, and hopes to encourage everyone that each of us can contribute towards bringing the restoration and renewal we hope to see for Earth.

Maria Tan
Hi everyone! My name is Maria and I’m an aspiring zero-waster. After seeing single-use plastics destroying the natural environment during one of my camping experiences, I knew I had to do something. I started documenting my journey to a minimal waste lifestyle on my Instagram page (@mariaubergine) and was pleasantly surprised to find many keen individuals curious about reducing waste in Singapore. Aside from answering people’s burning questions on all those zero-waste failures and successes, I spend the rest of my free time working on projects (my latest being @backtogroundzero) to raise awareness on the effects of plastic pollution and how we can all lead more sustainable lifestyles. On the weekends, you can often find me at the park doing yoga, pigging out at vegan potlucks, or scavenging for gems at thrift stores.

Inaugural PCS Sustainability Conference

You are invited to PCS’ first sustainability conference, where keynote speaker, Pål Martensson, who is an advisor with Let’s do it! World and a zero-waste pioneer and guru in his own right, will share about their sustainability efforts. More importantly, PCS hopes that the network session to be an insightful platform, where everyone can learn and share with one another. It would also give them a chance to tell you more about World Cleanup Day 2018, to see how everyone can get involved.

Date: 28 July 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Venue: Tokyo & Paris Room, NUS YIH, Level 3, 31 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119078
RSVP: Please register here

Programme Flow:
1:00 Registration
1:10 Keynote: “Beyond Clean and Green Singapore”
2:00 Panel discussion
2:30 Briefing: World Cleanup Day 2018
2:45 Networking

About PCS
Founded in 2018, PCS is committed to keeping our environments clean. We aim to achieve this through promoting a culture of clean thoughts and actions within communities. PCS is focused on leveraging technologies and creative campaigns to create public awareness and promote the adoption of its unique brand of clean culture. https://provi-cs.org/

PCS is also the Singapore representative of Let’s Do It! World, a civic-led movement for environmental cleanup. On 15 September 2018, World Cleanup Day, people in more than 120 countries will stand up against the global trash problem and clean up waste, making it the biggest positive civic action the world has ever seen. https://www.letsdoitworld.org/

About Pal Martensson
Pål Martensson, who also calls himself “the garbage man,” has been dealing with waste and campaigning for zero waste for more than a decade already. He worked at the Department of Sustainable Waste and Water Department for City of Goteborg for more than ten years, Sweden where he oversaw five resources recovery centres, including the first ECO-Park in the world – Kretsloppspa rken Alelyckan – that he founded and is now used as a model to public and private sectors worldwide.

Pål shares his long and internationally respected experience in waste management with different audience and networks around the world as active member of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA), Zero Waste Europe and the Swedish Waste Management Group for Recycling and Export group to name a few of the advocacy groups he is involved in. He is a valued speaker in many international events where he had shared his technical knowledge and field experience on Zero Waste concept, strategies and implementation, passing/entrance systems for recycle centres, the role of ECO Parks on waste management and waste prevention, EPR and take-back policies; recyclables redemption value (recyclables deposit systems) for electronics, PET-bottles, aluminum cans, and special packaging; household waste analyses and reduction strategies; and community waste management educational outreach programs.

Pål has not only been actively promoting the principles of zero waste among civil society groups, but has also been active in influencing the policy-makers towards making a policy shift to a more sustainable way of living and waste-free resources management through his numerous national and international speaking engagements with different stakeholders – community dwellers, youth, environmental experts, policy makers and state leaders, business, etc. These events include Peoples’ Forums, meetings with experts, and parliamentary discussions to name a few. He is also recognized for other important projects which benefit all sectors in the society. He is one of the master minds of Project “ZmartZeroWasteLiving” – which aims to educate people about waste and how to reduce it to zero. He has also been involved in many important initiatives such as Project “Living the Life” – which educates people on the need to adopt a new lifestyle and to assist them in changing their habits particularly on buying, reusing and recycling; and Project “Waste prevention with Eco parks” with the Environmental Swedish Research Institute, IVL.

Pål graduated from Technical College in Goteborg in 1972 and Goteborg University in 1976.

Pop by The Green Collective to Shop Eco!

If you’ve not already heard, The Green Collective has opened at OneKM. What is it?

The Green Collective is Singapore’s first green lifestyle pop-up where more than a dozen homegrown eco brands have teamed up to launch a multi-brand concept store. Other than eco products, visitors can participate in regular workshops ranging from making soaps, natural dyes and transforming upcycled textiles to handcrafted necklaces. While you are there, you can even drop off preloved clothing that is in good conditioned for Green Square Textile Recycling, or unwanted unexpired canned food for Food Bank Singapore.

So if you’re looking for eco and Fairtrade items, bamboo clothing, upcycled fashion accessories, hand made soap, zero waste lifestyle products and other eco products, makes sure to make this your shopping destination!

Current vendors include:

Simple Cotton by PuffyLamb
[Photo taken from The Green Collective]