Established in 1995, the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is a non-profit and non-government organisation (NGO) that aims to influence thinking on sustainability issues and coordinate environmental efforts in Singapore. Its mission is to create a lasting impact on climate change by collaborating with people, industries and government to encourage and achieve sustainable urbanisation.
Read about their Climate Action Champions story here!
It can sometimes go unnoticed, but every day, many of us are contribute to plastic waste.
A single plastic bottle or container won’t melt the polar icecaps, but if the world continues to use plastic at the current rate, we will be producing more than 300 million tonnes of plastic every year!
What roles do industries play?
Industries have a key role to play in reducing plastic waste. There is a critical need for innovation in recovery and treatment technology, and the development of environmentally-friendly products that better facilitate reuse and recycling.
The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources has outlined its plans to reduce packaging waste. By 2021, the Ministry will mandate that businesses report on the type and amount of packaging they put on the market and their plans for reduction.
SEC is also playing our part. Through the Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards (SEAA), SEC seeks to emphasise the need for innovative solutions to reduce plastic waste, and facilitate the sharing of best practices among companies in dealing with plastic waste.
The rise of green consumerism – is Singapore ready?
Besides companies, consumers also play an important role in reducing plastic waste.
According to a 2015 Nielsen report, consumers in Singapore are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of the products they purchase. Millennials in particular, expressed willingness to seek and pay more for sustainable products.
With the rise of green consumerism, companies can better engage and encourage consumers to reduce use of plastics through incentive schemes, informative product labels and other initiatives.
A little help goes a long way – SEC has been working with retailers and NGOs to provide shoppers with reusable bags, encouraging them to use less single-use plastic bags.
With more companies on board, our combined green efforts will certainly help to support sustainable waste management in Singapore and lead us towards a zero-waste nation.
The SEAA aims to recognise organisations with exemplary environmental practices. Winners of the award will join an elite rank of organisations that have affirmed their commitment to sustainability.
Application for SEAA closes on 31 May 2018. To apply, visit http://sec.org.sg/seaa/.