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Five ways you can help to save our environment

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You'd still want the Earth to be around when you grow old, right?

It only takes a few steps outside before you start to feel and see effects of global warming. Temperatures are now colder and hotter than they ever were in decades. The current air-conditioning in MRTs and buses provides little comfort from the merciless heat.

But, there may still be a glimmer of hope for humanity. If everyone puts in a bit more effort to be more conscious about how their everyday actions and choices will impact the environment, we might be able to slow down the destruction of our environment, little by little.

Here are five simple habits you can pick up to be more environmentally conscious!

1. Bring a metal tumbler around for your drinks

Metal tumblers trump plastic ones, as it keeps your drinks hot or cold for a longer period of time.

These tumblers also help to reduce the amount of plastic we use each time we buy a drink outside, whether you are getting that white chocolate mocha Frappuccino or an iced teh to-go.

THESE REUSABLE FLASKS COST LESS THAN $15 EACH FROM IKEA SINGAPORE.
PHOTO CREDIT: IKEA SINGAPORE

2. Maintain the air-conditioning at 25 degrees Celsius 

I know, I know – 25 degrees?! You must think I'm crazy for suggesting that temperature with the warmer weather we have been getting these past months. But 25 degrees has been scientifically proven to be an ideal temperature, and it is a good step for households to take to become more environmentally friendly.

Not only will you be helping the environment, but setting your air-conditioning to 25 degrees also reduces electricity bills – score!

25 DEGREES IS THE IDEAL TEMPERATURE FOR AIR-CONDITIONING.
PHOTO CREDIT: AIRCONSERVICESG.COM

3. Bring your own reusable containers to tabao your food

Hawker centres are conveniently located near our homes and we often head there to tabao, or takeaway, our food. Most of the times, hawker stalls pack food in styrofoam boxes, which is extremely bad for the environment.

Plus, styrofoam is basically impossible to break down and will end up piled up on Pulau Semakau, which is expected to run out of space in less than 20 years!

Bring along a Tupperware container, or any reusable containers, when you head to the hawker centre to takeaway a meal.

BRINGING YOUR OWN REUSABLE CONTAINERS MEANS FEWER PLASTIC CONTAINERS ARE WASTED.

Sure, you may get judged by your friends or family when you take out your own container to pack your food. Speaking from personal experience, you will soon get over it.

Who knows, you might just be a positive influence to them!

4. Pack a reusable grocery bag in your bag

Checking out some of our local fleas over the weekend? Most of the stalls do not provide bags for your purchases, so whip out a reusable grocery bag to hold your goodies instead! 

More durable than regular plastic bags and nicer looking to tote around, recyclable grocery bags are far more useful and less damaging to our environment. They're also foldable and compact enough to be kept in your everyday bag, ready for use whenever you least expect it. 

THE REUSABLE BAGS ARE USUALLY PRICED FROM $0.80 TO $1.00.
PHOTO CREDIT: NTUC FAIRPRICE

5. Start recycling at home

Everything we buy, be it food or clothes, often comes in packaging that is excessive and unnecessary. To do our part to help the earth, we can start from home by sorting and recycling the different materials instead of just throwing them away.

A LIST OF THINGS THAT CAN BE RECYCLED AT HOME.
PHOTO CREDIT: NEA SINGAPORE
Of course, be sure to check what can and cannot be recycled before tossing them into the recycling bin!