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Eat & Drink at the office

Pantry, take away, delivery are integrated in our office’s routine and whether on an individual level or an organisation level, we can limit our environmental impact with minimal effort.

This section is mostly about raising awareness and reducing waste, including single-use items - such as but not limited to plastic: bags, cutlery, packaging...

Check out the BYO (Bring Your Own) Campaign launched in 2017 by Zero Waste SG. So far, 2.5 million pieces of plastic disposables were avoided through the campaign.

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If you don't measure it, you can't manage it!

- Start recording your food and drinks consumption/ waste

- Implement a proper procedure to measure across all departments

- Set annual reduction targets of food and drinks consumption/ waste to achieve environmental sustainability, economic outcomes and food security

10-fold

cost reduction is achievable by optimising the office coffee machine servicing: no single-use cups, no over-maintenance, etc. Check out this testimonial to learn more.

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Reduce F&B Consumption
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Target a Zero Waste objective. Among other ideas to decrease your F&B consumption:

- Avoid over-ordering F&B for meetings, workshops, trainings, events. It is usually sufficient to order for 10–15% less than the number of guests attending.

- Serve tap-water in reusable glass bottles

- Make sure to share the leftovers with others or offer to take them home.

S$ 342 million

worth of wasted food every year in Singapore, equivalent on average to S$258 per household.
(Todayonline)

~50%

of the yearly food waste is generated by non-domestic sources (manufacturers, retailers, hotels, malls...).
(Todayonline)

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Encourage Tap Water Consumption
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Singapore's tap water is perfectly safe to drink without any further filtration. You can add a filter to the tap water if you wish.

Use reusable cups!

x1,000 cheaper

Tap water is approximately $3 per 1,000 litres, comparatively to bottled water, which is approximately $3 per litre.
(The University of Queensland)

x1,500 more energy intensive

It takes 1,500 times more energy to produce a bottled water than to treat & distribute tap water.
(The University of Queensland)

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Singapore’s tap water quality is good within the Singapore Environmental Public Health Regulations (Water Suitable for Drinking) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality.

Over 500,000 tests are conducted annually on physical, organic, inorganic, radiological and microbiological parameters.

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Install Drinking Water Dispensers
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Prefer pipe-in Water Dispensers. Direct piping dispensers are plastic bottleless and typically connected to the water source (piped-in) in the office, with/ without filter.

91%

of the world’s plastic bottles are not recycled.
(JerseyIslandHolidays)

1 Mil/ minute

plastic water bottles are consumed worldwide.
(Kablo)

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Suppliers that provide solutions:
Pipe-in water dispensers
Westcom Solutions

Westcom Solutions Pte Ltd (WCS) was established with the aim to conserve and improve the eco-green system environment and overall well-being. Their team is always committed to discover, updates and devoted to developing and producing a wide range of equipments and products from food waste recycling technology to water and bio-toilet technology.

Westcom Solutions Pte Ltd provides alkaline water (pH 9.0) and hydrogen water dispensers alongside food waste composting & recycling machines.

Bags: Give up Single-Use
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- Reuse plastic, paper, tissue bags

- Create a "bags box" for employees for their take-away lunch or other purchase. To do so, collect existing bags from home or the community, instead of producing new ones

820 mil. plastic bags

from supermarkets are used in Singapore every year, representing 126 Gardens by the Bay land surface.
(SEC)

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Buy in Bulk
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- Some products can be found in bulk to limit transport and packaging: coffee, tea, sugar, fruits...It can be the opportunity to promote healthier/ better quality of products, such as organic nuts and dry fruits.

- Make sure you don't over-order and waste. It is usually enough to order for 10%-15% less attendees than planned.

- Use proper containers to avoid wastage (e.g. airtight boxes, resealable packaging...)

1/3

of Singapore domestic waste is packaging waste (by weight).
(NEA)

31 kg

of plastic packaging waste is produced, on average, per person per year in the EU.
(Plastic Education)

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Organic "Fruits in the office" weekly delivery
ShiokFarm

Shiokfarm brings affordable and organic fruit and vegetables to families and companies in Singapore. Most of their products come from Malaysia and Thailand to limit carbon footprint.

They have a corporate offer "Fruitsintheoffice" to deliver fresh fruits to companies' office every week.

Their program allows to drastically reduce food waste as their members commit for a 6 month period and Shiokfarm commits with their farms for 2 years.

Grow your indoor herbs Garden
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Herbal tea has been used for centuries and has many proven health benefits, depending on the plants used. Mint, chamomile, lemon balm, dandelion etc. can be grown indoor or outdoor in Singapore. Herbs are easy to work with. Once harvested, they just need to be dried and enjoyed. Use this indoor garden to raise awareness about food production.

Learn more on how to grow different herbs here.

1,300

community gardens are maintained in Singapore.
(NParks. Find your closest garden)

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Raise awareness on healthy habits
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Provide fresh fruits to your employees once or twice a week (prefer package free, chemicals-free, local products)

Meat consumption contributes to climate change. Encourage your employees to learn more about this issue, and adopt a vegetarian-diet-day once a week.
Take a look at Green Monday.

Hold an optional monthly or quarterly potluck to encourage people to eat a healthy, home-cooked lunch. Employees will have the opportunity to share a good meal, strengthen relationships and meet people they don’t usually interact with. Check this example.

50%

reduction in meat and sugar consumption would be necessary to help feeding a growing world population of 10 bn people by 2050 - among other drastic changes.
(The Lancet)

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Organic "Fruits in the office" weekly delivery
ShiokFarm

Shiokfarm brings affordable and organic fruit and vegetables to families and companies in Singapore. Most of their products come from Malaysia and Thailand to limit  carbon footprint.

They have a corporate offer "Fruitsintheoffice" to deliver fresh fruits to companies' office every week.

Their program allows to drastically reduce food waste as their members commit for a 6 month period and Shiokfarm commits with their farms for 2 years.

Select eco-friendly options for food delivery
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If you need to order food delivery:

  • Select sustainable options such as borrow-use-return systems of reusable containers: with Muuse or BarePack, you order via an app, receive your food delivery, drop off the containers (boxes and/ or cups) at any partnering venue without the inconvenience of cleaning.
  • Order from eco-conscious restaurants - it is good for you, for them and for the planet!

When you order food via delivery platforms or directly from your favourite restaurants & stalls, don't forget to specify you don't need disposables such as plastic cutlery, tissue, cups...

2,2 mil

straws consumed in Singapore every day are not recycled.
(Eco-Business)

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App-enabled system of returnable containers, for zero-waste takeaway & delivery
BarePack

BarePack is an app to rent & return reusable containers (boxes & cups) to make zero-waste the new norm for takeaway & delivery.

They help corporates in their very offices' cafeteria/ restaurant with a collection/ drop-off system. Once your staff are members through your corporate plan, they can use the solution across Singapore anytime, any day.

The brand is born from the frustration felt having to choose between the convenience of single-use waste and sustainability. "Takeaway great food – not trash!"

App-enabled borrow-use-return system of reusable containers
Muuse

Muuse is an app that allows you to borrow a reusable container (box, cup), enjoy your takeaway/ delivery, and return it at any drop off point. Containers will be cleaned and sanitized for reuse.

Muuse is subscription-based.

Eco-conscious restaurant & venue for corporate events, workshops, product launches...
Openfarm Community

Responsible F&B, Open Farm Community aims to be a centerpoint at which the various sectors in food service can find solutions for sustainable hospitality. First and foremost a restaurant with a large organic herb garden focusing on indigenous species, they support local farms (as soon to have the first in soil farm in urban Singapore themselves), and believe in the importance of food that is both tasty and relatively healthy.

They host green weddings, climate conversations, and masterclasses with artisans who are practicing their craft responsibly. They are a founding member of the F&B Sustainability council here in SG.

Open Farm Community recycles, limits single use plastics, as well as water & food waste and optimises electricity usage. Unique delivery drop programs using re-usable plastic bins.

The venue sits on a 35,000 sqft of green-land.

Eco-friendly restaurant
Saladstop

SaladStop! is an international brand which motto is Eat Wide Awake.

Some of their initiatives for health, people and the planet include in-store Recycling bins, composting program, non-toxic detergents, BYO campaign, reusable containers, packaging made of recycled PET, water consumption & energy efficiency, etc.

Repurpose used Coffee Grounds
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Reuse / Donate / Compost used coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are 100% natural and have various practical usage related to gardening, cleaning or technological usage such as fire retardant material. Contract with a specialist to collect them.

If you want to compost it by yourself, be aware that used coffee grounds must be detoxified by composting for a minimum of 98 days for plants to benefit from the potassium and nitrogen contained in the roasted beans.

2 bn cups

of coffee are consumed every day across the globe.
(The World Economic Forum)

6 mil. tons

of coffee grounds are thrown away every year.
(The sustainable Coffee Guide)

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Give your used coffee gounds to your nearest Community Garden. Find it here

Want to know more about sustainable coffee ? Read this sustainable coffee Guide.

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Used Coffee Recycling Services
A1 Environment Pte Ltd

A1 Environment was created in 2012 by a team with over 20 years' experience in recycling. A1 Environment was set up to provide more flexibility and better used coffee recycling services to organizations.

Crockery in the office: Avoid Single-Use
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Get rid of single-use plastic/ styrofoam cups, plates, cutlery, boxes... Replace them with reusable in the pantries.

4% only

of plastic waste is recycled in Singapore. One major hurdle is waste contamination.
(NEA)

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Reusable cups, Plantable sustainable stationeries & lifestyle brand
Left-handesign

Left-handesign is Singapore's 1st Plantable sustainable stationery & lifestyle brand playfully designed with light & love. They celebrate collections inspired by simple joys of travel, art, nature, food, impressions as seen in day to day life.

Under left-handesign they design the ‘Plantable Series’ called BĪJ a Sanskrit word that means Seed. Their range of products includes Pencils, Pens and Notebooks, Gift tags which you can plant into an herb like tomato, chili, marigold, tulsi (indian basil), spinach, okra, morning glory, mustard seeds.

Left-handesign was founded with a simple mission: put Nature back into peoples' lives. Through their "PLANT A TREE IN YOUR NAME” Program, they plant a tree for EVERY purchase.

Online store of plastic-free & low-impact lifestyle products
Bamboo Straw Girl

Bamboo Straw Girl works directly with makers (fair-trade) and focuses on producing meaningful lifestyle products that are low-impact from production to delivery and usage.

The founder Melissa Lam aims at engaging eco conversations, starting with the simple bamboo straw. The novel item became a small ripple at the beginning of the growth of the zero-waste movement in Singapore. Melissa is a TedX speaker and actively promotes the environmental message through her school and corporate talks. With her team, she focuses on waste reduction and on impacting the communities of artisans they work with in South East Asia.

The company conducts corporate talks, lunchtime info sessions, educational workshops, and pop-up retail booths. They also produce corporate gifts that are curated to suit the corporate theme and guide their clients in selecting the most relevant item to promote their green message.

Reusable cups & straws
Seastainable

Seastainable is a business that supports marine conservation in Singapore and the Philippines.

50% of their profits are redirected to marine conservation through diverse organisations.

Online store of eco-friendly lifestyle products
Your Sustainable Store

Your Sustainable Store is a Singapore-based online store created to make a wide range of curated, stylish and affordable sustainable products easily available. They are constantly on the look out for more amazing products. They hope that by offering practical yet stylish alternatives, they can inspire more people to lead an environmentally aware lifestyle.

Products range from cutlery, cups, to cosmetics and cleaning accessories.

Crockery for take away: Avoid Single-Use
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- For take-away meals, encourage your employees to refuse single-use (bag, box, cutlery,...), to bring their own (BYO) reusable containers or use reusable containers app solutions such as Muuse or BarePack.

- Refuse plastic carriers if packed food can be held in the hand.

- For BYO, glass, stainless steel or BPA-free plastics are some recommended material options from a safety standpoint.

- Join the BarePack Corporate Program providing employees benefits and on-site collection.

10 Olympic swimming pools

This is the volume of single-use items such as plastic bags and takeaway containers used in Singapore every year.
(SEC)

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Bring Your Own (BYO) Singapore movement gathers over 1,000 retailers who offers incentives to customers who bring their own reusable bags, bottles or containers.

Suppliers that provide solutions:
App-enabled system of returnable containers, for zero-waste takeaway & delivery
BarePack

BarePack is an app to rent & return reusable containers (boxes & cups) to make zero-waste the new norm for takeaway & delivery.

They help corporates in their very offices' cafeteria/ restaurant with a collection/ drop-off system. Once your staff are members through your corporate plan, they can use the solution across Singapore anytime, any day.

The brand is born from the frustration felt having to choose between the convenience of single-use waste and sustainability. "Takeaway great food – not trash!"

App-enabled borrow-use-return system of reusable containers
Muuse

Muuse is an app that allows you to borrow a reusable container (box, cup), enjoy your takeaway/ delivery, and return it at any drop-off point. Containers will be cleaned and sanitised for reuse.

Muuse is subscription-based.

Buddies - Experience sharing

The « green journey » may feel overwhelming sometimes, but you are not alone.

Our Buddies have tried, succeeded, failed to implement change in their companies. They share their experience so you can learn, take shortcuts, get inspired and ask questions.

Everybody can become a Buddy and give back to the community; if you are keen, get in touch with us.

Alya Annabi
Digital Learning Manager - Timeo-Performance

I am a Digital Learning Manager who has a passion for the sustainability topic and how to live a more sustainable life in Singapore. I love sharing with my colleagues and friends about this topic, hoping to inspire more and more people to have a more conscious lifestyle.

Since last year, I have been learning a lot about how to create my own products in order to detoxify my environment from harsh chemicals. Since then, I have animated some webinars called "Green Yourself" to show to people how to make their own products using what they have in their kitchen.

Nadège Claudel
General Manager - BSI (British Standards Institution)

I have been General Manager of BSI Singapore for 2.5 years. Prior to joining BSI, I held different job assignments for the international retailer Carrefour. For them, I oversaw Quality, Food Safety and Sustainability in China and then at the Group level.  

I spent most of my career working in Asia: in Shanghai, Hong Kong and I have been happily settled in Singapore for 8 years now. 

I have a real passion for sustainability and nature conservation and I love to share the knowledge and experience I gained in this field. I am also a volunteer for the Singaporean NGO called Climate Conversation which aims to raise awareness on climate change.

Virgile Viasnoff
Professor, Mechanobiology – NUS, CNRS

Virgile is an academic researcher who works for the CNRS (France) and the National University of Singapore. He heads an international collaborative lab between Singapore and France at the mechanobiology institute.

He is also in charge of the transition towards more sustainable practices in the lab and in the institute. He has already implemented various actions covering energy efficiency, consumables usage reduction, waste management...