With just a little bit of effort, you can also do your part in taking care of the earth.
The key is to make small and sustainable changes in your daily life so these habits will become second nature.
These 7 simple steps can get you started on an eco-conscious lifestyle.
1. Refuse straws
There’s a growing number of businesses adopting a ‘no straws’ initiative.
One such example is KFC in Singapore that recently announced that it will no longer give out straws or plastic caps at its 84 outlets around the country.
Only takeaway drinks will receive a plastic cap.
Do your part by saying no to plastic straws the next time you buy a beverage.
2. Choose eco-friendly products
Going on holiday to a beach destination?
Avoid using sunscreen that contains harmful chemicals that contribute to coral bleaching.
The offending ingredients are oxybenzone and octinoxate, which appear in many sunscreen products.
Many everyday items also contain ingredients that are harmful to the planet, such as microbeads that are in some facial washes and toothpastes, which add to pollution.
You should also avoid soaps and body washes that contain triclosan, which has adverse health effects, or sodium laureth sulphate (SLE), which isn’t readily biodegradable.
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3. Bring your own containers
If part of your daily routine includes buying coffee at the café on your way to work, why not bring your own reusable coffee cup?
The same goes if you’re ordering food at a food court or hawker centre; you can start bringing your own takeaway food containers.
This can also be healthier, especially if the stall still uses Styrofoam cups or packets.
These small habits can reduce your dependence on disposable plastics.