This month’s task with IKEA is on sustainable living, so I did a little reading up on this topic. Do you know the severity of over-consumption in Singapore?
“According to Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR),796,000 tonnes of food waste was generated in Singapore last year – equivalent to the weight of about 145,000 full grown elephants!
There’s much we can do to reduce food waste – sharing extra food with our friends, not over-ordering and packing extra portions back home.”
One simple way is to bring your own storage containers when you get takeaways (aka 打包 dabao).
Because we are limited by the size of the food containers, we will not over-order the portions and minimize food wastage.
Packaging for takeaways is cost to the hawkers and they would be most glad to help pack your food into your own container. I love that the lunch box from the 365+ series has a thoughtful vent to let the heat out a little should your dabao-ed food need some ventilation. 😉
If you need to heat up the food, the vent helps ensure your food is warmed evenly and effectively in the microwave. This size I bought has a grid in the bottom to keep stored food from getting soggy!
Want to dabao hot drinks only to have them lukewarm by the time you get home? Use a thermal flask and problem’s solved!
Prefer soupy food like prawn soup noodle? There’s the EFTERFRÅGAD food vacuum flask you may like to use.
Make recycling a way of life! Everyone who goes shopping at IKEA knows they either have to bring their own bags or buy the IKEA bag for purchases if they need one.
Because of this collaboration with IKEA, I’ve been making many more trips to IKEA store on my own. With no extra pairs of hands to help carry all my purchases, I bought the IKEA FRAKTA large bag so that it’s easier to haul the stuff to my car. (Trolleys can’t get to the cars at the Tampines store.)
After the first use, I was like “WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG TO BUY THIS $0.90 BAG?!!” It’s been an essential in my car boot ever since.
It’s super hardy and can hold heaps of stuff. LV’s NeverFull is not even close. I love how durable the material is and bought a smaller version that we can use when we have lesser stuff to lug.
Excellent companion when you want to head to the market to get groceries and dabao food.
Instead of using plastic bags to hold our wet and heavy swimming clothes, we use the BRATTBY bag since it’s waterproof!
The effort may seem tiny in the big picture. But if every one of us contributes in our seemingly miniscule ways, we can help reduce unnecessary waste and hopefully, improve the world for our children to grow up in. 积少成多!
Note: This post is part of a collaboration project with IKEA Singapore. We were sponsored with a gift card for items we will require for our tasks. Ideas and opinions are our own!