Spot, Shop, and Support Earth Month Everyday
Let’s Get Down to Earth this Earth Month as we teach you how to Spot, Shop, and Support sustainability efforts that you can practise everyday.
With each passing Earth Month, the voices of environmentalists grow louder and more urgent as they continue the push to save our planet. Though important to spread awareness of our impacts on the environment and create sustainable solutions, all this talk about our dying Earth and climate change can leave many feeling helpless, especially when it often feels like we as individuals don’t have the power to make a difference. There’s even a term for it—climate anxiety.
Taking steps to become more environmentally-conscious is not as daunting as you might think, and every action counts, even if it’s as seemingly insignificant as refusing one plastic bag. In fact, as you’re about to see, you can have fun and get rewarded at CapitaLand malls while forging green habits too!
Get ready to venture into the thick of sustainable living as CapitaLand’s sustainability festival, Let’s Get Down to Earth (LGDTE), returns this April. In the spirit of all things eco-friendly, here are some exciting and sustainable ways to reduce your carbon footprint without having to make a 360-degree lifestyle change. That means anyone from seasoned eco-warriors to budding environmental allies can join in on the fun! Introducing the three S’s—Spot, Shop, and Support.
If you’re new to sustainability, one of the best ways you can kickstart your journey is to observe what others around you are doing and learn from both environmentally-friendly and wasteful behaviours. You can do so by getting involved in community efforts such as beach cleanups and plogging (jogging and picking up litter) events. Not only will you be able to have a go at new activities, you’ll also get to meet like-minded people who can offer insights and motivation for sustainable living.
As it happens, you don’t have to look very far for such events ithis month, because there’s an ongoing flurry of green activities held across three CapitaLand malls—Plaza Singapura, Funan, and Bugis Junction—as part of the LGDTE festival. CapitaLand’s second edition of the Project Green sustainability showcase will keep you busy from now until 7 May with weekly themed sustainability events ranging from self-care to home improvement.
Should sustainable fashion be something you’re keen on, the upcoming theme for the third week of Project Green, Looking Fab in Green, will be right up your alley.
For the fashionistas who can never seem to find anything to wear, what if we told that you don’t need a million and one outfits to stay fashionable? Well, you won’t want to miss the DMK x Urban Revivo Styling Masterclass, where you’ll learn how to curate a minimal wardrobe filled with timeless and versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched into lasting ensembles, featuring iconic looks created from DMK's latest collection of contemporary footwear and handbags, as well as Urban Revivo's stylish apparel.
Check out the Project Green Showcases across three CapitaLand malls!
Plaza Singapura — Level 1, Main Atrium (24 March to 7 May)
Funan — Basement 2, Exhibition Space (24 March to 12 April)
Bugis Junction — Level 1, Malay Street Atrium (14 April to 1 May)
It’s easy to misconstrue the core message of sustainability to mean purchasing and using less; after all, reducing is one of the three big R’s, right? While that’s true, it’s more important to be smart about what you buy rather than how much you actually buy.
Choosing to invest in reusable items, for instance, is a great alternative to merely reducing the use of disposable plastics. Although they may come with a bigger price tag, reusable products such as the trusty bamboo or metal straw usually saves you more money in the long run because of their durability, and are often just as convenient as their single-use counterparts. Plus, they’re so much more customisable and aesthetically pleasing too! Once you get into the habit of using reusables, we’d bet you’ll never want to go back to wasteful disposables again.
If that isn’t convincing enough for you, you’ll be happy to know that when you Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) to shop at Bugis Junction, Bugis+, or Funan, you’ll earn 5,000 STAR$® on your CapitaStar App*. That’s not all, Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC) or lunchboxes for takeaway at F&B outlets to earn another 500 STAR$®*. Now, that’s what we call a sizeable reward!
*Promotion ends 1 May 2023. Terms and conditions apply.
What’s more, keep a look out for the Bring Your Own stamp card on the CapitaStar App during the LGDTE festival to maximise the use of your reusables and earn rewards for your takeaway orders across participating F&B stores across CapitaLand malls and workspace properties from 17 April to 16 May.
Another aspect of sustainable living is creating a healthy environment for ourselves, which includes keeping active, reducing stress, and being intentional in what we put into our bodies. To that end, picking sustainable and healthy ingredients are not just beneficial to the planet, but also to those of us trying to protect it.
On that note, we can’t think of anything healthier than Frucci, a beverage company that cultivates healthy living habits with refreshing cold-pressed juices that contain no sugar, preservatives, or artificial flavours, using only natural ingredients from the earth for that ultimate detox that we all need every now and then. If you have yet to try one of their refreshing beverages, now’s the best time to give it a taste as you can enjoy up to $1 off all juices and smoothies when you BYOC*.
*Promotion ends 7 May.
The idea of shopping smart also extends to where we choose to shop. Finding an environmentally-conscious brand today is no longer the challenge it once was as an increasing number of companies, both big and small, begin to recognise the cruciality of sustainable business practices.
That said, customers play a huge role in keeping these businesses running, and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps, so we encourage you to support the companies doing their part for the environment. What’s more, these brands put a lot of thought and effort into each of their products, creating quality goods for anyone and everyone.
As Singapore makes headway into building a more sustainable food system, farm-to-table dining concepts that champion locally grown produce are becoming more common. One such “farm” eatery is Noka, a modern-Japanese restaurant that share the premises and harvests of Funan’s urban rooftop farm.
To get the full Noka experience, opt for their 15-dish Omakase course that perfectly marries divine Japanese flavours with home-grown fruits and vegetables, proof that local ingredients can be equally fresh and delicious as their premium imported counterparts. And did we mention that opting for local produce significantly reduces food mileage too?
When thinking about living sustainably, furniture is probably not what comes to mind. Well, that might be because you’ve yet to discover MUJI's environmental endeavours. Little introduction is needed for this symbol of minimalistic home living, but did you know that MUJI has been a frontrunner in the environmental department as well?
From making a shift to paper packaging to eliminating waste in all operations, the Japanese homeware company has taken sustainability one step further by introducing a range of furniture made of cleaner materials such as the Southeast Asian Rubberwood. That’s not all—in commemoration of Earth Day, all shoppers can enjoy an exclusive 15% discount on all Rubberwood furniture* at MUJI today onwards.
*Promotion ends 7 May. Terms and conditions apply.
Once again, CapitaLand’s LGDTE sustainability festival is happening from 17 to 30 April, a great opportunity to put these Spot, Shop, and Support tips into practice. With that, we welcome our community of shoppers and tenants to embrace a sustainable lifestyle together today and everyday.
Happy Earth Month!
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