27 April 2021

Heal the World: 6 Ways to Have Fun Sustainably

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Take note: this is how you do some good for Mother Earth and have a blast while you’re at it

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, by now you would have heard about ‘sustainable living’, which refers to living in a way that meets our need for food, water, and shelter, without harming our environment. In an attempt to live ‘sustainably’, one would do things like reduce plastic waste, recycle items as much as possible, and shop locally. Curious to find out more about this lifestyle that champions going green and being ethical? Take a deep dive into it all by signing up for these sustainability-focused activities and workshops around Singapore.

Weave your very own MusicCloth from old tapes:
Weave your very own MusicCloth from old tapes:
  • Hidden Gem
  • DIY
  • Eco-friendly
  • Instagram-worthy

If you are passionate about sustainability or recycling, this activity will be right up your alley. Work your Picasso skills and reduce waste by transforming an old cassette or videotape into a work of art called a MusicCloth. You can choose to do either a portrait of yourself or a city map poster. The choice is yours! Whatever you decide to do, rest well knowing you are giving something old a new lease of life.

Visit an insect and worm farm
Visit an insect and worm farm
  • Families with Kids

Are you aware that worms could help buffer the impact of global warming by eating microbes (tiny organisms responsible for releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere)? Yes, the icky worm can help humankind wriggle its way to sustainability, and worm farming is in right now. Take a tour around Werms.Inc, a local insect and earthworm farm to discover how creepy crawlies are helping Singapore (and the world) reduce waste.

Explore food wrapping culture
Explore food wrapping culture
  • Explore food wrapping culture

Food wrapping is an age-old tradition that was probably used by our hunter-gatherer ancestors to store, transfer, and cook food. For some local context to this ancient practice, book this experience to gain a better understanding of the food wrapping culture in Singapore. Why did people use particular leaves or specific plants to wrap food? Was it for taste? Or preservation? Find the answers to these questions and more.

Play beekeeper for a day
Play beekeeper for a day
  • Families with Kids

Bees are among the only insects in the world that produce food people can eat. They play an essential role in maintaining the health of humans and of the planet, so take this opportunity to appreciate the little critters by playing beekeeper for a day. Tour the apiary where busy bees help pollinate plants, and at the same time find out more about how these insects are actually at risk of extinction, and how you can help save them.

Try old-school fishing on a kelong
Try old-school fishing on a kelong
  • Out-of-city Experience

During this tour you’ll get to step foot onto a kelong – an old-school floating fish farm which used to be a common sight back in the day (fun fact: today, just over 100 exist off the shores of Singapore) – and you’ll get to try your hand at fishing for your own food. If you think about it, fishing for your own food (of course, making sure to stay clear of endangered species) is as sustainable as it gets because you’re only catching what you need.

Learn about sustainable seafood
Learn about sustainable seafood
  • Group Travellers
  • Families with Kids

Moving on from traditional kelongs, this tour brings you to the other end of the ‘sustainable seafood’ spectrum. Visit a modern-day fish farm that utilises cutting-edge technology to boost Singapore’s sustainability initiatives, like the push for local agricultural producers’ efforts to meet 30% of Singapore’s food demand by 2030, and cover topics like food security and how farming in Singapore has stayed relevant and competitive over the years.

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