Do you BYO???
If you are new to this term, let me tell you what it is. BYO (Bring Your Own) is a campaign introduced by Zero Waste SG (check it out!!) in 2017 to encourage individuals to cultivate the habit of bringing their own reusable items whenever they wish to purchase something in hope to reduce the amount of single-use plastic used. In partnership with this campaign, participating retailers provide incentives to their customers whenever they bring their own reusable items, be it bags, bottles or even containers.
I am sure all of us are aware that plastics pose a huge concern to the environment since they can take up thousands of years to decompose. According to statistics, the National Environment Agency (2018) recorded an alarming 763,400 tonnes (763,400,000 kg) of plastics thrown away in 2017 and plastic alone has already contributed to the bulk of the waste disposed of by our country (as can be seen from the table below).
Numbers don’t lie, are you surprised by the figures? Well, I certainly am not because plastics can be found literally everywhere. Plastics can be found in takeaway plastic containers, trash bags, cutlery, and stationary just to name a few. As the number accumulates, the mass disposal of single-use plastic will eventually pose an environmental problem not just to our country but to the entire world. Plastics either end up being burnt in the incinerator with the ash being deposited into the landfill afterward or into our waterways and oceans as marine waste. If we still do not cut down the number of plastic disposed of, we might not have sufficient landfills to dump the waste and I foresee our living conditions in the future to be uninhabitable for it will be polluted with all kinds of waste, not just plastic. I am sure this is not something we all are looking forward to. We only have one Earth so let’s do our party to protect it.
With a total of 430 retail outlets across the island offering incentives to encourage individuals to BYO and refrain from using single-use disposables (BYO Singapore, 2018), this makes a good platform for us to start to make a change in our reliance on the use of plastic items and perhaps start saving the unnecessary cost too. Hence, the next time you want to grab a coffee to go, remember to bring along your reusable cup. Every action has a consequence and we do not want the environment to suffer due to our irresponsible actions.
So, join in and start to Bring Your Own!
Koh, H. (2017, September 2). New campaign aims to put lid on Singapore’s use of disposable plastics. Retrieved from https://www.eco-business.com/news/new-campaign-aims-to-put-lid-on-singapores-use-of-disposable-plastics/
Leo, D. (2017, October 9). Bring Your Own campaign key in Singapore’s push to go green . Retrieved from https://www.todayonline.com/commentary/bring-your-own-campaign-key-singapores-push-go-green
National Environment Agency. (2018, September 26). Waste Management. Retrieved from https://www.nea.gov.sg/our-services/waste-management/waste-statistics-and-overall-recycling
San, O. S. (2017, September 12). NEA supports ground-up moves to reduce plastic waste. Retrieved from https://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/nea-supports-ground-up-moves-to-reduce-plastic-waste
Zero Waste SG. (2018). BYO Singapore. Retrieved from http://www.byosingapore.com/