Thanks to the Singapore Packaging Agreement about 46,000 tons of packaging waste have been reduced from the city. The joint initiative between government and industries is a local strategy to decrease packaging waste, which thus far has encouraged some companies and nonprofits to be proactive in diminishing waste.
A third of the domestic waste of Singapore comes from packaging- the target of the agreement. Although the initiative is voluntary, some firms have taken it upon themselves to lower their packaging waste by any means possible.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore, an organization that manages most of the zoos in Singapore, has installed 27 water dispensers across its locations. This initiative is meant to encourage their guests to bring water bottles to fill up instead of buying plastic water bottles from their park. Their packaged water sales have fallen by 20%, which has decreased their profit… and their packaging waste by 13 tons per year.
The self-funded organization has risked part of their revenue in order to take the necessary steps to influence their guests and local companies to follow in their footsteps. On the flipside, the organization has been awarded with a Singapore Packaging Agreement Award for their contributions this past July.
Another company changing their packaging is Nestle Singapore. Their subtle yet impactful changes to their manufacturing processes have saved them more than $100,000 annually. They have also made huge leaps to reduce their waste such as wood and plastic. Their changes in packaging material and transportation procedures have helped them become more sustainable.
The Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA) Awards has been an amazing incentive for Singapore firms to begin creating cost-effective solutions that will benefit them and the environment. The agreement is voluntary in order to be flexible with companies to find means that reduce waste. At the SPA Awards, companies and organizations are recognized for their contribution in reducing packaging waste.
With many companies joining the Singapore Packaging Agreement, it seems that Singapore is headed in the right direction when it comes to resourceful thinking. The many organizations that participate can be great models for locals and can even have a catalyzing impact on the rest of the Southeast Asian region.
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