Plastic-Lite Singapore is a community and volunteer-based platform started in early September 2016 to inspire and encourage Singaporeans towards a lifestyle where the usage of plastics, particularly single-use plastics, can be minimised.
We promote simple but effective initiatives, like carrying our own shopping bags and reusable bottles as much as possible to minimise the need for plastic bags and packaged water bottles. We emphasise “refuse” as the first step towards sustainability, because every single-use/disposable item refused makes a positive difference to the planet.
We also aim to nudge our systems to making changes that can make it easy to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics.
Plastic-Lite Singapore is currently working on the following programmes:
- BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) Shoppers, which encourages shoppers at supermarkets to bring their own reusable shopping bags
- Bounce Bags, a bag-share platform that aims to reduce the usage of single-use plastic bags by setting up a common collection and retrieval point for donated reusable bags near wet markets and supermarkets
- No-Straw Tuesdays, where schools and students reduce their plastic consumption by not using straws on Tuesdays
- Straw-Lite Eateries, which encourages cafes and restaurants to only provide plastic straws when asked
We also regularly runs talks and roadshows at schools, communities, corporates, and public events to raise awareness about plastic pollution and what can be done to stop it.
We are convinced that reducing the plastic in our environment is vital for us and our future generations to live in a healthy, sustainable world.
Aarti has always been passionate about environmental sustainability. On top of running Plastic-Lite Singapore, Aarti runs her own business selling eco-friendly bags made of jute fibre to corporates and individuals. Aarti holds a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and previously worked at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory Singapore as a Research Associate.
Tan Shi Zhou
Lead, Volunteer Management
Shi Zhou is an advocate for environmental sustainability, the former president of Temasek Polytechnic’s environmental club has volunteered in numerous organisations such as Nature Society Singapore, People’s Movement to Stop Haze and ECO Singapore. Currently serving as a grassroots leader, Shi Zhou aspires to be a researcher for sustainable materials.
Lead, Corporate & Schools Outreach
Rajul has held a lifelong passion for conservation and the environment. With a background in Economics and several years in the Corporate sector, she understands that sustainability and profitability are inextricably linked and can be achieved together. She reaches out to corporates as well as schools and colleges.
Social Media Manager
Shalini is currently a student in University. She was always interested in the environment but it was only recently that she discovered her true passion in environmental sustainability. She is beyond excited to be on this journey in saving the earth and is thrilled for all the adventures that life has yet to bring.
Lead, Eateries Outreach Team
Sandra partners with eateries and businesses to reduce their plastic footprint. She believes small differences can make the largest impact and aims to infect the world with a heart for the environment, starting with those around her and her colleagues across APAC.
Terese Anne Teoh
Lead, Bounce Bag
Terese is passionate about environmental sustainability and hopes to help Singaporeans wean off their dependence on plastic bags through Bounce Bags, a bag-sharing platform. She believes reusable bags are the only answer for environmental protection – Compostable bags and biodegradable bags prove ineffective so far. She dreams of being an environmental health scientist when she grows up, as well as champion for climate change.
Pek is a sustainability analyst trained in development economics. He created the PLSG website and led the Eateries Outreach team before moving to the UK for further studies, while continuing as a valuable advisor. He’s interested in ways to reduce waste in all parts of life.
We’re always looking for passionate individuals to join us in our efforts to make Singapore plastic-lite. If you’re interested in volunteering with us, click here.