Friday, July 27, 2012

Green in Singapore!


I’ve recently relocated to Singapore. Moving takes so much time, not to mention resources. 

Singapore’s a very environmentally friendly country with so many initiatives. In addition to its plentiful greenery, the country’s public transport system has to be one of the best in the world. Over the next few blog posts, I’ll be discovering and exploring Singapore’s environmental friendliness!

If you had asked me if it was possible to have a 50 dollar iPhone compatible speaker made of bamboo a few years ago, I would have shaken my head a definite no. How about one that requires absolutely no power?

Eco friendly and music friendly, the iBam was sold out online in a few weeks, proving that people are interested in such inventions. After all, who doesn’t want to reduce their carbon footprint?

The creators of the iBam, Kampung Innovators, run the 100 square meter “Sustainable Living Lab,” here in Singapore. They reuse old materials to create projects and welcome everyone to come join their fun projects on the weekends. The Kampung Innovators also provide courses and amusing activities like “makerthons” that promote green living for Singapore youth as well as corporations. Personally I think it’s brilliant! What better way to interest the general public into creating eco-friendly products?  Take a look at their website: http://www.sl2square.org. Perhaps I’ll visit the lab one of these days and make an amazing invention. A relatively inexpensive green product that appeals to everyone: a dream come true!


Speaking of innovation, the Singapore Mini Maker Faire will be held from August 4 to 5th this year at Singapore’s Science Center. Several workshops conducted at the Faire aim to promote a DIY (do-it-yourself) culture in Singapore. Just a thought: in conjunction with environmental friendly materials and the concept of recycling, reusing, and reducing, DIY is a great way to get people involved in eco-friendly initiatives. So many people are at a loss in terms of how they can help the earth. With DIY eco-friendly projects (there are so many of them!), those lost in today’s rapid paced modern society may be able to relax and find a way to give back to the earth. Here’s an interesting story involving DIY and the environment: Anna Garforth from the UK helps disaffected youth get on the green track with her Mossenger; she creates graffiti with moss! It looks beautiful and is certainly less harmful than the usual graffiti paint! Against a pale wall in the middle of a busy city, it’s bound to catch the attention of a passerby. There’s an idea for you! Here’s the recipe for the moss graffiti: http://www.instructables.com/id/Moss-Graffiti/. Enjoy!

If you’re in Singapore next weekend and happen to be a fan of eco-friendly and DIY products, dig around at the Mini Maker Faire and see what you can find! For DIY green projects in general, visit http://planetgreen.discovery.com/feature/green-diy-projects/.


Keep thinking green!

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