It’s Never Too Late To Be Conscious

I’m not a tree-hugger, and I’m not a fan of lifestyle preaching, but lately I’ve been questioning the way I consume my consumables, and it’s frightful. The more I read, the more I wonder if our dying and strangely affected planet (snow in Bangkok, anyone?) will survive two more generations.

I think it says something about responsibility. The human condition urges to satisfy itself, but as a collective we’ve not done much to protect or nurture our habitats. We’re seeing developments in conscious architecture, design trends and lifestyles that are less selfish, more thoughtful, and I understand it. If we don’t do it, who else is going to clean up after us? What are you leaving your kids in 20 years?

Just sharing some of the more illuminating things I’ve learn:

1. It’s okay to change your bulbs to those new compact and curly florescent bulbs, because the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing several hundreds of thousands cars from the roads. Imagine.

2. Try to recycle glass whenever you can. It reduces air and water pollution by 20 and 50 per cent correspondingly. Glass is toxic to the Earth because it takes a million years to decompose.

3. Air-dry your clothes instead of chucking them in the dryer. You basically save thousands of barrels of oil used to generate power, and your clothes fit better for longer.

4. Instead of buying bottled water (and making the guy who invented bottling tap water even richer than he is), get a water bottle and fill it from the tap every day. Plastic doesn’t decompose and you’re saving money.

5. Use e-tickets the next time you travel. You’re saving trees, lots of them.
Someone else big on sustaining the Earth’s tree population is Kleenex. The brand is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, which means they only obtain their raw materials from sustainable sources. They get what is happening and they’re doing their bit to make sure your kids get to run around and hide behind trees.

Kleenex has started their very own initiative to help Singaporeans understand how small choices can result in a better environment for all. Check out Kleenex Singapore on FB (or the link below) to pledge your lifestyle tweak and share your wish for little “green” actions. For every 20 wishes received, they’d plant a tree. Or if you feel like physically doing it, you can pop by their roadshow at 313 Somerset and personally make your wish there. The roadshow will run from 18th to 20th July at 313 Somerset.

Pledge for change here: http://www.kleenex.com.sg/kleenexsg

That’s a thinking that grows on me.