How to be green for the rest of the 364 days in a year

earth hour plusEarth Hour is  this Saturday. From 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, everyone is urged to switch off their electricity for an hour.

Ironically, this is also a time when many people celebrate their one-hour earth-saving efforts on Facebook or Twitter through their mobile devices. It doesn’t count if it’s not plugged in, right?

Saving the planet should not be limited to just one hour out of 8760 hours in a year. Here are some ways you can be green throughout the year.

Learn how to use one paper towel to dry your hands

This video changed my life.

After watching the video, you will learn the skills of drying your hands with just one paper towel instead of grabbing enough paper towels to smother a small animal.

Use a handkerchief instead of tissue paper

Use handkerchief to be green
Buy the wrong handkerchief and others will think it is a rag.

Switch from tissue to old timey ‘kerchiefs to save the planet. Wash your soiled handkerchiefs along with your regular laundry and you will have a clean cloth for next time.

A word of caution for Singaporeans who use tissue packets to reserve tables at hawker centres: Handkerchiefs are probably not good substitutes for a tissue packet as it might be mistaken for a wipe cloth. This is a good time to think of other creative ways to reserve a table.

Plant an edible vegetable in your room

Spaghetti plant
Don’t go overboard and try planting spaghetti. It doesn’t work.

Add some greens to mother earth as well as your dinner table by planting an edible plant. Good choices include bean sprouts, tomato, rosemary and other small plants.

Put your plant somewhere where sunlight can reach. In the morning, the plant will provide you with extra oxygen. At night, the plant won’t kill you with the carbon dioxide it emits.

When harvest time comes, you will have a new ingredient for your menu which helps you save money too.

Reuse what you think is junk

Mason jar with cinnamon stick
You won’t need to buy mason jars for your Pinterest board.

Before you toss anything into the bin, think about how you can reuse the item. Plastic takeaway boxes can be washed and reused to store other materials. Clothes that do not fit can be given away to a thrift shop or turned into rags.

Be green throughout the year

Green Roof at RWS

Being green doesn’t mean patting yourself on the back for turning off electricity for one hour in 365 days. Remember to recycle, reduce and reuse everyday.

Resorts World Sentosa is committed to being eco-friendly. Check out the resort’s various green initiatives.

Of course, we’ll still be participating in Earth Hour, just as we did since 2010. Landscape, canopy, non-essential lighting, as well as water fountains in areas across the resort will be turned off during the Earth Hour period.

Will you be on Facebook or Twitter this Earth Hour? Remember to leave us a comment if you are.

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