Did you know that our oceans are at risk from plastic pollution? In fact, around the world, more than 8 million tonnes of plastics are added into our oceans every year, and some of it eventually ends up being consumed by us when it breaks down into particles and enters the food chain.

Plastic can be found almost everywhere, even in beauty products. Did you know, for example, that the “micro-beads” used in certain beauty products are also made of plastic? When we use these products, some of these plastics eventually make their way into the ocean.

This month, Keppel Land and Keppel REIT Management are helping to shed light on the plight of the Earth’s oceans, to show how pollution – especially in the form of plastics – is affecting marine life and our health.

What you can do: Reuse, reduce and recycle

To tackle plastic pollution, start by avoiding products that use plastic and single-use plastics as much as possible. When buying a drink, opt to bring your own bottle. When shopping, bring your own grocery bags or refuse a plastic bag. By avoiding single-use plastics, you can help to reduce the amount of plastic being added as waste.

Another quick and easy way to avoid using plastic is simply to refuse straws in your drinks. Most recently, fast-food chain McDonald’s has said it would start to phase out the use of plastic straws in its United Kingdom restaurants. A number of cities in the United States have also put in place laws to limit or ban the use of plastic straws.

Bringing your own utensils to work will also help you avoid disposable and single-use plastic utensils if you are eating out or ordering in.

If you have to use plastic, consider recycling them when you’re done. Plastic bags from grocery stores, for example, can be used to line bins or used as trash bags. Once you start paying more attention to your consumption patterns, you will begin to notice how much plastic you use, and can make better choices.

Let’s save the plastic ocean

Several organisations in Singapore are already bringing more awareness to the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean. In support of Earth Day 2018 and its focus this year on ending plastic pollution, Keppel Land and Keppel REIT Management have jointly organised the public screening of the award-winning documentary, A Plastic Ocean, at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The screening is supported by the Singapore Green Building Council.

Movie trailer for the award-winning documentary, A Plastic Ocean

The film shows researchers exploring in the North Pacific Gyre, where they found more plastic than plankton. Throughout the film, which took four years to make, researchers show the process of how plastics break down into smaller particles until they enter the food chain. From there, these particles attract toxins like a magnet, which are stored in the seafood’s fatty tissue before being consumed by humans.

Shot in over 20 locations, the documentary also hopes to investigate potential policies and technologies that could help to address the consequences of our use of disposable plastics.

Join us for the screening of the award-winning documentary at the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Eco Lake Lawn on 21 April 2018 from 7.30pm – 9.15pm to learn more about how we can do our part to #saveouroceans and #saveourseas. Admission is free, RSVP here.

Take the Climate Action SG Pledge

Together, through our everyday actions, we can take simple steps to address environmental pollution.

The Singapore government has designated 2018 as the Year of Climate Action, and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources has called on individuals and organisations in Singapore to make their pledge to do their part to combat climate change and its impact.

As an individual, we can do our part to fight climate change by taking the Climate Action SG Pledge now: https://www.mewr.gov.sg/climateaction.

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