The Sustainable Living Project
Sustainable Living Project
That is why we have come up with the Sustainable Living Project - a movement that is designed to help you make small changes in your homes in order to save energy, conserve water, recycle & reduce waste, live healthier. We want to show you what we believe in, and how you can create this in your own home.
You need not take our word for it. From 7 July 2017 to 24 July 2017, sign up for your chance to experience sustainable living at your own home.
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Co-worker stories - Kumar
Meet Kumar, a Logistics Co-worker at the IKEA Alexandra in Singapore. He lives with his wife and three children in a 4-room HDB flat in Bukit Merah. Kumar also works part-time at Orchard and has to commute at odd hours sometimes. Kumar is keen on saving both transportation costs and making an effort to live more sustainably by biking to his two jobs. When co-workers were given a chance to take home some products from the IKEA More Sustainable Life at Home range, he gladly volunteered.
Kumar has been working in logistics since 1997. “It’s a good job but at times it can be tough. Biking to and from work is not”, he says with a smile.
“I like the SLADDA bike because it’s sturdy enough to carry whatever I need for work. I use it when I go grocery shopping too.”
SLADDA bike also has accessories that can easily be attached to the body, like this bicycle bag. The bag’s main material is water-resistant and the bottom is water-repellent, so Kumar can store his lunch and other belongings conveniently in here while riding.
"Biking in Singapore gets better and easier every year. The Singapore government invests a lot in making roads more bike friendly. Biking often is faster than taking the bus, especially at odd hours. I also save more than S$100 per month by not buying a travel pass.”
Co-worker stories - Marcus
Meet Marcus, a Sustainability Manager at the IKEA Tampines in Singapore. He Lives with his 68-year-old mother at a two-bedroom flat in Serangoon. Marcus’s interest in protecting the environment dates back to his science lessons in primary school. Now that he is taking charge of the household’s utility fee, his interest in finding little ways to save has grown.
“As you grow older, roles in the household change. Now I take on most of the chores and the utility bills. Since then, I have changed my lifestyle more and more to find little ways to save.”
Marcus installed IKEA water-saving taps in his home and uses GRUNDVATTNET rinsing tub in the sink. “Now water no longer washes needlessly down the drain.”
“I have a pull-out system tucked under the sink: one bin is for disposable waste, and the other is for all bottles, cardboard, cans that can be recycled.” In Singapore, all recyclables are collected in a single bin and sorted out later - so there is no need to separate paper from plastic.
Marcus has found new ways to save energy, too. He installed LED lights, stocked up on IKEA recyclable batteries, changed out an old TV and a dishwasher for more energy-efficient versions. For the first time, he has seen on his utility bills that he is tracking ‘below average’ when compared to his neighbours. “I’m really happy to see that the little steps add up to a real change.”
Come and experience what one family of four living in an 55 sqm room might achieve by taking little actions toward sustainable living in these three areas - reduce water use, reduce energy consumption and reduce waste and recyle! As you will see, little changes add up to benefit not only the planet but also the family’s sense of well-being – and their wallets. They saved more than SGD 1,275 in a year.
We hope our “Sustainable home” will inspire you to implement some of these ideas. Because when we add up all these small steps, a big change can happen.
We welcome 15 guests per session. Please see our schedule below and if you are interested to join our showcase please register here! The meeting point is at our Sustainable Home in the Living Room area in IKEA Alexandra and the Dining department in IKEA Tampines.
|Sat 15 July||11:00 - 11:45||15:00 - 15:45||18:00 - 18:45|
|Fri 21 July||19:00 - 19:45|
|Sun 23 July||11:00 - 11:45||15:00 - 15:45||18:00 - 18:45|
|Fri 14 July||19:00 - 19:45|
|Sun 16 July||11:00 - 11:45||15:00 - 15:45||18:00 - 18:45|
|Sat 22 July||11:00 - 11:45||15:00 - 15:45||18:00 - 18:45|
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