Staying Green: Sustainable Living in Singapore for Digital Nomads

Go Green in the Red Dot

With the trivial sustainability and climate change matter, many digital nomads have made sustainable living issues a principal component of their lives. ‘ sustainable living’ means these individuals lead their lives with mother earth and her resources in mind. They give critical prominence to the responsible and careful use of available resources, creating opportunities for future generations to enjoy the same resources. Sustainable-minded individuals focus on reducing fossil fuel consumption and carbon footprints, among other mitigative measures.

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1. Composting Food Waste

Globally, food waste is one of the most common household waste types, with the UN reporting that about 17% of food is wasted during consumption. While Singapore housing stocks offer fully furnished kitchens and residential amenities, it is essential to consider the possible options for reducing household waste. Composting offers one of the best methods of not only reducing the amount of household waste you generate but also as a means of converting waste into resources. Composting involves converting organic material into nutrient-rich natural fertilizer through controlled aerobic decomposition.

Adopting composting as a means of managing household waste while enjoying your stay at the hassle-free and rental-furnished condos and apartments in Singapore can contribute to; Soil and water conservation, minimizing odours and landfills, contribution to food production and security, and sustainable production of food by using organic fertilizers. To ensure this is done successfully, it is crucial that you adopt sorting as an initial sustainable waste management technique.

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2. Take Public Transportation

23% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions from using fossil fuels are attributed to the transportation sector. Road transport accounts for the lion’s share, or 75%, of all greenhouse gas emissions, and if this trend persists unchecked, future emissions are expected to rise. Public transportation has been more sustainable than personal and private usage autos. Some available public transportation options for you in Singapore encompass modes that facilitate more effective and efficient mobility than private cars, such as electric buses and trains, Bus Rapid Transport (BRT), and non-motorized transport (NMT). 

You should take up Singapore’s well-planned and seamless public transport system during your stay. After all, they’re still expanding their network, as can be seen in the Thomson-East Coast Line.

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3. Non-Motorized Transport Alternatives – Shared Bicycles

Using public transport reduces the carbon and traffic generated in Singapore. You can enjoy Singapore’s car-free day, dubbed ‘Car Free Sunday,’ where only public transport and Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) modes can operate inside the city.

While enjoying your stay in Singapore, you can also use the widely available NMT services like cycling and walking in their areas of visit as sustainable transport options compared to vehicles. Cycling has become one of the most commonly promoted NMT modes, with an existing Cycling Plan for Singapore for its sustainability-related benefits and contribution to sustainable and healthy living. While in some cities, visitors may be required to use their bicycles at a reasonable cost, Singapore has several well-established bicycle share systems and infrastructure like the SG Bike system. Bicycle share systems allow you to ride bicycles to get around the city without owning one. 

To make the system more efficient, there is a range of options including electric bikes and scooters which are more efficient. Travelling with one’s bicycle is much easier for those who do not mind as various collapsible options can fit in a suitcase.

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4. Car-sharing

When considering sustainable living practices while in Singapore, it is essential to consider car sharing as an option. This is very efficient, especially if you are travelling as a group. Alternatively, Singapore provides a wide range of sustainable choices and reliable web-based platforms and applications that allow strangers to carpool. A company like BlueSG offers clients the option of hiring a shared electric vehicle.

Sup[porting web-based platforms will enable you to schedule your travel and find like-minded individuals, thereby contributing to social interaction.

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5. Thrift shopping

When considering reuse as a sustainable waste management strategy, digital nomads practising sustainable living in Singapore can consider thrift shopping. Thrift shopping has been proven to reduce air pollution, energy demand, air pollution, and landfills due to fewer resources spent generating new items. When mentioning thrift shopping, many relate it to used clothes, but it spans cutlery, electronics, and furniture. Looking at the cloth industry, unlike the numerous myths that there is no diversity in fashion and brands in thrift shopping, there are wide varieties of clothes and fabrics from all notable brands globally. Apart from having a wide array of well-equipped thrift shops, Singapore has incorporated e-commerce in most of its commercial services, thereby making it possible to thrift shop from the comfort of your home.

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6. Sustainable Consumption

The rise in awareness that, as a community, we are responsible for preserving or destroying our environment has resulted in a switch in consumption preference to sustainably produced and packaged goods. 

The government developed the’ green quality label to ensure that you can differentiate between sustainably produced and packaged goods. In contrast, in Singapore, the go This label is only issued to goods and companies who have assured sustainability measures have been observed, from acquiring raw materials to producing the final products. Other companies go as far as providing aftercare services to ensure that they provide waste management measures to the consumer.

Sustainable consumption also involves ensuring that you consume locally produced commodities, reducing food miles and the distance a food product travels from the point of production to the consumer, generating GHGs and other costs from transport. 

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7. Opting for Sustainable and Green Buildings

The Singapore government has developed a range of sustainable development projects and legislation like the green building concept. The government of Singapore is planning to ensure that at least 80% of green buildings of the nation’s infrastructure qualify as green buildings by 2030.

To promote this, you should opt for sustainable, fully furnished living spaces with various options, including shared spaces. For long-term staycations, digital nomads can find numerous affordable yet sustainable studios for rent in Singapore, Condos, and serviced apartments.

These spaces come with sound amenities and fully furnished kitchens, among other facilities, which eliminate the unnecessary purchase of some things, more so for short terms and temporary stays.

By finding one of the available sustainable rental homes in Singapore, you can contribute to sustainable living in Singapore.

Sustainable Living in Singapore – The Conclusion

As discussed, there is a wide range of sustainable living practices that you can adopt as a digital nomad or business person living in Singapore in the long or short term. We have to commend the government, the private sector, and members of the public role in promoting sustainable living practices and sustainable living projects throughout the nation. By adopting the listed measures, you can contribute to achieving the 2015 Paris Agreement on sustainable development and mitigating climate change effects. 


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