[fresh perspectives] could synthetic fuels be the carbon-neutral power source we need?

"Electric power good, internal combustion bad" seems to be the popular thinking now, but electricity alone is very far from ideal. Can carbon-neutral synthetic fuels be the realistic solution the world needs? Headlines all around the world have put the writing on the wall: in the UK (Sale of new petrol and diesel cars to be banned from 2030), USA (California to Ban Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars Starting in 2035), ...

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i tried upcycling my old UNIQLO blouse. here’s what happened.

Inspired by a contest organised by UNIQLO Singapore and DesignSingapore, one futr writer tries her hand at upcycling pre-loved clothes... What do you do with old clothes, or clothes that no longer fit you? In my home, most of our old garments usually meet one of two possible outcomes. Clothes in good condition get donated, while tattered ones become rags. However, not all textiles are created equal, and even a ...

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could coding save lives and the environment?

Could software developers really help save the planet through coding? IBM and the Singapore Civil Defence Force believe they can. That’s why they’ve announced the SCDF X IBM Lifesavers' Innovation Challenge: Call For Code 2021 in search for sustainable solutions to tackle climate change. Think of software developers and code, and your mind is likely to drift to setting-up websites, apps or even video games. That’s why it’s so interesting that ...

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6 online grocery shops you probably didn’t know about.

If you’re looking for more options for all your grocery shopping needs, check out these awesome online grocery shops that’ll keep your pantries stocked, and bellies happy. With Phase 2 back again, you’ve probably been trying to avoid the crowds a lot more and do most of your grocery shopping online. If you’re running out of patience waiting for delivery slots to open up on chain supermarket websites, believe me, I ...

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[creative juices] stephanie chan: mylkshaken and stirring.

In the first story of our Creative Juices series, we speak to 33-year-old Stephanie Chan, a.k.a Steph Dogfoot. A Singaporean poet, stand-up comedian and environmental activist, she discusses her views on writing, sustainability and all things eco. It’s late morning as we meet Stephanie at Shake Farm HQ to get all juiced up. We exchange pleasantries and she tells us that she’s actually a regular at the joint which happens to ...

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what makes a green building green?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a 'green' building? Read on to find out more! If you were a kid growing up in the 90s, you might be familiar with a certain iconic environmental superhero. That's right; Captain Planet, whose M.O. is to take “pollution down to zero”. You might also remember classroom lessons on the three ‘R’s; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Fond as these memories might ...

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i tried shopping eco-consciously for a month. here’s what happened.

Shopping! Probably one of Singaporeans’ best-loved past times. While we’re at it, is it possible to remain earth-friendly too? Curious, I decided to put my skills to the test and tried shopping eco-consciously for a month. It’s official, after years of loyal support and top-tier privileges, I’m breaking up with the famed coffee-chain-which-shall-not-be-named. Despite their seemingly strong move towards greener in-store practices, my growing eco-conscience finds it hard to accept the ...

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Kia Niro EV: the crossover with an impressive 455 km range.

The 2021 Kia Niro EV shows the way forward for fully electric motoring with a battery range that’s on par with a typical petrol-powered car. That, however, is just the beginning of what makes it a genuine everyday proposition. If its stock prices are anything to go by, many think that Tesla will rule the Electric Vehicle (EV) market in the time to come. However, I’d humbly suggest that Korean carmakers ...

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6 incredibly green neighbourhoods in Singapore.

Looking for your next home? If you’re all about living the sustainable life, you may want to consider these green neighbourhoods in Singapore. Okay, before I start, let me just say one very important thing: every neighbourhood in Singapore is green in its own very special way. From rooftop gardens at carparks, to the gorgeous flora and fauna at community parks, examples of nature in HDB estates are aplenty. You’ve probably ...

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Lexus UX300e: Lexus’ first EV is now in Singapore.

Priced from S$255k, the Lexus UX300e SUV has a 300km range and an 8 year warranty. Owners will also be able to do a short-term swap to any Lexus Hybrid model in conjunction with a new Lexus car-sharing platform. Considering that Lexus was the very first luxury car company to venture into electrified mobility (the hybrid RX400h SUV appeared a good 4 years before anything from BMW or Mercedes-Benz), it’s an ...

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