An initiative bySingapore Environment Council  SMRT

Eco-shop Tips

Environmental Management and Awareness

  1. Set up a green committee to involve your colleagues in implementing environmental initiatives together.
  2. Develop specific action plans and targets with a clear time frame, e.g. reducing energy consumption by 10% in the next year.
  3. Monitor your consumption rates to help your shop to identify and track whether your environmental guidelines put in place have been effective.

Purchasing and Operations

  1. Opt for products with an accredited environmental or green label. (e.g. Green Label, Energy Star Label, FSC or PEFC label). These labels represent that the product has a reduced environmental impact compared to other similar products in the market.
  2. Use cloth towels in the pantry instead of paper towels.
  3. Buy in bulk rather than individually packaged items to reduce packaging waste (e.g. coffee powder and sugar).

Indoor Air Quality

  1. Refrain from using glues, sealants and paints that emit volatile chemicals, in the shop.
  2. Plants help to remove toxins and purify the air in the shop, thus improving your indoor air quality. In addition, they make your shop more attractive as well.
  3. Opt for untreated, natural carpeting and flooring.

Energy Conservation

  1. Switch off all lights and electronic equipment when not in use, including after operating hours and during non-operating days. Lights and machines give off heat, so turning them off also helps to reduce your shop's cooling requirements. This reduces energy usage by up to 25%.
  2. Use energy saving light systems, ballasts (exceed 41kHz) and luminaires (e.g. T5 lighting) from reputable manufacturers or products that emit less radiation (e.g. LCD screens).
  3. Close external doors and windows to prevent cool air from escaping.

Waste Management

  1. Reuse whenever possible.
  2. Place recycling facilities in high visibility areas and encourage staff to recycle.
  3. Check with your recycling contractor on what type of plastics are accepted. There are many different polymers and only well-labelled plastic containers can be recycled.

Water Conservation

  1. Put up posters and stickers to remind staff about water saving habits in the pantry and toilets.
  2. Install water efficient fittings in toilets and pantry faucets.