[Eco hacks] 4 tips from a Guardian of the S.E.A.A. for a greener lifestyle after Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year festivities may be over but our efforts to minimise waste shouldn’t be. Goh Ee Lin from Guardians of the S.E.A.A. shares with us some green tips on dealing with post festive excesses.


After the celebrations and feasting, we might find ourselves with excess items such as leftover food and off-season decorative items. Some of these items have an expiry date while others may be too bulky to be stored away.

Instead of simply throwing them away, here are four ways in which you can recycle or reuse some of them:

1. Turn oranges into skincare products, new recipes or detergent


Mandarin oranges are one of the most symbolic items of Lunar New Year, and also one of the most abundant leftover food items. Rather than stuffing our faces with oranges, why not turn them into a body scrub, incorporate them into your next dish or make an eco-friendly dishwashing detergent?

Check out this post and this post for some cool inspirations.

2. Get crafty

Image credit: Sayang Hijau

Red packets can be upcycled into cutlery holders, bookmarks or even lanterns for Mid Autumn Festival. Check out these eco tips and step-by-step instructions by Sayang Hijau, a local initiative working towards a more sustainable community.

3. Reuse the containers

Image via Tan Wen Chuan / Must Share News

Don’t just throw away the empty plastic containers. Simply give them a quick wash and they’re ready to store your home-made cookies, snacks or household knick-knacks.

4. Donate to the food bank


If you have unopened goodies which you are unable to finish, you can donate them to Food Bank Singapore, which collects surplus food and canned products. Food Bank will then distribute these items to their member beneficiaries including family services and soup kitchens and other voluntary welfare organizations (VWOs) service centers.

Find out the nearest Food Bank donation box here

Here in S.E.A. Aquarium, we too have found ways to reduce plastic usage and unnecessary wastage. Click here to read more about our efforts to reduce plastic usage.

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