Reduce and Repurpose Plastic Was the Main Takeaway During My “Go Plastic Free” Challenge

27 Aug 2021


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Last month, as part of Plastic Free July, we challenged our community members at By The Bay (BTB) to “Go Plastic Free with BTB” and share with us their reflections and takeaways after completing the challenge.

As absolute beginners trying their hand at being (almost!) plastic free, 3 participants from the BTB community representing Hongkong Land went on the full 7-day challenge. This week, read on for Zi Ching’s reflection and get inspired to play a part in supporting positive environmental change.


By Mok Zi Ching, Marketing Communications Executive

Finding alternatives for single-use plastics such as toothbrush, plastic straws, bags, bottles, coffee cups and food packaging has been one of the easiest and impactful ways to reduce my plastic waste use in my plastic free week which started on 12 July. The plastic free challenge has opened my eyes to how much plastic is in my daily life.

More homemade meals instead to cut down plastic wastage. These yoghurt containers were washed and kept for repurposing. 

I do think because of this, it is impossible for us to avoid any plastic usage at all. The best we can do is to reduce the amount we use or find ways to repurpose used plastics!

Working from home also meant making more homemade meals, carefully choosing where I shop to support ethical businesses that don’t use wasteful plastic packaging. I hope to stick to some of the practices learnt during the week and make it a habit moving forward.

Many of us may have not realized this but environmental change is interlinked with social impact. At BTB, we are committed to creating a culture of sustainability within our community and beyond. To create real value on any sustainability movement, we believe that community involvement is a key driver.

We continue to welcome and encourage our tenant community at BTB to challenge yourself and share your plastic-free reflection with the BTB community for inspiration. Genuine entries will receive an Eco Starter Kit as a token of appreciation for taking part in this challenge

  1. Commit to go plastic free for at least 2 days and up to 7 days. Set a realistic challenge time frame for yourself.
  2. Pen down your journey and thoughts daily, take pictures as a record and reflection.
  3. Better still, make it a group event and pen down your journey as a team!

At the end of your challenge, share your experience including 1 key learning/takeaway with a minimum of 200 words in your personal perspective. Email your entry along with pictures to support. Participation is open to all tenants in the BTB community until 31 December 2021.