Aimed at encouraging conscious consumption and raising awareness of waste generation, the initiative collected about 17,500kg of pre-loved goods from eight collection points (including seven CDL commercial buildings) over a three-month period that coincided with the Christmas and Lunar New Year festive period in Singapore. More than 360 volunteers spent 1,620 hours sorting and curating the donated items for sale at a three-day EcoBank Bazaar held at City Square in March. A total of 180 volunteers, including 80 from CDL, contributed a total of 720 volunteer hours to manage the Bazaar which was attended by Guest-of-Honour Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources and Ministry of Health.

All proceeds from the Bazaar were donated to The Children’s Charities Association of Singapore (CCA), while unsold items were passed on to CCA and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as MINDS, Soles4Souls and a women’s charity in Sri Lanka to benefit their fund-raising efforts.

This year’s event also saw the launch of the new Fashion 3R (F3R) initiative, which included textile upcycling workshops and a clothes swap, to raise awareness of how to sustainably purchase and dispose of fashion items in Singapore, and on various solutions to reduce fashion waste.

Ms Esther An, CDL Chief Sustainability Officer said, “At CDL, we have a long-standing commitment to sustainability not just for our business, but also the community and environment. Through initiatives such as EcoBank and Fashion 3R, we hope to shift mindsets and change behaviour from a linear ‘take-make-dispose’ model to a circular one that keeps resources in use for as long as possible. With the collective efforts of our stakeholders, partners and the public, every gram of waste diverted from the landfill is one step closer to realising Singapore’s vision of becoming a zero-waste nation by 2030. At the same time, proceeds raised from the EcoBank Bazaar will help to enhance the quality of life for our beneficiaries.”