“Beat Plastic Pollution” is also the theme for World Environment Day 2018. Globally, 13 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean every year, threatening marine and human life while destroying natural ecosystems. In Singapore, about 700 million kilogrammes of plastic waste are discarded annually but less than 10% of it is recycled.
The launch was held on World Environment Day (5 June 2018) at Marina Barrage, with Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Amy Khor as Guest-of-Honour.
CDL and Global Initiatives rallied 30 like-minded partners from the Private, Public and People (3P) sectors to create three art installations and raise awareness of how plastic pollution affects health, nature and wildlife. The art installations, titled Mori, Singapore’s Plastic Iceberg and Our Forgotten Sea, are on display respectively at Marina Barrage, South Beach Avenue and City Square Mall. The largest of three, Mori, is a massive 120-metre long caterpillar made from some 18,000 plastic bottles. Mori aims to enter the Singapore Book of Records for the largest number of plastic bottles used in an outdoor art installation.
Prior to the launch, collection points for plastic bottles were set up at seven CDL commercial properties and community spaces such as Our Tampines Hub and Environment Building since 16 May 2018. CDL’s hotels, organisers of conventions, marathons, community events, and other companies also contributed plastic bottles they collected. In total, some 40,000 plastic bottles were diverted from the landfills. Volunteers from all walks of life, including community artists, the National Environment Agency and the three ITE Colleges, then came together to create the three art installations.
Ms Esther An, CDL Chief Sustainability Officer, said, “Plastic pollution is a global crisis that grows exponentially every year. CDL is honoured to collaborate with Global Initiatives to spearhead the Singapore series of the UN Environment’s campaign to beat plastic pollution. We are heartened that partners from the Private, Public and People sectors, as well as members of the public have joined us in the fight against this global threat. CDL is a firm advocate of sustainable development and environmental conservation. Beyond their visual appeal, we hope that the art installations made from recycled plastic bottles will spur greater action and create a wave of change.”