Written by our team in Singapore, this paper explores public attitudes towards plastic packaging and waste in Singapore, and provides insights into the various paths that businesses need to navigate in the global challenge of plastic reduction.
Key insights include:
- Attitudes towards plastics and how to drive change – Singaporeans agree that the excessive use of plastics is a problem. However, reasons for the practice of recycling not being more widespread are varied; 47% say that that engaging in environmentally friendly practices is inconvenient and only 26% are confident in interpreting the recycling symbols on packaging.
- Public policies and regulations – So far, government and NPO-led initiatives have been largely focussed on helping businesses make changes. Similar initiatives to drive behavioural change among consumers is still relatively new in Singapore, and local and community-led initiatives tend to lack scale and durability.
- How are businesses trying to drive change – Brands’ initiatives to help reduce plastic waste and promote a sustainable environment include replacing all plastic packaging with recycled plastic products, replacing single use plastic containers and straws with eco-friendly products and launching promotions to encourage non-plastic use. However, the recycling industry in Singapore is facing challenges, such as low levels of recycling and high levels of product contamination at source, which will need to be addressed in partnership with all societal actors – consumers, businesses and governments.
Climate change: citizens are worried but torn between a need to act and a rejection of constraints
As a key global player in the energy sector that is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, EDF presents the findings of a new, broad scope opinion study conducted by Ipsos for the second consecutive year in 30 countries, covering two-thirds of the world’s population and featuring some of the biggest CO2 emitters. EDF’s goal is to produce a yearly international status report on opinions, knowledge, expectations and levels of commitment with regard to climate change, to nurture thinking and contribute to the constructive search for solutions for the future.