The Little EcoHero Project
The elves of the Woods want to inspire and empower our readers to save the planet! By starting young, we hope to help nurture a generation who will look after their own green planet. We wish to empower more Little EcoHeroes to take charge of their eco-friendly practices on a day-to-day level.
Stay Home and Be a Little EcoHero (2020)
This Earth Day, the Little EcoHero Project goes online! Even as we #StayHome, we can still do our part to save the Earth 🌍.
Woods in the Books started the #LittleEcoHero Project in 2018 because we want to inspire and empower our readers to save the Earth. By starting young, we hope to help nurture a generation who will look after their own green planet.
Through this project, we want to equip you with tips for an eco-conscious way of life in the household during this #StayHome period.
When everyone does their bit together, we can become a mighty wave of change washing in to save our Earth. Even as we weather our #Covid19 #CircuitBreaker, there are plenty of things we can do at home to do our bit for our green planet.
Start by taking the Little EcoHero Pledge
Download the pledge https://tinyurl.com/WitBLittleEcoHeroPledge
Read it, sign it and flex your earth-saving superpowers every day!
Check out these video resources to help you kick off a conversation 🗣
1. Let’s Take Bold Steps Forward to Protect Our Planet | National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er8YXskwIFE
2. How to Save Your Planet | WWF International https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Puv0Pss33M
Looking for home-based activity during this #StayHome period?
𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗘𝗰𝗼𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗣𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁
Share and educate others about your pledge! The Instagram post entry with the most Likes gets a 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙇𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚 𝙀𝙘𝙤𝙃𝙚𝙧𝙤 𝙎𝙪𝙣𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙢𝙨 𝙎𝙪𝙧𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙚 𝙋𝙖𝙘𝙠 from us! So share your poster with all your friends and ask them to like your entry too.
Contest period: 22 April – 3 May 2020
Open to: 4 – 99 years old!
1) Design a poster to highlight one of the actions you are practising at home from the Little EcoHero Pledge.
2) Snap a photo of the poster and post it to Instagram with the caption ‘I am a Little EcoHero’ with your name and age. Make your profile public and include the hashtags #WoodsintheBooks and #LittleEcoHero.
1. Include a Title (choose one from the 10 actions in the Little EcoHero Pledge).
2. Include your name and age.
3. Include some key information or learning points about your chosen action.
4. Decorate your poster for extra oomph!
Need some inspiration before you start your poster? Hop over to our 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 @𝗪𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘀𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸𝘀 or follow the #LittleEcoHero hashtag.
Take Charge and Protect Our Green Planet (2019)
Is paper more environmentally friendly than plastic? The environmental cost of a paper bag isn’t measured just by how quickly paper can decompose. When weighing the environmental costs of plastic vs. paper, the most sustainable choice is a reusable shopping bag — but only if you actively use it.
We want to spark a habit in our customers to Bring Your Own Bag not just to our stores but wherever you go. From Earth Day, 22 April 2019, Woods in the Books and Books Ahoy! are introducing a $1 charge on paper bags. We’ve gotten used to a culture of single-use carrier bags but the path to sustainability begins with small steps. Join us as we celebrate Earth Day with our actions and reduce our impact on the natural world together.
Call for Paper Bags
We understand that our customers love the books they carry home and sometimes a bag is a need rather than a want. While we are doing away with our free paper bags, we want to provide an eco-friendly solution for your packaging needs! We are calling for reusable paper bags for anyone who needs one. Bring them to Woods in the Books or Books Ahoy! where we’ll put them to good use!
Let’s Plant Trees Together!
With every paper bag we save, we want to give back. It takes $300 to plant a new tree in Singapore through the Garden City Fund. Since each of our fresh paper bags costs $1, we’ll be able to plant a new tree when we save 300 bags. Sign your name on our poster when you don’t take a paper bag on your next visit to Woods in the Books or Books Ahoy!. Once we hit 300 names, we’ll plant a new tree!
Lost Oceans (2018)
Why did we decide to choose the Lost Oceans as our first EcoHero theme?
Did you know that the sea might have more plastic than fish by the year 2050? The sea is clogged with rubbish that we humans have put into it. This is something that we can begin to put right today! Plastic is one of the most common elements found in the sea. It doesn’t just come from people throwing rubbish into the sea, but from people who don’t throw rubbish away into proper bins on land, or into rivers. The rubbish then gets washed or blown into the sea. Plastic in the ocean does not decompose, but it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces that never disappear. Plastic bags are eaten by fish and other sea creatures. Balloon strings and plastic six-pack rings get entangled on sea birds and sea creatures. All of this is preventable in our everyday lives. Let us recover our oceans together!
Every Little EcoHero who takes part in Little EcoHero: Lost Oceans will have a copy of the Little EcoHero pledge that they can bring home with them. There are 10 things on the checklist that every EcoHero can do to save the planet, whether it’s making sure to cap their markers, or refusing plastic bags at the supermarket. Each EcoHero should think carefully about which things they can promise to do and tick them off on the checklist. Once they’ve signed their pledge, they will become a proud EcoHero who will do their bit to save the planet and help our lost oceans.
To find out more about our Little EcoHero activities, check out the #LittleEcoHero hashtag on Facebook or Instagram!
To learn more about the things that we might have talked about in Little EcoHero: Lost Oceans, here are some resources that we used in our research, and which you might like to use or visit if you’d like to learn more:
- National Geographic: Plastic or Planet?
- Conserve Energy Future: 20 Surprising Facts About Ocean Pollution
- Jen Green’s 50 Things You Should Know About the Environment
(available at Books Ahoy! and Woods in the Books)
- Zero Waste SG
- The Straits Times: 2.5kg of food a week wasted by each household, equal to half of all household waste
- The Straits Times: Singapore’s household electricity consumption up 17 per cent over past decade
- National Climate Change Secretariat: Carbon Emissions
- Recycling Facts
- Balloons Blow
- Water–Use It Wisely