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.
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.
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!
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