Life of a Green Nudge Intern: Audrey’s Reflections from Sept – Oct 2020
November 13, 2020
Interested to learn what goes on behind-the-scenes at Green Nudge? Here are some thoughts by Audrey who is on an internship with us through her school’s programme called ‘Quest’. These are some of her weekly experiences during her time at Green Nudge from September to October 2020.
Hello everyone! My name is Audrey and I am an intern at Green Nudge. I got this internship opportunity through a program at my high school called Quest. As someone who has always been passionate about environmental conservation and sustainability, I wanted to share my experiences working here and applying my passion to a professional workplace.
This is me (in the yellow shirt) at a school beach cleanup picking up microplastics in the sand.
Extremely grateful for the opportunity I have to work at Green Nudge. I am learning so much about the environmental work being done in Singapore, including the recently passed Resource Sustainability Act. This important legislation aims to combat packaging waste, food waste, and electronic waste to move towards a circular economy and sustainable future.
Getting ready to research the Resource Sustainability Act. Here is the article I’m looking at.
Working at Green Nudge has allowed me to see all the creative ways they help other organizations go green. It is really inspiring how passionate the whole team is about spreading the message of sustainability in Singapore. For example, I recently got to attend one of their workshops online and learned how to cut down on fabric waste by repurposing an old shirt into a tote bag!
Instead of throwing away a too-small shirt and contributing to textile pollution, I now have this cute bag!
This week at Green Nudge, I got to experience their hands-on Ecobricks workshop! Ecobricks are plastic bottles stuffed with clean plastic waste and are used as reusable building blocks. The idea first started in Guatemala as a solution to reduce plastic pollution and create things like planter beds and buildings. Here in Singapore, Green Nudge is helping to reduce the amount of plastic being sent to landfills by creating their own ecobricks out of used plastic waste from the public.
No better way to spend your time than making ecobricks with your peers!
This week at Green Nudge, we went out to survey a few areas to see if they could potentially be a site for future beach cleanups. At this small beach near Yishun dam, I was surprised to see a large amount of trash as it wasn’t considered a recreational beach and didn’t have many visitors. Seeing a large number of plastic straws washed up at a relatively untouched beach was a strong reminder that the trash you throw away always ends up back in the environment.
This beautiful beach was full of a diverse number of species… and plastics. Can you spot the mangrove seed pod among the straws?
A mess of straws and other plastic bits littering the sand.
Lots of plastic packaging exposed at low tide.
This week I got to help facilitate a Green Nudge beach cleanup for some university students (with social distancing measures, of course). It was really great to see our site survey from last week near Yishun dam become a successful beach cleanup. Participants could see the effects of plastic pollution on the environment firsthand and picked up 18 bags of trash!
At the beach bright and early to get ready for the cleanup!
Plastic packaging and styrofoam pieces were some of the commonly found items.
Look at how much trash was picked up!
This week at Green Nudge, I got to interview my supervisor and find out more about his leadership style in the company. It has been wonderful to work with the passionate Green Nudge team and experience the collaborative workplace culture. I hope I can take the leadership and teamwork skills I have learned here and apply them to future projects and jobs.
Here I am conducting the interview over Zoom.
Working at Green Nudge has allowed me to learn so much about other social enterprises and businesses in Singapore that do important work. For these groups to do their work and support communities, many turn to grants to fund their projects. I was happy to help research the available grants in Singapore and was interested in understanding the arising trends and criteria to help passionate groups make their ideas a reality.
Working at the office! Behind me are some of our cleanup equipment like gloves and trash bags.
Keep a lookout for Audrey’s next blogpost which will feature her weekly reflections for the month of November 2020!
There is certainly a wide array of snacks which are healthier alternatives than the ones typically seen online or at the supermarket. Aside from those pushed out from multinational brands with their reduced-fat or lowered calorie counts, what caught the eye was Boxgreen’s Mushroom Chips.
Recently, our intern Vernice participated in PA PAssion WaVe’s “Rent-A-Craft, Pay-By-Trash” campaign which encouraged members of the public to rent a kayak or a standup paddle in exchange for the amount of trash they collected at different water bodies in Singapore. Here is an account of her experience.
With online games being the default game option for many people, offline games such as board games are starting to see a revival, with a variety of board games being introduced over the last few years. This particular game is one that we played and wanted to share with parents and young working adults and is both educational and fun.