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As Singapore continues to thrive as a cosmopolitan city, there is an increase in two different aspects; in social-economic issues, and environmental concerns.
There is an increase in disparity between the middle and upper-income locals & foreigners, and the low-income migrant worker community. With the rising cost of living, the need to make ends meet becomes a struggle, which the more affluent people are blissfully unaware of. These low-income migrant workers may, in turn, feel excluded in the general society, as basic products and services may not be readily affordable and may be drawn into a life of crime and become a menace to society.
With increasing affluence in Singapore and the constant pursuit of material items, there has been growing trend of impulse purchasing. Although we are constantly reminded to practice the Three R’s; reduce, reuse and recycle, the truth is, there are challenges in waste reduction, as existing recycling practices are poor in terms of cost effectiveness.
According to NEA statistics, Singapore generated 156,700 tons of textile and leather waste in 2015. This category includes used clothing, linen, and bags. Unfortunately, only 12,500 tons or 8 percent were recycled and those that are not separated at the source for recycling or reuse are incinerated, causing further strain on the environment. When wastage is left unrestricted, it can quickly transform into an uncontrollable and ugly habit which is both costly and wasteful. This has become a global challenge seeking immediate solution in most developed economies.