Weekdays 8am – 9pm
Weekends 11am – 5pm
The [Not-So] Convenience Store marks the first exhibition to be held at Temasek Shophouse. The exhibition is free and will be open to the public until 31 July 2019.
In conjunction with World Environment Day, the [Not-So] Convenience Store aims to raise awareness about the world’s growing waste problem, which has snowballed to over 2 billion tons a year. In Singapore alone, we generated more than 7.78 million tons of waste in 2017 – enough to fill 15,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The exhibition subverts the conventions of a typical convenience store by presenting sustainable alternatives to our everyday seemingly convenient products. In doing so, the store hopes to highlight how our culture of convenience – our high dependence on single-use plastics, low recycling and re-use habits and constant desire for new electronic gadgets – is contributing to global warming and climate change.
In addition to the exhibition, Temasek Shophouse will play host to a series of companion workshops and talks, which will educate and inspire Singaporeans to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle. An exciting line-up of eco-social enterprises, as well as advocates, will encourage Singaporeans to adopt more sustainable habits.
Temasek Shophouse hopes that The [Not-So] Convenience Store can help pave the way towards cultivating a circular economy and a zero-waste nation by reducing our consumption of products, or reusing and recycling to give them a new lease of life.
Image credit: Temasek Shophouse