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Tuesday, December 2 2014

Sustainable Baby Product

At Kampung blog, we advocated sustainable living. We shall be considering the same for our bodies as well. There is a global increase on the self-awareness of people when it comes to the health of the body. While we are not greatly worried about the health of our own bodies, our care towards the little ones surpasses everything else – on that part, you must make sure to only use the healthiest products on babies.

Based on the above, the sustainable way of living is, at times, doing away with commercial products. Most of the companies have profits in mind when making the products and that could prove costly for our lives, and especially our babies. Hence, here are some alternatives to baby products in Singapore, by making your own organic products are home.

Known for harmful ingredients such as alcohol, perfume, chlorine and dioxine, baby wipes must be avoided and substituted with natural stuff. For instance, you can simply grab a piece of cotton wash cloth and soap, and that’s it. If you have to travel, here's a great natural baby wipe recipe. you can simply put the cotton wash cloth and a little vegetable oil in a jar with warm water.

Baby shampoo
To begin with, I strongly believe that babies do not need shampoo to have their skins clean. Their skin actually has naturally protective oils that are not supposed to be washed off. Myself, I simply use natural microfiber cloths to clean my baby, mainly against dirt, food etc. However, if you must use a shampoo to make you feel that the baby is clean, make sure to go for the most skin-sensitive types of shampoos and soaps, such as Dr. Bronner’s for instance.

In addition to saving the environment, using cloth diapers instead of disposable ones is also very sustainable for your baby as well. The disposable diapers have materials that are known to include toxic and other harmful ingredients, hence are very risky for the health of the little ones. Using cloth diapers is the much cleaner and healthier way, definitely worth the extra effort required. Did I mention that it saves you money as well?

Mineral oil and fragrance are very harmful to the baby, and you should definitely consider getting some other alternatives or simply making your own. Your baby does not need such petroleum products, therefore switching to home-made ones should be strongly considered. Simply using a mild oil or a combination of oils such as safflower, coconut, wheat germ, almond, jojoba or Vitamin E, among others, should be a great alternative.

Baby Food
Ultimately, we must never forget baby food. What the babies eat is most likely the most important of this list, as it directly effects the growth and health of the baby, especially since it is well known that babies eat much more than adult, when related to their body size. Several studies have found that conserved food and other conventional produce bring unwanted pesticides and other harmful elements to the body, as opposed to natural food you prepare for your baby. Among such natural food, you can use vegetables, fruits and meats, and all you need is a blender to finalize them.

Switching to home-made does not only guarantee a much healthier growing up for the baby and yourself, but but it helps you save money as well. Commercial products are unavoidably expensive, and grabbing your own pieces and getting them together makes will definitely run the costs down. Sure it requires some extra effort, but stop being lazy and do it for your baby, it will be worth it.

Wednesday, November 26 2014

Sustainable Catering Business

With the super advancement of technology and services offered today, as well as the ever-increasing world population, the waste recycling part of the business should play a major role for your business. Gone are the times when people did not have to worry about the nature, as it was big enough to handle anything.

The increasing population in the world the consequences in the environment is high – the amount of waste, most of which is not recycled, has been increasing to detrimental levels.

Here is Shanghai, the highly modern metropolitan with waste.


As much as this food industry is feeding people, the waste food management of the industry is not ideal especially in Asia where people tend to be less aware of sustainable living. All of Europe and Northern America have already taken solid steps into reducing the food waste, and increasing its recycling levels – United Kingdom have already seen an official pledge, including the likes of McDonald, Domino’s and Houses of Parliament, to cut such waste up to 5% by the end of 2015. However, with Asia traditionally known to underestimate the possible harm of food waste, the self-awareness of businesses in Asian countries|s much as this industry is feeding people, the waste food management of the industry is not ideal especially in Asia where people tend to be less aware of sustainable living regarding food waste and recycling is sure going to take a while.

As important as hiring the best private chef in Singapore or getting a central location for food business, the sustainability of catering business should actually be just as important – after all, each of us has a personal responsibility for the nature that surrounds us. With the catering industry being at $9billion per year, you can’t help but feel the duty of providing back to the nature for that.

Otherwise, you don’t have to own or manage a catering business in order to be able to contribute to the cause of sustainable living - you can do it individually as well. Among other responsible actions you should be taking, you could also substantially contribute by choosing the most appropriate caterer when organizing your own party. Below is a list of questions you should be asking of the shortlisted caterers, giving you a solid idea as to who actually manages their waste in the best way:

Locality – First and foremost, you should be asking a few questions regarding the caterer’s preference regarding local food. Asking whether they offer seasonal menu made up of locally grown ingredients is a good way to help you find that out. Also ask whether they have local suppliers and which locally produced ingredients can they offer. Organic ingredients – Check if they can create a meal using strictly certified organic ingredients. Which organic ingredients do they offer and can they confirm the certification.

Food preparation – Try to see into how they prepare the food, and whether they prepare everything they serve themselves. Will there be frozen ingredients used?

Dietary information – Simple as it is, will they be able to provide dietary information for the meals they will be serving. Serving ware – Will they be using reusable serving ware for the event, including tablecloths and napkins?

Waste processing – Do they provide any materials to help both guests and employees to process food waste accordingly.

Food waste – What happens with the food waste? More specifically, what do they do to the pre-consumer food that was never sent out? Or more importantly, what happens with the post-consumer food? Is it thrown away or processed accordingly and even recycled?

Although some of the most important and basic questions are included above, they are supposed to set a base for you to have an idea for what to be looking for. Going over the points above should help you think on a larger scale on the same areas, helping you come up with more questions that will help you make the best selection.

Wednesday, November 19 2014

Introduction to The Kampung Blog

Before we even start, you’re most likely wondering about what “kampung” really means, and I don’t blame you. A malay word for village, the word kampung is widely used in the Malay archipelago –containing Malaysia, Singapore, and parts of Indonesia. However, such a world tends to hold different connotation, strictly depending on the changes of the landscape due to urbanization.

Rapid urbanization has influenced the people who have been raised in the cities to undervalue the people that have been raised in small towns, often calling them names such as “country pumpkin”, which is used to describe less cultured and not modern people. However, the rapid growth of the cities have also seen a strong increase in the demands of living in a city – it now requires far more energy and produces more waste, thus it has also become much more unsustainable.


With scientists and grassroot groups recently putting a strong emphasis on sustainable living, the idea of conscientious living has been put forward as key and necessary. On that regard, the kampung way of living is that of creating awareness of natural living. Through our blog, we are hoping to spread our views and ideas on how to live sustainably while also not compromising the modern living. Our idea is that we are more than able to make a “kampung” type of living within the cities as well. Thus, let’s start with the 3 ideas that you can already do today in order to live more sustainably:

  • You can mix and create your own absolutely natural products for cleaning your house. Through a very simple and step-by-step recipe, you are one step away from considerably helping save the nature. In order to create an all-purpose cleaner, you will have to simply mix half a cup of vinegar and one quarter a cup of baking soda into 2 liters of water. You now have 2 liters of cleaning material, which you can use for removing water deposit stains on shower panels, bathroom mirrors, chrome fixtures, and windows among others.
  • Enough with the artificial air fresheners and other hygienic products and get some plants all over your house already. Plants, especially flowers, do not only beautify your home, they are also known to fight air pollution and keep a fresh air throughout the building. In fact, some plants are known to remove up to 90% of chemicals within 24 hours. In other words, plants may help decrease the risk of asthma, cancers, allergies, and other diseases.
  • And last but not least, you must carefully follow tips on how to save energy, especially while cooking. To begin with, you must make a habit of matching the pot size to the coil size. You should never be wasting valuable energy in having a small pot on large coils. You also want to use your kitchen appliances, especially oven, effectively.  Be careful with the types of appliances and way of cooking, as each food is cooked differently – the more you adapt, the less energy is going to be wasted. Lastly, you want to measure the water before boiling. Heating water takes an extremely lot of energy, and you should be careful in boiling just enough that you need.

Living sustainably and being responsible about the environment is nothing short of impressive for a human. However, you will need to really feel it in order to effectively do it. You don’t just want to try changing your ways for the sake of it, as it will barely work at the end. Try to think of all the environmental goods, or even read a bit about all of that, and you will be surprised at how much of a good feeling you will get when you know you are helping the environment.