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Starting Saturday with a pen sorting session. We had 7 student volunteers from #class12of2017 and today we have 10 student volunteers from #class22of2018 and 1 teacher volunteer msraechel ! You can only say that this is a very efficient group because it was all done before 2 hours was up! 👍 #savethatpen

107 0 Feb 10, 2018

Question: Any advice for others with big ambitions of saving the environment or impacting society in some positive way? Shi Han: When you want to do something, you have to act on it. You can’t criticise the world and then just wait for change to happen. Even if you think you might fail, you have to try. Only then will you have a chance at success. Jie Hui: Just go out there and do it, but disabuse yourself of any notion that you’re a saviour of the world you are not the messiah. Understand your insignificance and then understand that your actions might impact someone, and that’s probably good enough. Hui Shan: If you’re going to have this grand idea of changing the system – especially if you’re a young person – the idealism will eat you up over time, and you will lose motivation. It’s important to stay grounded. __________________________ For the full interview with the founders of Save That Pen: #Environment #Environmentalist #Activist #Activism #Volunteer #Volunteering #CarbonFootprint #WasteFree #Waste #Recycle #Recycler #SaveTheEnvironment #SaveTheWorld #EnvironmentallyFriendly #Passion #SGIG #SGInstagram #InstaSG #Millennial #MillennialsOfSingapore #GenY #GenerationY #SaveThatPen

39 2 Jan 20, 2018

Question: Jie Hui, you work as a sustainability advisor at Forum for the Future. What does your job entail, and how has it shaped your thoughts about the work you do with Save That Pen? Jie Hui: I approach companies like Pilot and make them believe that it’s in their best interest to design something recyclable. My challenge, however, lies in how sustainability is so out of reach, even for something as simple as a pen. It just shows how broken the system is. What I have learnt is the value of ground work. If you’re stuck in your ivory tower talking about strategy all day long but don’t understand the pains and importance of executing a plan at ground level, forget about making change. You do become disillusioned and depressed along the way, but I’m still committed to the challenge. I can only hope that out of the 500 youths I’ve spoken to about Save That Pen, at least five people listened and plan to make the environment their cause when they’re older. __________________________ For the full interview with the founders of Save That Pen: #Environment #Environmentalist #Activist #Activism #Volunteer #Volunteering #CarbonFootprint #WasteFree #Waste #Recycle #Recycler #SaveTheEnvironment #SaveTheWorld #EnvironmentallyFriendly #Passion #SGIG #SGInstagram #InstaSG #Millennial #MillennialsOfSingapore #GenY #GenerationY #SaveThatPen

33 0 Jan 19, 2018

Question: Tell us more about how Save That Pen gives back to underprivileged students. Hui Shan: Locally, we’ve been working with NTUC Fairprice. They run this programme where they collect old school textbooks and redistribute them to low-income families. For the past two years, we’ve been giving out refurbished pens through this avenue. Shi Han: We also tag onto groups that are going overseas for educational projects. For example, if a group has plans of visiting a Third World country to help build a school library, we’ll give them our pens and have them distribute the pens to the underprivileged students. __________________________ For the full interview with the founders of Save That Pen: #Environment #Environmentalist #Activist #Activism #Volunteer #Volunteering #CarbonFootprint #WasteFree #Waste #Recycle #Recycler #SaveTheEnvironment #SaveTheWorld #EnvironmentallyFriendly #Passion #SGIG #SGInstagram #InstaSG #Millennial #MillennialsOfSingapore #GenY #GenerationY #SaveThatPen

41 0 Jan 18, 2018

Question: What prompted your decision to launch a starter kit? Hui Shan: When we started working with corporates after graduating, we realised that they only wanted bins for their used pens, and then have us clear their bins for them on a regular basis. Collecting as many pens as possible is not the sole intention of the project. Jie Hui: We wanted more groups to be self-organising. You learn more when you’re involved in every stage of the project, and that’s why we developed the starter kit for students. They can download the kit and find out how to launch the project at their own schools. Hui Shan: It made more sense to target schools. Corporates look at us as a waste management company, but students can take ownership of the project and operationalise it. They can start it, run it, do the publicity around it, design the bin and customise it to their own culture. __________________________ For the full interview with the founders of Save That Pen: #Environment #Environmentalist #Activist #Activism #Volunteer #Volunteering #CarbonFootprint #WasteFree #Waste #Recycle #Recycler #SaveTheEnvironment #SaveTheWorld #EnvironmentallyFriendly #Passion #SGIG #SGInstagram #InstaSG #Millennial #MillennialsOfSingapore #GenY #GenerationY #SaveThatPen

38 1 Jan 17, 2018

So this is my work station. And I’m collecting used/empty pens from my colleagues for the SAVE THAT PEN initiative. Sponsors like Zebra and Pilot will then refill these empty pens to give them a new lease of life - they will be distributed to underprivileged students in Singapore and around the region. Such a clever initiative, and such a meaningful and simple project that even kids can be part of. Won’t you join us? See for more info. #savethatpen

26 2 Jan 16, 2018

Question: When you launched Save That Pen back in 2010, you planted recycling bins at nus_singapore to collect used pens. What was the reception like? Shi Han: In the beginning, we worked with the Office of Environmental Sustainability at NUS. They helped us get permission to place the bins around campus. Back then, they also sent out weekly email blasts to the entire school, and that helped in publicising the bins. Hui Shan: I think the reaction we got was quite mixed. A lot of students were filling up the bins, but NUS being an academic and intellectual space, people were also questioning why we wasted our time on pens. Some of them expressed how pens are so unimportant. Jie Hui: There was this misconception that the project was just about collecting used stuff. A lot of education was involved, and we had to explain that it’s a lot more than that it’s a commentary on how we live our lives in this consumable world. __________________________ For the full interview with the founders of Save That Pen: #Environment #Environmentalist #Activist #Activism #Volunteer #Volunteering #CarbonFootprint #WasteFree #Waste #Recycle #Recycler #SaveTheEnvironment #SaveTheWorld #EnvironmentallyFriendly #Passion #SGIG #SGInstagram #InstaSG #Millennial #MillennialsOfSingapore #GenY #GenerationY #SaveThatPen

44 2 Jan 16, 2018

Question: How did the idea to start Save That Pen come about? Hui Shan: It all started at NUS where Jie Hui, Yiteng and I were part of the scholars programme. One day, Jie Hui brought up the idea of raising funds for refills because there was so much pen waste, something which we all related to as students. Jie Hui: We continued discussing the matter and realised that the problem wasn’t just about the refills perse but, the entire mindset behind our disposable culture. We buy pens and we throw them away we are not conscious about environmental sustainability at all. Hui Shan: We slowly unpacked the idea and eventually kickstarted the project with a vision and mission in mind. In May 2009, Shi Han responded to our recruitment call and joined us as part of the core team. _____________________________ For the full interview with the founders of Save That Pen: #Environment #Environmentalist #Activist #Activism #Volunteer #Volunteering #CarbonFootprint #WasteFree #Waste #Recycle #Recycler #SaveTheEnvironment #SaveTheWorld #EnvironmentallyFriendly #Passion #SGIG #SGInstagram #InstaSG #Millennial #MillennialsOfSingapore #GenY #GenerationY #SaveThatPen

39 3 Jan 15, 2018

Question: Can you explain how Save That Pen as an initiative actually saves a pen? Jie Hui: It’s pretty straightforward, conceptually. We collect unwanted pens that people dump into our recycling bins, and we sort them out into two main categories: pens that can be reused, and pens that inevitably become trash. Hui Shan: Pens that can be reused are essentially pens that can be refilled. We work with generous brands like Zebra, Pilot and Uni-ball who sponsor us with refills, and together with our volunteers, we refurbish these pens. ___________________________________ For the full interview with the founders of Save That Pen: #Environment #Environmentalist #Activist #Activism #Volunteer #Volunteering #CarbonFootprint #WasteFree #Waste #Recycle #Recycler #SaveTheEnvironment #SaveTheWorld #EnvironmentallyFriendly #Passion #SGIG #SGInstagram #InstaSG #Millennial #MillennialsOfSingapore #GenY #GenerationY #SaveThatPen

40 2 Jan 14, 2018

How did you start your holiday? Some of the students from #class12of2017 started with refilling and packing donated pen bodies with sponsored pen refills from Zebra. These pens will then be given to students during Share A Textbook event by NTUC Fairprice! #savethatpen aes_manna

124 5 Oct 28, 2017

An event we manage to run after 2 - 3 months of planning, meeting and training of facilitators. Save That Pen Day 2017 would not have been possible without the awesome team, volunteers and the wonderful teachers and students who have made effort to join us on a precious Saturday morning for a good greeny cause. And to top it off, it's nice to be the facilitator for our very own AES Green Club members! 😊 #aesvia2017 #savethatpen

113 1 Aug 19, 2017

We saved some pens today and recycled them! Do your part by buying refills instead of throwing them away 😎 #savethatpen

87 2 Aug 19, 2017

Upcycling! #saveThatPen

4 0 Aug 19, 2017

SAVE THAT PEN 🖊 • Zero Waste & Minimalism, I realized, often go hand in hand. I've been decluttering via different categories and stationery, or pens to be specific is one of them. Quite shocked to see the number of pens I've amassed. I mean, do I even need so many?! Gathering them all tgt really puts things into perspective. • By chance, I found out a program called "Save That Pen" that collects & gives new/unwanted pens a new lease of life by refilling & donating or upcycling. Fellow Singaporeans, do check them out! Swipe to see collection points :)

84 6 Aug 18, 2017

Job satisfaction comes in many ways. My favourite way is to meet ex-students who come together to do voluntary work. Many hands make light work. Thanks for the help to sort the pens today! See all of you soon. #class52of2016 #savethatpen

125 0 Jul 29, 2017

I can't think of a better way to celebrate the end of MYE than this! Thankful for the volunteers of #class12of2017 who have spent time getting their hands dirtied to sort 1717 pens! #savethatpen is very grateful. It has been a lively and fun session hearing the 'eeks' and 'yays' when they have some interesting findings. Thanks all and I hope that there can be more of such sessions in time to come!

139 8 May 16, 2017

Once a year, we meet at this same place to raise awareness on usage of pens and how to deal with waste at large. Awesome teamwork! And also once a year, I would sign up and complete 10 km before attending the Booth. Still glad that I am able to finish the run in 70 minutes, even though it's a far cry from 50 minutes timing 5 years ago. #savethatpen #zerowaste #incomeecorun

128 0 Apr 30, 2017
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