Couples preparing for their weddings are now able to obtain comprehensive information on not just traditional wedding customs, but also on how to design an environmentally-friendly wedding and home through a new guidebook that was launched by Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at the Geylang Serai Town Day today.
Entitled “My Green Wedding and My Green Home”, the guidebook was initiated by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and supported by the Geylang Serai Constituency, Marine Parade Town Council and South East Community Development Council.
It aims to provide practical advice and encourage soon-to-be married and newly-weds to make environmentally-friendly choices when planning their weddings, and adopt energy saving measures in their new homes.
The first part of the guidebook provides explanations on traditional wedding customs such as Guo Da Li (过大礼), An Chuang (安床) and Shu Tou (梳头), as well as tips on how couples can be environmentally-friendly in the selection of their wedding rings , venue, catering, flowers and even the wedding gown .
The second part of the guidebook contains information on setting up an energy efficient home. This includes tips on how to choose energy efficient appliances like air-conditioners, washing machines and pressure cookers, as well as how to use them in an energy efficient manner. For example, pressure cookers can not only save energy but also reduce cooking time by up to two thirds. This could help a household reduce electricity consumption by 50-75%.
For a start, 10,000 copies of the guidebook have been produced and they will be distributed at selected Poh Heng Jewellery outlets, libraries and town councils in the South East District on a complimentary basis.