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The Eco-friendly Wet Markets
We have to make an eco-friendly wet market as an alternative to supermarkets. There are many good reasons why people opt to go to the wet markets instead of buying in the big supermarkets or hypermarts.
Customers of the wet markets can request what they need for the day from stall holders unlike the pre-packed food in the supermarkets. One can buy a few pieces of fresh onion or garlic while it comes in packets in the supermarket grocery. Buying in small and exact quantities is especially helpful for young couples who cook for one or two persons.
To draw young Singaporeans and reverse the slowing business at wet markets, wet markets should be promoted as eco-friendly alternatives to supermarket. Shop owners in the wet markets can also offer discounts to customers who bring their own containers.
Wet markets can be rebranded, such as having Instagram themes, to preserve the markets, including extending their opening hours to attract the young. To lure youngsters, they may have to dress up their stalls and set up social media pages to promote their products.
Many environmentally conscious Singaporeans will like to reduce the amount of packaging for their goods if there will be a bring-your-own-container policy in the wet markets. We should be concerned about the rising levels of food waste and plastic use in Singapore.
They can also sell reusable bags and containers and discounts can be offered to customers who bring containers. There could also be a system to track the number of bags and containers saved on a scoreboard, to underline the communal effort to save the environment. Posters will remind customers that everyone is bringing containers and that they should do the part, too.
Overseeing the wet markets, the National Environment Agency (NEA) should spread the news via social and mainstream media. The Healthy 365 mobile application, allowing users to get rewards points when they buy healthy food, was implemented by the Health Promotion Board. NEA can also consider a similar move. Food waste, for instance, has risen up by more than 40%.Most people work office hours so Singapore should have a night wet market.
Grocery shopping is usually confined to after-work hours or weekends as a working adult.Sometimes, especially on weekends, you have to wake up very early. The fate of Singapore wet markets hangs in a balance because the young people at home seek convenience. Wet markets are an icon of Singapore’s food culture because these places are where Singaporeans interact with fellow Singaporeans in the neighborhood.
Being eco-friendly can help draw the younger generation to wet markets. You can see that supermarkets are clean, air-conditioned, comfortable, organised and have longer operating hours. If you will compare it with wet markets which has wet floor, with a distinct odor and disorganized. It is a noisy, hot, humid and stuffy place to visit but people still go because of the fresh produce. Wet markets are here to stay because it is a part of our culture.
So wet markets are definitely better, as families can buy smaller portions of items with convenience.The focus should be on the strengths of wet markets and preserving the culture instead of changing how they work. Wet markets are better because they have a wider variety, not forgetting hard-to-find items like Asian cooking sauces and regular discounts are available, aside from the fact that you can haggle on the price unlike in the supermarkets, wherein the price is fixed.