Journey towards a more sustainable future

WRS is committed to working towards a more sustainable future - protecting the environment, wildlife habitats and sustaining the limited supply of natural resources on Earth. In our parks, we endeavour to educate the young and offer environmentally-friendly options for our guests to embrace sustainable best practices. As we continue to improve our environmental sustainability practices, join us on this journey and let’s all Go Green For Wildlife!

Reducing Plastic Waste

Reducing plastic waste is one of WRS’s key focus in sustainability and we are embarking on a journey to reduce and convert plastic items in our parks to alternative sustainable materials.

Reducing Bottled Water

In our parks, bottled water is a key contributor of single-use plastic waste. To tackle this challenge, we partnered with Hyflux to create eco-friendly water sources:

  • 27 water dispensers are installed across our 4 parks for guests to refill their reusable bottles. We are proud to have saved the equivalent of over 1 million single-use plastic bottles since the installation.
  • Reusable water bottles are sold in our F&B and retail outlets
  • Eco-packaged water is sold in our F&B outlets as an alternative to bottled water.

Reducing Plastic Bags

Disposable plastic carrier bags are convenient in our daily lives but they are also a huge source of pollution on land and in the oceans. To rectify this, we have:

  • Stopped distributing plastic carrier bags with purchases at our retail and F&B outlets
  • Eco-friendly carrier bags are available for a small fee, with funds going towards our wildlife conservation efforts in the region
  • Reusable shopping bags are sold at retail outlets for guests to adopt good shopping habits

Discouraging Straws at F&B

Did you know that plastic straws have a lifespan of around 20 minutes, and then it’s thrown away? Straws are thus one of the top 10 littered products picked up on coastal clean-ups worldwide. We play our part to reduce the numbers by:

  • Serving drinks without straws by default to discourage guests from using them
  • Eco-friendly straws will be given upon guest’s request
  • We have also converted most plastic disposables at our F&B outlets to eco-friendly materials.
  • Plastic is non-biodegradable and takes thousands of years to break down, thus creating an enormous amount of waste and pollution.
  • Scientists have found that 91% of plastic isn’t recycled and they end up accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as litter. Eventually much of it ends up in the oceans, the final sink.
  • Consequently, over 1,000,000 seabirds, sea turtles, whales, and other marine animals die each year from getting entangled in plastic, choking on plastic and being poisoned by plastic toxins

Every action counts. If we each stop using one single-use plastic bottle a day, Singapore will reduce plastic waste by 2 billion bottles a year! Here’s how you can do your part:

  • Use refillable bottles
  • Use reusable shopping bags
  • Refuse and reduce straws

We’re eating up the earth.

In the sea, unsustainable practices such as overfishing are depleting marine life and placing the health of our fresh and saltwater ecosystems at risk.

On land, unsustainable palm oil plantations using slash-and-burn practices are destroying homes for animals such as orangutans.

What’s more, our regular use of non-biodegradable plastic is creating an enormous amount of waste and pollution, which could take thousands of years to break down.

Join us in our endeavor to save the earth, by eating only sustainable seafood, using 100% sustainable palm oil and avoiding plastic bottles - one at a time.

Sustainably-sourced Seafood

All our eateries serve only seafood that is sustainably-sourced. Sustainable seafood is defined as seafood that is caught with the least impact on the environment. This means that the catch (fish, prawns, crabs etc.):

  • Is not from a species that is overfished
  • Is caught with fishing methods that do not damage marine habitats like corals and do not trap and kill other species like turtles and dolphins in the process.

Sustainable fishing is important for two main reasons:

  • To ensure that future generations of humans can enjoy seafood. At present, 90 per cent of the world's fish stocks are overexploited. Scientists predict that if current rates of overfishing continue, in 30 years, there will be no more edible fish in the oceans.
  • To protect the health of fresh and saltwater ecosystems. The ecosystems of oceans and rivers rely on a delicate balance between all the species contained within it. Overfishing of one species can have huge ramifications for others both up and down the food chain. Likewise, unsustainable fishing practices can inflict damage on other organisms. For example, coral is damaged by dynamite fishing, trawler fishing, and even accidently by fishing boat anchors.

Choose to buy and eat only sustainable seafood. As more consumers and restaurants choose sustainably sourced food/ingredients, rising demand will encourage suppliers to make improvements in the way they farm or catch fish in order to achieve certification.
Here’s what you can do:

  • Visit the WWF website and download the Singapore Sustainable Seafood Guide or the WWF Fishial Recognition App to check which seafood is overexploited and should be avoided.
  • When out grocery shopping, look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) label on the seafood products you buy. These labels certify that what you’re buying is sustainably caught or responsibly farmed seafood.
  • Support companies that have made commitments to using only certified sustainable seafood.

100% Sustainable Palm Oil

We have switched to using only certified segregated sustainable palm oil for cooking in all of our F&B outlets. WRS has also joined the Singapore Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil, a group of companies who have banded together to encourage more companies to switch to sustainably produced palm oil.

  • Sustainable palm oil refers to palm oil grown on land that does not contain significant biodiversity or wildlife, so as to minimize the negative impact to wildlife and their habitat as well as our environment.

Read more about WRS’s commitment to sustainable palm oil consumption.

Our efforts have been recognised in WWF’s Palm Oil Buyers’ Scorecard 2017 for Malaysia and Singapore, where we have been ranked #2 and acknowledged as “Leading the Way” in the region. View the WWF report here.

  • As land and forests must be cleared for the development of the palm oil plantations, the industry is notoriously linked to major issues like deforestation, habitat degradation and climate change in the countries where it is produced.
  • Large-scale deforestation is encroaching on the habitats of many species, driving them to extinction.
  • Findings show that if nothing changes, species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers in less than 3 years.
  • Slash-and-burn methods used to clear native forests also emit immense quantities of smoke and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing significantly to climate change and air pollution (e.g. Haze in Singapore caused by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia).

Consumer choice and purchasing behaviour can make a difference to the welfare and wellbeing of wildlife and their habitats. As more consumers choose sustainable palm oil, rising demand will encourage suppliers to make improvements in the way they produce palm oil in order to achieve certification.
Here’s what you, as a consumer can do:

  • Visit the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) website or download the RSPO Android App to check which companies hold supply chain certificates and source from certified sustainable palm oil growers.
  • When out shopping, look for the RSPO logo on the products that you buy.
  • Support companies that have made commitments to using only certified sustainable palm oil.

Other sustainability initiatives at WRS

  • Using environmentally-friendly shopping bags instead of plastic bags in our retail stores
  • Using FSCTM-certified paper for the office, park maps, tickets, outreach material and F&B packaging
  • Recycling or reusing horticulture waste for other purposes
  • Harnessing solar energy, where possible, to power the lights in our parks