SM Malls Earth HourAs Earth Hour approaches, SM Supermalls is gearing up to dim the lights and shine a spotlight on sustainability.

Celebrating its 16th year of dedication to the global initiative, SM Supermalls is calling on everyone to #GiveAnHourForEarth by participating in the Global Lights Switch Off on March 23, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

This annual campaign, initiated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and embraced by the Philippines since 2008, symbolizes a collective commitment to combatting climate change and promoting energy conservation.

In 2024, SM Supermalls is not just turning off lights; it’s turning up the volume on eco-friendly actions. Across its locations, the malls are hosting a variety of activities designed to engage customers in sustainability efforts.

From enjoying candlelit dinners at select restaurants to discovering green retail finds at the SM Store, there’s something for everyone.

Patrons can also enjoy gadget-free entertainment at board game cafes and arts and crafts hubs, explore solar light solutions at ACE Hardware, or indulge in beauty and wellness treats at Watsons, all while contributing to a greener planet.

SM Supermalls is also encouraging a more sustainable lifestyle among its visitors by promoting walking or biking around the mall premises during Earth Hour.

In a bid to reduce plastic waste, the malls are partnering with Friends of HOPE to set up collection booths for recyclables. Additionally, customers are urged to dispose of e-waste responsibly at designated bins in Cyberzone or information booths, further enhancing the malls’ green initiatives.

The collective efforts of SM Supermalls, along with its tenants and customers, have previously led to significant energy savings. In 2023, these initiatives saved 4825.61 kWh of energy, equivalent to the CO2 emissions from charging 417,940 smartphones.

This achievement underscores the impact of community involvement in environmental conservation and the potential for each individual to contribute to a sustainable future.

By participating in Earth Hour and supporting eco-friendly activities at SM malls, shoppers have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference.

This initiative demonstrates that raising awareness about the climate crisis can be both impactful and enjoyable, offering a unique blend of sustainability and entertainment that aligns with SM Supermalls’ commitment to a brighter, greener future. –