Get your retail fix at a variety of shopping precincts around Singapore!
Singapore is a green city not only for its tree-lined streets and wide swathes of parks. Sustainability and eco-friendliness are big pieces of the puzzle, and even our fashion and accessories brands are doing their bit to help the environment. At the six shops highlighted below, fashion and functionality meet through the use of sustainable materials and processes. Do your bid to save the Earth while you shop (green) until you drop.
At Amado Gudek, you’re bound to go home with a unique piece of bling to add to your collection—from necklaces with pendants of tea leaves and flower petals cast in resin to “healing jewels”, each piece of Amado Gudek’s eye-catching jewellery (from SGD 35) is hand-crafted from scratch, so no two are alike.
The brand uses bio-resins and biodegradable plastics to make its statement pieces. Unlike petroleum-based resins, bio-resins contain renewable materials that are sourced from the waste of other industries, such as wood pulping and bio-fuels production. The result? A process that reduces carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions as well as water and power consumption.
Chancerlodge Complex. 105 Sims Avenue #10-07, Singapore 387429. +65 9456 8187.
By appointment only.
Get organic threads (about SGD 14-40) for yourself and your ‘mini me(s)’ at Etrican. This Singaporean clothing line is both ethical and intricate (hence, Etrican): the dresses, tops, bottoms and skirts (from SGD 28) are made with organic cotton that is grown without chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and processed in ways that reduce energy and water wastage. Its designs prize simplicity and comfort, and are for both women and kids. Etrican also works with a socially responsible factory in India, which guarantees its staff fair wage and humane working conditions, to produce its apparel.
Etrican. +65 6526 0265. Shop Etrican online.
This environmentally friendly label transforms scrap metal and unexploded ordnance salvaged from landmines in Cambodia into handmade jewellery (about SGD 100-1,000). But don’t let the ruggedness fool you—its ready-to-wear collection is understated, delicate and elegant. Think braided rings, rings inspired by nature, or necklaces etched with inspirational sayings and Chinese characters. Saught also takes custom orders (prices vary depending on design) for your own unique piece of jewellery, available for both the ladies and the gents.
TANGS at Tangs Plaza. 310 Orchard Road #02-20, Singapore 238864. +65 6737 5500.
Mon-Sat 10.30am-9.30pm; Sun 11am-8.30pm.
Threadbare & Squirrel. Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road #02-20, Singapore 238880. +65 6235 0680.
The first local childrenswear brand to be certified by Global Organic Textile Standard, which lays out comprehensive social and ecological criteria for textile processing, Kalila Organics makes high-quality sustainable garments (about SGD 9-30) for kids. Its mission is to create a line of clothing that is safe for both the people making it and the little ones wearing it.
For instance, the brand uses a ‘seed-to-shop’ process of sourcing its material. The cotton it uses comes from farms in India that do not use pesticides and GMOs, which means the cotton-pickers and those wearing the clothes are not exposed to toxins. The togs themselves, which span across age ranges from new-borns up to two-year-olds, come in a variety of colours and fun prints that feel as good as they look. Thanks to Kalila Organics’ cotton, the apparel is safe for kids who have sensitive skin.
Naiise. Orchardgateway, 277 Orchard Road #02-02/24, Singapore 238858. +65 6252 7701.
Thomson ParentCraft Shop at Thomson Medical Singapore. Thomson Medical Centre, 339 Thomson Road Level 1, Singapore 307677. +65 6350 8848.
Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm; Sat 8.30am-noon.
Touch The Toes
Calling all yoga enthusiasts—Touch The Toes will help you, well, touch your toes with its range of eco-friendly leggings, mats, yoga apparel and gear (from SGD 40). The multi-label shop carries eco-living and eco-loving brands: they use only organic cotton, bamboo blends, recycled and up-cycled materials, all of which are sustainably produced. Here, you’ll find clothing for both men and women
Touch The Toes. 4A Haji Lane, Singapore 189197. +65 6396 5025.
Mon-Fri noon-8pm; Sat & Sun 1-7pm.
Mochila bags handwoven (SGD 180) by the Wayuu tribes of Colombia and Venezuela line the walls of