Beyond its verdant spaces and tree-lined streets, Singapore’s reputation of being a green city also extends to its many eco-friendly retailers.
Whether you’re a budding eco-warrior or a long-time champion of Mother Earth, you’re bound to find a buy that will help you to make a positive impact on the environment and lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
Clothes and Fashion
Elegant fashion meets an earth-friendly philosophy at OliveAnkara, a boutique that offers a range of clothes and print for fashionable and earth-conscious style mavens.
This slow fashion brand stocks a range of jumpsuits, skirts and dresses emblazoned in multi-hued, African-inspired prints. All of the threads you’ll find here are made with a zero-waste policy in mind, with spare fabric being upcycled and utilised in a variety of other items.
The establishment also offers worldwide shipping for their products, so be sure to peruse their selection if you’re looking to shop from overseas.
OliveAnkara. 79 Chay Yan Street #01-02, Singapore 160079.
Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, 5-7pm; Sat & Sun 11am-6pm.
A brand that turns recyclables into inspired pieces of apparel, August Society is a women’s swimwear brand that prides itself on its sustainable production processes. Its recycled fabric pieces are made from the waste plastic found in fishnets and carpeting.
If you’re looking to customise your look for the beach, the brand also offers mix-and-match cuts and prints, so that you can embody your unique sense of style.
August Society at The Green Collective @ Funan. 109 North Bridge Road #02-18, Singapore 179097.
August Society at Monument Lifestyle. 75 Duxton Road, Singapore 089534.
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat & Sun 10am-5pm.
Jewellery and beauty products
Feel beautiful both inside and out when you shop at WoonHung. The chic and minimalistic jewellery found here have been lovingly handcrafted by artisans from Southeast Asia.
The brand’s commitment to going green also means that the wares here are made from natural materials that are in abundance, and crafted with a zero-waste philosophy in mind. Peruse a beautiful new adornment, and do your part for both the earth and Southeast Asian communities.
WoonHung in Essential Extra Gift Store at OUE Downtown Gallery. 6A Shenton Way #01-39, Singapore 068815.
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-5pm.
WoonHung in Metro Department Store at Paragon Shopping Centre. 290 Orchard Road #02-28, Singapore 238859.
Eco.Le is a small zero-waste store in the tranquil Bukit Timah area that advocates for the plastic-free movement. Despite being a small stall, it has big dreams of educating and encouraging the public to pursue a zero-waste lifestyle.
The wares here include a diverse mix of palm oil-free soaps, refillable lip balms and shampoos, as well as a whole range of healthy produce and snacks, like gula melaka (palm sugar)-flavoured mixed nuts.
Besides retail, you can gain skills that’ll make you self-sufficient in your mission to save the earth. Engage in a bout of lifelong learning at the establishment’s craft workshops, where you’ll get hands-on lessons on how to minimise waste and get the most out of your belongings.
Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. 170 Upper Bukit Timah Road #03-56, Singapore 588179. +65 8766 5074.
Mon, Wed, Thu & Sun noon-6pm; Fri & Sat noon-8pm.
Food and Dining
If you’re looking to savour Chinese cuisine and save the planet while you’re at it, indulge in a meal at Yellow Pot.
Located in the Duxton Reserve Hotel, the restaurant serves up traditional Chinese dishes with a modern twist, from roast duck in bean curd paste to eggplant in honey and vinegar.
Besides being made without any artificial flavourings or additives, many of the dishes here are made with locally sourced ingredients, and takeaway containers are made of biodegradable material.
Yellow Pot Tanjong Pagar at Duxton Reserve. 83 Duxton Road, Singapore 089540. +65 6914 1428.
Daily noon-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm.
Yellow Pot Little India at The Vagabond Club. 39 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207630. +65 6291 6677.
With its eco-friendly menu, lush greenery and garden of edible herbs, The Summerhouse is a great reminder of how dependent we are on the earth’s bounty.
The space itself comprises The Summerhouse French Dining Rooms—a farm-to-table restaurant on the upper floor—and the Wildseed Café on the ground level. The former is a great spot for a romantic night out, with an outdoor garden dome that’ll have you dining beneath the stars (outdoor garden seating is a popular option among diners here—be sure to make an early reservation to avoid disappointment!)
Garnishes and herbs used in the dishes here are harvested from the establishment’s edible garden, while produce is sourced from a collective of Singaporean and Malaysian farmers. We recommend trying dishes like the Pan Seared Seabass and the Miso Shiitake Linguine, which are made from locally-sourced seafood.
The Summerhouse. 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387. +65 8809 5840.
The Summerhouse French Dining Room at The Summerhouse. +65 8809 5840.
Wed-Fri 6-10pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-3pm, 6-10pm.
Wildseed Café at The Summerhouse. +65 8126 7524.