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
Gain a deeper knowledge of traditional Asian craftsmanship with the wares at MATTER, a local brand that works in collaboration with rural artisans to create comfortable, timeless apparel for eco-warriors of all ages.
Every MATTER design tells a story, with the establishment’s diverse range of apparel created by craftsmen from areas like Jaipur and the Himalayas.
Besides championing rural communities, many of this brand’s wares are made from earth-friendly material like organic cotton and biodegradable fabrics.
MATTER Showroom. 19A Haji Lane, Singapore189212.
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.
Design Orchard. 250 Orchard Road, Singapore 238905.
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Jewellery and beauty products
100 Good Things
Travellers who’re hoping to exude chic style with jewellery and uniquely-designed fabrics will find what they seek at 100 Good Things.
The brainchild of Singaporean globetrotter, writer and social entrepreneur Joan Koh, this store doesn’t just provide a curated selection of fair-trade, eco-friendly traditional handicrafts.
It also tells the stories of poverty-stricken Asian communities through its social media platforms, creating awareness and meaning behind every purchase.
Balestier Road Shopping Centre. Block 2 Balestier Rd #01-685, Singapore, 320002. +65 9383 1047.
Eco.Le is a small zero-waste store in the verdant 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-Fri noon-8pm; Sat 11am-8pm; Sun 11am-6.30pm.
Food and Dining
Whether you’re seeking great skin, higher metabolism, or a thoughtful gift for an eco-conscious friend, Teapigs has a teabag for every occasion. You’ll also be able to peruse a plethora of flavours to suit your tastes, ranging from chocolate and mint to lemon and ginger.
Their packaging is not just colourful and cute, but the ink on their packaging is vegetable-based, and their teabags are made from corn starch. Purchasing their products will help to save both the earth, and support vulnerable youth in Rwanda.
For Teapigs’ online store page, click here.
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 Summer Dining Room—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.
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 Dining Room at The Summerhouse. +65 8809 5840.
Wed-Fri 6-10pm; Sat & Sun noon-3pm, 6-10pm.
Wildseed Café at The Summerhouse. +65 9643 9116.
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat & Sun 8.30am-6pm.