Like in most other parts of the world, Singapore is going through a phase where it is becoming adamant about protecting the environment and is making conscious efforts.
The people in the country are rooting toward replacing toxic products with those that won’t harm the environment. In their tryst, we have seen a massive development in the eco-friendly products catalogue in the country.
Plus, they understand that every minute difference counts. Hence, the country is leaving no stone unturned to imbibe an eco-friendly lifestyle. But the general population will never be successful in this endeavour unless there are viable alternatives (like replacing plastic straw with metallic ones).
This has led to a surge in eco-friendly stores in the country in the last two years. In this article, we discuss the top 18 destinations for finding eco-friendly products in Singapore.
Top destinations for eco-friendly products in Singapore
Dawn Chen started this Singapore-based online store as a hub for eco-friendly beauty merchandise and bamboo products.
When in the store, delve into the world of organic shampoos, vegan lit butter, face masks, or you can adorn bamboo fibre-made toothbrushes, cutlery, cotton swabs, etc. The show’s star is the “Brown” Bag Lunch Bag, an environment friendly, heavy-duty canvas-made, reusable, lunch-storing option.
Established in 2013 by Tawan & Marko, Noden is an independent brand known for selling eco-friendly products in Singapore. Its primary aim is to augment a more sustainable approach to living and promoting the classics.
Noden’s lineup includes a handpicked range of authentic vintage Scandinavian furniture designed to emulate the 1950s era. It also offers a repair and restoration facility for products brought from its store.
Started in 2017 by Joline Tang, an undergraduate student at that time, The Sustainability Blog was a blog. In 2018, she decided to branch out and launched a retail arm in Singapore.
She has a unique way of packing her items – she uses unwanted packing materials such as magazine paper, cartons, envelopes, etc. Her product list includes beeswax wraps, bars, soaps, reusable straws, used books, and similar items.
Unveiled in 2012, The Source Bulk Food is an Australian-born bulk food and zero waste retailer franchise. It landed on Singapore’s shores for the first time in 2019 and has since expanded to have three stores in the country.
Like most other eco-friendly stores in Singapore, it encourages customers to bring their containers and jars. Each item is charged by weight. The product lineup includes several vegans and gluten-free options, such as nuts, herbs, flour, coffee, and more.
Unveiled in 2019 at the Tangin Mall for the first time in Singapore, Scoop Wholefoods is an Australian plastic-free grocery brand. The eco-friendly store sells a plethora of food items sourced from its country of origin and other parts of the globe.
It includes nut butter, nuts, chocolates, pasta, dried fruits and herbs, oils, soaps, scrubs, fermented organic beverages, and many more items. Also present are some DIY items to cater to your needs.
Co-founded by Priscilla and Janice, SOJAO aims to provide better sleep for everyone with its organic cotton-made bed sheets. They also specialize in eco-friendly bathing and loungewear offerings.
They source the cotton from India’s best farms that refrain from using any unwanted insecticides and pesticides. Also, they follow a no-plastic policy and offer users a minimal packaging option to reduce wastage further.
Launched in 2020, ByKuraHome is garnering a lot of attention because of the unique set of products it has on offer.
The online store likes to describe itself as an eco-friendly lifestyle essentials brand offering an impeccable mix of style and practical usage with its product range. It essentially specializes in storage items, such as silicone storage bags, lattice silicone ice cube trays, lunch boxes, and more.
Located at 153, Kampong Ampat, Hock Siong & Co. is the brainchild of a family of Karang Guni. Started in the 1970s, it is a jungle of eco-friendly products in Singapore. Instead of dealing with new, unused items, it deals in used goods refurbished to as-good-as-new condition.
Hock Siong & Co.’s lineup includes seatings, Chinese furniture & decoration, tables, vintage and retro items, and others.
A house of multiple utilities, The Social Space assembles a retail space, refillers, a florist, a nail salon, and a café under a single head. Daniel Yeow and Cheryl Ou started the eco-friendly store to promote conscious lifestyle habits and lower wastage.
Also, The Social Space employs the underprivileged. It has a plethora of products from several brands, such as The Swag, Lexngo, The Lala Local, and multiple small businesses.
Started by Ms Thng Hui Hien, you will find Eco.Le in the Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. The store doesn’t offer containers in its tryst to keep wastage to its minimum.
It is not magnanimous size-wise, but it does house all your daily necessities, such as noodles, snacks, cereals, grains, seeds, etc. Other than that, you can also shop for eco-friendly products such as bamboo toothbrushes, soap bars, and more.
Co-founded by Mayur Singh of Mattrvest fame and Dannielle Champagne, owner of Zhai, fashion brand, The Green Collective is an honest attempt to helping the “green kakis” in commencing their business.
It is a collective effort of over 40 entrepreneurs driven by a single goal, propagating sustainability as a core idea instead of being a sidekick. Based on the UN’s Sustainable Development goals, it houses a flurry of products across various categories, catering to a wide range of customers.
The First Green Store is an online store specializing in retail therapy. Working with partners certified for Ethical Practices in its manufacturing process, the brand provides a range of sustainable, ethical, and eco-friendly products to organizations all over Singapore. Their products include stationeries, accessories, personal care, and other lifestyle products. They also have unique offerings such as The Sprout Pencil that houses a seed in place of the eraser.
Unpackt is where all of it started. The first zero-waste grocery store in Singapore, it sells a wide variety of daily household needs.
Founded by Jeff & Florence, the eco-friendly store doesn’t offer to package, and you will have to carry your tub or container, measure the things you need, and pay accordingly. They also augment the eco-travel by offering a flurry of organic travel accessories, such as bags, pouches, lunch boxes, and more.
Founded by IFY (Ifeoma Ubby), OliveAnkara is a blend of traditional, affable African fabrics with an Italian taste, all of it with a modern-day touch. Located in the ever-picturesque Tiong Bahru in Singapore, it is famous for its bold style statements exhibited by its product range.
OliveAnkara sells clothes, accessories, and face masks and forwards the idea of zero waste throughout its endeavours. Also, all of its offerings are handmade, meaning you will get something unique with every piece.
Toni’s unique brand, August Society, is famous for its organic, sustainable swimwear across age groups. With its prime focus on quality, it uses recycled materials for its products.
Most of its lineup is multi-use stuff and can be worn both for swimming and exercise. These come with UPF 50+ protection to ensure going out in the sun is never an issue. Plus, all its products are long-lasting and contain several characteristics to let you use them for years conveniently.
Alicia Tsi quit her full-time job and started Esse The Label, a one-of-a-kind eco-friendly store in Singapore. She realized that the textile business generated a lot of waste. So she set out to redefine the garment’s purpose and life cycle.
Its product lineup includes muted tones, pleasing to the eye, with a subtle hint of colour palette, green fabrics. These are made from renewable fibres grown without the use of pesticides and fertilizers. It doesn’t mean that the end product is not likeable – they are stunning!
Do you prefer minimalistic eco-friendly products? If yes, By Invite Only, and you are probably a match made in heaven. “Jewellery for every occasion, every invite” is how they describe themselves.
The products in their lineup invariably justify their tagline, and we found pieces of jewellery for all occasions. Their packaging is plastic-free, and they utilize nickel, lead, and cadmium, all toxic-free and considered safe for sensitive skin.
By Invite Only also produces all its offerings using ethical factories that are BSCI compliant.
A minimalist store, The Zero Ways is a store selling eco-friendly products in various parts of the country. It operates mostly via pop-up stores, and you are most likely to find them across several flea markets in Singapore. Their lineup includes kitchen essentials, bathroom essentials, and pre-loved items.
Singapore is a shopper’s paradise
The list is not all there is by any means. Singapore houses many other eco-friendly stores doing a terrific job towards attaining the goal of a sustainable environment. So get your travel shoes on and check out these stores ASAP for a wholesome shopping experience.