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Sustainable Shopping

Help chip away at that mountain of uncrushable rubbish by using products that are gentle on the Earth.

      19 March 2019

Only 6 per cent of the nearly 800,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated in Singapore last year was recycled. We have more tips for sustainable living: Opt for reusable products over disposable ones. Keep lights off during the day. Unplug appliances when they’re not in use, to reduce “standby power”. Keep your showers short and sweet. Last but not least, bring your own multi-use shopping bag when you visit the supermarket! Here are some environmentally-conscious products that will make you feel good about saving our planet.

Collapsible Coffee Cup

$18 (550ml), Seastainable Co
www.seastainable.co

This foldable cup, made of foodgrade silicone, is BPA-free, nontoxic and FDA approved. Durable and flexible, it can withstand temperatures of up to 200 deg C.

Bamboo Cutlery Set

$15, Bamboo Straw Girl
www.bamboostrawgirl.com

This set of stainless steel fork, spoon and chopsticks with beechwood handles is neatly packed in a box partially made of agricultural wheat byproducts.

Conscious Living Probiotic Body Wash

$5.70/100g, Eco.Le
www.eco-le.com

Based on probiotic principles and 100 per cent natural, this body wash helps maintain the natural pH balance of skin. Laurel oil and cinnamon further moisturise for that clean and soft feeling.

Rume Shopping Bag

$15-$20, The First Green Store
www.thefirstgreenstore.com

Reusable bags don’t come more colourful or trendy than the RuMe. This strong, water-resistant polyester tote bag is ideal for the store or gym. In medium and large.

Sprout Pencil

$3.90, The First Green Store

Instead of an eraser at one end, this plantable sustainable pencil has a seed capsule. Just stick the stub into soil when the pencil is too short to be used. Available in coriander, sage, thyme and basil.

Bamboo Toothbrush

$4.50, Bamboo Straw Girl

These toothbrushes have reusable organic bamboo handles. The nylon bristles can be removed when it’s time to retire them, and replaced with a new set.

Metal Straw Set With Straw Cleaner

From $7.50, Seastainable Co

Seastainable straws are made of food-grade stainless steel. PVDcoated and dishwasher safe, each is 6mm wide and 215mm long. Each set comes in a recycled linen pouch.

Dirty Hippie Tooth Powder

$0.30/g, Eco.Le

This organic tooth powder does not have strong silica-based abrasives. Instead, it gently cleans with the high absorbency of bentonite clay and activated charcoal, while remineralising the teeth with ground peppermint for a refreshing feel.

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