Cover Photo: Jomingo Natural Deodorant

Go from single-use to sustainable with these easy swaps to everyday items from homegrown brands (read: lower carbon footprint) as every small action can make a difference to the environment

In the last few years, we have seen a number of brand new sustainable brands and alternative products popping up. From silcone lunch boxes to reusable menstrual products, the trend is really to make just about anything last as long as possible and we are here for it. 

This World Environment Day, if you are looking to invest in more sustainable options or are looking to swap your disposable items with reusable ones, here are some of the best and most recent inventions that are sure to change your everyday lifestyle.

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1. Crunch Cutlery

So you’ve stopped using plastic straws. Now, let’s move on from disposable plastic cutlery, too. We throw away 500 million units of disposable cutlery in Singapore every year—and even more during the pandemic with the uptake in takeaway and delivery meals.

Born (coincidentally during Singapore’s circuit breaker period in 2020) out of a need to address this issue of single-use plastic waste, local start-up Crunch Cutlery has created a range of edible cutlery so you can have your cake—and eat it (and the cutlery) too.

They come in a variety of fun flavours such as strawberry, banana goji and brown sugar oats, and are supercharged with flax, chia and whole wheat so you can get your boost of omega 3, vitamin B3, lignans and fibre.

Find out more here.

2. Jomingo Natural Deodorant

While it keeps you feeling fresh all day long, conventional antiperspirants and spray deodorants contain volatile organic compounds that produce ground-level ozone, a major source of air pollution and can also trigger various health issues. Consider a safe and natural alternative in Jomingo Natural Deodorant.

This made-in-Singapore range of plant-based deodorants are formulated from such ingredients as organic coconut oil and tapioca starch to hydrate and exfoliate skin, respectively, and are free from nasties, including alcohol, silicone, aluminium and parabens.

Better yet, the products come in biodegradable paper push-up tubes that are recyclable and compostable

Find out more here.

3. Simply Good's Food Grade Sanitiser

Covid-19 has made us finicky about sanitising our hands as well as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces to contain the spread of germs. Commercial sanitisers, however, are usually not safe to be used on food contact surfaces and for sanitising hands before handling food.

Homegrown sustainable brand Simply Good has just the solution in its Food Grade Sanitiser, formulated from organic wheat and with 70 per cent ethyl alcohol which is effective in eliminating 99.9 per cent of bacteria and viruses. Better yet, it is skin-friendly and contains no sulphates, chlorines and parabens.

Find out more here.

4. Purple & Pure's Recycled Paper Seed Pencils

This might come as a surprise to many but the humble wooden pencil is not as sustainable as we think it is. For one, making such pencils require wood which, of course, doesn’t bode well for our forests. However, the real issue lies in the graphite lead that is used in them as graphite mining has a considerable impact on the environment.

You don’t have to give up pencils (admit it, we all need to exercise that pencil grip) just yet, as the Purple & Pure organic shop, advocates of a zero-waste lifestyle, has a range of recycled paper seed pencils which are handmade, eco-friendly and can be planted in soil when you are done using them.

These wood-free pencils can grow into tomato, basil, coriander and fenugreek plants.

Find out more here.

5. The Sustainability Project's Toilet Bombs

Our use of household cleaners, sanitisers and disinfectants have certainly increased during the pandemic. But did you know that conventional cleaning products contain harsh and toxic chemicals that typically get washed into our waterways and thus affecting the marine ecosystem.

Opt for greener ways to clean your home with all-natural cleaning products such as The Sustainability Project’s toilet bombs, which contain ingredients such as baking soda and sodium percarbonate, to deodorise, disinfect and clean toilets without harmful chemicals.

Simply throw one into your toilet bowl when it needs a clean and leave it for 30 minutes, or overnight, for a fresh and clean finish. They can be also be used in sinks, showers and bath areas.

Find out more here.

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