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Trying to reduce your impact on planet Earth? Here are some local, sustainable stores and grocers that can help

Tomorrow, March 27, at 8.30pm, marks Earth Hour 2021. Every year, millions across the globe switch off their lights for one hour to draw attention to climate change. While switching off lights and conserving energy is a fantastic and necessary step when it comes to saving our planet, there are also many other ways that we can contribute to the fight against climate change.

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For example, we can be more mindful about our shopping habits to ensure that we are buying from sustainable sources that will not disrupt the natural ecosystem of our planet. We can also do our best to limit the amount of plastic we use when we buy items from supermarkets that are, currently, pretty heavily reliant on plastic packaging.

To help you shop more sustainably and to reduce your usage of plastic, we’ve highlighted nine grocery stores in Singapore which are sustainable, plastic-free, and that will help you be more eco-friendly.

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The Source Bulk Foods

The Source Bulk Foods is Australia’s largest zero-waste retailer and Singapore’s first zero-waste supermarket with three outlets here in Great World City, Raffles Place and Cluny Court.

You are encouraged to bring your own containers and purchase unpacked items such as nuts, herbs, coffee, cereals and rice. The store also sells jars of pre-mixed ingredients to make it extremely easy for you to prepare meals. You can everything from brownies to lentil soup by just adding water and mixing the ingredients.

Find out more here.

Tatler Tip

If you enjoy healthy snacks, try their healthy and delicious sweet chilli and lime soya crisps for a quick midday pick me up.

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Scoop Wholefoods

Another store hailing from Australia, Scoop Wholefoods has quickly expanded in Singapore with outlets in Great World City, Paya Lebar Quarter and Tanglin Mall. Here, you can get daily supplies such as herbs, nuts, pasta and teas. You will, of course, be able to find a wide variety of organic items here as well. However, what’s interesting about Scoop is that they also have a Soap Room.

The Soap Room features laundry detergents, body scrubs and bar soaps in plastic-free packaging. They also are pretty well-known for their eco-friendly Australian clay masks which can be scooped into paper bags. This is perfect if you want to try their masks out without committing to a whole jar.

Find out more here.  

Tatler Tip

Scoop sells Fizzicle's kombucha and junboocha from the tap in their stores. You can bring your own bottle or buy one from Scoop to try their delicious creations.

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If you are looking for a way to get your hands on local products in a sustainable way, Unpackt is the place for you. Unpackt is Singapore's first home-grown zero-waste bulk store and it features local spices, dried anchovies, dried fungus and more. They also offer sustainable natural deodorants and bamboo toilet paper. 

Find out more here.

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Tatler Tip

Try their plastic-free and reusable sponges for a more sustainable shower time. In fact, with proper care, you can use these eco-friendly sponges for ages.

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The Social Space

The Social Space is a unique concept store that features a cafe, a florist, a nail salon and an eco-friendly lifestyle store. You can even attend workshops here and they occasionally have popup features.

Here, you can get zero-waste skincare, home decorations and everyday products. What makes The Social Space stand out though is its Refillery; it is a section where you can bring your own containers and stock up on household cleaning products, shampoo, laundry liquids and more.  

Find out more here.

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Avo & Co

Avo & Co is an eco-friendly produce delivery service that allows you to get fresh groceries delivered right to your doorstep. The best part is that all their products are sustainably sourced and of the highest quality so you never have to worry that you are getting subpar ingredients. You can get things like bread, chicken, fish, pasta, vegetables, fruits and more.

The service offers customers the option to shop a la carte or to subscribe to weekly seasonal boxes that will include a curated set of seasonal fruit and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, speciality pasta, meats and more. And of course, they are all plastic and packaging-free so you can rest assured that you are doing your part for the planet.

Find out more here.

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The Zero Ways

The Zero Ways is a lifestyle store which aims to reduce waste production and to normalise environmental consciousness. Their products are unique in that they aim to ensure that they can be recycled or used in different capacities in order to reduce wasteage. 

Here, you can get bathroom and kitchen essentials such as eco-friendly toothbrushes, straws, soaps and more. They also sell a collection of pre-loved items if you would like to join in the process of ensuring that nothing goes to waste. 

Find out more here.

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Eco.le is a sustainable lifestyle store which stocks items such as non-plastic toothbrushes, toothpaste and cups. They also provide candle refills, traditional spices and shampoo. 

What's special about Eco.le is that they also have a sewing machine for rent to reduce waste. They also aim to reduce the use of disposables by allowing parents to rent Ikea kids plates and cups for parties at a small cost. 

Find out more here.

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The Green Collective

The Green Collective is the first-ever retail shop to be curated based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Using the 17 goals adopted by the UN, which include sustainability, gender equality and climate action, The Green Collective aims to reduce their impact on the environment while bettering the lives of everyone around them. 

Their shop sells eco-friendly and unique lifestyle products such as manuka deodorant, reusable cloth pantyliners and urban composter kits. They also offer reusable face masks and sustainably made clothing. 

Find out more here.

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Two Sisters Pantry

Two Sisters Pantry is a small grocery store located in Roxy Square and although they may be small, they still offer a wide selection of high-quality and organic produce that is primarily flown in from New Zealand and Australia. You can also get essential oils, solid shampoos and healthy snack alternatives here.

Find out more here.

Tatler Tip

If you enjoy fruity drinks but are trying to cut down on the calories, try their Virtue natural energy drinks. They are fruity, fresh and come with zero calories and sugar. The best part is that each can contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.

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