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

This story was first published on March 26, 2021, and updated on April 20, 2022. 

This week, on April 22, the world will be celebrating Earth Day 2022. This year, the theme is investing in our planet because a green future is a prosperous one. 

Together, the world will come together to renew our commitments to creating a sustainable environment for us to thrive.

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

1. Ugly Food

Did you know that food waste is one of the biggest issues in Singapore and that the amount of food we are wasting has grown by about 20 per cent over the last 10 years, according to Towards Zero Waste?

To combat this problem, Uglyfood was founded in 2017 and its primary goal is to eliminate food waste so that it can revamp the food ecosystem. What Uglyfood does is that it collects blemished or excess food products and sells them back to customers at a significantly reduced price. 

They sell everything from bread, fruits and vegetables and even ramen noodles.

Over the years, Uglyfood’s efforts have saved over 400 tonnes of perfectly edible food from being thrown away and filling our landfills.

Find out more here

2. Surrey Hills Grocer

Surrey Hills Grocer is one of Singapore’s latest sustainable grocery stores. Located in Joo Koon, this Australian farmgate-experiential grocer is one you have to pay a visit to because it is sustainable, provides store-to-boot services and features lesser-known micro farmers, growers, and makers.

The store is passionate about providing high-quality items to consumers that come directly from the source which means that products are priced competitively and farmers are well paid and showcased.

You can find all kinds of Australian produce here including chocolate, yoghurt and more here which you will likely not find anywhere else in Singapore. 

Find out more here.

Tatler Tip

If you are in a rush or don’t want the hassle of spending too much time roaming the aisles, simply place your order online and you can arrange a time to collect your groceries. You just need to drive up, provide identification and the groceries will be loaded into your car for you. 

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3. The Source Bulk Foods

The Source Bulk Foods is Australia’s largest zero-waste retailer and Singapore’s first zero-waste supermarket with two outlets here in Great World City 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 get everything from brownies to lentil soup by just adding water and mixing the ingredients.

Find out more here.

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4. Scoop Wholefoods

Another store hailing from Australia, Scoop Wholefoods has quickly expanded in Singapore with outlets in Great World City, Paya Lebar Quarter, Tanglin Mall, Jem, Paragon Shopping Centre, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Waterway Point and Parkway Parade.

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 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.

5. Unpackt

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.

6. 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.

7. 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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8. The Zero Ways

The Zero Ways is a lifestyle store that aims to reduce waste production and 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 wastage. 

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.

9. 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.

10. Two Sisters Pantry

Two Sisters Pantry is a small grocery store located in Roxy Square and although it may be small, it still offers 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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