My Journey as a Novice Ethical Clothing Consumer

January 2, 2014 by  
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By Maxine Chen Li San

H&M

The textile industry is one of Singapore’s pioneering industries. Our tailors who made clothing from scratch also shaped Singapore into a textile and apparel business sourcing hub. Today, Singapore is ranked second in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of lucrative trade. She is a dizzying swirl of items to be bought — an air-conditioned port of shops — a shopper’s paradise. But I think it is time to look behind the glitzy façade.

I am a twenty-year-old bumbling between being a pimply tot who still relies on her parents for pocket money, and being a full-fledged, property-owning consumer. It is an interesting place to be: as globalisation exposes the flipsides to mass consumerism, I have ample time to consider changing my consuming habits. Basically, the more information I pick up, the more I realise that the environmental and social costs of our shopping are huge. Read more

RUN 350 [Event]

December 23, 2013 by  
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RUN 350RUN 350 is Southeast Asia’s premier eco-run in support of the global 350 movement. This movement aims to raise awareness to the need to lower atmospheric CO2 levels to 350 parts per million, which scientists believe is the level required for Earth’s sustainability.

Early Bird Registration Ends 31st December 2013. Register at www.RUN350.com

RUN 350 is proud to launch the Medal Recycling Campaign! Donate your old medals and give them a new life. Your medals will be processed and be used in the production of new medals. So give your medals a new lease of life today!

Do your part for the 350 Movement by donating your old medals at the following locations from 9 December 2013 to 28 February 2014. Click here for the lists of locations.

The Green Singapore Sale Is Back! [Press Release]

June 28, 2013 by  
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Singapore, 21 June 2013 – The Green Singapore Sale 2013 (TGSS) will be held for the second time in Singapore from 28 June to 28 July 2013, with more than 20 retailers offering discounts and deals on green products and services. This online event is organised by Greenstore, Singapore’s first review and rating guide for green consumers.

The inaugural TGSS was held last year as an online event to allow consumers to easily find and enjoy green products and services at a discount. This year, besides featuring the participating retailers and their discounts and deals on the TGSS website, a bazaar would also be held at Downtown East to bring green products and services closer to consumers.

The purpose of organising TGSS is to overcome two common barriers preventing consumers from choosing green products and services. One barrier is that consumers are not aware of the green products and services or not sure where to find them. The other barrier is that consumers feel that green products and services tend to be more expensive. Read more

The Green Singapore Sale 2013

June 2, 2013 by  
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The Green Singapore Sale 2013The Green Singapore Sale 2013 brings you one month of eco-friendly, sustainable and ethical shopping from 28 June to 28 July 2013!

Check out the green products and services in Singapore, and enjoy discounts and deals on non-toxic beauty cosmetics and cleaning products, organic and fair trade clothing and accessories, vegetarian and organic food and restaurants, energy saving lighting and devices, and more!

On 29 and 30 June, we will also have The Green Singapore Sale 2013 Bazaar at Downtown East to showcase green products from 24 retailers.

Here’s your chance to be a green conscious shopper, support local green businesses, and buy green products that benefit you, your family, the community, and the environment. But always think twice before buying. Buy only what you need.

Visit http://www.greensingaporesale.com/ to check out the latest discounts and deals!

Greenstore Media Kit 2013

January 7, 2013 by  
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Greenstore Media Kit 2013 cover

Greenstore is Singapore’s first review and rating guide for green consumers. We curate, review and rate green, eco, sustainable, organic, and ethical products and services that benefit people, the environment and the community.

We commit to help retailers and businesses reach out to green consumers in Singapore, and to increase the adoption of sustainable products and services. To find out more about how we can help you, download our Greenstore Media Kit 2013.

In the media kit, you will find:

  • How Greenstore is reaching out to consumers in Singapore through our website, weekly email newsletter, and social media channels
  • What Greenstore provides in both free and paid marketing packages to help businesses and retailers promote their green products and services
  • How Greenstore offers a Deals section, where your business would be able to specify a special deal or discount for your product or service

Download the Greenstore Media Kit 2013

Re:Thinking Consumerism – Consumers and the Future of Sustainability

December 11, 2012 by  
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Re:Thinking Consumerism – Consumers and the Future of Sustainability

The report on “Re:Thinking Consumerism – Consumers and the Future of Sustainability” by BBMG, GlobeScan and SustainAbility, discusses The Regeneration Consumer Study, a survey of consumer attitudes, motivations and behaviors around sustainable consumption among 6,224 respondents in six major markets – Brazil, China, Germany, India, United Kingdom and United States. Read more

TGSS Featured Retailer – Tinydipity

July 17, 2012 by  
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An online store based in Singapore, Tinydipity was born out of the sheer desire to help mums and to give all children better, safer options. Founded by Laurel Tan, Tinydipity carries unique and eco-friendly finds that she and mothers in Singapore can safely use for their babies.

Here’s the story:

What inspired you to launch Tinydipity?

My son, Kyle, has really sensitive skin. Because of what I went through with him when he was a baby, it triggered my obsession with discovering the purest products for babies.

We changed his wardrobe to organic apparel, his skincare to plant-based, fragrance-free, natural ones, and his toys to eco, wooden ones and made sure all the changing pads, mats are PVC-, lead-, phthalate-free. Basically, we changed the entire home environment to make sure it’s a much healthier one. And slowly but surely, his skin got much better. Just by making tweaks in the home environment and throwing out all the steroid skin cream prescriptions. Read more

TGSS Featured Retailer – The Naturally Better Company

July 16, 2012 by  
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The Naturally Better Company is an eco-luxury boutique specializing in green household, fashion and beauty products that work. Founded by sisters, Joyce and Sharon Tay, The Naturally Better Company carries earth friendly brands such as ecostore, Priti NYC, rms beauty, and Tallulah Jane, and hopes to voice out the importance of leading healthy and sustainable lifestyles.

It all started when Joyce suffered from a skin allergy many years ago. After many visits to the doctor and restricting her food consumption, she found out that it was her skin care products that caused the allergy. Joyce said, “It was pretty shocking as I was using over the counter products that everyone can get anywhere anytime.” With Sharon, she then began researching on healthier alternatives and moved to using more natural skin care products. Read more

TGSS Featured Retailer – Mekhala

July 11, 2012 by  
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The Green Singapore Sale (TGSS) 2012 brings you one month of eco-friendly, sustainable and ethical shopping!

Check out and enjoy discounts on green products and services in Singapore: http://www.greensingaporesale.com/

Mekhala

Mekhala is a wellness brand in Singapore that focuses on delivering products that work.

Ranging from personal care products to organic food, Mekhala hopes to bring wholesome living and wellness without harming ourselves and the planet. Read more

TGSS Featured Retailer – Etrican

July 10, 2012 by  
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The Green Singapore Sale (TGSS) 2012 brings you one month of eco-friendly, sustainable and ethical shopping! Check out and enjoy discounts on green products and services in Singapore: http://www.greensingaporesale.com/

Etrican

Etrican is a leading brand of organic clothing in Singapore. All their products are designed using 100% organic cotton and/or upcycled materials. Hoping to promote green consumerism, Etrican has also noticed the increasing awareness towards organic products in Singapore. Read more

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