mPowerpad Lite by Third Wave Power

mPowerpad Lite by Third Wave Power (front)

Brand: Third Wave Power

Attributes: Energy Saving

Description: mPowerpad Lite is an all-in-one portable solar device and provides an easy alternative solution to save energy!

By tapping on solar power, mPowerpad Lite can charge mobile phones, tablets and cameras, and is equipped with flashlight and reading light.

mPowerpad Lite by Third Wave Power (back)Compact, durable, and built to last, this device is also light enough for people who loves going to the outdoors. Also suitable for busy professionals at work or even at home in both urban and rural areas.

  • Functions: Charger, reading light and flashlight
  • User interface: On/off switch
  • Device rating: 15 watt hours
  • Solar charging: 6 hours under direct sunlight (charge times may be longer in cloudy weather, high temperatures or where panels are not angled towards the sun)
  • AC/DC or car adaptor charging: fast charge in 2 hours
  • Battery rating: Up to 2400 mAh capacity, NiMH, 5 x 1.2V AA, up to 500 charge cycles
  • Device charging from USB: USB output 5V up to 1A enables most devices to charge at full speed
  • Duration of reading light and flashlight: up to 20 hours each
  • Reading light LED: 5W bulb equivalent

Third Wave Power aims to improve lives and increase productivity of people in both urban and rural environments by designing and developing innovative energy solution products which are not only affordable, but also built to last.

Price: $79

The mPowerpad Lite is only available for delivery in Singapore, and payment is by Cash on Delivery. Delivery fee of $5 apply. Free delivery for purchase of 3 units and above!

You can place an order through the form below and we will email you the confirmation within 3 working days.

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The product is awarded a Green Rating of 3 stars based on 5 points in the following 3 criteria (updated on 21 October 2012):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

The company commits to develop renewable power solutions that last in the environments they are used in, and help to improve lives in both rural and urban areas.

Energy and Climate Change

6. Is the product or service energy efficient or helps to conserve energy or reduce carbon emissions?

This product helps to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions by converting solar energy into portable power, which can be used for various purposes.

8. Does the product or service use renewable energy?

This product is able to provide power from the conversion of solar energy.

Materials and Waste

15. Is the product grown locally or imported from a nearby country in Southeast Asia?

mPowerpad Lite is designed in Singapore and made in Malaysia.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

The product is designed to be compact and light, and uses rechargeable NiMH batteries.

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mPowerpad by Third Wave Power

mPowerpad by Third Wave Power (front)

Brand: Third Wave Power

Attributes: Energy Saving

Description: mPowerpad is an all-in-one portable solar device and provides an easy alternative solution to save energy!

By tapping on solar power, mPowerpad can charge mobile phones, tablets and cameras, and is equipped with radio, flashlight, reading light, and insect repellent.

mPowerpad by Third Wave Power (back)Compact, durable, and built to last, this device is also light enough for people who loves going to the outdoors. Also suitable for busy professionals at work or even at home in both urban and rural areas.

  • Functions: Charger, radio, reading light, flashlight and insect repellant
  • User interface: Gesture-based
  • Device rating: 15 watt hours
  • Solar charging: 6 hours under direct sunlight (charge times may be longer in cloudy weather, high temperatures or where panels are not angled towards the sun)
  • AC/DC or car adaptor charging: fast charge in 2 hours
  • Battery rating: Up to 2400 mAh capacity, NiMH, 5 x 1.2V AA, up to 500 charge cycles
  • Device charging from USB: USB output 5V up to 1A enables most devices to charge at full speed
  • Duration of reading light, flashlight, radio and insect repellant: up to 20 hours each
  • Reading light LED: 5W bulb equivalent

Here’s a short video on how to use the mPowerpad:

Third Wave Power aims to improve lives and increase productivity of people in both urban and rural environments by designing and developing innovative energy solution products which are not only affordable, but also built to last.

Price: $89

The mPowerpad is only available for delivery in Singapore, and payment is by Cash on Delivery. Delivery fee of $5 apply. Free delivery for purchase of 3 units and above!

You can place an order through the form below and we will email you the confirmation within 3 working days.

Name (required)

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The product is awarded a Green Rating of 3 stars based on 5 points in the following 3 criteria (updated on 21 October 2012):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

The company commits to develop renewable power solutions that last in the environments they are used in, and help to improve lives in both rural and urban areas.

Energy and Climate Change

6. Is the product or service energy efficient or helps to conserve energy or reduce carbon emissions?

This product helps to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions by converting solar energy into portable power, which can be used for various purposes.

8. Does the product or service use renewable energy?

This product is able to provide power from the conversion of solar energy.

Materials and Waste

15. Is the product grown locally or imported from a nearby country in Southeast Asia?

mPowerpad is designed in Singapore and made in Malaysia.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

The product is designed to be compact and light, and uses rechargeable NiMH batteries.

“The thought of using a device that could capture solar energy and use it to charge things like my mobile phone and also function as a reading light, flashlight, radio and ultrasonic insect repellant was all too exciting. Here was a solar device in existence in Singapore that was not only functional but also useful to the average person like me in so many ways.

With a size similar to the tablet readers, and lightweight too, the mPowerPad could fit easily into my army sling bag. Compactness is key when travelling around, and this device fitted that criteria.

To charge the mPowerpad, one can put the device under the sun for about six hours before having enough power to charge mobile phones while using the other functions for a good four hours. I, on the other hand, was to eager to try it out and charged using the main powerpoint instead. Using one of the two USB port, I managed to charge my smartphone as well.

The built-in accelerometer allowed for a gesture-based interface, meaning that to use the device, I had to tilt and turn the device to use the different functions. It took some time learning how to do this, but once I got used to it, the process was simple.

I also love it that the mPowerpad is water, dust and drop resistant, as this makes me feel more confident to bring it with me when I am in the rugged outdoors.”

Nor Lastrina Hamid

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BYOL Eco-Luncher Tote by BGO

Brand: BGO

Attributes: Organic, Waste Reduction

Description: Bringing your own lunch (BYOL) will no more be a hassle with this convenient tote. Made of 100% organic cotton, this tote also includes an inside pocket and a bottle sleeve insert, and its seam joints are sewn inside which give a unique smooth look. The broad base enables lots of carrying options for weekend picnics or daily lunch. After all, bringing your own lunch is healthier.

Size: L12″ x W6″ x H8″; handles are L13.5″ x W1″

Made in India.

BGO is a Singapore-based eco shop that provides organic cotton clothing and organic food, and other eco-friendly consumer products.

BYOL Eco-Luncher Tote is an exclusive product of BGO and can be bought via their website.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 3 stars based on 7 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 16 September 2012):

Business Sustainability

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The company has implemented several green initiatives. For example, their online eco shop uses a green web host, and they print on unused side of papers and save flyers and mailers for printing and writing materials.

Energy and Climate Change

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

In addition to using only bus, MRT, and taxi only when necessary, the company also uses energy-saving electrical appliances, and its website is hosted by a green web host that purchases wind energy credits.

Materials and Waste

12. Does the product or service help to reduce, reuse or recycle waste?

This product can be used as a replacement of conventional plastic bags and to promote self-packed lunch which can help to reduce the waste of disposable packaging.

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

The product is made from organic cotton, which is grown without the use of chemical fertilisers.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

The company uses recycled boxes and packaging materials to pack items for delivery.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

The product is made from 100% organic cotton, which is grown without the use of chemical fertilisers.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

The company dedicates a portion of the sales proceeds towards funding earth conservation projects and humanitarian social groups.

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Hair & Body Shower Gel Dermo-regulator by 66°30

Hair & Body Shower Gel Dermo-regulator by 66°30

Brand: 66°30

Attributes: Non-Toxic, Fair Trade

Description: 66°30 Hair & Body Shower Gel Dermo-regulator is made of 100% vegetable agents for gentle cleansing while giving shine and balance. The shower gel is pH neural and suitable for sensitive skin. Ammonium lauryl sulfate, essential oils, alcohol, and allergen free.

Nettle is known for its anti-dandruff and anti-radical properties, sage for its antioxidant properties, and raspberry vegetal water is rich in vitamin and minerals.

Ingredients: Nettle, Sage, Raspberry vegetal water.

66°30 delivers ecological skincare products for men. Based in France, 66°30 products are made of natural and organic ingredients and produced with commitments to sustainability.

66°30 products are distributed by natureLOVA, and you can buy the product by visiting their website.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 4 stars based on 9 points in the following 4 criteria (updated on 10 Sep 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

The product is certified with the Cosmebio BIO label, which means: at least 95% natural ingredients or derived from natural sources; at least 95% of plant ingredients are produced by organic farming; and at least 10% of product contents are produced by organic farming.

Cosmebio is an ecological and organic cosmetics association based in France. Cosmebio commits to guarantee natural and organic cosmetic products and to provide transparent information so that customers can easily identify green cosmetics.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

66°30 commits to values such as using organic and natural ingredients, promoting biodiversity, and using recycled materials for its packaging. These efforts are also in compliance with its Cosmebio certification.

Materials and Waste

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

66°30 is certified by Cosmebio and the ingredients of the product should be obtained from 100% natural non-animal and renewable sources and are preferably organically farmed.

17. Is there conservation of the habitat or protection of the biodiversity where the product is grown?

As required by Cosmebio, 66°30 must commit to contribute to preserving biodiversity and promoting animal welfare.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

The packaging of 66°30 products include 100% recycled paper and printed using vegetable ink. The packaging must also be recyclable as so to minimize the impacts towards the environment.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

This product is made from natural plant-based ingredients without any additions of harmful chemicals.

24. Is the product or service certified organic and have a credible third party certification or label?

The product is certified with the Cosmebio BIO label, which means: at least 95% natural ingredients or derived from natural sources; at least 95% of plant ingredients are produced by organic farming; and at least 10% of product contents are produced by organic farming.

Cosmebio is an ecological and organic cosmetics association based in France. Cosmebio commits to guarantee natural and organic cosmetic products and to provide transparent information so that customers can easily identify green cosmetics.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

66°30 products are made of natural plant-based ingredients. As required by Cosmebio, these ingredients should be obtained from 100% natural non-animal and renewable sources and are preferably organically farmed.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

66°30 practices fair trade and sources their ingredients only from small independent producers whenever possible. As a member of Cosmebio, 66°30 must also evaluate their fair trade policies and provide standards of living and working conditions for their employees that comply with human well-being.

“It took some time for me to get used to the raspberry smell of the shower gel, as it feels strange since I usually associate raspberry with food. Anyway, it works fine as a shower gel for cleaning my hair and body, although my hair didn’t really feel soft after using it.”

Eugene Tay

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Raspberry Lip Balm by Estelle & Thild

Green Rating - 5 stars in 6 criteriaRaspberry Lip Balm by Estelle & Thild

Brand: Estelle & Thild

Attributes: Biodegradable, No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic, Organic

Description: Estelle & Thild Raspberry Lip Balm nourishes and softens lips with its fresh scent of raspberries. Lips are given extra shine while protected from dryness. Made from natural and certified organic ingredients.

Ingredients: Castor Seed Oil, Beeswax, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Natural Perfume (Raspberry), Blueberry Seed Oil, Vitamin E from Soya Beans, Iron Oxides, Natural Minerals

Estelle & Thild is a Swedish cosmetic company dedicated to creating pure and safe products for the skin, and focuses on using only natural and certified organic ingredients.

Estelle & Thild’s products are distributed by natureLOVA. You can buy from their website.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 13 points in the following 6 criteria (updated on 17 August 2012):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

Estelle & Thild believes in using only biodegradable, natural and certified organic ingredients without any harmful chemicals, so as not to harm the environment. The packaging of Estelle & Thild’s products are also recyclable.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

Estelle & Thild’s products are certified organic by Ecocert, and the certification requires the company to have an Environmental Management Programme.

Energy and Climate Change

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Estelle & Thild’s products are Ecocert certified, and the certification requires the company to develop an energy management plan and increase the use of renewable energy and energy saving measures.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Estelle & Thild’s products are Ecocert certified, and the certification requires the company to develop an energy management plan and increase the use of renewable energy and energy saving measures.

Materials and Waste

14. Is the product biodegradable or acceptable for recycling after use?

The ingredients used in this product is biodegradable. This product is also certified by Ecocert, which requires the ingredients to be biodegradable.

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

As required by Ecocert, the ingredients of this product must be grown in its natural habitat without degrading the landscape. The ecosystem balance of the area must also be maintained.

17. Is there conservation of the habitat or protection of the biodiversity where the product is grown?

As required by Ecocert, the ingredients of this product must be grown in an area where the ecosystem balance is maintained and endangered species are not harmed.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

Estelle & Thild uses recyclable packaging for its products. This is also one of the requirements for Ecocert organic certification.

Ecocert is a volunteer and independent certification body with strict regulations for natural and organic cosmetic products.

Water

22. Has the company taken steps to reduce the water usage or wastewater generated in the production of the product or service?

Estelle & Thild’s products are certified organic by Ecocert, and the certification requires the company to develop a plan for the improvement of the discharge management of wastes from the production (including wastewater).

Ecocert is a volunteer and independent certification body with strict regulations for natural and organic cosmetic products.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

This Baby & Child Delicate Body Wash is formulated using natural and organic ingredients without the use of fragrance and any other harmful chemicals, and therefore suitable for sensitive skin. Read more about the ingredients avoided by Estelle & Thild here.

24. Is the product or service certified organic and have a credible third party certification or label?

The company’s products are certified organic by Ecocert.

Ecocert is a volunteer and independent certification body with strict regulations for natural and organic cosmetic products. To be certified organic by Ecocert, the ingredients of the product must be minimum 95% plant-based in the formula and minimum 10% must come from organic farming by weight. The product must also be free from GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, and animal-derived ingredients. Ecocert also requires the product to have biodegradable or recyclable packaging.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

Estelle & Thild uses only natural or organic ingredients in its products without any unnecessary additives.

Social and Ethical

28. Is the company against animal testing on its product or service?

Estelle & Thild is against the use of animal testing on its products.

“Definitely one of the best lip balms I have ever tried. A lot of lip balms leave my lips flaky so I need to reapply many times. This lip balm keeps my lips moisturized for a much longer time and it has a bit of shine without adding some weight. I also love the subtle raspberry flavor which is not too overpowering. Would like to try the pink shade next time!”

Isabela Clarissa

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Fragrance Free Night Cream by Estelle & Thild

Green Rating - 5 stars in 6 criteriaFragrance Free Night Cream by Estelle & Thild

Brand: Estelle & Thild

Attributes: Biodegradable, No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic, Organic

Description: Estelle & Thild’s Fragrance Free series is specially formulated using safe and natural ingredients, making them suitable for sensitive and allergy-prone skin. This night cream nourishes and soothes the skin, while also softens and strengthens, giving you a more glowing skin in the morning. 100% fragrance free.

Ingredients: purified water, rose flower distillate*, fatty acids derived from olive oil and sorbitol, shea butter*, almond oil*, sunflower oil*, sesame oil*, amino acids, aloe vera extract*, vanilla extract*, olive leaf extract, e-vitamin, xanthan gum, natural glycerine, mild food grade preservative. (*ingredients from organic farming)

Estelle & Thild is a Swedish cosmetic company dedicated to creating pure and safe products for the skin, and focuses on using only natural and certified organic ingredients.

Estelle & Thild’s products are distributed by natureLOVA. You can buy from their website.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 13 points in the following 6 criteria (updated on 16 August 2012):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

Estelle & Thild believes in using only biodegradable, natural and certified organic ingredients without any harmful chemicals, so as not to harm the environment. The packaging of Estelle & Thild’s products are also recyclable.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

Estelle & Thild’s products are certified organic by Ecocert, and the certification requires the company to have an Environmental Management Programme.

Energy and Climate Change

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Estelle & Thild’s products are Ecocert certified, and the certification requires the company to develop an energy management plan and increase the use of renewable energy and energy saving measures.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Estelle & Thild’s products are Ecocert certified, and the certification requires the company to develop an energy management plan and increase the use of renewable energy and energy saving measures.

Materials and Waste

14. Is the product biodegradable or acceptable for recycling after use?

The ingredients used in this product is biodegradable. This product is also certified by Ecocert, which requires the ingredients to be biodegradable.

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

As required by Ecocert, the ingredients of this product must be grown in its natural habitat without degrading the landscape. The ecosystem balance of the area must also be maintained.

17. Is there conservation of the habitat or protection of the biodiversity where the product is grown?

As required by Ecocert, the ingredients of this product must be grown in an area where the ecosystem balance is maintained and endangered species are not harmed.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

Estelle & Thild uses recyclable packaging for its products. This is also one of the requirements for Ecocert organic certification.

Ecocert is a volunteer and independent certification body with strict regulations for natural and organic cosmetic products.

Water

22. Has the company taken steps to reduce the water usage or wastewater generated in the production of the product or service?

Estelle & Thild’s products are certified organic by Ecocert, and the certification requires the company to develop a plan for the improvement of the discharge management of wastes from the production (including wastewater).

Ecocert is a volunteer and independent certification body with strict regulations for natural and organic cosmetic products.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

This Baby & Child Delicate Body Wash is formulated using natural and organic ingredients without the use of fragrance and any other harmful chemicals, and therefore suitable for sensitive skin. Read more about the ingredients avoided by Estelle & Thild here.

24. Is the product or service certified organic and have a credible third party certification or label?

The company’s products are certified organic by Ecocert.

Ecocert is a volunteer and independent certification body with strict regulations for natural and organic cosmetic products. To be certified organic by Ecocert, the ingredients of the product must be minimum 95% plant-based in the formula and minimum 10% must come from organic farming by weight. The product must also be free from GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, and animal-derived ingredients. Ecocert also requires the product to have biodegradable or recyclable packaging.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

Estelle & Thild uses only natural or organic ingredients in its products without any unnecessary additives.

Social and Ethical

28. Is the company against animal testing on its product or service?

Estelle & Thild is against the use of animal testing on its products.

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Snuggly PJ’s Carrot Top by New Jammies

Green Rating - 2 stars in 2 criteria (Chemicals and Health, Social and Ethical)Snuggly PJ's Carrot Top by New Jammies

Brand: New Jammies

Attributes: Organic

Description: New Jammies Snuggly PJ’s Carrot Top is a healthy and comfortable wear for babies of 12-18 months old. With its bright and unique carrot patterns, this pajamas will bring a smile to your loved one.

Made of 100% organic cotton.

New Jammies, based in New Jersey, offers high quality products for babies and children. Their clothing range is made of organic cotton and hopes to give the healthiest choice for kids.

New Jammies products are distributed by Tinydipity, and you can buy the product by visiting their online store.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 2 stars based on 3 points in the following 2 criteria (updated on 10 August 2012):

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

New Jammies Snuggly PJs are made of 100% organic cotton.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

The company reduces the amount of chemicals used in their products by using organic cotton.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

Besides having their products made from organic cotton, New Jammies also supports non-profit organizations which have goals of improving children’s lives. They also donate pajamas for children and charitable events.

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Light Moisturizing Body Lotion by ecostore

Brand: ecostore

Attributes: No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic

Description: ecostore Light Moisturizing Body Lotion is made of plant-based ingredients with no nasty chemicals. The formula is non-greasy and helps to moisturize and protect the skin without clogging pores.

Ingredients: Aqua, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Coco-Caprylate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Essential Oils (Citrus Sinensis, Agathosma Betulina, Litsea Cubeba, Rosa Damascena, Coriandrum Sativum, Piper Nigrum, Elettaria Cardamomum, Santalum Album, Aniba Rosaeodora, Pogostemon Cablin)

ecostore, based in New Zealand, produces a wide variety of home and body care products, which are not only natural but also safe to use.

ecostore’s products are distributed by The Naturally Better Company. You can buy from their boutique.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 15 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 22 July 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

ecostore has achieved ISO 14001, Diamond Enviromark, and carboNZero manufacturing certification.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standards created by the International Organization for Standardization that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

Enviromark Diamond certifcation is the highest level of environmental certification awarded by Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research organization.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means that Ecotech has demonstrated proactive environmental efforts with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate change.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

The company has implemented various sustainability initiatives, such as using sustainable palm oil under the GreenPalm programme, using no harmful chemicals in their products, and using recycled and recyclable materials for the packaging.

GreenPalm is a certificate trading programme that tackles the environmental and social issues caused by palm oil production.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2010 and Enviromark Diamond certification in 2009.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standards that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

Enviromark Diamond certifcation is the highest level of environmental certification awarded by Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research organization.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The company implements various green practices in its operations, including health and environmental safety, waste minimization, and recycling.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

ecostore has won the 2009 New Zealand’s most Sustainable Business of the Year award.

Energy and Climate Change

7. Does the product or service have an energy or carbon-related third party certification or label?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has gained the carboNZero manufacturing certification.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means that Ecotech has demonstrated proactive environmental efforts with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate change.

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Ecotech is certified under the carboNZero programme and one of the requirements is to actively measure and report its carbon footprint and emissions.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

To achieve the carboNZero certification, Ecotech has to set targets and plans on reducing emissions.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has actively done so and has achieved the carboNZero manufacturing certification.

Materials and Waste

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

ecostore currently uses HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene), which is the most recyclable plastic currently available, for their bottle packaging. Clear polypropylene label is used and is fully recyclable without having to be removed from the bottle. ecostore is also planning to include a certain percentage of post consumer recycled plastic.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

ecostore Light Moisturizing Body Lotion is made using plant based ingredients without any harmful chemicals added. ecostore emphasizes in using natural ingredients that are safe and provides details and origins of the ingredients they use in the product.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

ecostore prioritizes plant based ingredients from sustainable or renewable sources that are hazard free. Every ingredient is carefully assessed for people and environment’s health and safety, and products are constantly being reviewed to create the best formulation. ecostore also has extensive lists of natural ingredients they use and chemical ones they do not put in their products.

Social and Ethical

26. Does the product or service have an ethics-related third party certification or label?

ecostore is a cruelty free accredited company and has the PETA logo on their packaging. ecostore has verified to not conduct any animal testing on their ingredients or products.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the world’s largest animal rights organization that works around the issue of animal cruelty.

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

Besides the company’s commitment to sustainability, a percentage of ecostore’s profits go to Fairground Foundation, which was created by ecostore founder, Malcolm Rands, as a way to support the community in the areas of health, culture and sustainability. The company has also created campaigns to raise awareness of nasty chemical ingredients in common household products.

28. Is the company against animal testing on its product or service?

ecostore only test their products on human volunteers and not on animals.

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Happiness T-shirt by Earth Creations

Brand: Earth Creations

Attributes: Non-toxic, Organic

Description: This scoop-necked T-Shirt has a playful typography on the words ‘peace’, ‘love’ and ‘happiness’.

This ladies tee is made from hemp and organic cotton dyed with clay and low-impact dye, and comes in three different sizes.

Earth Creations is a US eco fashion clothing brand that combines clay dyeing with organic and sustainable fibers.

Earth Creations’s products are distributed by BGO Online Shop. You can buy from their online store.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 4 stars based on 8 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 11 June 2012):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

The company embraces sustainability through the use of sustainably grown hemp and organic cotton, and using natural clay and eco-friendly dyes.

Energy and Climate Change

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

To lower its carbon footprint, the company produces most of its clothing in rural Alabama, and the clothes do not need to be transported long distances out of the US.

Materials and Waste

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

The material used for this shirt is hemp and organic cotton, which is grown without using pesticides. The company also requires certification from their suppliers to ensure that the fabrics are sustainably grown. Please find details here.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

The product uses hemp and organic cotton for its fabric, and natural clay and eco-friendly dyes. The eco-friendly dyeing process uses only natural and biodegradable materials.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

Besides using organic cotton and natural clay dyes, the company also uses low-impact, eco-friendly dyes in agreement with organic standards for other colours.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

The company embraces social responsibility through the use of sustainably grown hemp and organic cotton, using natural clay and eco-friendly dyes, and strongly supporting fair trade and sweatshop-free practices.

In addition, the company donates their irregular and overstock garments to organisations that help the needy in the US and around the world, and also donates clothes to organisations helping to protect the environment.

29. Does the company have a no child labour or non-discrimination policy?

The company strongly supports fair trade and sweatshop-free practices. In addition, for the company’s basic T-shirt styles, they work with a plant that is World Wide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified. The WRAP certification requires the plant to follow requirements such as prohibiting child labour and discrimination.

30. Are the company employees involved in community activities or volunteering their time to help the community or the environment?

The employees are involved in community activities, such as donating shirts to raise funds or sponsor an event, and helping out with craft and clay dying workshops.

“At first, I thought that the comparably thick material might not be suitable to be worn in Singapore. How wrong I was! I wore this all day and was never trapped in heat. I also love the cutting of the t-shirt that is different from any others. And the color is my favorite!”

Isabela Clarissa

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Flower Print Maxi Dress by Etrican

Brand: Etrican

Attributes: Non-ToxicOrganic

Description: This maxi dress comes with two hidden pockets on the sides and there are loops along the chest line so you can wear it as a halter or loop around the neck.

Made of organic cotton in India, the dress comes in four different sizes.

Etrican was established in 2009 and is one of Singapore’s first green fashion labels offering organic cotton clothing.

You can buy from Etrican’s online store.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 4 stars based on 8 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 18 May 2012):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

Etrican is committed to be a sustainable business and its apparel is made using environmentally friendly fabrics and materials. They use organic cotton for their clothing, and use reused or recycled materials for their accessories. They also try to be environmentally responsible in their business operations.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The company keeps their production regional to reduce carbon footprint, reduces energy consumption in their office and prints their name cards on recycled paper.

Energy and Climate Change

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Etrican has taken steps to keep their production regional so as to reduce its carbon footprint, and also to reduce energy consumption in their office.

Materials and Waste

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

The company does not give out packaging if customers are collecting the products directly from them and are fine with no packaging.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

The product is GOTS certified. Based on the GOTS criteria for fibre production, a textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres.

The GOTS criteria for processing and manufacturing also includes the prohibition of critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, and genetically modified organisms.

24. Is the product or service certified organic and have a credible third party certification or label?

The product is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which is recognised as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres, and defines environmental criteria along the supply chain and social criteria as well.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

Etrican believes in environmental and social responsibility. The company uses organic cotton certified by GOTS, which one of the social criteria is to have a policy for social accountability to ensure that the social criteria can be met.

Etrican’s accessories are handmade with the help of GtG, a non profit organisation in India offering fair employment to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In addition, Etrican’s gifts range are handmade or hand painted by a group of deaf and other physically challenged people employed by Silence, a centre for socio-economic rehabilitation based in India.

30. Are the company employees involved in community activities or volunteering their time to help the community or the environment?

Etrican’s founders, Yumiko and Dragos are actively involved in community activities as participating vendors or sponsors for events such as Re-Live by Eco Singapore, Project Pebbles, Green Carnival by NUS SAVE or Clean and Green Singapore.

“Love the print, and love the pockets even more! Love it love it love it. The gathers at the hem were are a clever touch and stops the skirt from billowing away. The halter supports were a little under-designed IMHO, as the dress is quite heavy, and all that fabric weighing down took a toll on my neck. I tried wearing the dress as a tube dress, but I was worried that the dress might do a full-monty on me. Some reinforcement needed at the boob area for sure, but would probably work well for someone more well-endowed.

In terms of the fit, I tried an “M”, which fitted comfortably for a UK8 like me, but the skirt is too long – more suited for a taller (1.65-1.7m) girl. I think it’ll fit UK10 well too. The fabric’s organic cotton, which has a very slightly rougher feel compared to normal cotton, but in terms of comfort level, absolutely comparable.

Did I mention the pockets? Love it love it love.”

Joelle Chen

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