Dopper Water Bottle

Dopper Water Bottle

Brand: Dopper

Attributes: Waste Reduction

Description: The Dopper Water Bottle is cleverly designed with a two-part lid to double-up as a drinking cup. Produced in Holland with a net zero carbon footprint, it is also BPA-free, and is free of phthalates, PVC and other toxins.

The Dopper bottle is made from polypropylene (PP) (colored part) and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) (white part). It comes in 5 colours – Cool Blue, Apple Green, Royal Orange, Pretty Pink, and Pure White.

Capacity: 500ml
Diameter: 5.5cm / bottle
Height: 23cm / bottle

In addition, 10% of all net proceeds from the Dopper bottle sales are set aside for water projects in developing countries.

Dopper promotes the use of reusable water bottles for drinking water and the reduction of plastic waste, and supports water projects in developing countries.

You can buy the Dopper water bottles online from GreenPal Store.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 3 stars based on 6 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 16 Aug 2013):

Business Sustainability

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

Dopper is committed to sustainability and has offset the carbon emissions from the production process with the Climate Neutral Group, and is in the process of pursuing the Cradle to Cradle certification.

Energy and Climate Change

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

Dopper has offset the carbon emissions from the production process with the Climate Neutral Group.

Materials and Waste

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

Using a refillable water bottle helps to reduce the need to buy single-use bottled water, thus reducing the wastage of plastic material and resources used in making and distributing the disposable plastic bottles.

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

The product is made from polypropylene and ABS plastics which are acceptable for recycling.

Chemicals and Health

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

The Dopper bottle does not contain Bisphenol A (BPA).

Social and Ethical

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

Dopper is committed to social responsibility and supports water projects set up by Simavi and its local partners, through the Dopper Foundation. 10% of Dopper sales goes to the foundation. The Dopper Foundation invests half of its proceeds in water projects in Nepal.

The other half of the proceeds goes to the Dopper Water & Waste Academy, as well as public events to expand the awareness of Dopper’s mission. The Academy’s primary purpose to inform and educate the next generation of Americans on the impact of plastic waste.

“I guess most people are attracted by the design of the Dopper water bottle, besides the fact that it is BPA-free. The 2-part lid is innovative and allows the lid to be used as a cup, which can be very useful when you don’t wish to use disposable cups at events.

Also like Dopper’s mission of supporting water projects in developing countries.”

Eugene Tay

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Citronella Bug Spray by Human Nature

Citronella Bug Spray by Human Nature

Brand: Human Nature

Attributes: Fair Trade, No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic

Description: The Citronella Bug Spray helps to protect you from bugs and mosquitoes, with 100% natural ingredients.

The spray contains organic virgin coconut oil known for its skin-healing, moisturizing and anti-microbial benefits, and organic citronella oil, a well-known insect repellent. The essential oils give a pleasant aroma.

Ingredients: Virgin Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Cymbopogon winterianus (citronella) oil, Cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary Tunisian) oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender UPI) oil, Tocopherol

Human Nature is a leading social enterprise in the Philippines that provides affordable and all-natural personal care products.

You can buy Human Nature products from their online store or from their stockists.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 4 stars based on 9 points in the following 4 criteria (updated on 3 Jun 2013):

Business Sustainability

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

Human Nature is committed to sustainability by ensuring that the raw materials used in its products are not toxic to the environment, developing organic farms and supporting community-based farmers, and using recyclable plastic bottles.

Materials and Waste

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

The product is made from 100% natural ingredients that are biodegradable.

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

The ingredients used in the product are sourced from farmers in the Philippines.

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 is using bottles that are recyclable.

Chemicals and Health

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

The product is made from 100% natural ingredients that are biodegradable.

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

Human Nature uses 100% natural ingredients in its products and does not contain synthetic chemicals.

Social and Ethical

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

Human Nature is against animal testing and has received the “Cruelty-Free Company” certificate from PETA, the world’s largest animal rights organisation. It is the first Filipino cosmetics and personal care company to be truly animal cruelty-free.

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

Human Nature is a social enterprise established to help provide livelihood to poor farmers and communities in the Philippines. It believes in fair trade principles and buys its ingredients at fair prices and sometimes even above-market prices from community-based suppliers.

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

Human Nature is against animal testing and has received the “Cruelty-Free Company” certificate from PETA, the world’s largest animal rights organisation.

“With 2 warm-bodied halflings who like to mess around outdoors, they’re the perfect target for mozzies. And like any good mother-wannabe, I’m often equipped with overly powerful smelling mosquito patches and too watery J&J mozzie lotion, trying to keep those pesky things at bay.

The Human Nature Citronella Bug Spray is a happy solution that meets those needs. Its not really a ‘spray’ per se – as the nozzle dispenses squirts of the nicely viscous, slightly oily liquid, that doesn’t run off my hands while I’m trying to spread it on. Its also smells beautifully of citronella and lemongrass mix, without being too overpowering.

I tested it with the family while on a hike in the nature reserve, post-rain for maximum mozzie exposure (kidding, it was a coincidence). 3 hours later, 2 sweaty boys, sans bites. I think we’ve got a winner here.”

Joelle Chen

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Pure Strength 100% Natural Deodorant by Human Nature

Pure Strength Natural Deodorant by Human Nature

Brand: Human Nature

Attributes: Fair Trade, No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic

Description: Pure Strength 100% Natural Deodorant protects men from body odor without compromising their health. The deodorant is made from 100% natural antibacterial ingredients that effectively kill odor-causing bacteria, and keeps the skin healthy by allowing it to sweat, breathe, and release body toxins.

It does not contain aluminum salts linked to neurotoxicity, and synthetic fragrances that can alter the male reproductive hormone levels.

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Triethyl citrate (plant-derived), Glycerin (vegetable-derived), Zea mays starch (cornstarch), Sodium caprinoyl/lauroyl lactyl lactylate (vegetable-derived [from sugar beets, coconut, and palm oil]), Stearyl alcohol, Virgin Cocos nucifera (virgin coconut) oil, Glyceryl stearate, Glyceryl caprylate (coconut, palm and glycerin-derived), Xanthan gum, Citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) essential oil, Anisic acid (anise seed-derived)

Human Nature is a leading social enterprise in the Philippines that provides affordable and all-natural personal care products.

You can buy Human Nature products from their online store or from their stockists.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 4 stars based on 9 points in the following 4 criteria (updated on 3 Jun 2013):

Business Sustainability

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

Human Nature is committed to sustainability by ensuring that the raw materials used in its products are not toxic to the environment, developing organic farms and supporting community-based farmers, and using recyclable plastic bottles.

Materials and Waste

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

The product is made from 100% natural ingredients that are biodegradable.

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

The ingredients used in the product are sourced from farmers in the Philippines.

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 is using bottles that are recyclable.

Chemicals and Health

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

The product is made from 100% natural ingredients that are biodegradable.

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

Human Nature uses 100% natural ingredients in its products and does not contain synthetic chemicals.

Social and Ethical

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

Human Nature is against animal testing and has received the “Cruelty-Free Company” certificate from PETA, the world’s largest animal rights organisation. It is the first Filipino cosmetics and personal care company to be truly animal cruelty-free.

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

Human Nature is a social enterprise established to help provide livelihood to poor farmers and communities in the Philippines. It believes in fair trade principles and buys its ingredients at fair prices and sometimes even above-market prices from community-based suppliers.

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

Human Nature is against animal testing and has received the “Cruelty-Free Company” certificate from PETA, the world’s largest animal rights organisation.

“I tried on the Pure Strength Deodorant, risking my feminine armpits for editorial honesty. It rolled on smoothly, applying an even amount of deodorant across the “working area”. As its alcohol-free, it took some flapping to accelerate drying.

The smell is pretty good, a manly, musky bergamot, and good for daily usage. However, it may be a little light for heavy workouts, and it would require a re-apply to continue smelling civilised.”

Joelle Chen

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32oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle by Nalgene (10% OFF)

Brand: Nalgene

Attributes: Waste Reduction

Description: You can reduce waste by using your own refillable water bottle, instead of buying or taking single-use bottled water.

Looking for a refillable BPA-free water bottle? Nalgene Everyday™ water bottles are made in the USA, and are extremely durable, resistant to staining and odors, withstand high temperature, and made from Eastman Tritan™ copolyester that is manufactured without Bisphenol A (BPA).

Capacity: 32oz (about 1 litre)

Colour: Grey, Blue or Pink

Opening: Wide Mouth

Nalgene is a plastic product brand belonging to its parent company, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., which produces a wide range of products and services for research, analysis, discovery and diagnostics.

Usual Price: $27

Special Deal Price: $24 (10% OFF)

Send an email to eugene@greenfuture.sg to order the bottle.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 11 points in the following 6 criteria (updated on 1 Dec 2011):

Business Sustainability

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

The company publishes a Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

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

There are several projects across the company focusing on green initiatives.

Energy and Climate Change

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

The company in 2007 appointed a corporate Director of Energy Management to look at energy conservation.

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

Thermo Fisher strives to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. See initiatives here.

Materials and Waste

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

Using a refillable water bottle helps to reduce the need to buy single-use bottled water, thus reducing the wastage of plastic material and resources used in making and distributing the disposable plastic bottles.

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?

Many of the company’s plastic molding facilities recycle waste from molding and extrusion processes, reusing the material internally or returning it to suppliers. There are also several projects to reduce waste and increase recycling.

Water

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

The company has taken steps on water conservation, see CSR Report.

Chemicals and Health

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

The Nalgene bottle is made from Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, which does not contain Bisphenol A (BPA).

Social and Ethical

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

The company’s CSR strategy rests on four pillars: Innovation, Operations, Service and Philanthropy. Read the CSR Report.

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

Thermo Fisher: “We do not discriminate against employees in hiring, promotion, salary, performance evaluation or any other term or condition of work, on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or other basis prohibited by law in the applicable jurisdiction.”

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

Employees are involved in several volunteering activities.

“The Nalgene bottle is very light and the wide mouth enables easy cleaning. There are health concerns about BPA in normal polycarbonate water bottles, so it’s good to know that the Nalgene bottle is BPA-free, giving me peace of mind.”

Eugene Tay

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)

Email (required)

Contact Number (required)

Delivery Address (required)

Product Order Quantity (required)

Remarks (if any)

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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16oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle by Nalgene (10% OFF)

Brand: Nalgene

Attributes: Waste Reduction

Description: You can reduce waste by using your own refillable water bottle, instead of buying or taking single-use bottled water.

Looking for a refillable BPA-free water bottle? Nalgene Everyday™ water bottles are made in the USA, and are extremely durable, resistant to staining and odors, withstand high temperature, and made from Eastman Tritan™ copolyester that is manufactured without Bisphenol A (BPA).

Capacity: 16oz (about 0.5 litre)

Colour: Grey, Blue or Pink

Opening: Wide Mouth

Nalgene is a plastic product brand belonging to its parent company, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., which produces a wide range of products and services for research, analysis, discovery and diagnostics.

Usual Price: $20

Special Deal Price: $18 (10% OFF)

Send an email to eugene@greenfuture.sg to order the bottle.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 11 points in the following 6 criteria (updated on 1 Dec 2011):

Business Sustainability

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

The company publishes a Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

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

There are several projects across the company focusing on green initiatives.

Energy and Climate Change

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

The company in 2007 appointed a corporate Director of Energy Management to look at energy conservation.

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

Thermo Fisher strives to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. See initiatives here.

Materials and Waste

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

Using a refillable water bottle helps to reduce the need to buy single-use bottled water, thus reducing the wastage of plastic material and resources used in making and distributing the disposable plastic bottles.

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?

Many of the company’s plastic molding facilities recycle waste from molding and extrusion processes, reusing the material internally or returning it to suppliers. There are also several projects to reduce waste and increase recycling.

Water

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

The company has taken steps on water conservation, see CSR Report.

Chemicals and Health

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

The Nalgene bottle is made from Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, which does not contain Bisphenol A (BPA).

Social and Ethical

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

The company’s CSR strategy rests on four pillars: Innovation, Operations, Service and Philanthropy. Read the CSR Report.

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

Thermo Fisher: “We do not discriminate against employees in hiring, promotion, salary, performance evaluation or any other term or condition of work, on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or other basis prohibited by law in the applicable jurisdiction.”

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

Employees are involved in several volunteering activities.

“The Nalgene bottle is very light and the wide mouth enables easy cleaning. There are health concerns about BPA in normal polycarbonate water bottles, so it’s good to know that the Nalgene bottle is BPA-free, giving me peace of mind.”

Eugene Tay

Wheat Composite Tumbler by L’earth

Brand: L’earth

Attributes: Waste Reduction, Recycled

Description: The Wheat Composite Tumbler by L’earth is made of plant by-product fibers from wheat and rice, together with mixed content of recycled plastics, and biopolymer made from lactic acid.

L’earth (short form of the phrase Love Earth) is a consumer brand of Winrigo (S) Pte Ltd, making eco-friendly plastic products more accessible to consumers.

You can buy from L’earth’s online store or contact their key partner Winrigo.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 11 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 2 Apr 2012):

Business Sustainability

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

L’earth’s products are made by Winrigo, which has obtained the Sustainable Manufacturing Certification for 2010 to 2012.

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

Winrigo is committed to sustainability and has implemented practices to meet some of the criteria for the Sustainable Manufacturing Label.

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

Winrigo has implemented practices to meet some of the criteria for the Sustainable Manufacturing Label.

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

Winrigo has won the 3R Packaging Awards – Merit Award in 2011, and the SEC-Senoko Energy Green Innovation Award in 2010.

Energy and Climate Change

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

The product uses recycled plastics instead of virgin plastic material, thus reducing plastic waste and further lowering carbon emissions. SIMTech assisted Winrigo to conduct a comparative carbon footprint assessment to verify the eco-friendliness of the material, R3Plas™. R3Plas™ is able to reduce carbon emission by 30% compared to virgin plastics without increasing in cost.

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

Winrigo has developed a Life Cycle Assessment toolkit with SIMTech, which looks at energy consumption and carbon footprint of its processes and products.

Materials and Waste

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

L’earth’s tumblers are made using plant by-product fibers from wheat and rice. Rather than disposing them as waste, they are put to better use by combining them with recycled plastic.

13. Is the product made from reclaimed or recycled material?

The product is made with recycled plastics and organic plant by-product fibers from wheat and rice.

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?

Winrigo is a signatory to the Singapore Packaging Agreement. This means that the one of the company’s aims has to be reducing packaging waste arising from consumer products.

Chemicals and Health

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

The company has has conducted 3rd-party tests to ensure that its products are free of most heavy metals and VOCs.

Social and Ethical

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

L’earth is always seeking collaboration and environmental projects, and has partnered with Winrigo as sponsors for youth-initiated projects, World Leadership Conference 2011, Earth Day 2011 and Indian Community 2012.

“I like the fact that this tumbler is small, about the height of my palm and thus convenient to put in my bag. There was a slight wheat smell when I first used it, but the smell reduced over the next few days.

Each time I drank, my nose touched the flap (maybe due to the specifications) and I found it a bit annoying.”

Nor Lastrina Hamid

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Leisure – Products and Services Coming Soon

December 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Leisure

We will be featuring a range of leisure products and services such as Sports Wear, Sports and Outdoor Equipment, Eco Tours, Hotels and Resorts, Books, Magazines and DVDs, NGOs and Green Groups, Green Websites, Education Courses, and Pet Care. Coming soon!

Featured Products and Services

Ai-Funan Natural Handmade Soaps mPowerpad by Third Wave Power