Grocery shopping (and shopping in general!) in Singapore is almost synonymous with plastic bags, but it doesn't always have to be. Many places in Singapore are already implementing a fee on the use of plastic bags and it is a movement that is growing slowly but surely. Start the new year with a resolution to cut down on plastic usage and try out grocery shopping at these places in Singapore.
Direct from Australia is Scoop Wholefoods, which opened its first international store in Singapore this year. It specialises in retailing organic and natural products in bulk, allowing customers to buy only as much as they need, thus minimising food waste. Scoop offers a range of organic cold-pressed oils and vinegar, multiple varieties of roasted nuts and organic chocolates, and a section dedicated to fermentation which carries kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut and beetroot kvass. Customers are also encouraged to get hands-on, with a unique machine that allows you to churn your own nut butter (from $6/250g), boxes of loose-leaf teas for you to mix your own tea blends, and even a DIY section that allows you to make your own floor cleaners, soap bars and lip balms. Fresh organic kombucha is also available on tap ($9.75/200ml), direct from local brand Fizzicle. The brand espouses plastic-free living, selling stainless steel tiffin tins, reusable bags and bamboo drinking straws in-store to encourage their shoppers to do the same.
At 90,000 sq ft (that's over two football fields), the VivoCity outlet is the biggest FairPrice Xtra hypermarket in Singapore. It stocks over 35,000 products and features many interactive stations where supermarket-goers can get the meat and seafood they choose to be cooked on the spot, enjoy a pint of cold beer, sip on specialty coffee, watch vegetables grow and more. There are also two carts in the middle of the supermarket floor with bulk goods like grains, oats, nuts and even freshly churned nut butter. Bring your own bags and jars to fill at these stations and contribute to the zero-packaging movement.
Two Sisters Pantry may be a small grocery store in Roxy Square but it has a good selection of high-quality organic food products mainly imported from New Zealand and Australia. If you're looking for food that promotes health and well-being, Two Sisters Pantry is a store for people who care about what they consume. There is also a bulk goods section in the store where you only pick what you need and pay for its weight.
Singapore's first zero-waste grocery store sells a variety of bulk goods which run the gamut from olive oil and cane sugar to soap, nuts and baked apple chips. All items sold in the store are packaged-free, meaning you've got to come prepared with your own containers or tubs, measure out the amount you want and pay according to weight – it's a green step forward towards a more sustainable lifestyle. If you're working in the city, there is also an outlet in OUE Downtown that you can also drop by during lunch.
The Social Space wears many hats. It's a cafe, a florist, an eco-friendly lifestyle store, a nail salon and also houses The Refillery. The section is decked out with at least ten dispensers, each ranging from 15 to 20 litres. Items on sale include shampoo, eco-friendly dishwashing and laundry liquids so if you're stocking up on household cleaning products, here's where to go.
Run by a group of passionate individuals who believe in the zero waste and plastic free movement The Zero Ways is still largely a pop up store, having made appearance at some of the major flea markets in Singapore. Currently, the company are trying to raise enough funds to set up a physical store.