Grocery shopping (and shopping in general!) in Singapore is almost synonymous with plastic bags, but it doesn't have to be. A movement that is growing slowly but surely is zero waste, plastic free shopping and here are the main culprits.
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.
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.
An advocate for the zero waste, no plastic movement, The Green Collective strongly encourages shoppers to bring their own bags and also sell food items and Castile liquid soap without packaging. If you're heading down for a spot of shopping, BYO bags and containers!
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.