From waste to bling
Do your part in recycling and reducing carbon emissions with Amado Gudek’s necklaces, brooches and earrings. Launched by local designer Elaine Tan, the jewellery line handcrafts its bling using by-products of waste – called ‘bioresins’ – and other eco-friendly materials. Compared to traditional petroleum-based resins, these bioresins the Singapore label imports from the US contain renewable materials that are sourced from industrial waste.
Amado Gudek’s latest collection, Mountain Bonsai, taps into the subtle beauty of plant fillers, which are typically used to complement larger flowers and bouquets. These plant fillers, such as sea moss, are dried then framed and embedded by hand into speckled bioresin blocks.
See amadogudek.com for stockists.
Socially responsible jewellery
This Singapore-based designer creates timeless jewellery designs that are simple, elegant and designed to withstand the test of trends. In her Twig series, WoonHung works with all-natural materials such as white wood, a renewable material sourced from the process of only cutting off the branches of trees, so that there’s less wastage and the plants continue to thrive.
Besides its eco-friendly mission, WoonHung adopts socially responsible practices: she works directly with communities of craftsmen in Cebu, the Philippines, so every piece of handmade jewellery sold goes to supporting their livelihoods.
See woonhung.co for stockists.
No stranger to the scene, Hommage Lifestyle is the largest Japanese-inspired furniture and lifestyle concept store in Singapore, and has been operating in the Little Red Dot for over a decade. The store works with homeware and furniture brands from all across Japan, and is inspired by the nation’s pride and focus on long-lasting material and product quality.
One collection that stands out for sustainable design is Whisky Oak, by Nagoya-based retailer Yoshikei Corporation. As its name suggests, the wide range of home furnishings are handcrafted from whisky casks that have been salvaged from distilleries. Like the alcohol that was matured in the barrels for up to 30 years, the idiosyncratic characters of each preserved cask was conscientiously retained – or as the brand says, ‘regenerated’.
Not for chope-ing your tables
Fight global warming while clearing your nose. Started by the Alps Group in Singapore, this affordable brand of hygiene and bathroom tissues strives to reduce our reliance on trees by making a simple material switch from paper to bamboo. For Cloversoft, it’s tiny lifestyle adjustments and everyday choices that make a difference to the environment.
Typically cultivated without pesticides or insecticides, the robust bamboo grows faster than any woody plant in the world, and absorbs 35% more carbon than trees, allowing Cloversoft to provide eco-friendly consumables at affordable prices. The tissues and wipes are also not artificially whitened, promising a truly natural, safe and chemical-free alternative.
See cloversoft.com.sg for stockists.
The First Green Store
The write stuff
Inculcate environmental consciousness in your kids with a one-stop shop for eco-stationery. Instead of bringing home regular writing and colouring materials that are often petroleum-based, spare a thought for the Earth with Brilliant Bee’s natural and renewable beeswax crayons, and ‘sprout pencils’ that come with seeds for your kids to plant and grow after the ink has long dried.
Aside from partnering brands that are transparent with their design and manufacturing processes, The First Green Store collaborates with local schools to spread the green message, creating awareness about conscious consumption and how to remedy it. Because you’re never too early to start.
See thefirstgreenstore.com for stockists.
Keep it clean for the kids
Stay Earth-friendly and keep your kids away from ‘naughty chemicals’ that are present in clothes. Launched by Tay Eu-Yen, a mother of two, this multi-brand online store offers apparel for children zero to six years that are derived from natural and organic sources. Happy Monkey’s childrenswear are not only good for the environment, but also non-toxic, ideal for children with rash-prone skin and conditions such as eczema.
The 37-year-old entrepreneur carefully curates each brand for its sustainable and fair-trade practices. Since launching in February this year, Happy Monkey has grown to include 15 international brands that use four types of eco-fabrics that are soft and breathable: bamboo, organic cotton, soya and Lenzing Modal, a light, silky and fibre from beech trees.
Dyeing the ol’ fashioned way
Return to a life of simplicity and days of old with You Living. This online fashion and accessories store is all about traditional handmade processes, minimising waste, and avoiding mass production. It has also partnered designer Cheng Hui-Chung – himself a proponent of eco-friendly processes, and comfortable and relaxed designs – to design a few collections.
‘Artisanal’ takes on a whole new meaning with Taiwan-based Cheng, who designs, weaves and even dyes his own cotton and flax fabric. Instead of using alkalis and acids to dye the textiles, Cheng soaks the cloths in traditional enzymes for six to eight hours, and uses the same dye for multiple batches of textiles, reducing water and dye wastage.
See youliving.com.sg for stockists.
It Takes Balls
Of yarn, that is. Founded in 2015 by Adeline Loo, It Takes Balls is a knitting business that offers ready-to-wear apparel, knitting workshops and supplies, and DIY kits for the modern knitting enthusiast with a heart for the environment. Because according to the gutsy entrepreneur, the name of her brand simply suggests having the courage to reject mass consumerism, especially in Asia, where it’s not always going to be easy.
Inherent in the process of knitting is social and environmental responsibility. The brand hopes that by crafting something by hand, people will be weaned off buying throwaway items. All the materials that It Takes Balls uses and stocks are also carefully sourced, such as cut-off fabric from fashion textile factories that would otherwise be delivered to incinerators and landfills.