Now with Phase 2 in Singapore and everyone ordering in, the amount of plastic we have used would have most probably doubled. What better way to help decrease the amount of packaging used then visit a zero-waste grocery store.
But before we head off and give you 5 places, here are some things you need to note before you start your zero-waste shopping spree.
It is always good to put aside glass jars and reusable containers before your visit. Why should you do this? It is actually help you save money. As you would need to pay for the jars when you’re at the store. And another useful tip is to actually note down the weight of your jars so that you wouldn’t need to do math when you’re at the store.
This is the most important! Make a list! Yes, you heard us, make a list. Not only would you not forget what you want to get but it could prevent you from overbuying. You can also plan how many jars and containers you would need to bring along with you. In addition, with a list, it is a great way of keeping track of what you have at home.
And the most common thing everyone can do to help reduce waste, bringing your own shopping bag. There are so many reusable bags out there right now. And with so many patterns and sizes. If you are looking for cute reusable shopping bags, you could taker a look at the Studio Ghibli ones, here.
Now that you are all prepped, here are 5 zero-waste grocery shops in Singapore:
- 1. Eco.Le
Address: 170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #03-56 Bukit Timah Shopping Center, Singapore 588179
Eco.Le is a small zero-waste store and is in the plastic-free movement. It hopes to educate people about this lifestyle and follow suit. It offers bulk foods and lifestyle products. Do note that the stockist is constantly changing and evolving so expect something different with every visit.
Address: 160 Tanglin Rd, #02-17/18 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933
This has got to be one of our favourite zero-waste store. Direct from Australia opened its first international store in Singapore last year. It specialises in organic and natural products in bulk. You only have to buy what you need and in return minimises food waste. Scoop offers a variety of products, including: organic cold-pressed oils and vinegars, nuts and chocolates. You also get to churn out your own nut butter and make your own tea blend. There is even a section where you can make your own soap and floor cleaners and detergent. This is a great place to try out your zero-waste lifestyle.
Address: 50 East Coast Rd, #01-43 Roxy Square, Singapore 428769
This is a small grocery stall located in Roxy Square. Do not be fooled by the size of the store as it has a good selection of organic food products imported from New Zealand and Australia. If you’re all about the healthy lifestyle, this is the store for you. Just like Scoop, it has a bulk food section where you only need to pick what you need and pay for its weight.
This is largely still a pop-up store, showing up at major flee markets in Singapore. It is run by a group of passionate individuals who believe in zero-waste and the plastic-free movement. Currently, the company is trying to raise enough funds to set up a physical store. But for now we can shop at their online store and maybe learn a thing or two on their website.
Address: 6 Jln Kuras, Singapore 577724
This is actually Singapore’s very first zero-waste grocery store. It sells a variety of bulk goods, olive oils and cane sugar to bake apple chips. Just like all the other stores, Unpackt is package-free, so you have to bring your own jars and containers. Measure out what you need and pay for the weight.
Now with the tips and places you can visit, you are on your way to a zero-waste lifestyle or at least it is a step towards that.
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