The terms “Eco-Friendly” and “Go Green” have been tossed around alot especially since these ideas are now currently in vogue. But what do these terms really mean?
Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment. This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco-friendly products also prevent contributions to air, water and land pollution. You can engage in eco-friendly habits or practices by being more conscious of how you use resources.
I’ve been a firm believer in the Go Green movement for quite awhile now not because it is growing in its popularity in recent years but because it is a real and pressing issue. I think we all know that the Earth’s resources are scarce and we are in short supply of natural resources like oil and precious metals. And with a growing population, that only exacerbates the issue, leading to great wastage and even pollution such as accumulation of waste in landfills that take years and years to decompose.
I guess being a nature lover, it just pains me to see the Earth slowly disintegrating and becoming a wasteland. I can’t say that I am an eco-saint but I do what I can to reduce wastage by using eco-bags instead of plastic bags and turning off all electronic devices and light switches when not in use so as to conserve electricity. Also, as far as possible, I would buy/use products that are organic and biodegradable with recyclable paper packaging or no packaging at all. It is heartening to know that skincare brands like Lush and The Body Shop as well as fashion brands like Free Fish Japan, Melissa and homegrown brand Zhai are offering viable eco-friendly products.
So this Christmas, kick start your eco-friendly lifestyle through gifting! We’ve narrowed down 3 local brands that offer eco-friendly products that are perfect for stocking stuffers and presents for friends and loved ones!
1. tango Chocolat
tangoChocolat strives to improve the planet and believes in the mission “people before self”. Our multi-label store serves as a product showcase and has knick-knacks and items that range from gifts, skincare/perfume and reusable eco-friendly tote bags.
tangoChocolat carries several specialised brands of Go Green products like Australia’s SAKitToME’s eco-bags and PAKitToMe’s backpacks. These bags are lightweight, portable because they can be folded into a tiny little square and it is made of durable polyester that can carry up to 20kg worth of goods! So really, there’s no reason to go back to plastic bags anymore! And, they come in all sorts of cute designs with a very affordable price tag!
Shop online here or visit their shop:
Parco Millenia Walk #01-60 P101/101 (next to Cortina Watch)
2. Fair and Square artisan gallery
I know this doesn’t exactly fall under the domain of going green but I think ethical, fair trade practices are equally important. After all, the point is to make the world a better place and sometimes, that starts with people and our interaction with others.
Fair trade is a global movement aimed at alleviating poverty, protecting art and craft traditions and promoting the self-sufficiency and sustainability of workers in developing communities.
Picture Credits: Fair & Square
Fair & Square’s fabulous, funky and fair trade products are designed and produced in partnership with skilled, disadvantaged artisans in developing communities throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
So, every item that you purchase helps to show support for disadvantaged artisans as well as to support the traditional arts and crafts in these developing communities. It is like killing two birds with one stone. And these gifts range from soaps to handcrafted purses which are great gifts for stocking stuffers or even as a corporate gift for official functions or even weddings!
Chinatown SE Shop
80 Eu Tong Sen Street
The Majestic, Singapore
3. Bud Cosmetics
And if you are looking for ethical and organic skincare then look no further because Bud Cosmetics has the answer. Bud Cosmetics is so serious about its mission to bring guilt-free beauty to this world that it offers the following promises:
- ALL products are made from premium natural, certified organic, bio-dynamic and/or plant derived ingredients only
- NO harsh synthetic chemicals and detergents
- NO artificial fragrances, no thickeners, no emulsifiers
- NO petrochemicals and mineral oils
- NOthing to hide policy: ALL ingredients are listed on all products and communicated in-store or online so that you know what you are putting on your skin!
- NO animal testing
And if you actually look at the product list, the number of offered items is staggering! Anywhere from skincare to a full makeup line to hair, bath and body products. There’s even organic perfumes and if you enjoy being pampered, there’s a spa service available too!
But what I love most of all is that the products look really pretty but its packaging is entirely recyclable and reusable and like I said before, because its organic, no pesticides or herbicides are used so this reduces the amount of chemical pollutants fed into the soil, water and air which upset the ecological balance. Beauty without guilt or destruction? Yes please!
You can shop online here (there’s free shipping with $60 spent) or visit the physical stores:
333 Orchard Road
#03-32 Mandarin Gallery
(Meritus Mandarin Hotel)
10 Sinaran Drive
#01-66 Square 2 (Novena Medical Centre)
(above Novena MRT station)
So this Christmas, think about taking the first step to going green and commit to making it an integral part of your lifestyle.
Caroline will be away from the 16th to the 23rd of December. In the meantime, let Ruth enthrall you with her adventures in Amsterdam and Italy.