Check Out: Green Singapore

Singapore might be a bustling, high density city, but there are many pockets of green space and businesses that celebrate sustainability. Treat yourself and the planet this month and visit some of these eco spots around the island.

1. The Social Space
333 Kreta Ayer Road, #01-14
080333
thesocialspace.co
This socially conscious, multi-concept store focuses on sustainability and conscious living. Drop by and have a cuppa at their Tea Bar & Café, which serves wholesome food and drinks sourced from fair-trade and eco-friendly producers. Pick up some eco goodies in their retail area, or be pampered at the nail salon, which offers a vocational training programme for underprivileged women and uses only non-toxic and cruelty-free products. They also host a refill station for reusable bottles, a florist, and regular sustainable lifestyle workshops.

2. Scoop Wholefoods
Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World, #01-148, 237994
Tanglin Mall
#02-17/18, 163 Tanglin Rd, 247933
sg.scoopwholefoods.com
Australian brand Scoop Wholefoods specialises in plastic free shopping, retailing organic and natural products in bulk. Customers buy only as much as they need, minimising food waste. The stores stock a range of Aussie produce and wholefoods from around the globe. Try organic cold-pressed oils and vinegars, roasted nuts and organic chocolates, and a fermenter section with kimchi, kefir, and sauerkraut. Like to DIY? You can churn your own nut butters, mix the perfect tea blend, and make your own floor cleaners, soap bars and lip balms. Scoop also sell stainless steel tiffin tins, reusable bags and bamboo drinking straws.

3. Edible Garden City​
60 Jalan Penjara,149375
ediblegardencity.com
Edible Garden City offers a range of weekend workshops encouraging Singaporeans to grow their own. Test your green thumb at sessions like the basics of organic farming, how to grow microgreens, kombucha making, customise your own hand sanitiser, and more. They also run Junior Urban Farmer camps for kids on school holidays. Volunteer at the gardens and experience growing your own food. Want to take it even further? Consider joining the team as an urban farmer!
** Not open to the public except during tours, workshops and volunteer sessions.

4. UnPackt
6A Shenton Way Downtown Gallery #03-05, 068815
6 Jalan Kuras, 577724
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Singapore’s first zero-waste grocery store sells a variety of bulk goods, from olive oil and cane sugar, to soap and baked apple chips. All items sold in the store are package-free, so come prepared with your own containers or tubs, measure out the amount you want and pay according to weight.

5. Bollywood Veggies
100 Neo Tiew Road, 719026
bollywoodveggies.com
Bollywood Veggies is worth the hike. Set in the beautiful Kranji countryside, it’s a peaceful jungle farm, with seasonal crops of wild bananas, herbs, blue pea flowers, sweet potato, tapioca, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, long bean, lady’s finger, pumpkin, fig, and aloe vera. Try fresh and delicious farm-to-table dishes at Poison Ivy Bistro, take a farm tour, or get your hands dirty with a workshop. They offer a range of classes – from potting, to cooking, or learning about plant medicine.

6. The Green Collective
FUNAN, #02-18, 179105
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More than 40 homegrown eco brands teamed up to launch this green concept store at Funan. Curated based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the collective offers a wide range of sustainable, eco and socially conscious products and regular workshops, ranging from soap making, DIY lip balm, composting, plant swap and upcycling.

7. Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve
301 Neo Tiew Cres, 718925
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Discover a nature paradise at Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park. The Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve is rich in biodiversity, with 202ha of mangroves, mudflats, ponds and forests. Trek through trails and discover native inhabitants like mudskippers, crabs, shellfish, water snakes, birds, spiders, monitor lizards, and otters. Admire resident birds such as herons, kingfishers and sunbirds.

8. Afterglow
24 Keong Saik Road, 089131
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This hip Keong Saik Road eatery offers an evolving menu of vegetarian, mostly raw, plant-based food. Try the Raw Pizza, made with an almond crust and fresh vegies, or the Cuban Burger ($20), a black bean patty with salsa and guacamole in a brown rice bun. There are also fabulous zingy salads, soups and delicious Avocado Kimchi Rolls ($15). Finish with feel good desserts like the Chocolate Caramel Salted Fudge ($12.5) made with avocado, cacao, tahini and dates.

9. Tampines Eco Green
Tampines Avenue 9 and Tampines Avenue 12
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Tampines Eco Green is an eco-friendly park that offers a sanctuary for flora and fauna and nature recreation. If peace and quiet is high on your agenda, you’ll find it here. No vehicles – not even bicycles – are allowed, and there are no lights after dark. The park is home to open grasslands, freshwater wetlands and a secondary rainforest – a great spot for visitors to enjoy hiking, bird watching, and wide open spaces.