SINGAPORE — Yes, sustainability and ethical shopping are a thing. It’s time to shake-up your shopping habits and look for clothes, beauty and homewares that are not only good for you, but good for the world.
This label supports traditional artisans in rural India using eco-friendly and sustainable materials; it also works with NGOs to help provide micro-finance and 5% of the purchase price goes to health and education programmes in the artisan villages.
This is where to go for pure, sustainably and ethically sourced Moroccan Argan oil to use for your hair and skin.
Handmade, organic resort wear made from sustainable fabrics; plus all garments support women and children living in poverty in the Gudri communities by paying a fair wage and supporting education.
This website offers just about everything you need in your home and on your body that can be made with bamboo including bedding, sunglasses, bags, toothbrushes etc. Founded in Hong Kong, the bamboo is also locally sourced.
This brand focuses on natural shampoos based on virgin coconut oil that is sustainably grown and processed in Malaysia; the products are cruelty-free and ethically managed and products include those for babies and ones for tackling hair loss.
This Singapore skincare brand creates ‘microbiome’ based products that also include Kishu Bichotan Charcoal, and other active plant and essential oils; they also have a natural sunscreen.
Men’s shirts made from breathable, wrinkle-resistant and sustainable bamboo fabrics.
Multi-brand resort wear and accessories from brands that use natural and sustainable fibres, use eco-friendly vegetable dye which is azo-free, and also use traditional techniques.
This womenswear brand focuses on slow fashion and sustainable materials; plus the brand partners with an organisation to help victims of abuse where you can send in items you no longer need.
A Singapore brand producing toxin-free, soy wax candles with lead-free wick and phthalate-free fragrances; packaging is also upcycled, recycled or reusable like candles in enamel mugs or cut-bottle glass, you can also get these refilled with a new candle.
An Indian brand that features menswear, womenswear, accessories and homewares that includes recycling its own scraps, upcycling and sustainable materials; the brand also uses sustainable packaging.
Handwoven accessories for men and women with a transparent supply chain, and the sourcing of ethical and fair trade materials.
Focuses on slow fashion, fair trade and organic cotton clothes for men and women; both streetwear and activewear, and some accessories.
Esse combines classic womenswear with a focus on reducing textile waste through what they describe as a “progressive supply chain”, and transparency in its production. You can track everything on the website.
One of Singapore’s longest-running ethical fashion brands; it only works with factories that pay fair salaries; offers sustainable, 100% certified organic cotton clothing for women and children.
The brand works with ethical, family-run businesses to ensure their products come from fair and sustainable production; all the proceeds of special collections go to supporting underprivileged women and children.
Clothes for men and women made from Cambodian Krama fabric, made in a slow fashion production format with other traditional fabrics like Cambodian hand woven silk or cotton fabric plus upcycled fabrics from Cambodian garment factories.
Beauty brand Handmade Heroes focuses solely on creating products that are 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free, with no synthetic preservatives or chemicals.
This brand produces eco-friendly sports bras and workout gear for women from sustainable fabrics; even their packaging sustainable.
Hand-poured, handcrafted, natural soy wax candles scented with therapeutic grade essential oils, and sold in reusable glass jars with lids.
An established furniture and home decor store that offers vintage, recycled, upcycled, recovered timber and more sustainably produced furniture items.
Specifically set up to support Asian artisans, the platform supports traditional skills, while also supporting the environment via natural dyes.
Natural skincare brand Luxe Botanics uses scientifically proven botanicals with “proprietary green chemistry”. The brand focuses on “efficacy, clean formulations and use organic or wild-harvested botanicals that protect the environment while giving back to our harvesting communities”, and all the packaging is fully recyclable.
Matter Prints is focused on supporting traditional textile producers by helping to make ‘rural artisan production sustainable’ and make people care more about the origin of the clothes they buy.
This Indonesian label uses natural fibres and traditional hand-weaving traditions for womenswear that mixes east and west.
A spa product brand made from raw ingredients and essential oils hand-blended in Singapore in small batches.
This Singapore furniture brand uses only recycled teak for its pieces, is VOC-free since they don’t use chemical lacquers; the majority of its timber is also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
A slightly unusual product made from ‘oekotex-certified toxin-free’ fabric which means the clothes are free from ‘chemicals, carcinogens and pesticides’, and can help by ‘absorbing negative ions’.
Minimalist jewellery made of recycled aluminum cans, and inspired by nature.
Accessories and bags that are handmade, eco-friendly and ethically produced; there are different collections that empower developing communities in Nepal and Indonesia that focus on returning profits to support education and water conservation. They even have dog collars.
This Pakistani brand is all about eco-consciousness, fairness, and transparency; it practices sustainability from the raw materials to production and packaging as well as fair trade for its artisan producers.
Sifr is known for tees created in its own sample room; plus the brand packaging is made of Avani Eco Bio-cassava products.
Multi-brand platform for fair trade and handmade jewellery sourced from artisans in developing nations that are also made from upcycled materials. Six Degrees also donate 10% of their annual profit to supporting charities.
This brand makes solid shampoos and conditioners from natural materials that are plastic-free and zero-waste in production.
Award-winning customised skincare brand Skin Inc, use glass bottles for their products so customers can return for a rebate; the bottles are then recycled by the brand.
Sojao sells 100% organic cotton sheets, with environmentally low impact dyes that use no resin or toxic chemical finishes. Sojao works with non-exploitative factories, and supports fair-trade practices and the economic and social rights of all workers.
This furniture store in Singapore offers its own brand Ethnicraft that makes furniture out of ethically-sourced, sustainable Indonesian plantation teak and European (French and Serbian) oak that doesn’t lead to deforestation; plus also has eco-friendly bedding products like organic natural latex mattresses.
Source Collections is 100% transparent, shows you exactly how much the items cost and where they were made in factories that have been “socially certified by third party non-profit organization, uses no forced or child labour, mandates fair working hours and safe working conditions”.
This Singapore brand produces eco-friendly customisable shoes in a variety of styles; they are handmade in Korea with sustainable materials.
If you are looking for fashion-forward sustainable fashion, this Japanese brand is for you. The designer uses biodegradable fabrics, primarily wool, weaved together to produce the garments so there’s no sewing involved and the items can be totally recycled.
This Singapore bedding company owns its own factories so it can control the production system to ensure reductions in using water, electricity and creating carbon emissions; its materials are Oeko Tex certified and are fully transparent.
This bodycare and skincare brand’s products are made of 100% natural and sustainably grown materials grown on an island in New Zealand; its face, body, foot and lip care products can be used by the whole family.
A clothes and accessories swapping space in Liang Court; there are workshops on upcycling clothes or making shoes too.
This online store features home decor and jewellery from around Asia that is ethically sourced and handmade; the creators get a fair price for their work.
Eco-friendly products for all your yoga and sports needs including clothing, mats, towels, bags and bottles, made from organic cotton, bamboo blends, recycled or upcycled materials.
Multi-brand store, Trove of Gaia focuses on zero-waste, eco-friendly homewares and beauty products, including those that have biodegradable and recyclable packaging.
This brand uses traditional skincare ingredients and essential oils from Southeast Asia, making all natural products that include lip balm and masks, moisturisers and even insect repellant.
An online platform with a ‘rent-the-runway’ concept allows you to rent clothing for particular events; you can also share your own garments for others to rent too.
A multi-brand store Zerrin, “curates conscious brands from around the world”. The focus is on sustainability, fair trade jewellery and organic skincare.
This bodycare brand produces chemical free natural deodorant that is aluminum, chemical, and paraben free for men and women; it’s also safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women.