Eco-Friendly products for Earth Day and every day. There’s a lot going on in the world, it may have crept up again on you this year. But it is also a way an important reminder for us to be conscious about our consumption. We can make incremental changes to our habits - switching from pads to reusable menstrual cups, or refusing a disposable cup and bring our own. This collection has our handpicked products to help you on your journey.
1. Think Twice Before Shopping
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Beyond the 3R's one mindset that will be helpful is asking yourself a couple of questions. Do I Need to Buy This? How Long Will This Last? How Was This Made? Generating waste starts with the decisions one makes about whether to buy at all. Every product uses resources and creates waste during its manufacture.
2. Drive Less, Drive Green
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Give your vehicle an occasional break and travel by other eco-friendly means when possible. If you can walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation to your destination just once or twice a week, you’ll significantly reduce your personal greenhouse gas emissions. You could also combine errands to make fewer trips.
3. Pay Attention To Labels
Choose Fair Trade certified goods when possible to support companies dedicated to sustainable production and paying laborers a fair wage. Buying organic food may cost a little more, but it keeps harmful pesticides out of our land and water, protecting farm workers, wildlife and your family.
Tea Drops are an entirely new way to enjoy the flavor of loose leaf organic tea on the go or at home. They’re beautiful and convenient—you won’t need any of the tools or create any of the mess.
Each drop is made with USDA certified organic finely ground tea.
4. Grow Your Own Garden
There are edible plants that can be grown in almost all light and space conditions, even in our HDB living spaces! check out our blog post on Growing Your Own Daisies at Home: A Step-By-Step Guide
Paris Garden® offers a unique range of kits designed by experts to grow fresh kitchen herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers at home.
5. Reuse Shopping Bags
A great sized bag, to take on travels (or to the shop!) and continue to personalise with crosses to show off your latest globe-trotting credentials!
Made from 100% cotton canvas with real leather brown handles, gold stud and exterior pocket detail, this is the perfect stylish bag for taking on adventures, large and small!
This sturdy & durable bag was built to last and will easily carry a heavy load of shopping or weekend get-away kit. The soft leather handles feel great and the luxe gold print against navy makes for a more sophisticated day-to-day bag.
Some supermarkets and stores have introduced Bring Your Own Bag days to show their support and contribute. Don't want to be caught without a bag on one of those days. Even when its not BYOB day, it's always good to bring out cloth bags or reusable bags when shopping. The movement to reduce plastic waste is an ongoing one.
6. Go #PlasticFree
You can start cutting down on your plastic waste in a few simple steps: use reusable bags when you shop, ditch single-use water bottles, bags, and straws and avoid products made from or packaged in plastic whenever possible
Stainless steel Straws with curved Silicone tops make an eco-friendly solution to plastic Straws. Bpa-free and FDA-approved silicone that's dishwasher safe, and odor and stain resistant.
This all-inclusive pack comes with four durable stainless steel straws with comfortable silicone tips are perfect to use with your favorite beverage! With four vibrant colors, you will not lose track of which beverage is yours. If you're looking for an alternative to single-use plastic straws, these are an ideal choice.
7. Buy Local Produce
8. Progress, Not Perfection
Its normal that many people are hesitant to change because of the magnitude of our planet’s problems. As sustainable living becomes more common, it's an information overload of well-intentioned ways to go green by turning off the lights, carrying a reusable bag, shopping consciously. But instead of potential practitioners integrating these green habits into their lives, the information overload ultimately pushes them away.
See what products can help you on your journey. See our sustainable collection at www.spectrumstore.sg/collections/sustainable-collection
References: Sustainability is Simple: Do Just One Thing, A guide to buying foods grown and produced in SG, 12 WAYS TO LIVE MORE SUSTAINABLY, One Thing We Can Do: Drive Less, 50 simple ways to make your life greener, 30 Ways to Be More Eco Friendly in 2021, 20 Ways To Be More Sustainable in 2020, Beyond the 3 Rs: How can Singapore move forward on sustainability?, 7 Easy Ways to Have a More Sustainable And Eco-Friendly Lifestyle in 2020