Trash is for tossers! Here’s where to shop for your groceries, sundries and more , minus the plastic and all that waste.
We couldn’t be happier to welcome stores like UnPackt and Zero Ways in Singapore to kick off the zero waste groceries movement – and about time too! Here’s where to shop for groceries in Singapore: remember to bring that reusable bag (or 12) and empty jars and bottles for the refilleries!
Though still a pop-up initiative you can find at flea and weekend markets, The Zero Ways (pictured top) is also another zero-waste grocery and lifestyle store with a social cause. Load up on pasta, flour, sugar and Himalayan pink salt along with spices and other goodies. Chip in for their Kickstarter campaign to help them set up a permanent home for a physical store in Singapore. Look out for their next pop-up event on 21-22 July!
The Zero Ways
Following a growing worldwide movement, UnPackt is where you can shop for groceries with zero waste (and it’s also the first in Singapore!) Located in Ang Mo Kio, customers are encouraged to bring their own containers to bag their food items and sundries that are dispersed from self-serve gravity bins and giant glass containers. From traditional tuckshop biscuits to superfood powders, the range of products in-store is pretty extensive: follow them on Facebook to get regular updates on what’s new. Their store count is currently just this one but we’re hoping to see more shops in more areas where we can do some zero-waste shopping!
UnPackt, 6 Jln Kuras, Singapore 577724
The Social Space
Besides being a very photogenic store, The Social Space is all about the good cause. Playing many roles, this social space is a cafe, an eco-friendly boutique, a nail salon, and our favorite part: The Refillery. This is where you will find us lugging empty bottles to refill with castille soap, shampoo and cleaning products – produced with natural and environmentally friendly ingredients of course. Honeycombers Ed Selina holds the record here for the most containers refilled: 8kg of laundry detergent, castile soap, dishwashing liquid and handwash in one hit! Check out our full story on The Social Space.
The Social Space, 333 Kreta Ayer Rd, #01-14, Singapore 080333
New to the scene is Eco.Le, which has just opened its doors in Bukit Timah. Stop by with your own containers (or you can buy one at the store) – alongside dry goods, you’ll find zero-waste products including cutlery kits and reusable bags from the likes of Trove of Gaia. If you find yourself over-bulking suddenly at the store and can’t possibly carry everything you’ve bought, any bill more than $50 is eligible for delivery. Useful!
Eco.Le, 170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Bukit Timah Shopping Center, Unit 03-56, Singapore 588179
Think of your local sundry shop in the neighbourhood but online and with eco-friendly practices in place, TwentyOff may not technically be 100% zero-waste but this is one local business that’s serious about cutting down on plastic bag use, and consolidating delivery times to reduce its carbon footprint here. We take plastic bagging at supermarkets for granted but here, you’ll get all your deliveries in a giant Ikea bag. Everything is done online and the bigger the order, the more discounts you get, in the same spirit of bulk shopping.
If you think committing 100% to the zero waste life is too daunting, you can start simple first: bring your own bag to the store when you’re doing your groceries. It’s that simple.
The Honeycombers team is super committed to reducing waste! Here’s what we’ve done so far:
UnPackt finally opens in Singapore
We’re saying no to single-use plastic
And bringing our own containers to refill with cleaning products at The Social Space
Cutting down on shopping, one outfit at a time
A capsule wardrobe means wasting (and spending) less
Sustainable dining in Singapore – we’ve got options
Start a garden in your own balcony
Shop sustainable! Know Singapore’s ethical fashion brands
Support Singapore’s first eco-friendly pop-up store