These zero-waste grocery stores in Singapore are all about refillable containers, bulk foods, BYO bags and going plastic-free.
Making an effort to stay plastic-free, live the low-waste life and support eco-friendly small businesses? The zero-waste grocery store scene has been growing in Singapore, and we’re fully on board. From checking out eco-conscious suppliers to finding Earth-friendly cleaning products, there’s so much you can do to cut down on unnecessary waste. It’s worth it, we tell ya. So if you’re keen to live the zero-waste life, here are the grocery stores you need to know…
Zero-waste grocery stores in Singapore
1. The Source Bulk Foods
As an Australian zero-waste grocery store, The Source Bulk Foods has over 50 outlets around the world, and its ethos has always been sustainability. Encouraging customers to bring their own reusable bags and containers, it boasts hundreds of products in its selection. From pantry staples and packaging-free household products to ready-to-eat products and locally-made kombucha, you’ll get them all. You can also shop at the e-store that wants to make sustainable living more accessible. Psst: All the nutritional info is clearly laid out so you know what you’re getting!
The Source Bulk Foods, multiple locations including Cluny Court and Great World City
2. Scoop Wholefoods
This Aussie-owned supermarket offers more than just organic produce. Following the conventions of a regular grocery store but with sustainability in mind, it offers everything you need for your kitchen and home – sans the plastic waste. You can make your own household cleaner, stock up on skincare essentials with clean beauty products or get ethically sourced kitchenware – a total “green” makeover! Be sure to grab a cup of locally brewed kombucha on tap or try making your own nut butter fresh by grinding it in a machine.
Scoop Wholefoods, multiple locations including Tanglin Mall and Great World City
Looking for zero-waste grocery stores? You can easily buy goodies in bulk at Unpackt. There’s everything from pasta to granola, loose leaf tea to spices. You’ll also find olive oil, soy sauce and snacks available. Plus, we’re loving the range of bamboo toothbrushes, deodorant sprays and shampoo bars. It’s pretty much your pantry, household cleaning products and beauty items sorted!
Unpackt, 6 Jalan Kuras, Singapore 577724
4. The Zero Ways
This lifestyle store is all about environmental and social consciousness. We’ll admit, we’ve always been impressed by how affordable its products are – the perks of going package-free! With kitchen and bathroom staples in the selection, you can stock up on beeswax wraps, storage jars, bamboo straws, produce bags, bamboo toothbrushes, soap bars and even a zero-waste starter kit.
The Zero Ways, available online
Eco.Le has made its home in a corner of Bukit Timah Shopping Center, and this small but beautiful bulk store is worth seeking out. Bring your own containers or use the secondhand ones provided to shop package-free. Organic and fair trade goods are in the mix, plus everything from olive and coconut oil to quinoa, tea, buckwheat noodles, raw nuts and dried fruits. Looking for personal care items? You’ll find body soaps and lotions available, alongside toiletries and cleaning products.
Eco.Le, #03-56, Bukit Timah Shopping Center, 170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588179
6. The Social Space
We’ll admit: we’re regulars at this gorgeous social enterprise concept, which includes a cafe, lifestyle boutique and a branch of The Nail Social (at its Chinatown locale). The Social Space also came up with Singapore’s first refillery, where you can bring your own containers to fill with eco-friendly cleaning products and toiletries. So here’s the plan: settle in for a great coffee or one of the famous smoothie bowls, and treat yourself to a mani if you’re in the mood. Then, try to beat our record for the most containers refilled here: 8kg of laundry detergent, castile soap, dishwashing liquid and handwash in one hit.
The Social Space, multiple locations including Kreta Ayer Road and Marina One
7. The Green Collective
What started as an innovative pop-up featuring a handful of local brands championing sustainability in Singapore has evolved into a permanent store – and thank goodness for that. We’re regulars at The Green Collective, and while this is a lifestyle store rather than a grocery, it’s filled with so many eco- and socially-conscious goodies that you’ll be spoilt for choice. And, of course, this is the place to pick up reusables. From cutlery sets to collapsible coffee cups, cotton mesh bags to period cloth pads… it’s everything you need for one cool zero-waste kit.
The Green Collective, #02-18, Funan, 107 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179105
8. Avo & Co
Can’t stomach all the plastic packing that supermarket fruits and veggies come in? Make the switch to this fantastic little grocery box delivery service. As much as possible, your items arrive unwrapped, or in a paper bag. Besides fruits and veg, you can get meat, seafood and organic goods. Think along the lines of colourful cauliflower, Aussie grass-fed ribeye, salmon, granola, bagels and croissants. Just choose your preferred produce, pick a subscription service and confirm your delivery slot. Oh, and the customer service? Top-notch. The team goes above and beyond with fast, friendly service. Plus, the avocados here actually ripen properly – a minor miracle in Singapore!
Avo & Co, available online
Now that you’re in the know about zero-waste grocery stores, it’s time to ditch the plastic and start shopping!