As featured in Issue 290 of The Finder, these 6 Finder Insiders share their best green advice on clothes swapping, eco-mmuting, low-VOC paints and much more.
– AJ Hagwood, Marketing and Sales Manager, Telunas Resorts
“Telunas practices sustainability through waste-reduction, planting mangroves – key for the ecosystem here – protecting endangered sea turtles, harvesting our own timber and we are testing other options such as solar energy,” shares AJ, who divulges his personal eco-travel tricks below.
Why People Should Try Eco-Travel
“Many eco-brands are small brands that offer a more personalised experience at similar prices of the larger brands. Travellers have the chance to take part in something larger than themselves, and can use the experience to educate their kids and others about how to be more responsible members of society.”
How HeTravels Green
“When travelling, my wife and I take public transport like metros and buses; choose smaller, more responsible hotels; and take along our own bottles to fill up at restaurants, instead of buying plastic water bottles each day.”
NEXT: Beth Medley, Hunter + Boo →
– Beth Medley, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hunter + Boo
‘Organic’ should be a badge of trust for the consumer, but it seems to have almost lost meaning,” laments Beth, who co-founded her 100-percent organic cotton kids clothing line in 2015. Read more of Beth’s deep thoughts (plus fun ideas!) below.
Why Green Matters to Her
“For some time now, I’ve tried to make more conscious choices in my life for things like food and skincare. When I became a mum, I suddenly realised that it wasn’t the case in either mine or my kids’ wardrobe. As I researched the clothing industry, I was really shocked to discover that fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world after fossil fuels!”
Eco-Friendly Family Activities
“Just get outside! SG is a Garden City so there are plenty of options – my family grabs our bikes or scooters, or goes for a swim. Mozzie repellent and sunscreen are essentials for any outdoor activity here. I love skincare brands like BasiK Organics.”
NEXT: Dan Gerick, Bushwick Biotech →
– Dan Gerick, Founding Director, Bushwick Biotech
Dubbed “Kombucha Dan”, he started his fermented beverage biz in New York in 2009 and brought it to SG in 2013. “If you look at a list of the health problems caused by bad gut health, it’s a mile long,” says Dan, who claims kombucha is a natural cure.
Why Fermented Drinks are Green
“When it comes to the environment, you can understand the fermentation process of kombucha, which uses an ancient probiotic culture, as akin to the ‘circle of life’. Also, at Bushwick, we recycle our bottles and have measures for wastewater control as we seek to be a zero-waste company.”
Where He Buys His Food
“To be honest, I rarely have time to buy groceries in Singapore. But, in my opinion, the quality and freshness at Four Seasons Organic Market can’t be beaten.”
His Best Green Advice
“Be the change. Don’t preach it. Simply live well, and people will take notice and want to align themselves with you.”
NEXT: Juan Paolo Gonzales, Epic Cyclist →
– Juan Paolo Gonzales, Architect; avid cyclist and volunteer, Epic Cyclist
Filipino Juan deals with stress through exercise and doing good. And he recently peddled 1,200 kilometres from Thailand to Singapore for the Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) Millennium Ride 2018 – a.k.a., the Epic Ride. “Many people perceive long-distance cycling as an extremely challenging sport,” he says. “However, the cyclists I’ve met are ordinary people with regular jobs.” Speaking of, see why Juan is such a fan of bike commuting below.
Why Cycling is Green
“A bike does not emit pollutants, or contribute to waste materials. As a rule of thumb, cyclists don’t throw rubbish on bike trails. Singapore has made great efforts to create cycling paths, park connectors and bicycle parking facilities, too.”
Pros of Bike Commuting
“Cycling to and from work brings planetary and personal health benefits, plus I can train for my long charity rides.”
NEXT: Sofia Czanik, Flower Girl →
– Sofia Czanik, Owner, Flower Girl
“Avoid plastic,” is Portugal-born Sofia’s two-word tip for greener living. Otherwise, she’s a big fan of low-VOC products like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – for which Flower Girl is SG’s only stockist. Read Sofia’s other recos below, or meet her in person at a creative workshop at the store.
Why Low-VOC Items are Green
“VOC stands for volatile organic compound. Things like furniture, car exhaust fumes and cleaning products all emit VOCs. In paint, it refers to solvents that get released into the air as it dries (i.e., that ‘paint’ smell). Generally, a paint is low-VOC if it has less than 5 grammes of VOC per litre. Annie Sloan paint, which I sell at Flower Girl, has 0.02 grammes per litre, and complies with the European Toy Safety Directive standards, making it safe for use in children’s rooms.”
Her Best Green Advice
“Reduce, reuse. If old furniture is in good condition, without woodworm or termites, you’ll be amazed at what a few hours of painting can do!”
NEXT: Raye Padit, Swapaholic →
– Raye Padit, Founder and Swapaholic-In-Chief, Swapaholic
“To make a T-shirt takes 2,720 litres of water – that’s what we normally drink over two to three years,” states Raye, who’s originally from the Philippines. He prefers clothes-swapping, which appeals to fun seekers, value hunters and eco-lovers alike.
Why Clothes-Swapping is Green
“People only use about 20 percent of what they have in their closets – so, what happens to the 80 percent? Swapping is a way for everyone to declutter without adding to a landfill, and acquire ‘new-to-you’ items without hurting the planet. Swapaholic has organised 12 swaps around Singapore already, and saved about 13,000 clothes and swapped 9,500 items.”
His Best Green Advice
“Bring your own bag, coffee mug, eating utensils –anything that works well with the kind of lifestyle you have. Use less ‘disposable’ things; replace them with ones that are more sustainable.”
NEXT: AJ Hagwood, Telunas Resorts →
By Sara Lyle Bow, January 2018
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