Ditch all the unnecessary plastic and buy only what you need at these bulk food stores.
You probably don’t need another documentary to spell out plastic pollution’s adverse effects on our environment. Though giving up plastic completely sounds like a near impossible feat, there are many little steps you can take towards reducing plastic dependency. Most start by making a conscious effort to avoid unnecessary single-use plastic either by simply saying ‘no’ or by bringing a reusable bag instead. The metal straw and bring-your-own cup and cutlery movements are slowly gaining traction too, while more and more establishments have stopped providing straws or switched to greener alternatives. With more zero-waste concepts popping up on the Little Red Dot, you not only avoid more packaging when shopping, you also save money and reduce food waste by buying only what you need. Gather your containers and jars—it’s time to go plastic-free shopping!
UnPackt spearheaded packaging-free shopping in Singapore with their first specialty grocer in 2018. They have since opened a second outlet in Downtown Gallery and continue to create awareness and promote sustainable living through regular pop-ups. They offer healthier alternatives for daily essentials such as organic grains, legumes, nuts, and pasta, rice with lower glycaemic index and plenty of superfoods. The purchase-only-what-you-need concept also applies to sauces, oils, teas, sweets and nostalgic childhood snacks—think iced gems and potato wheel, as well as on cleaning goods, bath and beauty products. If you didn’t bring enough jars and bags, you can borrow the donated containers and carrier bags in the store.
6 Jalan Kuras. Tel: 8518 0372 and Downtown Gallery, #03-05, 6A Shenton Way. Tel: 8774 2050
The latest addition to the scene comes from Australia’s largest bulk foods and zero-waste retailer, The Source Bulk Foods. The first Singapore outlet carries over 350 premium whole foods and organic products, as well as reusables and household items. Stock up on flours, grains, seeds and other pantry staples, as well as on healthy snacks like freeze dried dark chocolate strawberries, or try one of the recipe-in-a-jar blends like coconut curry lentil mix and chocolate & walnut brownie mix for fuss-free cooking or baking. Exclusive to the store is a selection of kombucha on tap from local brewery, Wild Boocha, with flavours like yuzu lavender and cucumber melon. Online shopping is available with free delivery for orders above $50.
Cluny Court, #01-05A, 501 Bukit Timah Road. Tel: 6974 0943.
Australian-based Scoop Wholefoods’ 4000 sq ft flagship store in Tanglin Mall stocks over 2,000 products, with up to 80 per cent certified Australian organic and environmentally responsible. Sourced directly from farmers and small-batch producers, the wondrous assortment includes grains, nuts, spices, cold-pressed oils, honeys, chocolates, teas and so much more. There is also a DIY nut butter station, a beverage bar with kombucha and jun on tap, as well as non-food sections where you can find natural cleaners, toiletries and eco-friendly products. They have a no single-use plastic policy, so bring your own containers, use their paper bags or purchase refillable jars and reusable produce bags.
Tanglin Mall, #02-17/18, 163 Tanglin Road. Tel: 6235 2739.
With an aim to bring the bulk foods concept to the heartlands, Reprovisions set up shop within Jurong Point in 2018. Available on a weigh-and-pay basis, a well-curated selection of kitchen essentials covers grains, roasted nuts, dried Asian goods, as well as snacks and handmade chocolates. Fans of Anthony the Spice Maker can also get their favourite spices and blends here. Lifestyle refillery items can also be purchased by the gram,whereas the reusable section sees an array of products to help jumpstart an eco-lifestyle. Biodegradable Kraft paper bags are provided, but customers are encouraged to bring their own packaging. Selected products are available online, with free shipping for orders above $40.
Jurong Point 2, #03-32/33, 63 Jurong West Central 3.Tel: 8768 2023.