What’s better than ethical shopping? Buying less. The earth is buckling under our heavy consumption. So before we even consider this list, let’s ask ourselves if we really need new things. What can be mended and re-used? What can we do without? Would the person we are considering a gift for prefer an experience? Perhaps we could donate to a cause?
If we to buy some something, my hope is that we support businesses that are doing their best to do good – whether for the planet, animals or people or all three! Some things are great inspiration for the soul but there’s not much info on how they are made. I have still listed some here. I also don’t have the capacity to check if what companies claim is true although I try to research where possible.
For those responsible for buying corporate gifts or responsible for purchasing supplies for your office, hope this helps you too.
Beautiful picture books for adults and children
Picture books can have have profound messages for people of all ages, yet can be finished in a matter of minutes. They appeal to the child in all of us.
If you are buying books not available in Singapore, check out Better World Books (FREE shipping and they donate to literacy projects around the world).
Things We Forget These post-it pad messages are left anonymously around Singapore.
Virtues Cards – each card describes a virtue. One can pick a card a day as an inspiration. They come in three versions – for adults, for educators/young people and for families. Please call Bookaburra to check if they have them in stock.
An art therapy session with veteran art therapist Joanna Tan.
A labyrinth walk facilitated by Edwina Yeow. (For groups only at this point).
To check if your product is cruelty-free, see
Wide variety of eco-friendly products
Healthfood/home care/personal care/natural medicine
Sebastian Liew Centre – carries St Hildegard Medicine and more.
Vom Fass – quality oils
Skincare, toiletries, vegan shoes, perfume
Organic Soap Nuts for laundry
Eco-friendly detergents, baby things
Playhao – many beautiful wooden toys, often made in Europe. And much more.
Eco-friendly/organic baby things
Saught – Singapore-based company which makes jewellery from landmines and unexploded weapons.
Corn Bags by Olive Green
Environment-friendly disposable tableware and packaging
Journey East – selected pieces, they also look at fair-trade practices.
Star Bamboo – bamboo flooring
Prospec Surfaces (solid timber floors are fsc certified)
Speaker for iPhone
ibam2 – made from bamboo by socially disadvantaged craftsmen. They have a video especially on its suitability as a corporate gift.
Green Printing and Paper
Art by Singaporean artist Paper Girl – a resilient woman I met at Pasar Bella
Sculpture by Victor Tan – awe-inspiring pieces.
Paintings by Jean-Sebastian Choo (30 % of sales go to programmes for autistic individuals)
EXTERNAL LISTS OF MORE PRODUCTS AND GIFT SUGGESTIONS