Brands, People,
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EcoBrands Purnama, a brand for sustainable accessories

rae amarullah co founder of purnama outreach

We sat down for an inspiring conversation with Rae Amarullah, the co-founder of Purnama,  an artisanal bags and accessories brand in Singapore. The business is a social enterprise, geared to make a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of women and children in Asia, by creating quality products that can be marketed to create livelihoods. We met her at her Haji Lane pop-up store, and as we surveyed the beautiful handicrafts on display, we …[Read more]

Handy Tips,
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Confessions of newbie conscious consumer Oops, I won’t do it again!

Then and Now: I have been guilty of using styrofoam glasses, cheap tablecovers that can't last and glitzy platic goodie bags in the past. Fast forward to nowadays - using cloth to create long-lasting and unique decor, plant-based disposables and paper straws.

Once upon a time, there was no Secondsguru… just two friends living their carefree lives in urban havens with nothing worse to manage than first-world problems. We – Lara and Anuja – weren’t zero waste then (and honestly, still struggling to reach that goal now!) and made some purchase decisions that leave us aghast now! The world of conscious consumption- where the mantra of “refusal” is most important, buying is minimised and purchases are thought …[Read more]

Brands, Handy Tips, Kids,
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Back to school 9 ways to be more eco-friendly

back to school 9 eco ideas

New grade, new teachers, new classmates…. Are you off to match it with new supplies too? Before you head to the stores, use our 9 tips as a guideline on what to buy, and what not to buy. After all, the cost of anything we purchase isn’t borne not just by our wallet, but also the environment. #1 TOSS THE TISSUES Carry a cloth napkin instead of tissues with lunch; carry handkerchiefs instead of wipes. …[Read more]

Brands, People,
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Eco-warriors Raye Padit, a ‘fashionable’ green warrior

raye-p-swagalls-online-clothes-swap

When it comes to the green warriors leading Singapore’s eco-friendly brigade, the list isn’t complete without Raye Padit. As an entrepreneur, he runs PeyaR , creating bespoke apparel using pre-consumer textile waste and providing upcycling services. As a voice for conscious fashion, he co-heads Connected Threads Asia, a platform that connects fashion designers, manufacturers, suppliers and consumers, to build a conversation around sustainable fashion choices. His soon to be launched endeavour – Swagalls – is now on Kickstarter, …[Read more]