7 Companies In Singapore To Support For Their Sustainability Efforts
Sustainability is the name of the game these days and for good reason: given how rapidly our natural resources are being depleted, we want to be able to meet our present needs without compromising on the ability for future generations to meet theirs.
From avoiding the use of single-use plastics and shopping at zero-waste stores to going paperless and even buying only second-hand clothes, there are plenty of things you can do to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. And if you want to support companies in Singapore that are also making the effort to go green, you’ll be heartened to know that there are more and more of them doing just that. Scroll the gallery to check out seven of them.
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1. The Loco Group
The Loco Group has gone to great lengths to keep up with sustainability: they offset 100 percent of the carbon emissions of its direct operations in 2019 through the purchase of verifiable carbon credits generated from a Congo forestry protection project, “The North Pikounda REDD+ Project” with Carbon Conservation. It also participated in Agave Appreciation Month campaign in August last year—one dollar was donated to One Tree Planted for every special agave cocktail ordered, resulting in 843 trees being planted in the Amazon. Plus, the company is currently using ecoSPIRITS (that come in refillable plastic drums) to fill all house-pour spirits bottles on-site, saving 10,000 glass bottles from going into the landfill annually.
2. Spa Esprit Group
Following input from a sustainability advisor, Open Farm Community acquired a box of black soldier flies—these bugs turn waste into rich, usable fertilisers which are great for the crop they grow in their own backyard. The restaurant also plants to expand its farming capabilities beyond its current plot of land in hopes of providing sustainably farmed, homegrown produce to the entire group this year.
3. Grand Hyatt Singapore
There is no use of plastics at all at Grand Hyatt Singapore—all plastic items have been replaced with alternatives. For example, single-use plastic bottles have been replaced with JUST water, a biodegradable, plant-based water bottle. The hotel is also the first in Singapore to install an in-house food waste management plant that produces organic, pathogen-free fertilisers used in the upkeep of its rooftop garden, and has reduced its seafood selection from over 600 to 100 options to encourage ethical farming. All of its seafood, chicken, beef and lamb meats also only come from certified sustainable sources.
4. The Lo & Behold Group
Food waste is a major concern for The Lo & Behold Group, so aside from working on collective funding for a food waste generator, each concept within the group has its own sustainability programme. For example, over at modern-day chophouse The Black Swan, head chef Alysia Chan runs a minimal-waste kitchen—broccoli stems are turn into hummus, vegan polenta chips are made of nutritional yeast and secondary cuts of meats are brought to the fore.
5. The Cicheti Group
The Cicheti Group has integrated sustainability into its core offerings by introducing biodynamic wines (the wine production uses organic farming methods), pastas in two sizes, dedicated vegetarian menus (because meat consumption isn’t sustainable) and challenges the stigma of “ugly food” through events and menu refreshes throughout the year.
6. Grain Traders
Grain Traders is currently trying to do away with single-use disposables by trialling reusable container lending system service, barePack.
7. Proof & Co
Proof & Co has not only eliminated single-use plastics, but also made a multi-dollar investment in developing ecoSPIRITS, the world’s first low-carbon, low-waste spirts distribution technology. It has a commitment to reduce group air travel by 50 percent this year and is working towards carbon neutrality by the end of 2021 through substantial carbon footprint reduction.