Anything deemed eco-friendly is easily mistaken for burlap sacks, linen and hemp-like materials in boring neutrals. Putting those misconceptions to rest, the series of stores we’ve picked out have cultivated a wonderful selection of artisanal and thoughtfully produced eco homewares that are made responsibly and last a lifetime. In the words of William Norris: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
Expertly curated vintage homeware, curios and collectibles
By My Old School is a hoarder’s dream of expertly curated vintage homeware, curios and collectibles. Perhaps you’re looking to add some 60’s-tinged flavour to your home with the help of some classic home accessories? The father and daughter duo behind By My Old School source quaint and tasteful objects like vintage perfume bottles, painted tingkat carriers, salvaged film and typewriters and other everyday objects from the days gone by. Retro and vintage tableware and decorative objects that recall an older age make us giddy with nostalgia while defying the need for careless consumption.
Global eclectic home and living products
Departures & Arrivals is all about accent pieces that add charm to your living space. As aspiring globetrotters, their furniture features a mix of globally and culturally eclectic interiors – with a modern twist. Most of their pieces are made of unique natural materials manipulated with unconventional ways. The team specifically chooses raw materials that can be easily replaced and are abundant in nature, and support workshops that recycle water and conserve energy in their processes.
Rainbow bamboo tableware
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If you haven’t hopped on board the bamboo bandwagon, it’s time to get a foot in with Glambue’s lovely rainbow-hued lacquered bamboo tableware. These hardy yet lightweight bowls come in a range of appetizing shades to enhance meal times and are child-friendly to boot. Bamboo, well known for its anti-bacterial properties, durability and as a sustainable resource, is the material of choice for Glambue’s handsome range of bowls, serving bowls and utensils. We’ll take one in each colour please.
Eclectic restored and re-purposed furnishings
Like That One showcases a funky mix of restored period furniture from Singapore, re-purposed creations and eclectic home accessories. Owners Belle and Cheu are firm believers of the sustainable living ethos – rescuing furniture and industrial parts that are languishing away from disuse and revamping them into charming one-off vintage pieces. Chances are, you’ll stumble upon rare finds like a portable gramophone or a turn of the century cash register, vintage books and movies posters.
Eco-friendly, fair trade homewares
Mil Soles is a social enterprise that was borne of the desire to empower artisans from underprivileged communities to create a sustainable livelihood by engaging in traditional handicrafts. Its online retail arm offers home decorations and accessories that fall in compliance with fair trade principles and eco-friendly mantras. Upcycled eco homewares, bamboo tableware, vases, baskets and boxes crafted out of water hyacinth fibres are not only sustainable but are very easy on the eye. Artisans and craftsmen are rewarded for their quality workmanship as most of the proceeds are handed back to them or invested in the communities in which they live and work.
Thoughtful and sustainable design
#01-30, West Gate Mall, 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532 | #02-12, Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road, Singapore 238880 | Also available online.
Naiise curates a staggering collection of eco homewares and décor that embrace thoughtful and sustainable design. Recycled cardboard honeycomb coasters and pendant lamps from FormMaker, cork bowls designed by Tiago Sa da Costa, disposable partyware from eco u and recycled teak accessories from d-Bodhi top our list of seductive eco homewares from the online retailer that put the sizzle in sustainable and green living.
Variety of sustainable products
While the concept of Supplies & Company is not entirely sold on eco-consciousness per se, the furniture and homewares boutique has a couple of pretty stellar sustainable products under its roof. Take for instance RIG-TIG’s set of smart stackable storage boxes and Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.’s handsome hand carved cutting boards, which are cut from a single piece of sustainably harvested wood. Reputable brands stocked here such as ARCHITECTMADE possess the good sense to preserve the organic textures of the materials in their design and execution.
Eclectic vintage and recycled home decor pieces
44 Zion Road, Singapore 247776 (By Appointment only) | Also available online.
If vintage is eco-friendly then The GoDown is a bonafide nature reserve where all manner of “endangered” and rare species can be spotted. Unsatisfied with the homeware pickings in Singapore, Audrey Lee and Annie Ahman decided to make their habit of sourcing for beautiful and inspiring trinkets and unique vintage items official business with The GoDown. Here you’ll find eclectic vintage and recycled home décor pieces that could easily pass off as a heirloom quality souvenir you lugged back from across the world.