Little Green Dot
As climate change threatens lives and livelihoods around the world, it’s time for us to do our part in contributing positively to our planet. Cities across the globe have stepped up their sustainable living efforts, and Singapore is no exception – from jewellery and furniture to offices and restaurants, here are six of the best eco-initiatives blooming in the city.
Standing out from the concrete jungle of Tanjong Pagar business district, this award-winning office building’s leafy exterior and red-and-white sculptural funnel at its crown make it unmissable. The latter is part of the vertical greenery’s sky forest, which draws in cool air and provides air-conditioning throughout the structure, keeping energy consumption to a minimum. That’s not all; CapitaGreen’s energy-efficient double-skin façade reduces solar heat gain, helping to keep the interior cool while maximising natural lighting. And hey, when you work green, you’d want to eat green too – indulge in a luscious rooftop dining experience at Mediterranean restaurant Artemis, which uses organic and sustainably sourced produce.
138 Market Street
2. HRVST AT OUE DOWNTOWN
Who says vegan food is bland and boring? HRVST by boutique gym Kilter Avenue hopes to impress even the most hardcore of meat-lovers with their 100% vegan offerings, designed by head chefs Addis Tan and Dylan Choong. Opt for outdoor seating, if available – some of the ingredients you see on your plate are straight from their special edible garden located at the al fresco dining area!
#05-01 OUE Downtown Gallery
3. THE NATURALLY BETTER COMPANY
This luxury eco-boutique takes great pride in sourcing beauty, fashion and lifestyle brands whose products are created using sustainable practices and healthy, non-toxic ingredients and/or materials. Its in-house beauty spa also offers organic facial treatments – because your skin deserves the very best, naturally!
#02-46 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard
4. AMADO GUDEK
This homegrown label specialises in sustainable jewellery pieces using eco-friendly bioresin from California and other natural materials, such as organic beeswax and natural driftwood. Each item is painstakingly made by hand from scratch, which also means no two pieces are alike.
#02-24 The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street
Support local producers and the environment when you shop at this contemporary furniture store. Made using sustainably sourced wood and finished with low-lead-content coating, every stunning piece of furniture at Commune is designed with the goal of minimising waste. Even better, the items here are affordably priced.
#02-52 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard
6. ASIA SQUARE
There’s so much more to Asia Square than its bevy of trendy F&B establishments and themed music drifting through its breezy atrium. The retail and office complex is home to Singapore’s largest solar panel installation; its smart lift system converts kinetic energy into electrical energy, which it redistributes to power the lift; and it collects oil from its F&B tenants and converts it into biodiesel at its in-house electricity generating plant. Colour us impressed!
Marina View, Downtown Core