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Now that many of us are travelling again, it’s time to look at how to do it more sustainably. And while a number of airlines, cruise lines and tour companies have been greening themselves for years, the destinations themselves can often lag behind.

Singapore is not one of them. In April, the Lion City joined the Global Destination Sustainability-Index (GDS-Index) and initiated the Singapore Green Plan 2030, which according to a spokesperson is “a nationwide movement to advance the city’s agenda on sustainable development”.

The spokesperson goes on to say: “The commitment supports Singapore to be a more sustainable urban destination and positions it to achieve its long-term net zero emissions aspiration as soon as viable, cementing its status as a ‘city in nature’.”

But the proof’s in the tau huay, and there several examples of businesses in Singapore’s hospitality, tourism and retail industries which are leading the way in sustainable practice.

Looking at hotels alone, there is the hotel-In-a-garden concept pioneered by PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering and PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay. Mandarin Oriental’s Naturally Better Program reduces single-use plastic, and Cycle For MOre accommodation package encourages guests to tour Singapore by bicycle. And JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach’s enormous microclimatic canopy harvests rainwater and converts solar energy to electricity.

Some of the tasty offerings from Analogue.
Camera IconSome of the tasty offerings from Analogue. Credit: Supplied

Sustainable, ethical cuisine is a thing, too, from plant-based bar and restaurant Analogue (the first of its kind in Singapore) and Kausmo, which “challenges food norms that bring about unnecessary wastage” to award-winning plant-based burger shop VeganBurg and Salted & Hung, which makes “creative use of forgotten parts, from skin to bone, protein to innards”.

Finally, there Is an ever-growing range of sustainable, environmentally friendly experiences on offer across Singapore. Gardens by the Bay provides one such famous example. As a spokesperson says:

“The colourful Supertrees that tower over the gardens are filled with over 158,000 plants that help to offset the city’s carbon emissions. Some of the trees are also equipped to collect rainwater in reservoirs, which then feeds back to the plants in the park. Others contain photo-voltaic cells to generate solar energy and exhaust air from the conservatories.”

Camera IconKayakasia. Credit: Supplied

Kayakasia Is a kayak tour group that enables visitors to explore parts of Singapore such as the mangroves In Sungei Simpang, the rivers on Pulau Ubin and the Kusu-Lazarus Islands trail that are best accessed by kayak.

Named after the nearby Pulau Hantu, a popular spot for snorkelling, fishing, camping and swimming, NFP marina advocacy group Hantu Blog “aims to raise awareness regarding Singapore’s biologically diverse reefs, offering eco-friendly and educational diving tours to visitors.”

Some of WoonHung's jewellery.
Camera IconSome of WoonHung’s jewellery. Credit: Supplied

And if you’re looking to shop with a difference while making a difference, Singapore-based designer WoonHung makes women’s jewellery using exclusively found and natural materials. According to founder Yvonne Chia, her approach not only commits her to “no-waste” but maximises the potential of the material, increasing Its longevity and beauty.


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