We have grown more discerning of the products we use and the brands that we support in recent years. A study by Accenture and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore titled Sustainability in Singapore – Consumer and Business Opportunities shows that four out of five consumers, that’s 80 per cent of the respondents, said they care about the environment.

A third of these consumers added that they would make most purchasing decisions based on product sustainability and environmental impact. And a further third are willing to pay a premium for sustainable alternatives. This encouraging conscious consumer climate is a hotbed for a crop of new exciting sustainable homeware brands. Here are nine of our picks.

NOST

NOST was founded in 2018 as a sustainable fashion brand that partners with heritage craft artisan families and vulnerable communities in its product manufacturing.

Today it has expanded its offerings to homeware, starting with textured cushion covers and an oven mitt made of linen and cotton.

An exciting new material made of woven pineapple leaf fibre is currently in development, promising more exciting future products. 

Great for: Homeowners seeking to recreate that hygge vibe, but with a distinct Asian spin. 
Shop at www.nostshop.com.

Rough Beauty

Handcrafted in small batches without any additives, Rough Beauty’s products for the home are all about embracing nature’s gifts and inspiring mindful living.

We love their laundry bars, which are made from saponified coconut oil and upcycled soap offcuts, for handwashing smaller items and delicates.

Great for: Homeowners who love using natural products and embracing a zero-waste lifestyle.
Shop at www.rough-beauty.com.

Byiroiro

Toss out the polyester cloths and use these instead – made from organic cotton and hemp, they’re much more sustainable while doing an effective job.

If you’re not sure what to start with, we’d recommend their hemp sponges, which are biodegradable and reduces the amount of plastic being thrown out with old sponges.

Great for: Those who love cleaning without microplastic waste.
Shop at www.byiroiro.com.

Pass It On

If home scents are your thing, you’ll love Pass It On candles. Each cement candle pot can be repurposed as a miniature planter after use, since it comes with soil pellets and seeded paper.

You can also purchase refill candles, reducing the overall carbon footprint.

Great for: Homeowners who enjoy luxury scented candles and growing plants.
Shop at www.pass-it-on.co.

Kilogramme

Kilogramme helps to eliminate single-use plastic by selling unpackaged products from bulk containers. They also stock several local brands, so by shopping with them, you’re reducing the global carbon footprint.

They have everything from snacks to spices to personal care products, so you can restock everything you need in a single trip.

Great for: Homeowners who love shopping sustainably and supporting local brands.
Shop at www.kilogramme.com.sg.

SimplyGood

Did you know that you’re mostly paying for water and a plastic bottle when you buy a conventional cleaning product? Why not make your own?

SimplyGood helps you cut costs and the use of plastic by providing you with concentrated tablets that dissolve in water to form an effective cleaning solution.

The tablets are packaged in kraft envelopes to minimise the use of plastic.

Great for: Those who love using creating their own cleaning solutions.
Shop at www.simplygood.sg.

Arthur Zaaro

Singapore’s many parks are a veritable producer of various timbers, which, until recently, went largely untapped due to the lack of local manufacturing facilities to process them.

Thanks to brands like Arthur Zaaro, who has been developing more and more products from them, we can now own and use quality hardwood homeware like cutting boards and cheese boards made from trees grown in our proverbial backyard. 

Great for: Those who seek to add authentic local wood elements to your dining table and kitchen. And for storied gifts. 
Shop at www.arthurzaaro.com.   

Urban Salvation

“The name Urban Salvation was derived from our belief of a sustainable approach to creating artisanal furniture that utilises quality reclaimed material to reduce waste,” says Ahmad Habshee, the furniture brand’s founder.

Operating from a workshop in Tampines, Urban Salvation mainly uses solid wood and other materials reclaimed from the urban environment for its furniture, creating unique products with a genuine vintage patina that would last a long time.   

Great for: Lovers of industrial aesthetics and unique upcycled materials with a rich history. 
Shop at www.urbansalvation.com.

Coco by d’Bodhi

In Indonesia, the coconut tree is called the tree of life because one can use every part of it for myriad purposes. Timber furniture specialist d’Bodhi designed a special line called Coco that combines reclaimed teak wood with handcrafted wove panels made from the midrib of the coconut palm leaves, all in a natural colour and finish, adding a refined yet down-to-earth vibe to any interiors.

Coco by d’Bodhi is available from local furniture purveyor Journey East in Singapore. 

Great for: Lovers of shabby chic and rustic aesthetics seeking to create a resort vibe. 
Shop at www.journeyeast.com/collections/coco-by-d-bodhi.