Need some retail therapy pronto? Here are five buys that will leave you feeling good.
We all love a spot of shopping. But what if we said you could shop and do good at the same time? The folks at FestivalForGood have put together over 90 fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands by social entrepreneurs who are driven by social impact. Think local greens by sustainable urban farms, stylish upcycled products and handcrafted leather goods. The two-day pop-up market will be at Marina One on Saturday 20 October to Sunday 21 October, and entry is free!
Here are five amazing products you can score at the event.…
Start with a Bettr Cup of Coffee
BettrBarista , a home-grown specialty coffee company, will be serving up coffee from sustainably sourced coffee beans. Although coffee is everywhere, “good” coffee is not. Each cuppa is artfully brewed by Bettr’s baristas, disadvantaged youth and women who graduated from the Bettr Barista Coffee Academy. If you’re after more than a cup of coffee, the folks at Bettr Barista will also be running a workshop on specialty coffee tasting on Saturday at 11am.
Want a treat minus the calories?
The perfect partner to your morning coffee, the folks at Oh My Goodness have got you covered. Their belly-friendly cakes, breads and cookies are lovingly made by ex-offenders and persons with special needs. From decadent dark chocolate cakes or to the iconic local pandan variety, they’re all gluten-free, diary-free, and refined sugar-free. People in the know call that the Oh My Goodness Trinity! Grain-free, paleo-friendly… what more can you ask for?
Score Some Good Karma with GOOD KRAMA
Yep, we meant Good Krama. A “slow fashion” label from Cambodia, Good Krama has slower production processes, have smaller carbon footprints, and focuses on employing local artisans. Their pieces are high-quality, versatile and trans-seasonal pieces that built to last. For the uninitiated, Krama is a traditional Cambodian textile of patchwork of contrasting hues. Blending cultural tradition with today’s modern designs, Good Krama’s clothing incorporates hand woven silk or cotton with upcycled materials from fabric remnants of local garment factories.
More Than A Fashion Statement
If accessorising is your thing, visit Eden + Elie. Designed and made in Singapore, their jewellery are modern everyday pieces inspired by the colours and patterns of Peranakan culture. Supporting Eden + Elie is so much more than supporting local talent and businesses. Its core collections are handwoven by adults with autism and women in need, buying their products supports underprivileged communities in Singapore. How’s that for a statement piece?
Empowering Women. Period.
Menstrual cups are not new. Made from medical-grade silicone, these cups are a more eco-friendly option than pads and tampons. Unlike single-use sanitary napkins and tampons, each cup lasts for ten years (yes, ten years!). But what truly sets Freedom Cups apart is its mission to empower women. Every cup purchased is a cup given to a woman in an underprivileged community in a developing country. Since 2015, Freedom Cups have distributed 3,000 cups to women around the world.
The FestivalForGood is organised by raiSE and the DBS Foundation. Aside from shopping, the festival will also have plenty of inspiring and entertaining activities – experience capsules, talks, workshops, and that’s just for starters. Keen to see what else is in store? Check out the FestivalForGood’s Facebook event page for more information.