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Corporate Gifts

Typical corporate gifts and freebies (pens, hand fans, sticky notes, lanyards, magnets…) often have in common to be cheap in quality and either useless, thrown away within hours or forgotten in a drawer.

We believe that this unsustainable practice should be banned or replaced with a more valuable approach: 

  • Are those bulk-bought gifts necessary in the first place?
  • Can they be used and reused again, then repurposed/ recycled?
  • Are they less harmful in terms of material, production, packaging?

Sustainable practices also improve internal and external brand reputation (beware of Greenwashing though).

Change the Goodies Habit
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For your next corporate gift to clients or to your team members, think different. Most corporate and promotional gifts sadly end up in the waste bins. Prefer real experiences, e-vouchers, give-back actions, donations, gift of tree, etc.

60%

of corporate customers are looking for more ecological gift and hamper options.
(Business Wire)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Integrate transparent tree-planting into your business
Ecomatcher

EcoMatcher plants trees and complete forests with vetted foundations from around the world specialized in tree planting.

Through technology, EcoMatcher knows everything of every tree planted. You can virtually travel to every tree and learn more.

Companies use EcoMatcher’s digital platform and the trees for meaningful corporate gifting -, rewards -,loyalty -, employee engagement -, and transparent carbon offset -programs.

EcoMatcher is a certified B Corporation.

Eco-friendly and everlasting preserved flowers
Bloomback

Bloomback provides eco-friendly and everlasting preserved flowers from upcycled events flowers, for:

- Interior design

- Workshops (team building, CSR events...)

- Corporate gifts

They also empower marginalised communities, providing skills training and employment.

Plastic offset program
Plastic Collective

Plastic Collective have developed a plastic offset program to enable businesses and individuals to become Plastic Neutral, Plastic Positive or Plastic Awesome. They provide companies with:

- A detailed plastic consumption assessment

- A plastic reduction strategy

- A plastic offset program

Plastic Neutral Pledge will help fund the setup of a plastic recycling micro-enterprise in a remote and vulnerable community, that will collect and upcycle single-use plastic on your behalf.

Certified Ethical Plastic™ is Plastic Collective's marketplace for those communities to sell their recycled plastic to global brands for use in their products.

Corporate gifts, space rental
The Projector

The Projector is the only indie cinema in Singapore. It hosts the Intermission Café and Bar serving F&B.

On Fridays and Saturdays, they offer live acoustic performances.

Sustainability Workshops, Team Building, Retreats,...
The Golden Space

Guardians of Mother Earth is a green initiative of The Golden Space.

They aim to create more awareness about our impact on the planet through free talks, clean-up campaigns, workshops, art exhibitions, etc.

They also provide services to corporate clients on how to build a sustainable green culture through various workshops, team building events, retreats and corporate social responsibility activities.

Prefer Sustainable Corporate Gifts - Specific Articles
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If you do not have yet a sustainable procurement policy, please refer to the global sustainable procurement policy in resources to write one.

If goodies are unavoidable, choose eco-friendly or sustainable options (recyclable or biodegradable material). It is a good way to promote your CSR strategy to your customers. Choose meaningful gifts that will actually be used, don't waste resources and money with pointless items that will be thrown right away.

• Act on quantities & quality (e.g. distribute 1,000 recyclable/ eco-friendly pens versus 2,000 made in a distant country and imported by plane).

• Buy locally to limit transportation and logistics.

• Choose manufacturers with conscious of environmental and social challenges:  
1- safe work environment to prevent work accidents and illness
2- employees wellbeing
3- ethical work conditions (minimum salaries levels, no forced labor, no child work...)

+25%

of additional waste are generated over festive seasons in the UK (wrappings, cards, bottles, plastic bags, pine trees, left over food, one off decorations etc...)
(House Beautiful)

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Ethical wooden corporate gifts
Roger&Sons

Roger&Sons is a team of ethical makers and mavericks who craft fine furniture and thoughtful objects. Their work is driven by inquiry, and spans disciplines: furniture, industrial, and product design, as well as woodworking.

The team also spearheads The Local Tree Project - an initiative that salvages trees that have been felled for urban development. It rehabilitates these abandoned logs by turning them into durable, future-proof objects and furniture. They reduce their carbon footprint by using local material, keep processes local and minimising shipping as much as possible.

As part of The Local Tree Project and the effort to preserve our dying trade, they believe in educating the public, the future generation, key players of the industry and relevant government bodies. They hold workshops as one of their solutions.

They wish to be at the forefront of change and play a part in steering Singapore’s wood industry to be a more sustainable and eco-friendly one, starting with changing their manufacturing processes from start till end.

100% ecological portable disinfectant spray
Aquama Pacific / Bewoki Pte. Ltd.

Bewoki stands for better world for our kids and is the exclusive distributor of aquama® in the SEA region. They import unique machines from Switzerland that empower everyone from individuals to corporates to produce onsite a disinfectant and detergent 100% ecological (based on salt, water and electricity) that replaces 90% of polluting chemicals.

So upstream you eliminate the CO2 footprint of current chemicals production, downstream you release only salty water in the nature while in the process you do not create any additional plastic waste!

Aquama® Freedom® S is a perfect corporate gift in this COVID-19 period that will enable you to create your own aquama® solution for safe disinfection anywhere any time and portable! The disinfectant solution can be used for various purposes e.g general cleaning, disinfection of clothes, fruits and vegetables disinfection, home and office disinfection etc. 

How does it work? Fill your bottle with water, salt and a push of a button. It takes only 3 minutes to quickly produce an efficient, safe, nontoxic aquama® Indigo© solution disinfectant.

Sustainably-made generic & customised corporate wear, textiles, accessories
Merchandise.blue UG

Merchandise.blue is committed to offering companies alternative textile merchandise, from uniforms to trade show giveaways  to towels/napkins to tote bags and other accessories, that are made sustainably and fairly to ensure the long-termwell-being of the planet and for all of us living on it.

They offer both ready-made styles and custom sustainable merchandise items using carefully selected materials and partner with environmental impact in mind. A few examples of the environmentally progressive fabrics used in their products include recycled fishing nets, recycled polyester, recycled cotton, seaweed, organic cotton and Tencel.

Tshirts & Totebags made of upcycled plastic bottles
Plastic Bottle Tees

Plastic Bottle Tees upcycles plastic bottles into T-Shirts and totebags, by turning used plastic bottles into recycled polyester (rPET) and then into clothing. These clothing can be recycled back into rPET after they are used, closing the loop.

They own their production plants and can cater from small to large orders. High quality control and sustainable practices are observed throughout the production process.They do not use environmentally harmful dyes or bleaches.

Besides, they commit part of their proceeds to local recycling programs.Plastic Bottle Tees is a subsidiary of Green Prints Services and operates in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

Prefer Sustainable Corporate Gifts - Lifestyle
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If you do not have yet a sustainable procurement policy, see here on how to implement one and how to write one.

If goodies are unavoidable, choose eco-friendly or sustainable options (recyclable or biodegradable material). It is a good way to promote your CSR strategy to your customers.

- Offer reusable mug or water bottle in order to limit single-use bottles

- Offer reusable bags

- Choose meaningful gifts that will actually be used, don't waste resources and money with pointless items that will be thrown right away.

Moreover,

• Act on quantities & quality (e.g. distribute 1,000 recyclable/ eco-friendly pens versus 2,000 made in a distant country and imported by plane)

• Buy locally to limit transportation and logistics

• Choose manufacturers with conscious of environmental and social challenges:  
- safe work environment to prevent work accidents and illness
- employees wellbeing
- ethical work conditions (minimum salaries levels, no forced labor, no child work...)

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Online store of eco-friendly lifestyle products, corporate events management
The Sustainability Project

The Sustainability Project is a Singapore-based business which aims to encourage and inspire the adoption of low or zero waste lifestyle. This is done through 3 arms – Educate, Transform and Inspire.

Educate - Through their blog articles, they share our knowledge and passion towards sustainability. You can find tips on a sustainable lifestyle, chats with other green business owners and other related information to sustainability.

Transform - Through their store, they want to enable low or zero waste lifestyle by providing consumers a wide range of sustainable products that are of high quality and at affordable prices.

Inspire – Through planning events (e.g. talks, workshops, educational trips and more), they want to inspire the next generation to be a change-maker for Mother Earth.

Products: On their store, they sell various sustainable lifestyle products; mainly bathroom and kitchen essentials such as cutlery set, shampoo bars and more. They also have a series of pre-loved and imperfect products for sale.

Corporate Events: They plan events for corporates and schools to share more about embarking on a sustainable journey e.g. talks, workshops, educational trips and more.

Sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly promotional products and custom merchandise
The First Green Store

With the rising need to conserve and protect our environment, the first green store (TFGS) encourages individuals and enterprises to adopt environmentally responsible lifestyles, and advocate for Corporate Social Responsibility policies, through the products given away during various occasions and events.

They work with partners who are certified for Ethical Practices in their manufacturing process, and their retail brands are very carefully chosen keeping in mind their design, environmental and social impacts.

Online store of plastic-free & low-impact lifestyle products
Bamboo Straw Girl

Bamboo Straw Girl is an online store of plastic-free & low-impact lifestyle products, from production to point of sale.

The founder Melissa Lam aims at engaging eco conversations, starting with a simple straw. With her team, she focuses on waste reduction and on impacting the communities of artisans they work with in South East Asia.

They were the very first "zero-waste lifestyle" store in Singapore.

Reusable cups & straws
Seastainable

Seastainable is a business that supports marine conservation in Singapore and the Philippines.

50% of their profits are redirected to marine conservation through diverse organisations.

Online store of eco-friendly lifestyle products
Your Sustainable Store

Your Sustainable Store is a Singapore-based online store created to make a wide range of curated, stylish and affordable sustainable products easily available. They are constantly on the look out for more amazing products. They hope that by offering practical yet stylish alternatives, they can inspire more people to lead an environmentally aware lifestyle.

Products range from cutlery, cups, to cosmetics and cleaning accessories.

Prefer Sustainable Corporate Gifts - Stationery
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If you do not have yet a sustainable procurement policy, see here on how to implement one and how to write one.

If goodies are unavoidable, choose eco-friendly or sustainable options (recyclable or biodegradable material). It is a good way to promote your CSR strategy to your customers. Choose meaningful gifts that will actually be used, don't waste resources and money with pointless items that will be thrown right away.

• Act on quantities & quality (e.g. distribute 1,000 recyclable/ eco-friendly pens versus 2,000 made in a distant country and imported by plane).

• Buy locally to limit transportation and logistics.

• Choose manufacturers with conscious of environmental and social challenges:  
- safe work environment to prevent work accidents and illness
- employees wellbeing
- ethical work conditions (minimum salaries levels, no forced labor, no child work...)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Plantable sustainable stationery & lifestyle brand
Left-handesign

Left-handesign is Singapore's 1st Plantable sustainable stationery & lifestyle brand playfully designed with light & love. They celebrate collections inspired by simple joys of travel, art, nature, food, impressions as seen in day to day life.

Under left-handesign they design the ‘Plantable Series’ called BĪJ a Sanskrit word that means Seed. Their range of products includes Pencils, Pens and Notebooks, Gift tags which you can plant into an herb like tomato, chili, marigold, tulsi (indian basil), spinach, okra, morning glory, mustard seeds.

Left-handesign was founded with a simple mission: put Nature back into peoples' lives. Through their "PLANT A TREE IN YOUR NAME” Program, they plant a tree for EVERY purchase.

Online store for corporate gifts
Giftandpaper

Gift and Paper offers generic and customised marketing & promotional products in Singapore and Malaysia.
They are not specialised in sustainable products but have an eco-friendly range comprised of notebooks, memo pads, bags...

Online store for corporate gifts
Gift Empire

Gift Empire offers generic and customised marketing & promotional products.
They are not specialised in sustainable products but have an eco-friendly range comprised of notebooks, pencils, bags...

Buddies - Experience sharing

The « green journey » may feel overwhelming sometimes, but you are not alone.

Our Buddies have tried, succeeded, failed to implement change in their companies. They share their experience so you can learn, take shortcuts, get inspired and ask questions.

Everybody can become a Buddy and give back to the community; if you are keen, get in touch with us.

Nadège Claudel
General Manager - BSI (British Standards Institution)

I have been General Manager of BSI Singapore for 2.5 years. Prior to joining BSI, I held different job assignments for the international retailer Carrefour. For them, I oversaw Quality, Food Safety and Sustainability in China and then at the Group level.  

I spent most of my career working in Asia: in Shanghai, Hong Kong and I have been happily settled in Singapore for 8 years now. 

I have a real passion for sustainability and nature conservation and I love to share the knowledge and experience I gained in this field. I am also a volunteer for the Singaporean NGO called Climate Conversation which aims to raise awareness on climate change.