Living in a garden sanctuary — 9 Therapeutic Gardens you can visit in Singapore

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Living in a garden sanctuary — 9 Therapeutic Gardens you can visit in Singapore

Singapore has come a long way since our independence — from the inception of the Garden City Vision in 1967 to our transformation into a City in Nature with an impressive array of 4 nature reserves, over 350 parks and an extensive 300 km network of park connectors.

Today, we stand as one of the greenest and happiest cities in the region, and we are surrounded by green spaces that contribute positively to our physical and mental well-being. 93% of Singaporean households now enjoy the convenience of residing within a 10-minute walk to our nearest park, offering an easily accessible haven for solace and rejuvenation.

Beyond our extensive greenery, the National Parks Board (NParks) has also intricately designed nine Therapeutic Gardens that are made up of serene restorative spaces, as well as invigorating spaces that are equipped with amenities for therapeutic horticulture programmes.

Unlike regular parks, these outdoor gardens are developed with evidence-based design principles, proven to improve our interactions with nature through passive exposure that can enhance mental resilience and induce positive changes in our moods.

In commemoration of Singapore’s journey as a City in Nature, let’s delve into the captivation of these Therapeutic Gardens beyond their picturesque landscapes.

Introducing the 9 Therapeutic Gardens

1. Bedok Reservoir Park

The first Therapeutic Garden to be built over a sand quarry, Bedok Reservoir Park is a gem that celebrates the town’s rich heritage. Amongst many attractions, this garden overlooks the reservoir and has an interactive rock feature assembled from stones and boulders to provide visitors with the experience of engaging in rock balancing therapy.

As you stack pebbles upon pebbles and create a unique rock sculpture of your own, you’ll get to enjoy quality me-time in this shaded enclave and feel your worries take a backseat as you focus on the present.

Other nature-based activities you can do here include taking a walk through the Biodiversity Garden, where you’ll find a variety of fragrant plants including the Mock Orange, Cape Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, and Bread Flower — carefully selected to offer a relaxing experience for your senses.

2. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Designed in collaboration with the NUS Mind-Science Centre, the 900 square metre Therapeutic Garden here encompasses four distinct zones that correlate to our individual senses.

Fragrance Zone: Utilises flowering plants to engage our sense of smell

Edibles and Medicinal Zone: Evokes strong cultural memories through the use of familiar herbs

Colours and Textures Zone: Engages our sense of sight and touch with eye-catching plants

Biodiversity Zone: Attracts birds and butterflies that paint a visual delight for all

Arranged in a straightforward figure-of-eight layout, the park offers an endless loop of greenery, inviting you to take in the sights and smells of the different plants at your own pace. Moreover, it’s designed to be accessible for wheelchairs, ensuring that everyone can discover their own tranquil haven, far removed from the vibrant cityscape.

3. Choa Chu Kang Park

For locals residing in the West, Choa Chu Kang Park is the go-to neighbourhood space for the community to congregate and socialise. However, for those seeking a little peace and quiet, the Therapeutic Garden here features a semi-private seating area where you can lounge and relax, uninterrupted by the ebbs and flows of the larger park.

You can shift your focus towards the cascading water fountain, and lose yourself to the trickling sounds that echo through the space. Surrounded by luscious plants, you’ll feel an immediate sense of relief from the expanse of lush surroundings.

As you wander further, you’ll even find yourself in the company of avid gardeners tending to their crops in the Allotment Garden nearby. Abundant with herbs and vegetables, this garden welcomes all visitors to nurture their green fingers by leasing an allotment plot to grow plants of your liking.

4. HortPark

Launched in 2016, HortPark featured the first inaugural Therapeutic Garden by NParks. Catered to visitors of all ages, the space hosts ample seating in a countryside gazebo, and moveable planters that encourage interaction and activities among all park users.

The garden also pays close attention to the use of colours and smells to evoke feelings and memories of a simpler past. For instance, bright-coloured flowers create an uplifting impact, while cool-coloured decor is restorative because of their calming nature to the eyes.

Enjoy sunny mornings as you stroll through the garden, greeting the day with a healthy dose of Vitamin D before you set off for errands in the city.

5. Jurong Lake Gardens

Expanding across an impressive 3,100 square meters, Jurong Lake Gardens now boasts the largest Therapeutic Garden to date, featuring two distinct segments – one tailored for adults and another thoughtfully designed for young ones.

As you step inside, you’ll be drawn to an enchanting glow-in-the-dark labyrinth, with pathways adorned with animal imprints to engage and educate young learners of our natural wildlife. Beyond these cool features, labyrinths are recognised as tools for walking meditation, offering a serene stroll that fosters relaxation while reducing the stress triggers associated with our fast-paced lives.

Nostalgic elements are also strategically placed throughout the garden, including stone chess tables, traditional swings, and musical instruments, designed to encourage interaction among fellow members of the community.

6. Pasir Ris Park

Perched just 67 metres from the ocean, Pasir Ris Park is the go-to spot for magnificent sea views, as it is the only Therapeutic Garden in close proximity to the Straits.

From here, you can catch glimpses of traditional wooden “kelongs” on the horizon, and soak in the cooling sea breeze that brings immediate relief from the tropical heat.

Find a serene spot beneath the sheltered pavilion and immerse yourself in a meditative atmosphere within this beachside garden. Abundant with wild flora and fauna, alongside verdant labyrinths designed to enrich and rejuvenate your mind and body, you can enjoy a truly meaningful experience when you seek respite here.

7. Punggol Waterway Park

Nestled in the heart of the North-East region, this Therapeutic Garden ingeniously incorporates the natural Punggol Waterway as a calming centrepiece to facilitate relaxation among its visitors.

Find solace on thoughtfully positioned benches as you embrace the serenity that surrounds you. Here, you can focus on the gentle rustling of leaves and the tranquil flow of water as it creates a melodic symphony that further enhances the zen-like atmosphere in the park.

You’ll also find a delightful array of aromatic plants that infuse the air with their pleasant fragrances, promoting relaxation and stress reduction for a one-of-a-kind wellness experience for all.

8. Telok Blangah Hill Park

Tucked away in the lush greenery of Southern Singapore, the Therapeutic Garden at Telok Blangah Hill Park is a horticultural haven that allows visitors to experience the forest from new heights.

Discover mid-canopy views from an expansive 40-metre-long viewing deck, and be greeted with direct access to our island’s natural wildlife and biodiversity.

Furthermore, the park encompasses an allotment garden, a nurturing ground for cultivating your green thumb. Here, horizontal espaliers are ingeniously employed to foster the growth of indigenous produce like starfruit, lime, and coffee.

This thoughtful design not only adds an element of horticultural artistry but also serves the purposeful function to allow everyone to interact with these bountiful plants, fostering a deeper connection between man and nature.

9. Tiong Bahru Park

As one of the oldest parks in Singapore, Tiong Bahru Park has undergone its share of enhancements. Now, with the addition of a Therapeutic Garden 50 years after its first opening, the garden is a harmonious blend of old and new as colourful floras take root among native plants in this vast sea of green.

Beyond its collection of plants, this sanctuary offers a haven of natural healing, enveloping you in the familiar fragrances of botanical wonders like Ylang Ylang and edible Thai basil. These scents, renowned for their potent effects on health and well-being, provide an immersive healing experience.

From the chirping of birds, and the occasional breeze wafting through the garden, you can experience tranquility like no other in this heritage park.

And there you have it — all nine Therapeutic Gardens throughout our nation, with more to come as NParks continues its efforts to operate 30 Therapeutic Gardens by 2030.

58th National Day #MySecretGarden Giveaway

With this in mind, we hope you’ll be inspired to visit any of the Therapeutic Gardens and immerse in the benefits of these hidden gems in your day-to-day life. We’re also excited to enhance your experience with a special National Day giveaway!

In collaboration with REFASH, we’ll be giving away 5,800 limited edition Geneco X Daryl Aiden tote bags with any purchase made in-store at any of their 16 outlets. The unique bags will feature one of the top 3 most voted images of the Therapeutic Gardens shot by photographer Daryl Aiden as part of the #MySecretGarden initiative – Geneco’s National Day Campaign.

You can also stand to be one of 20 lucky winners to receive a $58 eCapitaVoucher, a microgreen kit plus a limited edition Geneco X Daryl Aiden tote bag when you participate in our Facebook and Instagram giveaway. Simply comment on our giveaway post by answering the following question: “Name one of the nine Therapeutic Gardens featured in our latest blogpost.” The contest ends on 31 August 2023, T&Cs apply.

Let’s continue to #PowerTheChange starting from within and we hope you can find your haven of happiness.


Embrace happiness with #MySecretGarden Photo Gallery Exhibition at Funan

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Embrace Happiness with #MySecretGarden Photo Gallery Exhibition at Funan

As the happiest nation in Asia, there is no better day than National Day to shine a spotlight on the importance of mental wellness of our people. After all, it has been in our pledge since day one, “happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation”

With the 58th National Day approaching, we want to inspire a collective spirit by initiating conversations around mental health, and encourage Singaporeans to focus on their wellbeing with the help of green spaces in our latest campaign, #MySecretGarden. 

Being one of the greenest nations in the region, we have over 400 parks, 3,347 hectares of nature reserves and an extensive 300km park connector network that is easily accessible to refresh and renew ourselves. What’s more, the National Parks Board (NParks) has widely researched and developed 9 Therapeutic Gardens around our City in Nature that can contribute positively to the health and well-being of residents. 

Together with NParks, we also collaborated with photographer Daryl Aiden Yow and REFASH as we embarked on a journey to share with all about the nine Therapeutic Gardens across our island. Through the restorative power of nature, our goal is to foster happiness and instil a profound appreciation for these green spaces.

Vote for your favourite Therapeutic Garden

With #MySecretGarden, we want to spotlight the 9 Therapeutic Gardens across our nation that have been established by the National Parks Board (NParks) to contribute positively to the wellbeing of Singaporeans. 

From the first Therapeutic Garden with a seaview at Pasir Ris Park to the largest Therapeutic Garden at Jurong Lake Gardens, we want to bring alive these Therapeutic Gardens with our creative photo collection of how Daryl Aiden views the gardens through his lenses.

To cast your vote for your favourite Therapeutic Garden, head to www.mysecretgarden.sg and select up to 5 of your favourite images from Daryl’s creative photo collection. 5 lucky voters will be rewarded with a $100 eCapitaVoucher. You can vote daily and voting ends on 31 July 2023.

With your support by voting, we hope to reach 10,000 votes and we will be donating $10,000 to NParks’ registered charity and IPC, Garden City Fund. This donation will help support 6 to 9 beneficiary groups in Therapeutic Horticulture Programmes, allowing them to reap the mental health benefits from nature-related activities within these gardens.

Refresh your mind with REFASH

In line with #PlasticFreeJuly, we’ve partnered with REFASH, Singapore’s largest online thrift store brand that aims to inspire the next generation of consumers to think second-hand first in order to advocate for a healthy, sustainable future through fashion. 

Catch limited-time pop-ups in stores across Chinatown Point, Funan and Tampines One, from now till 31 August, where you can shop preloved clothing while viewing Daryl’s captivating images of the Therapeutic Gardens. 

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite to receive a complimentary set of nine postcards from the campaign. When voting concludes, the top 3 winning images will be distributed as limited edition tote reusable bags, available with every purchase from 9 to 31 August. Take home a piece of therapeutic art, and carry the message of nature and its profound impact wherever you go with your tote bag.

9 Therapeutic Gardens, one inspiring exhibition

Established by NParks in 2017, Therapeutic Gardens are outdoor spaces built with horticultural principles to meet the physical, psychological and social needs of park visitors. The serene spaces offer much-needed respite, alongside health benefits that alleviate mental fatigue and reduce stress levels associated with urban lifestyles. 

With the artistic vision of Daryl Aiden, we reimagined these green sanctuaries as hidden edens with an ethereal touch. From the riverine Therapeutic Garden at Punggol Waterway to countryside-inspired HortPark, you can expect to see images of all the nine gardens on display at Funan Mall, Basement 2. 

View the full exhibition from 17 till 23 July at Funan and take home complimentary gifts, including a limited edition set of Geneco X Daryl Aiden postcards, and a Sprout plantable pencil, while stocks last. What’s more, you can receive a Geneco Green Starter Kit worth $40 if you are one of the first 50 voters each day on 22 and 23 July, from 3pm to 6pm.

Let’s continue to #PowerTheChange starting from within and we hope you can find your haven of happiness.


3 Brands that are changing the game for an eco-conscious lifestyle

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3 Brands that are changing the game for an eco-conscious lifestyle

Singaporeans are becoming more mindful about how our day-to-day lifestyles can affect the environment, with nearly 9 in 10 locals now considering eco-friendly alternatives. As plenty of local brands step up their sustainability efforts to meet the needs of eco-conscious shoppers, now’s a great time to discover brands around us that are doing good.

In this month’s blog, we want to highlight 3 brands that are true game-changers in the space. On a mission to encourage sustainable consumption habits, they embrace sustainability by innovating new business models and unique products that complement your eco-conscious journey. Read on to find out what they offer.

Rent-able tech gadgets, good as new every time

There’s no denying it our tech-savvy culture has inculcated a habit of us constantly upgrading devices that are still in good working condition for newer releases. 

Every year, we generate about 60,000 tonnes of e-waste, out of which only 6% is recycled, leaving masses of electronics headed towards Semakau landfill. 

To help reduce our throwaways, Circular provides a monthly subscription service for the latest tech devices. Instead of purchasing new ones and accumulating e-waste, you can subscribe to your own second-hand phones and accessories, then easily upgrade to newer models as they become available. 

As each device undergoes thorough servicing and refurbishment, you can be rest assured that concerns around privacy and protection are addressed before the device reaches you.

To get started, simply select your desired gadget and subscription length, and you will undergo a verification process before receiving it at your doorstep. By joining in the circular movement, you’ll get to enjoy the latest tech at a fraction of market price, and contribute to a community that shares and recycles products to maximise their shelf lives. Head over to Circular’s website to discover the full range of devices available.

All-natural, all-effective cleaning products

Cleaning agents have long been known for their harmful impact on the environment. Not only do they contain toxic chemicals that drain into oceans and pose a danger to marine life, they also come in single-use packaging that contributes to plastic pollution.

Though many commercial brands have switched to non-toxic ingredients, SimplyGood has taken it a step further by eliminating plastic use with its dissolvable cleaning tablets. 

Launched by local entrepreneur Jeremy Lee, SimplyGood is your one-stop shop for 100% plant-based natural soaps and detergents. From body cleansers to pet shampoos, these tablets are made to be 300 times lighter and 200 times smaller than traditional liquid cleaners, allowing you to save space and reduce your carbon footprint at home. 

With SimplyGood, you have the option to purchase their “Forever Bottles” to replenish your cleaning liquids, or dissolve their cleaning tablets in a repurposed bottle from your home to minimise your household waste. 

Combining affordability and accessibility, they also have a complete home cleaning kit and different types of cleaning starter kits for sale. For greater convenience, you can even subscribe to receive refillable top-up tablets for their cleaning products every month. 

If you’re interested, you can start by taking a look at the best-selling cleaning tablets on their website

Long-lasting staples for your wardrobe

In Singapore’s hot and humid weather, one thing that we cannot live without is our trusty go-to basic T-shirt that we can throw on whether we’re heading out for a quick grocery run or pairing it with a preppy outfit for work. 

Determined to create simple everyday wear that is elegant, comfortable and sustainable, EcoStaples embarked on their journey to create a range of timeless wardrobe basics designed with Singaporeans in mind. Unlike fast fashion brands that mass-manufacture polyester clothes, EcoStaples makes an environmental difference by utilising eco-friendly bamboo lyocell fabric.  

Primarily made from bamboo, which in itself produces 35% more oxygen than average trees, bamboo lyocell fabric is non-toxic and biodegradable in just around 8 days, a stark contrast to synthetic materials that take hundreds of years to break down. 

Moreover, bamboo garments are lightweight, hypoallergenic, and possess sweat-wicking properties, keeping you cool and comfortable in our tropical climate.

In addition to their environmental commitment, EcoStaples has also created recycled packaging to perfectly fit their products, avoiding the use of biodegradable bags that ultimately contribute to landfills as well. The next time you’re replacing some of your wardrobe staples, you can shop with EcoStaples on their website

Support brands that make a difference

When mitigating our personal environmental impact, it’s important to show our support for brands like Circular, SimplyGood and EcoStaples that are dedicated to helping consumers lead eco-conscious lifestyles while providing products that do not compromise on quality. Their products and services are not only beneficial to our lives, but our support for these local businesses can also encourage more to follow in their footsteps, contributing to a sustainable marketplace for all. 

If you found this month’s blog helpful for your eco journey, you can also stand a chance to win our Facebook and Instagram giveaway! Simply comment on our giveaway post by answering this question: “Name 3 featured brands that are changing the game for an eco-conscious lifestyle.” 10 lucky winners will receive a $30 eCapitaVoucher and a Geneco Green Starter Kit (worth $40). Contest ends on 30 Jun 2023, T&Cs apply. 

Let’s continue to #PowerTheChange and conserve our natural wonders for our future generations. 


Eco-friendly brands that empower you for a greener home

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Eco-friendly brands that empower you for a greener home

While it may feel like the waste we create on a daily basis is insignificant, the numbers can quickly accumulate over time. In 2022 alone, 7.39 million tonnes of solid waste were disposed of in Singapore, of which 1.86 million tonnes was generated by households.

As more organisations take a stance on attaining zero waste, it is now easier for us to make impactful changes and enjoy a more eco-conscious lifestyle.

In this month’s blog, we’re showcasing three local brands that are making environmentally-friendly household products easily accessible. If you’re keen to start embarking on your own zero waste journey, read on to see what they have to offer.

Natural personal care for the family

While we rely on soap to clean our body, mass-produced soaps use synthetic chemicals to create lather and scent and these are generally packed with preservatives that can be harmful to our skin, hard to break down when washed away, and contribute to pollution in our drains and oceans.

The Castile Soap Shop solves this problem by curating high-quality natural soaps and cleaners that are produced the right way. The brand advocates for the many natural ingredients found in our surroundings, primarily made from 100% organic plant oils, and incorporates them into their products to promote an organic, chemical-free cleaning routine. 

Their online store features a wide array of products, be it for the body, hair, pets or home, making it a one-stop shop for all things related to home and self-cleaning. And once every month, the brand also provides a Mobile Refill Service for customers to have their favourite soaps topped up right at home in their recyclable bottles to reduce plastic waste.

Making eco-conscious choices can be convenient with brands like The Castile Soap Shop. If you would like to check them out, head over to their website or Instagram page.

Going green one chopstick at a time

Every week, over 1.5 billion disposable chopsticks are used worldwide – and are sent straight to the landfills. 

With so much wood at our disposal, ChopValue has found a way to transform all these single-use waste into functional home furniture and decor pieces. From kitchen accessories, to home office desks and wooden toys, the brand is making their impact and crafting unique items to elevate your home, one chopstick at a time. 

The company begins their process by collecting used chopsticks from various businesses before turning them into new engineered material that is stronger than oak and harder than maple. Consumers can now drop off their excess unused disposable chopsticks too, located at their micro-factory at 56 Loyang Way. Production then takes place in their micro-factories around the world to produce high-quality, minimalist furniture designed to elevate homes without compromising functionality or style. 

You can find a range of upcycled furniture from phone holders to cheese boards on ChopValue’s online store, or follow their Instagram page to keep up-to-date with their latest news.

Choose Eco-Brands Over Mainstream Products

Practising yoga can help to reduce stress and anxiety by encouraging mindfulness and promoting a sense of relaxation. However, it is also important to be equally mindful of the impact that our fitness routines have on the environment.

Items such as conventional yoga mats, exercise balls, and resistance bands are typically made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is non-biodegradable and difficult to recycle, and can take up to 500 years to break down. They also contain phthalates and other harmful chemicals that are released into the air and the environment over time. 

By using eco-friendly workout gear and making sustainable choices, we can not only improve our own wellbeing but also contribute to a healthier environment. You can start to do so by taking a look at TouchTheToes, a local yoga shop that focuses on supplying sustainable and ethical products to promote an eco-conscious active lifestyle. 

The store stocks yoga mats, workout apparels, and fitness accessories made from organic cotton, natural rubber and recycled plastic bottles. Their signature yoga products are free from synthetic chemicals and provide stronger grip and cushioning – courtesy of natural-occurring properties from components like rubber, cork and jute. 

TouchTheToes’ goal is to ensure that they are neither short-changing their suppliers, nor charging a hefty price tag to their customers. Most of their products are ethically sourced and produced in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – a framework that prioritises responsible consumption, zero poverty and climate action. If you’re looking for new workout wear, why not check out TouchTheToes on their website or Instagram page.

Embark on your zero-waste journey today

As zero-waste practices continue to grow in Singapore, there are many more brands who are providing eco-friendly solutions and alternatives to help you embark on your own environmental journey.

Starting from today, you can make a stand to do your part in reducing waste by checking out these three sustainable living brands for your household essentials. 

If you have enjoyed our monthly blog, you can also stand a chance to win our Facebook and Instagram giveaway too! Simply comment on our giveaway post by answering this question: “Name one of the 3 featured brands in our latest blogpost that advocate zero waste living.” 10 lucky winners will receive a Geneco Green Starter Kit and $30 worth of eCapitaVouchers. Contest ends on 31 May 2023, T&Cs apply.

Let’s continue to #PowerTheChange and embrace a #ZeroWaste lifestyle.


Eco-friendly food choices for a sustainable future

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Eco-friendly food choices for a sustainable future

From agriculture to food processing and distribution, each stage of the global food production has a significant impact on the environment. In fact, one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions result directly from food and agriculture.

As consumers, we can do our part to reduce our carbon footprint by making eco-friendly lifestyle changes, and it can be as simple as buying local produce, planning your meal portions in advance, or even diversifying your meals by going plant-based. Along with government efforts such as the Singapore Green Plan 2030 and Singapore Food Agency’s ‘30 by 30’, which aims to nurture our agri-food industry’s capability and capacity for sustainable food production, many local businesses are now providing environmentally friendly dining options, and we can find sustainable menus more widely available around Singapore.

In this month’s blog, we are showcasing three organisations that make it easier for anyone to enjoy alternative food choices that are good for both our health and the environment.

Go green, one bowl at a time

Committed to making a positive impact in Singapore’s food scene, The Kind Bowl has created a delectable menu that uses sustainable and ethical ingredients, along with their aims of promoting food as a way to nourish our bodies. The humble plant-based Vietnamese restaurant goes by the belief that anyone can make a meaningful impact on the planet, simply by switching to just one plant-based meal a month.

This belief is at the heart of The Kind Bowl’s ethos, where they are dedicated to promoting sustainable eating and making it accessible to everyone. If you’re planning to head down to The Kind Bowl to enjoy comforting Vietnamese food, you can check out their bestselling dishes, which include Saigon Delight, the classic Banh Mi made with OMNI Luncheon Meat; and The Kind Pho, which is a blend of silky rice noodles and umami broth, with “no chicken” seitan and grilled oyster mushrooms. 

Their commitment to sustainability and healthy eating is inspiring, and serves as a reminder that we can all make a difference, one bowl at a time. To make a reservation at any of their three outlets, you can visit their reservation website.

Hegg-spect the un-hegg-spected

Singaporeans consume more than 5 million eggs a day, but local production can only meet around 20% of the demand. To help Singapore reduce its dependence on imported plant-based eggs and achieve our 30-by-30 goal, homegrown food tech company, Hegg, is constantly pursuing new and innovative ways to create delicious and versatile plant-based egg products. 

If you’re curious to try out this unique protein alternative, you can start with the Hegg Eggless Egg powder that you can use in various cooking applications – whether you like your eggs baked, scrambled, fried and more. But if you’re looking for other exciting additions to your plant-based meals, you can also find Hegg’s Eggless Kaya and Eggless Mayonnaise in the line-up. They are also constantly sharing accessible plant-based recipes that you can create using Hegg products such as the Hegg Brownies and Hegg Portugese Egg Tarts recipes, making it easy to incorporate their eggless products into your diet.By producing this tasty egg alternative, Hegg not only reduces water footprint and eggshell wastage in Singapore, they also extend their efforts toward supporting animal rights. To try your hand at creating some plant-based egg recipes, check out Hegg’s website.

Discover eco-conscious Mexican flavours

If you’re craving for flavourful and robust Mexican food, look no further than Super Loco, a Singapore-based restaurant that offers the best of Mexico’s gastronomic cuisine with a contemporary and sustainable twist. Committed to reducing their carbon impact and contributing to the environment, Super Loco has implemented four sustainability pillars that they live by:

  1. Carbon Conscious Menu, where the menu is at least 50% plant-based and the carbon footprint of each dish is indicated
  2. Tree Adoption, a partnership with Green Steps to aid reforestation across Borneo’s endangered rainforests and minimise carbon impact
  3. Filtered Water, which has saved 9,000kg and 5 tonnes of carbon emissions from transportation of imported bottled water
  4. Zero Plastic, which produces fully biodegradable straws with fully compostable delivery packaging

The restaurant is deeply inspired by its vibrant culture that honours home cooking, bringing to life their vision of serving contemporary Mexican cuisine influenced by authentic Mexican flavours. To make a reservation at any of their four outlets in Singapore, visit their website.

Sowing the seeds of sustainability with #GenecoFiVesta

To celebrate our fifth anniversary with #GenecoFiVesta, we have launched #SeedTheFuture initiative, and partnered with homegrown ice cream brand, Apiary, who is known for its premium ice cream flavours that are made with natural ingredients without any artificial colouring, to create an exclusive Geneco #SeedTheFuture ice cream. This limited edition flavour will be available from 1st to 30th April at all Apiary outlets and online store, and Geneco customers can enjoy 10% off this exclusive ice cream pint.

Our dedication to a more environmentally sustainable future is reflected in the carbon-neutral certified production process and the use of carbon-neutral packaging for serving the ice cream. The flavour combines the refreshing taste of calamansi lime with attap seeds, one of the seeds conserved at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Seed Bank, and it is perfectly balanced with a delightful blend of sweet and sour notes resulting in a zesty treat. Furthermore, the ice cream presentation is designed to resemble the planting of seeds: attap seeds are carefully placed in a concave dip in the ice cream and topped off with golden cereal crumbles that have been baked with butter and sugar to symbolise soil. This creative touch adds to the overall aesthetic appeal, creating a memorable sustainability experience with a sweet twist.

On top of that, we are also contributing $10,000 to the Garden City Fund, a registered charity and IPC of National Parks Board (NParks), to support the Singapore Botanic Gardens Seed Bank. This donation will help preserve the seeds of endangered plant species affected by climate change and habitat loss. 

To learn more about #SeedTheFuture initiative, visit www.geneco.sg/fivesta

Let’s continue to #PowerTheChange and seed the future for generations to come.


Seed The Future — 3 Ways you can conserve our green heritage

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Seed The Future — 3 Ways you can conserve our green heritage

Singapore has a huge array of botanical biodiversity, with over 4,600 floral species and approximately 1,612 native plant species found all around our country. Thanks to the initiatives and decades of hard work put in by our government and stakeholders since the 1960s, we can enjoy and revel in the lush nature and vibrant life that surrounds us today. 

Today, the pursuit of transforming our country into a sustainable City in Nature is still gaining traction, with new nature parks being opened and mangrove restoration projects kicking off. As we celebrate the International Day of Forests today, let’s all take this opportunity to appreciate our natural green spaces and play our part to protect it. We’ve put together three easy ideas for you to start making a difference and contributing to the preservation of our green heritage.

1. Learn about the different tree species around us with TreesSG

Beyond providing cooler air temperatures in Singapore’s hot and humid climate, trees help to mitigate the effects of urbanisation by reducing air pollution and providing habitats for wildlife. With approximately 7 million trees in Singapore, there is much that we can learn about the lush greenery around us. 

As part of the OneMillionTrees Movement that aims to restore nature back into our city by planting an additional one million trees across Singapore over the next 10 years, TreesSG is a resource powered by National Parks Board (NParks) that can help you learn about Singapore’s urban trees on an interactive map. 

For those who love an on-ground adventure, TreesSG has downloadable DIY Trails with specially designed routes that allow you to navigate your way around our Heritage Trees at your own pace. If you’re curious about the trees you see everyday, you can even gain insights about the trees in your neighbourhood with the TreesSG interactive map. Simply click on any tree on the map to learn about its name and characteristics, and the benefits it provides. You can even use the map to share your sightings of flowering trees with your own tree photos!

If you’d like to contribute to the movement, you can also make a donation to NParks’ registered charity and IPC, Garden City Fund, which will go towards reforestation efforts and help restore degraded ecosystems. With a simple donation covering the cost of a single tree, NParks will help to plant a tree around the heartlands of Singapore. If you are interested, you can participate through TreesSG’s website.

2. Start visiting our Nature Ways

To encourage ecological connectivity and connect fragmented habitats that may have been previously destroyed by deforestation, NParks started rolling out the “Rewilding Plan”, by progressively planting native trees, shrubs and wildflowers along stretches of our nature corridors and green spaces. Part of the Rewilding Plan includes the implementation of multi-tiered tree planting to resemble natural structures of forests and create natural pathways, and these routes are called Nature Ways.

Intricately planted with specific trees and shrubs to facilitate the movement of animals like birds and butterflies between green spaces, Nature Ways connect areas of high biodiversity to urban communities, create immediate habitats, and bring nature closer to Singapore residents. There are currently 49 Nature Ways in Singapore, stretching 170 km and connecting areas of high biodiversity, such as the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. By 2030, NParks aims to increase these pathways to 300 km. 

If you haven’t made plans this weekend, why not explore one of the Nature Ways in Singapore? You can visit their website to find out more about the important layers that are incorporated in each Nature Way, and find out where these Nature Ways are before you embark on your adventure.

3. Volunteer at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore is well-known for its abundant green spaces, and one horticultural attraction that continues to be a popular destination for tourists and locals alike is the Botanic Gardens. With decades of history and over 82 hectares of curated flora and fauna, the Gardens remains as the only tropical botanic gardens in the world today to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you would like to lend a hand in helping the Gardens to continue thriving, there are plenty of ways you can volunteer. One way is to sign up as a tour guide and be a part of their weekly free tours for the public not only will you get a chance to learn more about the plants in the Gardens, you will also get to share this new knowledge with others. 

Got a green thumb? Another fun way you can help out is to sign up as a Gardening Volunteer. Volunteers are given the opportunity to maintain an area in the Gardens. From preparing the ground, to sowing seeds, fertilising and composting, and even identifying and labelling plants, there is much you can learn about the plants in the Gardens while gardening and seeing the fruits of your labour.

Upon completing 10 hours of volunteer work, you will also receive a Volunteer Pass that gives you entitlements such as an invitation to an annual Volunteer Tea hosted by the Director of the Gardens and other special events and previews.

To find out more about how you can sign up as a volunteer, you can visit their website here.

#SeedTheFuture With #GenecoFiVesta

Conserving our natural environment takes a collective effort, and we can all participate by learning more about our environment and inspiring others to join in on our efforts. By working together, we can create a greater positive impact and forge a greener future for Singapore.

In celebration of our fifth anniversary #GenecoFiVesta, we will be donating $10,000 to NParks’ registered charity and IPC, Garden City Fund as part of our #SeedTheFuture initiative. This donation will go towards supporting the preservation of threatened plant species and the conservation of our botanical diversity at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Seed Bank. We hope that this initiative will inspire more to lend a hand in protecting our lush green spaces, as we continue to build a sustainable home for all.

Be a part of the action find out more about the Singapore Botanic Gardens Seed Bank and how you can support them here.

In addition, we are also giving away a $30 eCapitaVoucher and an exclusive Geneco Green Starter Kit to 10 lucky winners over on our Facebook and Instagram pages! All you have to do is answer this: “How many Nature Ways are there in Singapore currently?” and follow the rest of the steps in the post to stand a chance. Contest runs from 21 March to 31 March 2023.

Let’s continue to #PowerTheChange and seed the future for generations to come.


  1. *Last updated at 2pm on 21 March 2023