I never win anything. So, you can imagine my surprise when I got the email from Home & Decor magazine saying that I had won a hamper in their 25th birthday celebration! Exciting!
I received this massive bundle of Method cleaning products worth over $90!! Naturally derived, biodegradable and made by a company with a great vision – I was pretty stoked, but it got me thinking about my Green Living workshops. Often I hear people say they want to detoxify their home, but aren’t sure how to get started. So, I’ve decided to share in my good fortune with you! This prize can be a great first step to start replacing some of the nasty conventional products and to start detoxifying your home! These bottles are beautifully packaged and because of their gentle ingredients, they will be kind to your home, to your family and to our planet. How awesome is that?
This giveaway is only open to my Singapore readers because it’s far too heavy to post – which also means that the winner has to be willing to meet me in person to get the goods. Hope that’s more of a bonus than an inconvenience! Why don’t we make a day of it and have a drink and a chat at Pasar Bella? I’ll put the bottles in a nice bag so that we don’t walk around looking like cleaning ladies!
To stand the best chance of winning, all you have to do is share with us a bit about your journey into green living. Tell us:
What is the hardest part about living green in Singapore? What’s your favorite tip to make it easier?
Can’t wait to meet you and give you this big bundle of Method cleaning products. Contest ends July 26th, and I’ll email the winner so that we can plan our day. Good luck!
Giveaway: Method Household Products Bundle!
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Now, this giveaway runs for just two weeks. Hurry and enter, it’s taking a lot of self-restraint not to open up those bottles and start scrubbing something!
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*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with, Facebook, Home & Decor or Method. The giveaway sponsor, Little Green Dot, will ship the prize within 14 days of the end of the giveaway. Giveaway starts Friday, July 12th and ends Friday, July 26th at midnight SGT. Once the giveaway ends, winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter and contacted within 24 hours by email. This post will be updated with winners’ names once we’ve heard back from them. Winners must live in, or be willing to travel to Singapore to collect their prize. Winners will need to respond within 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. *
39 responses to “Giveaway! Win This Huge Method Household Products Bundle”
Hate that people use recycling bins like rubbish bins! Make you wonder if there’s any point sorting your trash. 🙁
Environmental friendly products are not always readily available. Big stores usually only carry non-environmently friendly ones. I tried to go around this by online shopping. I got my organic cloth diapers, kid’s stainless steel water bottle and reusable wet bags from different online stores. And most of them are run by work-at-home-mothers so I’m supporting this small community too!
I think the hardest part for everyone is when there are so many malls in Singapore tempting you to buy so many things that you don’t need, and that will eventually will end up in the rubbish bin. My tip would be to make a list of what you really need vs what you want.
Too much packing in Singapore! And I can’t believe people are still using polystyrene to package hot food in food courts and restaurants!
I always bring my own shopping bags to reduce packaging. I would cook as much as I can or go to restaurants that don’t use chemical takeaway boxes.
Too many plastic bags being given out freely for any purchase. I refuse plastic bags as much as i can
To be green in singapore needs some work and be willing to spend.
1. Green items sold only in store in selected places. You will not find it an a normal supermarket below your block in the suburbs. So you need to go the way out to those shops just to stock up.
2. It is always price higher than the rest of the mass market products. So if you live from hand to mouth, you probably wouldnt use it.
To overcome the above a little, I make my own cleaning stuff..so that save a bit of money. But again, it needs some work to read up and test the recipe on how well it works. So in conclusion, there is still no easy way of living green in singapore. *Sigh*
The hardest part is the mindset! How to convince my mum that natural cleaners are effective and convince her to try them out. The second part is sourcing the materials to make your own natural cleaners (borax is not legally sold in SG).
Thank goodness for Phoon Huat: Bulk vinegar and baking soda!.
Tip: Dont forget that you can make washing soda by baking baking soda in the oven!
Could you please prepare an article about shopping effectively in Singapore please? Everything is over-packaged and since most of the items sold here come from far, what are the best options?
Thanks in advance
Keep up the good work.
To me i love to stay Green..
Green as in saving the world not envy ya..hehe
thats why i always bring a bag when going to the market..try to buy things that hav the green logo that can save the world..
The hardest part about living green in singapore is to psychologically overcome the idea that we are masters, instead of guardians, of the environment. For a little dot we have plenty of ambition and bags of confidence, but this sometimes translates destructively when it comes to the environment. Practically, I find singapore difficult to walk around (too hot!) and I don’t find it built as a walking city, despite it’s small size.
My favourite tip is to turn to our grandparents/parents for advice on living green. Usually, the way they lived years ago – from all natural face masks to natural vinegar cleaners, as well as handmade linen and healthy snacks – were unintentionally ‘green’.
I switched over to more naturally derived cleaning products like Method after being diagnosed with many fibroids and a somewhat large ovarian cyst.
After doing some research, I learned about xenoestrogens found in more traditional cleaning products, (xenoestrogens-a group of chemicals present in the environment and the products we use every day, which mimic the effects of estrogen and compromise normal hormone function.)
After my most recent ultrasound, I am glad that the worrying ovarian cyst has disappeared and the number of fibroids have diminished too.
While it is difficult to say conclusive what exactly caused the cyst and fibroids to diminish (as I also changed my diet, exercised more and tried to handle stress better), I can definitely say that I am more aware of the products I use and how it affects me.
I think the hardest part about living green in Singapore is the lack of support and the local community. It is not well established and many take things for granted.
Easiet Tip: Switch off all lights when not in use, recycle, recycle, recycle!
The hardest part is the laziness and mindset about going green.
Easiest tip: Switch off the switches whenever not in use. Print on both sides of paper. Recycle.
The hardest part is the lack of infrastructure to support green living, e.g. bicycle lanes. Also, the cost of green products is much higher than conventional ones.
Easiest tip: Food choices! I’m vegan and pack my own food most of the time. And don’t own a car, use public transport!
The hardest part of going green is that not everyone are into going green and the effort which you put in seem silly and unappreciated in the short run. 🙁 my fav tips is that think for the long run for your family 🙂
I find the lack of awareness the most challenging. Given the plethora of food service establishments all over the city and the usage of disposable dishes and utensils and plastic bags, paper etc, one would hope that there would be recycling containers at every corners. Implementing a policy of use of only biodegradable disposables across the entire city would not only make it more affordable for all vendors it would also also make for a greener city!
Until then no take out for me – unless I bring my own containers 🙁
I don’t think Singapore is very green. Many condos do not provide recycling bins and a lot of the rubbish just seems to be put together for ease. It’s very difficult to get use to when your use to hsving various bins and boxes at home to sort your own recycling which is then collect weekly or bio weekly.
Also very annoying g when supermarkets double pack shopping items or use one bag per item. I always carry reusable bags now.
I do however like that fact that most shopping malls do provide recycling bins with three compartments. At least you feel like there is some hope out there
I find it difficult to find eco friendly and good quality toys, which is the reason we are setting up a toy store focusing on eco friendly and fair trade toys. It’s also difficult to find eco friendly packaging as well. It’s so much easier and cheaper to be non eco . But what are the consequences … We all have suffered from the haze .
The difficult part is that everyone thinks that its so hard to get started that it takes alot of persuasion for them to believe in the cause. My friends will say ‘i dont have time’ or ‘its too expensive’ but in reality, it is the same work as the norm! In fact, I love housework because I no longer get headaches from the funky chemical smells!
The difficult part is that it’s hard to persuade other people. It would be easier if there’s more incentive like discount for using your own shopping bag / charging for plastic bags.
Definitely, the hardest part is the mindset of even your own family and friends to change to go green. Encouraging them to go green and also not being able to escape society’s wastage and lack of awareness, even worried about the horrors of “toxic” makeup and adding all that nonsense to your skin daily religiously ;(
The prices get me down as well really. Definitely not very affordable, making u resort to half organics and half clean.
One other huge issue is wastage. Really trying to get into food wastage awareness. An upcoming talk show Food Points on Channel News Asia reminded me of this recently and also an article from Good. I need to get more proactive on this. Care to join me anyone? Also always asl for less when you order food and you know it’s a big portion.
One step at time.
I think the mindset it the biggest challenge we face. Singapore is a consumer-based society that has been spoilt (for lack of a better word).
We have access to everything at the tips of our fingers and putting in the extra effort is just HARD.
I believe it has to be a collective change and come from the government as well. More than 60% of the population stay in HDB flats and if they can incorporate the rubbish chutes to be separated into wet rubbish and dry rubbish, that’s a start.
As someone who likes to create art from recycled milk and glass bottles, its sad that to see a lot of the dry waste which can be reused going to waste. My next project is to do something about my 2 huge bagfulls of plastic bags i have stored over the years… its an eyesore to say the least!
Until then, i urge my fellow green friendly people, try out paper mache art out of your newspapers.
Its fun for both adults and kids alike.
I think the hardest thing about living green in Singapore is trying to not shop too much (in general) since so much of your time seems to be spent in a mall! The more nice things you see the more you want I find! My tips is
1. Try to spend more time outdoors, in parks, on beaches, gardens etc.
2. By used stuff from second hand/vintage shops, Craigslist, Facebook groups. Especially expat Facebook groups is a good bet since so many people are coming and leaving all the time.
3. Arrange swaps with your friends. Clothesswaps with some girlfriends is always god fun!
Living in Singapore is very much hassle-free as we are able to out-source many of our chores to other parties so much so that sometimes we are unused to living with a little inconvenience in exchange for a sustainable planet.
One way is how we junk everything instead of considering the ways in which we can reuse or recycle and item or re-gift it to someone who can appreciate it. To avoid this, I feel we should just make do with less so that we have less to waste. “Waste not, want not” should be an integral part of our lives! 🙂
This is such a wonderful (and generous) giveaway! Thanks for offering to share your loot!
The hardest to being green is the cost. To not let that get too overwhelming, I think it’s best to start small. Bring your own shopping bags, recycle trash as much as possible, use vinegar instead of fabric softeners, use homemade wellness products (chocolate-oats facial mask on the cheap!). The last one especially is a treasure trove and one I’m exploring one product at a time!
Wow, giveaway Method products! Awesome as I have personally used the Dishwasher soap.
People should go green in S’pore. They are just lazy to bring their own shopping bags realizing that the shops always give out plastic bags. Also too much of throwing away plastic bottles & bags into the bin!
Thanks for the giveaway and for introducing me to Rafflecopter. Awesome app!
Frankly it is hard to answer the first question as there are so many reasons that make living green hard!
In the end, shall I say, the hardest part in living green is doing it does not make economic sense! It seems inefficient (requiring more time, more money and more effort), contrary to what competitive Singapore values. When I was a working mum, I did not have the time to research and locate green products. Now that I stay at home, we need to watch the purse.
Nonetheless, I believe every little effort counts. Nowadays, I surround myself with like-minded friends and acquaintances (which include you all) who support living green. We encourage and give each other tips and feedback on how living green is the right way of life. These spur me on to continue living green. Recent DIY: making liquid handsoap. Getting young kids involved also makes it easier. The Hubby and the Grandparents seem to pay more attention to what they say and do. 🙂
For me, the hardest part about living green is all the excess packaging – for example, when buying from somewhere like breadtalk, every bread is put into a little plastic bag, and then all the little plastic bags are put into a bigger one. Or at a food court or for takeout, all the polystyrene or plastic plates and cutlery that are used just once – it makes it hard to enjoy the food when I know how much waste I’m generating.
A tip: Reduce/ Re-use/ Recycle! I try to always have cloth bags with me for shopping and a set of re-usable plastic chopsticks but haven’t figured out a way to deal with take out containers yet! Any suggestions?
A day in Pasar Bella with you sounds fantastic 🙂
The hardest part in living green here in SG is definitely the lack of accessible and cheaper green products eg. in local nearby Supermarkets/ mall shops. There are not enough choices. And I really want to go green all the way but too much effort is needed just to find biodegradable products itself.
Also, not all stores practice eco-friendly packaging so I have the tendency to not bring my own bags for shopping and instead just use the plastics that we normally have on shops. little things… but they contribute alot in living Green…
I find it hard to naturally protect my skin against the sun in Singapore. As a fair skinned red head, UV rays are not my friend and I am wary of the toxic chemicals in sunscreens today.
My solution? I eat my sunscreen!
Not literally but through foods that are full of antioxidants, carotenoids, and lycopene. These include blueberries, carrots, kale and broccoli and provide protection from UV and free radical damage
Hardest part? Lack of information and mindset. Which resulted in high prices for such products. If green products are more popular, we might be able to pay a little lesser!
Compared to the US and UK, green and cruelty free products are difficult or very costly to find in singapore. Market demand and awareness are definitely culprits but blogs such as this is a great way to offer simple DIY ideas to greenify our lives. I’ve recently learnt about and ordered some soap nuts (natures version of soap) from a locally based online store ( DIY SECRETS ) which helps to minimise the carbon footprint of postage too. I use essential oils with the soap nuts to add a nice smell to my laundry instead of artificial fabric softeners. i also take my own plastic bags to the shops and wet markets. Simpe gestures like saying no to an extra carrier for a takeaway drink can go a long way.
1. hardest part living green in singapore:
i) can be costly sometimes
ii) letting convenience take precedence over being green
iii) lack of empathy for mother earth from general public and many don’t think everyone counts and makes a difference towards making this world a better place (and also for our future generations) to live in
2. my favourite tipSss:
i) i eat out 7days a week so i try to eat at the eateries/restaurants/hawkers instead of doing takeaways to cut down the usage of plastic containers/cutleries.
ii) if not, bring my own food tin containers for takeaways and avoid taking away any disposable cutlery. bring my own cutlery with me everywhere i go.
iii) always have my own foldable shopping bag with me or refusing to take any plastic bag at checkout counters
iv) separate my trash and dispose them in the recycling bins.
v) read what goes into what you eat or use.
vi) read up more blogs like little green dot on green living!!!!
The hardest part is that there are just too many electronic gadgets and products in Singapore which we rely on that we keep relying on them and using them, resulting in high usage of electricity and hence affecting the carbon footprint. My tip is to reduce usage of such products wheneer possible, and to switch off the appliances whenever we do not need to use them.
Thanks for organizing such a lovely giveaway Militza!!
The hardest part about being green in Singapore is the influence that rules the roost in any situation – this could be big brands and the want to be associated with them without so much worrying about what goes within or the influence of advertisements and trends that start from a young age. This is true of any developed society and needs a certain level of self awareness and concern for the environ that comes eventually,
My tip would be to start small. Going green is a process and when done in small steps, it becomes enjoyable and one tends to appreciate it better. This could be using organic hair oil for starters to using your own fabric bags to making your own detergent in graded steps so that it doesn’t seem overwhelming, a little bit of appreciation and positive reinforcement will go a long way in ensuring this trend stays.
Thanks again 🙂
I don’t really find it hard to go green because it all boils down to your mindset and making a conscious effort to do it.
To me, the mentality of treasuring every single thing given to you and assuming ownership over them helps.
For e.g. even when I am given just a simple plastic shopping bag for my purchase, I have this mindset that the shopping bag belongs to me now and I should not anyhow toss it away; instead I will treat it as part of my belongings and try to find ways to use it as much as I can instead of wasting it if I were to merely dump it away. And if I’m not confident of treasuring it, I’d rather not take it at all and rob another deserving person’s right to enjoy and value it.
In my humble opinion, always be thankful for the things you are given and not taking things for granted makes going green a natural part of your life 🙂
The hardest part about living green in Singapore is the abundant use and availability of plastic bags & containers.
My favorite tip is making a conscious effort to use my own shopping bags & my own container when buying takeaway food.
We have our winner for the Monster Method Bundle Giveaway! The winner is….. drumroll… Claire Brander!! Thanks a million to everyone who entered – you’re awesome!