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Eco Market

Singapore's night market with an Eco-friendly twist. A space to get together for food, fun, games, music, art and friends of the community.

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There are no lack of night markets and flea markets around in Singapore. Singaporeans love these flea markets, where they can shop, eat local delights, play arcade-style games. However, these markets are'nt exactly the friendliest to the environment. imagine how much greener the local environment can be if we just add an Eco-friendly twist to the existing markets.

Initiative 1:
Singaporeans love to shop? Yes, they do. The Eco Market supports local vendors, independent designers, artisans who upcycles used products/materials, or create their products with environmental friendly materials. Be it handicrafts, accessories, bags or clothing lines, you name it, you will find it in the Eco Market.

Initiative 2:
Done with your shopping? Instead of having vendors issuing plastic bags for your purchases, the Eco Market advocates Singaporeans to bring their own reusable shopping bags. Singapore is probably one of the few developed countries in which only a fraction of supermarts advocate "bringing your own shopping bags". So, why not we start nudging the citizens towards this mental mode, and what better way than to start with the Eco Market.

Initiative 3:
Have the independent designers and artisans hold workshops, or display their skills. Inspire the community to start their own creations at home using the concept of upcycling.

Initiative 4:
For parents looking for games to keep their kids entertained, instead of the old school arcade games, the Eco Market have our very own Caine's Arcade. Inspired by Caine, (check out, the Eco Market features schools students who build their own cardboard arcade. This concept may be rolled out as a competition between schools. Singapore's very own Caine's arcade will be beneficial in the following ways:
 - Encouraging creativity and entrepreneurship in kids.
 - Having kids inspire more kids.
 - Forming a bond between parents, teachers and kids, as they come together to make the arcade a success.

Initiative 5:
Just like a farmer's market, have local farmers sell their fresh produce. Have local chefs cooking up a feast of all sorts. But the caveat, provide a healthier choice for the community. From simple Initiatives such as less oil, more vegetable to using a air fryer to fry chicken wings, it's up to the chefs imagination.

Initiative 6:
Inspired by Lindsey's contribution on "Sunday Streets in San Francisco". The Eco Market is held on stretches of roads that are closed off. Cars are off the road for that day, and the community is encourage to walk or bike.

The Eco Market sits on the idea that Singaporeans can still enjoy their flea markets, or so called pasar malam, while at the same time playing a part in making the environment greener.

How does your concept inspire collaboration between individuals, private sector organisations, and the government in an effort to create cleaner neighbourhoods?

Each party in the community has a role to play in this Eco Market. Individuals contribute as vendors, arcade owners, chefs, or consumers. Private Sector can fund the Caine's arcade as part of their CSR or join as vendors. Government - I can see how the Ministry of Education, NEA, Ministry of Health, Land Transport Authority can collaborate with each other to make Eco Market a reality.

How might your concept be scaled in a way that creates even more connections between people?

Pushing it out the Eco Market concept to neighborhoods. With time, the Eco Market can be a local culture that Singaporeans celebrate.

How might you design a small experiment around your concept that would mobilise action?

By starting with a small neighborhood. Test how receptive the community is to each initiative, before the Eco Market officially launches.


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This is definitely great. It would be definitely ideal if we could get some free space that's near to MRTs. It's definitely not easy to get strategic location for these purposes. I think the biggest hurdle is getting the space to do it.

Maybe we could do it on certain roads that is closed off during the evening. E.g. Smith Street so that we could create something like Malacca's Jonker Street.

Edmund Ng

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