Trend alert! Businesses are making it easier for people in Ho Chi Minh City to phase out single-use plastics
For those on the move
Wild Earth Designs, located in the fast-changing District 2, offers handmade, washable tote bags and drink holders with playful designs, as well as bamboo straws and other sustainable-lifestyle products. Given how easy it is to get takeaway drinks and food without even getting off a motorbike in Saigon, switching away from plastic cup holders, straws and bags is likely to transform people’s daily plastic use. fb.com/wildearthsaigon
For a green home
Anyone looking to make their home or apartment a bit greener, both figuratively and literally, should look no further than Green Around the Corner. They offer a wide range of eco-friendly produce and handicrafts, as well as an array of plants to freshen up your living space. Reusable kitchen, bathroom and lifestyle goods are all available at this cozy Thao Dien spot. fb.com/greenaroundthecorner
For a green life
Lai Day Refill Station offers visitors an impressive selection of reusable products to “green” much of their lifestyle. While Lai Day does sell eco-friendly straws and bags, they also offer bamboo toothbrushes, handmade soaps, biodegradable toothpaste pellets and more. Their calling card, however, is natural liquids such as shampoo, dish soap and floor cleaners. Visitors are welcome to bring empty reusable containers to fill them up with what they need, doing away with plastic bottles in the bathroom and kitchen. laidayrefill.com
This article first appeared in the April 2019 issue of Smile magazine.