A festival for living, working and consuming consciously

The second year of the Green Is The New Black: A Conscious Festival in Singapore will be packed with home-grown brands, inspirational talks and a vibrant local music scene.

Stephanie Dickson speaking at the GITNB press conference
Stephanie Dickson, co-founder of The Wedge Asia and Green Is The New Black, speaking at the press conference of the Conscious Festival. Image: CRAFTSMEN

Responsible shoppers, take note: A festival selling socially and eco-conscious products and services will take place at at Hotel Jen Tanglin in October 22. 

Some 80 local brands from fashion, art and beauty will be having booths. These are Diadem candles, FrankSkincare, Sustainable Living Lab, Yard Yarn and many more.

Shoppers will also be entertained by stage performances from local artists, Stanley Ho and Syahir Ezekial.

The market is part of Green Is The New Black: A Conscious Festival, organised by The Wedge Asia, a professional network for like-minded individuals and brands who want to do something meaningful and generate positive impact to create a better future.

The festival hopes to improve the way people live, work and consume in their daily lives.

Stanley Ho performing at the press conference of Green Is The New Black: A Conscious Festival. He is a local singer-songwriter who writes and sings about living in Singapore. Image: CRAFTSMEN 

“It’s about thinking of the daily decisions you make and how they impact you, your surroundings and the environment. It’s about making conscious choices rather than living on an autopilot,” shared Stephanie Dickson, co-founder of The Wedge Asia, during the press conference for the event on 15 August at Hotel Jen Tanglin, Singapore.

Besides the marketplace, there will be a series of talks from local and international speakers exploring three themes: Being (dealing with your inner critic), doing (finding purpose at work), and having (what it means to be sustainable).

The speakers include Solonia Teodros, co-founder of The Change School, Jacqui Hocking from B Corp Singapore, founder and director of the London Fashion Revolution, Carry Somers and Lanvy Nguyen, who started Fashion4Freedon in Vietnam, among others. 

There will also be workshops on urban gardening, building your own living jar and repairing clothes.

Attendees at the press conference enjoy a taste of the mindful marketplace. The marketplace, one of the key features of the festival, will showcase a variety of local brands promoting conscious living. Image: CRAFTSMEN

The festival is free to the public but there is a fee for the talks and workshops.

Speaking at the press conference this week, the founder of Buy 1 Get 1 free (B1G1) – a non-profit that works with businesses worldwide to embed giving activities in their everyday business operations, Masami Sato, said: “Small things that we do in our daily businesses are much more powerful than the big things we aim to do in the future.” The company’s chairman Paul Dunn is one of the speakers on Oct 22. 

In collaboration with B1G1, a percentage of the proceeds from the tickets for the talks will be contributed towards keeping young girls in school in Cambodia. 

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