Small eco-businesses face ethical dilemma amid seesawing sales

Need to stay financially afloat at odds with mission to reduce over-consumption

As more people in Singapore plug into the eco-conscious lifestyle, fledgling start-ups ranging from clothing thrift shops to "zero-waste" stores have popped up across the country.

But owners of these small businesses face a growing challenge of balancing the need to stay financially afloat with the ethical dilemma of not encouraging over-consumption.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2020, with the headline 'Small eco-businesses face ethical dilemma amid seesawing sales'. Subscribe