WHAT IGNITED YOUR INTEREST IN WASTE AND SUSTAINABILITY?
It’s extremely easy to buy bottled soap off the shelves and I’ve never questioned anything in the past, not the plastic or the ingredients. I’m even guilty of influencing my choice of soap by attractive packaging designs.
The word “sustainability” was never accessible to me either. It’s such a big topic and a bit overwhelming for me. Living in the Netherlands has definitely changed my way of seeing things. I was curious to know how my friends chose their soap and if it related to their nationality. To my surprise, a handful of anti-soaps (shower with water only) and many opted for bar soaps as they preferred natural ingredients. More importantly, they didn’t want to contribute to plastic waste. These conversations helped me get interested in the topic of sustainability that used to intimidate me.
YOU HAVE LIVED IN THE NETHERLANDS FOR SEVERAL YEARS. WHAT IMPRESSED YOU AS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE HERE AND IN SINGAPORE?
I felt like a sponge in the Netherlands. Working alongside friends from all over the world, it’s such a rich space with culture, ideas and new things. It was a once in a lifetime experience, in the right place at the right time. After returning to Singapore, it’s not everyday that I meet people from a different culture/nationality, but I have learned to embrace our own Asian culture much more than before.
GOING BACK TO THE MASS PRODUCTION OF HAPPINESS, HOW LONG DID THE PROCESS OF IDEATION, RESEARCH AND DESIGN TAKE TO GET TO THE FINAL WORK? AND CAN YOU EXPLAIN US YOUR PROCESS?