Catch a glimpse of the future of sustainable living on Mini’s ExtraOddinary trail

This weekend, explore innovative new urban eco solutions with a series of exhibitions and activities in the heart of Chinatown


Our planet’s environment is in a bad way, but it’s not just the climate (like you always about hear on the news) that’s the issue. The rapid urbanisation of developing countries and neverending population growth also means that our resources are being consumed at an alarming rate.

Global awareness of this issue has pushed companies everywhere to look into ways to reduce their ecological footprint, and is the subject of Mini’s latest project in Singapore.

“Part of the brand’s initiative to go beyond the automotive” (their words), 2019’s iteration of Mini ExtraOddinary is an “ecocultural” trail that explores groundbreaking and eye-opening uban sustainability solutions that place emphasis on re-using and recycling.

These potentially future-shaping ideas are contrasted against the history of Chinatown’s spaces, along a compact trail filled with exhibitions, activities, and demonstrations from various collaborators.

Mini ExtraOddinary 2019 is open to the public free of charge from 22 to 24 November. Visitors are invited to use the interactive map at to plan their journey and read more about the installations.

There’s plenty of properly fascinating technologies and innovations to be found along the trail, but here are a few highlights:

Pineapple and mushroom leather

Environmentalists and vegans would tell you all about the harmful effects of livestock farming for food, but did you know that applies to the production of leather products too? Check out how these two companies have found greener ways of producing leather; who knows, some of it might even end up in your car one day…

Recycled plastic furniture and souvenirs 

Plastic waste disposal is one of the most urgent problems we face as they simply never go away on their own after they’ve been thrown away. The ugly sight of plastic trash on beaches and in the sea are proof of this. But what if these items can be upcycled and processed into nifty items that we might actually want to use in our homes? 

All-natural fabric print and dye workshop

As it turns out, conventional textile dyeing for all our clothes is actually the second-largest polluter of water in the world. Happily, there are natural and sustainable ways of creating fashion, and on the trail, visitors can join a workshop to create their own all-natural printed fabrics.

Sweet treats to sample

Sustainability doesn’t only apply to the Earth’s health alone, but to ours too. Stop by along the trail for samplings of kombucha (a fermented drink made from tea, good bacteria, and yeast), meatless bak kwa (made from mushrooms) and spirulina fortune cookies (made from algae).

about the author

Jon Lim
CarBuyer's staff writer was its fourth historical Jonathan. Old-fashioned in all but body, he thinks car design peaked in the '90s and is enthusiastic about vintage cars and old machinery.