Who likes bras? No woman does! But when you have to wear one, then we say you make it sustainable and eco-friendly. We suspect all pieces that make up a bra can be sustainable while still providing maximum support. Unfortunately, even the most sustainable bras have a bit of elastane in them. But then, it’s still a worthy switch, right? So ladies, today we’re covering three amazing brands, which offer more than just bras for all your lingerie needs.
Tailor and Circus U-Back Lounge Bralette | Buy Now
Tailor & Circus U-Back Lounge Bralette is made of 94% Tencel™ Modal Micro - a Beechwood cellulose fibre sustainably cultivated by Lenzing in Austrian forest and 6% high grade elastane to give you body responsive fitting. This one’s got a beautiful floral design in pink and blue.
Angiya The Indian Bra Mahamaya | Buy Now
Call it a bra, bralette or a blouse, this top is so versatile, it is going to sail you through many occasions. It’s fitted to form having no stretch due to the intentional lack of elastane. It’s made of a beautiful brocade fabric in aqua green colour with an organic cotton lining.
Inner Sense Organic Cotton Antimicrobial Soft Nursing Bra | Buy Now
Made of 48% organic cotton, 48% bamboo, and 4% lycra, this bra absorbs and evaporates sweat better than synthetic fabrics. The bra is also antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-odour, and anti-static. This nursing bra has a wirefree and seamless design to aid mothers. It has clasps for easy access feeding. Note that Inner Sense has many other styles of bra other than a nursing bra as well as briefs.
These three brands cover different needs of yours when it comes to bras. Make sure you pick the best as per your comfort and requirement.
There’s nothing you wouldn’t do for your baby. So, if we help you in making more sustainable clothing decisions for your little ones, won’t you be game for it? Baby clothes made with adult clothing materials are often inorganic, laden with dye chemicals, and not suitable for children, who can’t take care of themselves. We have curated a list of brands that sell certified baby clothes for all your needs. Read on:
BerryTree Newborn Baby Night Suit Set Tiger | Buy Now
BerryTree sells clothing for infants as well as boys uptil 8 years of age. For a peaceful night of sleep, BerryTree has made a tiger print night suit that’s ever so comfortable. Don’t fear the midnight diaper change as the pajamas are pull-down and easy to maintain movement in. Moreover, it’s packed and shipped in recycled paper!
MikoLolo Spot The Ladybug Suspender Skirt | Buy Now
Though MikoLolo sells clothes for both boys and girls, we have featured a beautiful Spot The Ladybug Suspender Skirt here. It’s made from a beautiful floral print fabric. The pleated skirt has a soft elastic waistband at the back to ensure a comfortable and painfree fit. The matching suspenders have embroidery in pink. They are held in place with the help of wooden buttons. Go for this lovely printed skirt if you have a baby daughter!
Love the World Today 'Barefoot Boy' - Classic Chinese Collar Shirt | Buy Now
This shirt comes in sizes ranging from 6 months old to 8 years of age. The black and white shirt has a slim fit. It is made with soft handwoven cotton made in Bengal, which is very breathable. The ‘Barefoot Boy’ Classic Chinese Collar Shirt has coconut shell buttons. This shirt easily transforms from casual to dress for an occasion formal for children!
We’ve shown you just one pick from each brand’s collection but don’t forget to check a whole host of beautiful baby clothes in their catalogues. Do browse through them and find your favourites!
Did you know that at least some of your shoes can be sustainable? It was with the help of brands like Kanabis (now shut down), Neeman’s, and GreenSole that led the way and offered shoes made of eco-friendly materials. So if you need a new pair of shoes, then there’s no time like now to grab a sustainable pair from these two amazing brands. Read on:
Neemans Wool Classic Walkers | Buy Now
How are Neemand Wool Classic Walkers sustainable? They are made of merino wool that keeps you cool and socks free even during the thick of summers. On the top of it, they are lightweight, breathable, comfortable, flexible, and naturally odour resistant. The shoes are as convenient as they are carbon negative because they can be machine washed. They sell shoes for both men and women.
GreenSole Bold Denim | Buy Now
These ones are made from remelted as well as moulded soles and rewashed canvas. They have an added upper, with breathable lining and extra insole cushion. GreenSole Bold Denim Shoes are unisex and can be worn by just about anyone. Now you can look good and feel good too with shoes that are recycled and recyclable.
We are certain about the sustainability and quality of these shoes but how did you like them in terms of aesthetics? Let us know in the comments.
Just like the rest of our lives, our bathrooms are full of plastic and disposable materials. Today, we want to highlight three things in everyone’s bathroom that need a change. The first one is a plastic razor, be it a men’s or women’s. Second is plastic toothbrush and third is makeup remover wipes, which are used and thrown at a great speed. All these products are disposable and almost never biodegrade once dumped into the landfills. Let’s find out their alternatives.
Goli Soda Bamboo Toothbrush | Buy Now
Goli Soda Bamboo Toothbrush is BPA free, non-toxic, and vegan. The brush’s handle is made from bamboo and it’s the bristles that are BPA free. It comes in a recycled paper box and compostable wrapper. Bamboo is naturally anti-fungal and protects itself from any fungus that could grow in damp bathrooms. Every year 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are dumped into the landfills. Cleanse your teeth with an eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush every day.
Almitra Sustainables Bamboo Safety Razor | Buy Now
Billions of cartridges as well as razors are either thrown away in nature or burnt due to their non-recyclability. In such grave circumstances, it is better to use bamboo safety razors. Almitra Sustainables Bamboo Safety Razor renders a comfortable and close shave, without any skin irritation. It has a long handle and stainless steel head ergonomically designed for good grip and safety. Switch to the good old traditional safety razor for the sake of the environment and a new experience.
Vega Face Cleaning Pad | Buy Now
Cleansing pads are meant to remove excess oil, dirt, and makeup. If a reusable pad can do that for you, we wonder why won’t everyone use it. Vega has made one such cleansing pad and it comes in a set of two. Both pads have a back strip which makes it ergonomic and easy to use. Moreover, it feels gentle on the skin. So, it’s time to make the change!
Feeling a little hard pressed to make all these changes. We get it. Start one at a time and make eco-shifts one by one. Let us know what you start with.
There are some things about our houses that are so ubiquitous that we seldom think they require any change. Today, we want to talk about two such things. Number one on the list is black plastic garbage bags and number two is plastic mesh utensil scrubber, better known by a popular brand name ‘Scotch Brite.’ Both of these objects are hard to recycle as they are not lucrative enough for recyclers. Plus, they leech toxins and microfibers in the environment when dumped. Read on to know what could be their alternatives.
Compostable and Biodegradable Plastic Bags | Buy Now
You got it right, this bag is made of something that looks like plastic but is not plastic. PLA Starch is a material made from cornstarch and other planet friendly materials that decompose without causing any damage to the environment. This bag can be used in your kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and even cars! Go get your hands on it now.
Coconut Fibre Dish Scrub | Buy Now
Coir (fibre from outer husk of the coconut) is a material that has been used in India for ages but its use has been forgotten ever since plastic arrived on the scene. Coir is considered a waste material but Almitra Sustainables uses this material to create utensil and vegetable cleaning scrub pads. Coir is not only strong and durable, it is also antimicrobial which means it will leave your dishes squeaky clean without any chemicals. It can be easily disposed of in your compost pit.
Both these items are indispensable for your household and it’s about time we make such changes. Let us know which change do you feel more pressed to make first.
Air fresheners can cause watery eyes, respiratory problems, chemical pneumonia, pulmonary damage, skin lesions, increased cancer risk etc. All because they contain formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, aerosol propellants, and p-dichlorobenzene. Moreover, it’s quite ironic that air freshener is assumed to improve air quality whereas it actually makes your home more toxic. Your home is a relatively closed space and adding elements that diminish air quality can harm your family and contribute to the toxic brew of chemicals that wind up trapped in your system. Air fresheners can also harm pets, which have a faster metabolism. We have curated a list of a few trustworthy eco-friendly alternatives for your house. Read on:
Soulflower Lavender Potpourri | Buy Now
Made with 100% pure and natural lavender, the Soulflower Lavender Potpourri promotes a relaxing atmosphere and a restful night’s sleep. It’s free from chemicals, synthetic colours or fragrances. Lavender has a sharp odour known for its refreshing notes.
Phool Natural Incense Sticks- Lavender | Buy Now
Phool Natural Incense Sticks are made by recycling sacred temple flowers and 100% pure essential oils. They are free from charcoal and known as one of the best stress relievers. They make your home feel like a spa. Each box contains 40 sticks and one wooden holder.
Cam Pure Camphor Cone | Buy Now
Camphor has been used as a natural way to dispel odours and drive away insects for centuries. In most European countries, they use camphor as it is known to keep one safe from diseases such as malaria, dengue, H1N1, swine flu, chikungunya, yellow fever etc. It’s best used as a mosquito repellent and air freshener.
Soulflower Cube Reed Diffuser- Walk in the Woods | Buy Now
Experience the natural healing and relaxation of Soulflower Cube Reed Diffuser. It’s easy to use, eco-friendly, and needs zero maintenance. It does not require electricity and lasts for months. It can be placed in bathrooms, bedrooms, and even a yoga area.
All of these options are sustainable and responsibly sourced. Which one will you go for?
Have you ever found yourself awestruck looking at a finely glazed ceramic piece and lost the count of time, admiring that beauty? Sure enough, you have for that’s the kind of charm they have. Ceramics or clay products have a unique attractiveness to them, which invariably takes you to a ride of imagining how they came to be. And that of course, for some, is another therapeutic activity (called pottery) to be involved in. Nonetheless, whether you are the kind who’d like to get their hands dirty in clay or not, you most certainly would like to get one of these amazing pieces home. More so, when you aren’t a fan of the not so environmentally-friendly, though splendid looking table/kitchen decor, handmade pottery is your classy alternative.
Lip Vase 10 l Buy Now
That sculptured outer texture is a work of great detail. This uniquely crafted vase by Aura Pottery has been put together by joining separate slabs of clay. A fine work of an experienced hand, giving it a curvy form with a narrow opening. This piece can be placed anywhere from your living area to balcony, or even the kitchen or bathroom. Keep it just like that or use it to grow small succulents or herbs. It sure will catch everyone’s eye and you’ll be complimented for your fine taste.
Price - Rs. 1500/-
Vasudha Rice Bowl l Buy Now
This one’s sure to be a hit on the dinner table, for a great presentation as much enrichens the appetite as the delicacies served. It’s an elegant rice bowl with a lovely glaze inside out and comes in 4 color variations. Perfect for a small serving for an intimate gathering of two. And if you get lost in the conversation, don’t worry, your rice under the lid shall remain hot. Their site is under the revamping process but you can check the selected piece in the catalogue and directly connect on call to place the order.
Price: Rs. 530/-
The Birch Cup l Buy Now
Those who love their caffeine, are particular about their cups too. For those with a fine taste, the Birch Cup from Slow Pottery will definitely strike a chord. This handmade teacup is made using the wood fire technique, which lends it its breathtaking effect. Any two natural wood-fired cups cannot be identical but you can have them similar to one another, especially in the form and shape.
Price - Rs 1500/-
Terracotta Special teapot l Buy Now
Get this exquisite terracotta teapot from Andretta’s night sky series. Interesting fact: Andretta Pottery is India’s oldest pottery studio, situated in a small village by that name in the mountain state of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful piece, fired at 1080°C, terracotta glazed is food safe and will be a lovely adornment in your kitchenware. (note, the link we’ve provided above is of their Instagram handle, DM and place the order.)
Price- Rs. 2000/-
So how do you like our selected pieces? Do you plan to buy any of the above, do let us know in the comments. Also, if you’d like to try out pottery yourself, then you might want to get your hands on this pottery tool kit from Slow Pottery.
Would you like it if you get to know that the ingredients in your detergent and your shampoo are the same? Certainly not, right? Yet, unknowingly we use drugstore shampooing products, which not only harm our hair but also sully the environment. Suflates, parabens, PEGs, phthalates, formaldehyde, triclosan, dimethicone, alcohol, fragrances, colors, etc. make a shampoo a choking hazard for the planet. Needless to say, it strips your hair of its natural oils and damages the hair’s regeneration capacity. We can’t have all this happen to our hair any longer hence, we have curated a list of six sustainable shampoo brands, where you can either opt for our pick or go for another shampoo that suits your hair type better. Read on:
Earthy Sapo Shikakai Multani Shampoo Bar | Buy Now
Our nani-dadi have told us plenty about the benefits of shikakai and multani mitti. Earthy Sapo has brought us the goodness of Indian ingredients in a shampoo bar. The shampoo bar also consists of bhringraj, rosemary, amla, hibiscus flower, methi, brahmi, and neem. The shampoo bar is meant for normal to oily hair types.
Price- Rs. 200
Mama Earth Baby Shampoo | Buy Now
We know your baby probably doesn’t love a head bath, so you require something that foams quickly. That’s why we have got you a shampoo that does not carry a trace of sulfates yet foams thickly and quickly. The shampoo is 100% toxin free hence, it will not irritate the eyes of the little one.
Price- Rs. 399/ 400ml
Soulflower Reetha Coconut Milk Shampoo Bar | Buy Now
Soulflower Reetha Coconut Milk Shampoo Bar soap claims to soften and cleanse hair while retaining and enhancing natural shine. It’s 100% vegan, natural, cold-pressed, free from chemicals, SLS, synthetic colours and fragrance. Yet, it produces abundant lather with the help of vegetable oil. It’s carefully crafted with heavily concentrated pure essential oils and botanical extracts whose smell lasts all day. It’s made for oily and combination hair and scalp.
Price- Rs. 329/ 150gm
Sublime Life Grumpy Cow Volumising Shampoo | Buy Now
This one's for you if you have limp or lifeless hair. The Sublime Life Grumpy Cow Volumising Shampoo has exquisite ingredients that enrich the hair in different ways. Soy protein, vitamins and essential oils fortify hair, making them look fuller and healthier. Vitamin B5 and wheat protein naturally boost volume. Organic pomegranate juice, raspberry juice, blueberry and oat extracts leave the mane looking nourished, clean and shiny. It’s a bit pricey but we promise it’s worth it!
Price- Rs. 1,011.50/ 300ml
Kimirica Earth Shampoo | Buy Now
Who doesn’t love a shampoo that is cruelty-free and not tested on animals? Kimirica Earth Shampoo is a refreshing pick for clean, soft, and healthy hair. Infused with the zestful notes of Balsam and Frankincense, it has a gentle formula suitable for everyday use. It is 100% vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free. The richness of aloe and glycerine makes it a balanced shampoo for all hair types.
Price- Rs. 645/ 290ml
The Nature’s Co. Marigold Hair Cleanser | Buy Now
The Nature’s Co. is known for being eco-friendly as a brand. They make products that contain natural ingredients, which are against animal cruelty, vegan and ethically sourced from across the globe. Their offering for dry damaged hair is the Marigold Hair Cleanser. It helps achieve silky smooth hair with the help of marigold’s antioxidant properties. Since this shampoo is all natural, it can be used daily.
Price- Rs. 895/ 250ml
Let us know which of these shampoo brands suit your hair type. Ditch the use of regular shampoos and hop on the natural shampoo express!
“Wash your hands” has become the life mantra in the ongoing Covid-19 phase. But have you ever wondered what’s the effect of washing your hands with any random soap and what you should be using instead? Let's acquaint you with some of the disadvantages of using such commonly available soaps and find out where can you buy sustainable soaps from:
We care about our faces the most yet at times, we end up using harmful, chemical products on our skin. Today, we want to update you with three of our favourite makeup brands and their products. These brands are not only au naturale but also on point with beauty trends wise. Read on to know where to do your next mini makeup haul from:
Ruby’s Organics | Buy Now
First up on our list is Ruby’s Organics founded by Rubeina Karachiwalla. They have used only organic and natural ingredients to develop an entire range of makeup staples. Moreover, Ruby’s Organics products are infused with bio-active agents to further enhance your skin. Their product range includes foundation, concealer, eye shadow, highlighter, blush, lip color, lip balm, lip gloss, kajal etc. Our favourite is their lipsticks, which come in so many different shades of pink and red.
Soul Tree | Buy Now
All Soul Tree products carry a triple seal of goodness: Ayurvedic, sustainably sourced, and organic. They are the only beauty brand in India to be certified by BDIH Germany. While they have a lot of skin, bath, and hair care products, the makeup products we are sticking to today are Soul Tree’s Ayurvedic kajal, lipstick, BB cream, mascara, and lip glosses. Our favourite is their natural BB cream. It comes in 5 shades, perfect for various brown skins. It’s not a good makeup product only because it is lightweight in texture but it also heals and repairs skin damage with the help of sandalwood, turmeric, and pink lotus.
Ilana Organics | Buy Now
Ilana Organics source all their high performance ingredients from Organic and Trade Safe certified farms around the country. They offer two makeup products namely Beet Tint and Soft Blur Concealer. Their Beet Tint stands out from all of the world’s tints as this one is made from real beetroot and glycerine. Note that it is a tint and not a lipstick. It has a sheer build up and not an opaque one. But we feel, it works as well on the cheeks as it does on the lips.
Are you feeling what we are and loving all of these eco-friendly makeup options? Don’t forget, just get what you need. Invest wisely and let us know what you splurged on!