What are beeswax food wraps?
Beeswax food wraps are made of cotton or hemp and well, beeswax. These wraps have antifungal and antibacterial properties. Unlike airtight plastic wraps, beeswax wraps are watertight and naturally breathable so that they let food breathe.
What are the benefits of beeswax food wraps?
1. They last a really long time unlike the disposable plastic wraps, can be used only once. Beeswax wraps can be washed with cold water n number of times and reused. Think of how much money they save you.
2. Plastic cling wrap is more malleable but it is not breathable. Fresh foods can become hot in it and wilt. Beeswax acts like a natural barrier just like the skin of a fruit and lets food breathe in it for longer.
3. There’s evidence that beeswax has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that helps keep things clean and free of foreign agents, which is great when dealing with food.
4. Beeswax wraps last upto a year as overtime, the beeswax coating starts wearing away. Once the wrap has come to its end you can simply bury it in some mud. Unlike plastic cling wrap, this is biodegrade.
5. Beeswax wraps are freezer friendly. They can be used to store food for months. We are sure plastic food wrap can’t do that!
Single use anything is so 2015 and so are disposable paper towels. Millions of paper napkins are used everywhere in urban India in a single year. 0.07 gallons of water is required to produce a 0.08 ounce paper napkin (not including the water to grow the tree.) Next to nothing of these paper towels gets recycled or biodegraded as the amount of anaerobic bacteria in the landfill soil is dwindling. If these are the stats, then we all should strictly stick to cloth towels and of a special kind, i.e., bamboo towels. Bamboo is a grass that requires very little water and no pesticides to grow. It releases 35% more oxygen. Read on to know where can you find the best alternatives to disposable paper towels:
Beco Bambooee Reusable Kitchen Towel Roll | Buy Now
First up is the Beco Bambooee Reusable Kitchen Towel Roll, for those who can’t get past the ease of using paper kitchen towels on a regular basis. These are made from organic bamboo, which is washable upto 100 times. Plus, they have perforations that makes it easier to tear from the roll. The roll is genuinely excellent quality and contains 20 sheets. So use them if you love the convenience and high absorption capacity of paper towels. But don’t forget to wash and reuse them. One roll of their bamboo towels replaces 60 conventional paper towel rolls. That’s upto 6 months of paper towels!
Price- Rs. 299
Athlos Workout Towels | Buy Now
How many times do you recall yourself reaching for the stack of paper towels at your gym’s washroom? Athlos Workout Towels are made just for those times. Frustrated with the limited options ranging from cotton, microfiber, and paper towels, Athlos created a real solution to solve the age old conundrum: what towels to use for our sweaty workouts? Their Workout Towel is constructed from a special weave of their bamboo fabric. Its silver based antibacterial technology fights body odour. It meets the same level of compactness and softness that you would expect from a good gym towel. So, ready to make the right switch?
Price- Rs. 397
Brown Living Ultra Soft Bath Towel Large | Buy Now
Did you know that bamboo is 3 times more absorbent than cotton? This bamboo towel is softer than the softest cotton and it carries a natural sheen like silk and cashmere. It’s also odorless because of its porous cross section. The presence of bamboo kun, a biological agent, makes bamboo towels antimicrobial. Bamboo filaments are filled with micro sized roles and gaps which allow fabric to regulate body temperature. The towel comes in a generous size of 75 cm X 150 cm.
Price- Rs. 1,499
Now that you have read several benefits of using a bamboo towel over paper ones, when would you make the switch?
Every rakshabandhan, we collectively create insurmountable amounts of rakhi waste. Those rakhis have textile, plastic, and other types of materials attached to them. This year, we can make a change by incorporating plantable seed paper rakhis into our lives. They are made of paper which can be torn and planted as a seed. The paper is supposed to sprout and create a plant. Read on to find out where you can get plantable rakhi sets at 3 different price points:
21 Fools Rohi Plantable Rakhi Sanganeri Cotton Masks | Buy Now
We are in love with 21 Fools’ message which says that “this rakshabandhan, along with the love and care, provides extra protection to your brother.” Their gift set includes a plantable rakhi along with a ‘Sanganeri’ cotton 3 ply face mask. The gift set comes as a pack of three if you have a larger squad of brothers. The rakhis will grow into holy basil and marigold as they are embedded with their seeds. Note that they are chosen quite mindfully as they grow best in the approaching monsoon season.
Peppa Premium Plantable Seed Rakhi Set | Buy Now
If your brother is not huge on gardening, then this gift set from Peppa can come in handy. It has a plantable seed rakhi, which is 100% biodegradable. Plus, it has ‘roli,’ rice, cocopeat coins, coir pot, and organic fertilizer. These things will help him put together a plant in no time! And your plant will remain distinguishable from other plants in its coir pot.
BioQ Eco Gift Rakhi Set | Buy Now
This one is a jumbo gift set if you are looking for something lavish to spoil your brother. It contains 2 seed rakhi kits inclusive of plantable rakhis, 2 coco pots and coco peat, ‘roli’ and rice, instruction card, and postcard. Additionally, 4 seed pencils, 4 seed pens, 4 color ink seed pens, 9 plantale crayon sets, 2 plantable notepads, 1 plantable calendar, 5 plantable pencil boxes, and 5 seed pen boxes. All the stationery is claimed to be made from sustainable materials.
You can make this tradition a greener one by opting for one or more of these plantable rakhi gifts.
Today we bring to you not stand-alone selected pieces but brands where you’d find comfortable yet stylish options for men’s loungewear. These sustainable fashion brands have cracked the code of bringing luxury, class, and comfort all in one.
Minimalism is at its core and you can see it right when you hit on Itoh’s website--no beating around the bush-- it only has a concise note about the brand, need-no-description catalogue and an enquiries tab. If you are looking for classic refined silhouettes made using the finest fabric and nature-friendly techniques for men, we strongly recommend you pick one from their collection. A confluence of Indian and Japanese aesthetics, all pieces have simple cuts and a warm vintage charm. Trust us, this addition in your wardrobe will be cherished for long. Orders can be made only by appointment.
What more would one want? A no fuss, cool piece of clothing to slide in and breeze through the day, right? Especially when it’s a hot summer work from home day, there’s nothing better than an understated Everyday shirt. Here are quite a few shirts to pick from No Nasties men’s collection. A 100% vegan fashion brand, this one brings subtly quirky, leisure fits for men, women and kids. But, as we exclusively focus on menswear here, check out our current favourite Everyday Shirt : Aguada. You can place your order online, right away.
Fine is the English equivalent of the word ‘bareek,’ and that is exactly what the brand reflects. Bringing the best and the finest from and of the Indian craftsmen, Bareek is creating its niche in the lasting sustainable fashion industry. And so, for an earth-conscious hard worker, this seems to be a great choice for workwear. The New Arrivals category has some absolutely alluring pieces to choose from. The Expressway Ikat Nehru Collar and Streak Camp Collar Half-Sleeve are on top of our choice list. While you can place the order online for the available fits, there’s also a ‘by request’ tab worth exploring.
From bareeki to nazakat, here’s another brand you’ll fall in love with! SUKETDHIR, is the product of its founder’s childhood memories, capturing beautifully the rich Indian culture and tasteful aesthetics in modern day minimal silhouettes. Each piece is strikingly raw yet elegant, redefining fashion for the suave men. So for those lounging their way through work from home stress, get hold of one of their hand-stitched shirts -- a perfect fit for your summer wardrobe. Drop by their studio to run through the collection (prior appointment is needed).
All the brands covered in this article are Delhi based, barring No Nasties which is based out of Goa. Happy shopping!
It’s midsummer and things are getting really hot. In weather like this, it is difficult to wear anything but cool and comfortable clothes. Since most of us are working from home, we have put together a list of five airy clothes to keep you breezy through the rest of summer.
Patnem Midi Dress | Buy Now
The silhouette of the Patnem Dress is worthy of your notice as it hugs close to the body from the bottom and has a cuff detail on top with the drop armhole. This creates a flattering effect and adds contrast for the eye. Made of 100% organic cotton, the dress has comfort and style weaved into one. The best thing about this dress from No Nasties is not the smart look, it lends with maturity, but its pockets!
Gul Linen Culottes | Buy Now
Hand marbled by traditional craftsmen on pure linen, Gul is a lightweight pair of pleated pants in an uncomplicated pull up style. The waistband is slightly elasticated at the back and it fits neatly at the waist as well as over the hips. It has a wide, crop length silhouette with slanted pockets. We don’t know about you but we are in love with the marbling effect created by the Summerhouse in the most subtle hue!
Black Shibori Pants | Buy Now
Notice how these pajama pants are modelled on a hanger and not a person? Well, there’s a reason for it - these are unisex! These pants from Pot Plant Clothing are crafted in hand-done shibori on mulmul. The back waist belt has an elastic for increased comfort and a relaxed fit. It is accentuated further by checks piping and drawstring. Note: You will have to hand wash these pants!
Spark Patch Pocket Shorts | Buy Now
One of the most irritating drawbacks of women’s clothing, you’d agree, is the lack of pockets! B label has gone ahead and fixed this for us in this pair of shorts, so that you don’t have to compromise on utility while choosing style and comfort. Cut at just the right length, the pair of shorts is made of 100% hemp fabric. Hemp gets softer with every wash and requires way less water to grow as compared to cotton. Very lightweight, these shorts pair perfectly well with t-shirts and shirts alike. We suggest you complete the look by purchasing B Label’s complementary Nova Crop Top.
Let us know which of these are you eyeing to invest in. We’d love to know your choice!
Dark wintry coloured bedsheets don’t work in summers. You need a host of white and pastel sheets on your bed to get through the scorching heat of midsummer. That’s why we have put together bedsheets with assorted Indian art forms for you to choose from. Read on to find out your favourite.
White Multicolour Handblock Printed Double Bedsheet | Buy Now
Nothing complements an Indian household better than an elegant block printed bedsheet. The irregularities in print add to the natural charm of the hand done process. The yellow flowers are perfect for the summer mood and cheer up any living space. Plus, the price is pretty economical!
Price- Rs. 2,600
Asmee Bedsheet | Buy Now
With delicate flowers printed in pink and white, this bedsheet has oodles of grace and a hint of femininity. If your room and bed are done in dark brown wood, then this bedsheet is certain to look beautiful in there! The best part about purchasing it from Fabindia is that they mention the thread count as 140 (for the uninitiated, thread count is the quantity of threads woven in one square inch and 140 is a good minimum standard). And, we are not complaining about how good it is. You don’t have to worry about translucent bed sheets anymore.
Price- Rs. 2,790
Aminah Bed Cover | Buy Now
While silk bedsheets sound too slippery, we can get aboard the silk bed cover train! The Aminha bed cover is printed in beautiful shades of pink, green, and blue. It has two trellis of flowers as borders running around the entire bed cover. Spread this over your bedsheets to keep your sleeping area neat and clean. Just remove the cover and you have the tidy bed ready to plunge in and fall into a deep slumber.
Price- Rs. 19,690
Embroidered Tussar Silk Bed Cover | Buy Now
The Embroidered Tussar Silk Bed Cover brings a wave of vintage nostalgia. It’s an heirloom piece adorned with Gara embroidery. Gara is a needlepoint technique that involves creating a riot of pastel colours on fabric with nature inspired motifs like flowers, creepers and birds. The art form belongs to Maharashtra but is loved across continents. Get this intricate piece to adorn your loved space.
Price- Rs. 25,140
Chand Bagh Jaal Cotton Linen Bed Cover | Buy Now
The Chand Bagh Jaal Cotton Linen Bed Cover is from Good Earth’s latest collection ‘Still.’ The name sounds very topical as lockdown has instilled a sense of stillness in many of us. Delicate floral motifs are embroidered with silk floss thread on fine linen. It’s a piece to be treasured in ivory made with natural linens and cottons. Their entire collection features tone on tone embroideries and floral designs interspersed with geometric patterns, ideal for the summers.
Price- Rs. 28,000
Which of these art forms is after your heart? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.
Some new-age companies have revolutionised the way bamboo is seen. It’s aesthetic and form have been taken to the next level by the hard work of designers around India. Today, we have featured four cool bamboo products that will make you want at least one piece of bamboo for your home’s decor. After all, bamboo is one of the fastest growing grasses in the world. It’s not only beautiful but sustainable too!
Geosmin Bamboo Amplifier | Buy Now
There are times when the phone’s volume is too soft but the speaker too loud. Geosmin Bamboo Amplifier is built for just those moments. Crafted in 100% bamboo, the amplifier makes for a great gifting option too. It’s affordable and beautiful to keep on your nightstand or in your living room. It is completely recyclable and a must in every house.
Price- Rs. 399
Mianzi Storage Desk Baskets | Buy Now
Gone are the days when you would pack your knick knacks in unfashionable plastic boxes. Give your junk a stylish resting place in Mianzi’s Storage Desk Boxes. These baskets, woven in small villages of Madhya Pradesh, can be used for storage purposes individually or stacked up one over the other in living rooms, washrooms, wardrobes, etc.. We love both of the sizes these baskets come in and recommend getting one in each of the three lovely colours.
Price- Rs. 1,990
Get Kraft Bamboo Natural Hanging Lamp | Buy Now
A chandelier might be fancy but there is nothing more charming than a bamboo lamp. Cluster it as a set of three and hang in a cozy nook or use just one individually as the centerpiece of your living room. Either way, it will amp up your home decor. We love the shape of this lamp--reminds us of a weaver bird’s nest! Where do you picture this in your home?
Price- Rs. 2,000
Bamboo Pecker Gayatri Bar Chair | Buy Now
Right down to the nails used, every bit is made of bamboo, making Bamboo Pecker products not only sustainable but as strong as their teak and sheesham counterparts. The Gayatri Bar Chair is a testament to their quality and commitment to ecology. This chair would fit well in any contemporary setting. And if you have a dedicated bar in your home, then there is nothing more elegant as well as sturdy to complement the space.
Price- Rs. 4,950
Now that you have a lowdown of all things bamboo, which one would you get to further enhance your home decor? Do let us know!
Plastic bottles are so passe that they have become the 2020’s equivalent of smoking cigarettes in public. Not only do single use plastic bottles soil the environment, they also leech harmful microplastics in the drinking water they contain. We don’t need to settle for such inferior choices when we have better options. Read about our three alternative water bottles at three different price points to switch from plastic bottles for good:
Glass Water Bottle | Buy Now
Sustainable, handcrafted, food safe, and a revivalist of culture--what more could you want from a water bottle? This glass water bottle is designed ergonomically to fit snugly in your hands. It can hold upto 500 ml of liquid and is aptly printed with some witty text ‘liquid asset.’ It has a ceramic stopper with hand painting to seal your water in. Take care of your glass bottle by washing it with warm water, soap, and a sponge to watch it glow. Just keep it away from slippery hands!
Price- Rs. 350
Copper Bottle | Buy Now
Copper Cure water bottles are made from pure copper castings and provide many benefits over plastic bottles. While carrying water in plastic bottles can make it poisonous, storing water for six to eight hours in a copper bottle can effectively kill bacteria. A real health nut would store the water in a Copper Cure water bottle at night and drink it over the next day for betterment of health. Copper is really durable too, hence, it is appropriate for travel. Moreover, this bottle can contain a full litre of water. So, what are you waiting for? Click on the buy now link and have a look at your own prospective copper bottle.
Price- Rs. 699
Terracotta Bottle | Buy Now
This bottle by Ellementery is equal parts form and an equal part function. Just one look at this beautifully handcrafted terracotta bottle will make you take a nostalgic trip down country roads. The neutral process of evaporation keeps the water cool in this earthen bottle. The wooden lid adds to the stylish design and makes it even more cool to carry around. With a capacity of 730 ml, you will never need a reason to resort to plastic bottles again. Before you use it for the first time, soak the terracotta bottle in water overnight and then wash it with a mild detergent. Dry it off completely before using or storing!
Price- Rs. 790
All three bottles are made of materials that biodegrade much faster than plastic. We are crushing hard over all of these, which one will you choose? Do let us know in the comments below.
Predominantly, leather has been the most widely used and accepted material in the fabrication of wallets. But, for those like us with an eco-conscious heart, this doesn’t go well. So we set out to find substitutes to replace the age-old leather wallet with one that glides in our hands or pockets without aching our conscience. And, we hit upon a treasure by the name of Arture!
We are in love with its products, especially the wallets (both for men and women). The vegan fashion brand’s got the most stylish and chic wallets made from 100% natural cork. The cork material is sourced from the Mediterranean region, from the barks of mature oak trees, in a limited span during the summer and spring season, to ensure no harm is done to the trees in the process of harvesting. The bark is then used to turn into the thin and light cork fabric, which is strong and flexible as well as low maintenance, being fully water-resistant, fireproof and buoyant. To top it all, the textures are to die for! Take a look at some of our favourite picks:
GLEN MEN'S COIN WALLET - OLIVE l Buy Now
This one in Olive is a bestseller and fairly so, we are in love at first sight. Just look at the texture. With room for cash, four credit cards, coins, and a SIM card, this slim fit wallet is deceptively small but with ample storage space.
ELA TRIFOLD WALLET - Maroon l Order Now
This piece comes with a ‘pre-order’ tag, i.e., the product is made to order on demand. You may have to wait up to a month to receive this beauty from the time of order. But we believe it’s totally worth it. The wallet has a slide out wristlet and has enough space for cash, cards and a sim card with an additional zipped back-pocket.
CEDAR PASSPORT SLEEVE - Terrain l Buy Now
While most of the colours and textures are available in each of the categories - men’s wallets, women’s wallets, passport sleeves, card cases and more, this particular terrain design, we think, is perfect to hold your passport. Ain’t it all travel feels, with the texture and colour that resonates the look of a map? With a magnet button closure, this will keep your travel documents all safe.
And this is not all, here are a couple of more reasons to shower your love on this brand (in case you haven’t yet explored the website on your own):
All for a cause: Each buy, in a small way, contributes to animal rehabilitation/safety efforts carried by a trust named ResQ, which Arture has officially partnered with. You can find the exact info under the product description.
Follows a 100% sustainable product cycle: From sourcing to manufacturing to recycling and repurposing, Arture has taken care of it all. They recently launched a buy back policy in which they buy your old Arture products in exchange for a discount and give them a new life!
Gives you personalisation options: Brilliantly aligning with customer satisfaction, they also offer a product personalisation feature. You can get your initials embossed at a small additional cost.
Lastly, in case you want to go check out their products first hand before placing the order for the first time, here’s where you will find Arture stockists in your city.
Nothing competes with cushions in comfort . Cushions not only help support our backs but also brighten up a room. If you are one of us that means you refresh your cushion covers every so often for a new look of your room. So, today we have rounded up a list of three different types of cushions at three different price points. Take a look at what’s in store:
Fabindia’s Humza Cotton Embroidered Cushion Cover | Buy Now
Adorned with Gudri embroidery, this cushion cover is patched using multi colour hand printed scraps held together by running stitches. It has got adorable yet subtle tassels at the edges. This one will certainly enliven a muted sofa or a dull room. The material is cotton and is strictly supposed to be hand-washed. It’s a cute square size of 40 cm.
Price- Rs. 490 each
Okhai Dimmet Hand Embroidered Cushion Cover | Buy Now
This has been conceptualised with quite some detail in mind about ‘dimmet’ or ‘dusk.’ Imagine the time when the sun has just set and you can see the moon as well as stars twinkle in the sky. That’s what the cushion is supposed to remind you of. Place this next to your coffee table or on a chair next to the window to enjoy evening serenity like never before. Crafted in soft cotton by female artisans, the only downside of this cushion is that it’s not been made clear if it's made with plant-based dyes or not.
Price- Rs. 550 each
Good Earth Almora Silk Ikat Cushions | Buy Now
This cushion is a piece of art. The embroidery on ikat silk is inspired by the Valley of Flowers in the Himalayas, delicate wildflowers blossom on a charcoal hued ikat cushion. You will be able to trace motifs of blue poppies, magnolias, and rhododendrons on the silk. It features a striking striped piping and comes with its own insert. The polyfill insert is however, a disheartening drawback when compared to the otherwise sustainable cushion cover. But the cover is all kinds of beautiful.
Price- Rs. 6200 each
Weigh the pros and cons and get set for some shopping. Let us know which one you are eyeing in your budget. We are eager to know what you choose!