Many of us have tried a shampoo bar at least once in our lives and boy! has it left us disappointed. It leaves the hair rough or dry and the scalp scratchy. And so we’ve been in search of a perfect shampoo bar but had been quite unlucky until we chanced upon The Switch Fix. More good news? They have so many different varieties of shampoo bars for various hair types. Let’s take a look at what we found:
Play It Coal Shampoo Bar | Shop Now
Play It Coal is such a witty name for a shampoo bar. We are suspicious that men will love this one as so many charcoal products are especially targeted at them. Though, be wary and go for this only if you have an oily scalp. It lasts for 25-30 washes and weighs 85 grams. It’s the perfect thing to make your scalp cool as the charcoal in there takes all the toxins out.
Viva La Sativa Hair Care Bundle | Shop Now
Those with dry or damaged hair don’t need to feel left out, we have got something for you too. Hemp seed oil is here to the rescue in the form of this nourishing and restorative bundle consisting of a shampoo bar, a hair oil, and a deep conditioner. It’s full of omega fatty acids and antioxidants that restore the moisture and lustre of your hair from within.
Blue-Tea-Ful Hair Care Bundle | Shop Now
If you have a neutral scalp leaning towards slightly oily, then the Blue-Tea-Ful Hair Care Bundle is good for you. The deep conditioner contains blue tea and chamomile whereas the before bath hair oil is made of almond goodness. It gently cleanses, strengthens and detangles your hair like never before.
If you do try any of these, let us know about your experience. We’d love to know. Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.
The word Kassa means ‘home to two’ and the brand is aptly named so as it is founded by two highly skilled founders. Today, we are going to talk about their eco-friendly gifting options as a part of our continued series on gifting options for a better environment and a happier you. Let’s get started:
Wafer ARC Sling | Buy Now
Wafer is Kassa’s latest eco-friendly range of accessories. While it looks like it's made of paper and might tear easily but you would be surprised by its tensile strength. Made of a hybrid material, the Wafer ARC Sling is a beautiful bag option for gifting women. Moreover, it is 100% recyclable and waterproof.
Eco Planter | Buy Now
The Eco Planter is a masterpiece of Kassa’s recycling and upcycling techniques. It’s a good fit for a large sized plant and holds up water without any leakage. It’s a breathable material as it allows air to pass through.
Desktop Marble | Buy Now
If you have a friend or family member who always has a messy table, then it’s time to get them organised with this Desktop Marble by Kassa. It is a wire holder, pin holder, and a tape dispenser all in one! It’s made with white marble so you can use it as a paper weight too.
Fossil Studs 2 | Buy Now
For some people, only fashionable gifts cut it. Hence, we have the most fashionable gift saved for the last. This pair of earrings is a reminder of relics left behind. It is crafted in brass by artisans and the piece has been finished with close attention to detail. Gift it to someone who wants to look stunning and be one with nature at the same time.
Which of these do you have your eye on? Let us know in the comments. Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.
Brands are getting pretty inventive this festive season as customers demand fresher, non-cliche gifting options for their dear ones. On the top of it, for customers who are environmentally conscious and wish that their gifting choices don’t cause a negative impact for the planet also have plenty of options available. So, for those ethical buyers we’ve got 3 awesome eco-friendly gifts at 3 different price points. Let’s take a look:
21 Fool’s Beej Pathaka | Buy Now
If you have a relative who really loves bursting crackers and you want to punk them this festive season, then you have met your match. 21 Fools has made replicas of the most iconic Indian crackers with, wait for it, seeds inserted in them instead of gunpowder. The package comes with 2 coir pots, greeting cards and a whole variety of seed crackers. They are locally made by artisans of Madhya Pradesh. Buy them if you want to surprise someone or pull a prank.
Price- Rs. 699
The Whole Truth Foods Protein Bar-fi Set | Pre-order Now
This one’s for the foodies and the lovers of sweets who don’t compromise on their health even during festivities. It’s made of 40% cashews, dates, and other dry fruits. There is no artificial sugar, so you can enjoy it guilt-free. The bonus is that it comes with sparkly scented candles. You can gift this package of mithai and candles instead of Haldiram’s this year!
Price- Rs. 1,200
Suite Number Eight’s Mashallah Candle | Buy Now
The scent of oudh and lavender wafting through the air on Diwali from a gleaming ceramic evil eye candle paints a dreamy picture, doesn’t it? Enjoy the fragrance emanating from a soy wax candle that’s totally eco-friendly. Hold on to the beautiful ceramic jar. You can clear it out and create a little space for your trinkets. You would almost want to gift it to yourself rather than your loved ones.
Price- Rs. 2500
Which one best fits your budget for gifting purposes? Let us know in the comments. Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.
Pujo, Dussehra, Navratri, Diwali all call for celebrations; however, mild this year, celebrations call for dressing up. Through the whole festive season, one has to dress up in a saree at least once! So get ready for our curation of 3 biodegradable sarees at different price points!
Ekaya | Shop Now
If you are looking for an easy breezy saree that’s no fuss and is pocket-friendly too, then Ekaya has the answer for you. It’s digitally printed with the prettiest blue flowers on a white base. The best part is that at this price, it comes with a matching blouse piece as well!
Price- Rs. 5,975
Women Weave | Shop Now
If one colour signifies India, then it is indigo and if there's one fabric that signifies India, then it is Khadi. Women Weave has beautifully combined the two to make a stunning saree with rui flower buti. You can wear it to any occasion where you need to look smart, be it a socially distanced office party or to a relative’s place.
Price- Rs. 7,850
Anavila | Shop Now
Your search for the perfect party saree gets over here; be it for playing cards or dancing the night away. It’s a saree made fully of linen and zari. The pretty rose pink colour is named Thulian. Wear it with a lacy blouse to give it a dreamy look or an edgy glittery one to pep up your look. The choice is yours!
Price- Rs. 22,000
Which one’s your favourite and suits your needs the best? Let us know in the comments. Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.
Dussehra, Diwali, Durga Puja etc. all are around the corner. That’s why we have rounded up 3 spectacular eco-friendly suits for all budgets. Let’s take a look at them:
Farida Gupta Gulnaz Zoya Kurta | Buy Now
This beautiful bluish green colour will look good on any complexion with ease. The little purple flower booties make the kurta a fresh combination of hues. The lace on the sleeve makes it ever so dainty. You can even buy its matching pants and dupatta on Farida Gupta’s website!
Price- Rs. 2,150
Fabindia Cotton Silk A Line Kurta | Buy Now
If emerald is your colour then this is your kurta! It comes as a set of 3 consisting of a gleaming kurta, a flowy sharara, and a matching mask as well. It’s cut from beautiful cotton silk fabric with golden embroidery. We bet this will make you the centre of attraction at any occasion!
Price- Rs. 5,990
Khara Kapas Gulbahar Sharara Set | Buy Now
The mustard screams festive with its golden gota. This suit is finely tailored for you ladies. It has such a classic design that is reminiscent of an old world charm. Go for this one and you will certainly get those twirling photos and videos in full form!
Price- Rs. 20,000
So, which of these meet your festive needs the best? Let us know in the comments below. Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.
Upcycled accessories are after our hearts as in place of creating waste; they absorb it in the most beautiful manner possible. Many clothing labels have adopted the age-old technique of collecting fabric scraps and putting them together to make cool accessories. One such brand is Sui, which reduces and reuses its waste in the best way possible. Let’s have a look at some of their coolest accessories:
The Shore Sling Fanny Bag | Buy Now
This fanny bag has an adjustable sling, one front pocket, 2 main compartments, and the most adorable embroidered belt. It has plenty of room for your essentials like phone, cash, sanitiser, keys, etc. Go for it if you have been looking for a bag that’s fresh!
Palmy Laptop Sleeve | Buy Now
Eco-friendly laptop sleeves are so hard to come by as they are usually made of polyester and elastane. Sui’s Palmy Laptop Sleeve is a solution to that problem. It’s been quilted to make it soft and cushiony for your laptop’s protection. Opt for this green alternative and care for your devices!
Masks Pack of 4 | Buy Now
No accessories section of a brand is complete without a set of masks these days. It’s as if we had been looking for refreshing masks and Sui brought a beautiful offering! 3 of the masks are made from Tencel fabric and hand printed by Bagru Textiles. The fourth one is made from fabrics by Women Weave and comes in plain white. It’s our favourite set of masks we have seen so far!
Adventure Bookmark | Buy Now
A fabric bookmark is so much more interesting than its counterparts. We love the little embroidery detail on the edge. Everytime you open your favourite book, this bookmark will certainly rejuvenate your senses!
Limone Upcycled Belt | Buy Now
If you own a plain white dress and are looking for ways to jazz it up, then this belt is your answer. Embroidered with the cutest lemons, the Limone Upcycled Belt can updo your outfit in seconds. Wear it on a run to the market or the beach. It’s so subtle that it will suit all occasions perfectly.
Green Dreams Headband | Buy Now
Working on a screen in serious mode or having a bad hair day? Pull your hair back with the Green Dreams Headband and look pumped in seconds. This headband is a great adornment for both curly and straight hair.
Which of these do you need, out of the options above? Let us know in the comments. Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe!
The idea of picking a thoughtful gift for your loved ones on Indian festivals is full of its pitfalls; we end up getting trapped with cliched chocolates, flowers, and sweets. What’s even more difficult is buying gifts for men on festive occasions as the first things that come to mind are perfumes, socks, and handkerchiefs. Let’s make all this a thing of the past with our curated list of sustainable gifting options:
Bombay Shirt Company’s Initials Custom Shirt | Shop Now
We agree, gifting shirts to men is a bit standard. But these shirts come with a difference. You can customize your choice of fabric, cuffs, collar, fit, size, and wait for it, you can also get their initials added to the shirt. We implore you to pick 100% cotton or linen fabrics as they are biodegradable. Now go, create your own custom shirt but not before you read the rest of the gift options!
Code Sustain’s Bamboo Bottle | Shop Now
It’s not just a water bottle, it’s a bambottle. Crafted out of north eastern bamboo grass, this bottle is a great testament to the skill of north eastern people who use this bottle in their daily life. What you will love about it most is that 10% of the proceeds are donated. You can gift it to just about anyone and they will certainly love it!
Hipsters Foldable Stool/Table | Buy Now
If you know a man who loves living an unfixed, bachelor life then this Foldable Stool/Table by Hipsters is your friend. Made from composite paper panels, this piece of furniture is foldable into a notebook and can be carried anywhere. It can bear upto 250 kg of weight!
Neemans Sock-Free Shoes | Buy Now
Wouldn’t you love a world where we can be sock and odour free? At least we would, that’s why we love Neemans- a brand that makes wool sneakers which are sturdy and durable. They come in so many amazing colours but what we are currently crushing on are the ruby red ones!
Which of these gifting options would you like to give your special one this year? Let us know in the comments. Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.
Every year finding good and thoughtful gifts turns into a tedious task and many times, we end up gifting something cliche like clothes, chocolates or flowers to our loved ones. But this year can be different as we have curated a list of six offbeat yet sustainable items that are perfect for gifting to your lady love, sisters, mothers, etc. Let’s have a look at these gifting options with an open mind.
Love Letter Jewellery | Shop Now
What’s a better reminder than this custom bracelet to breathe mindfully. It’s so colourful and tropical in vibe that it transports you to a beach state of mind. Crete and Komodo necklaces are the perfect accompaniments to this cute as a button bracelet. DM them on Instagram to shop and find out its price!
A Big Indian Story Footwear | Shop Now
A Big Indian Story offers sustainable footwear made out of Pinatex, i.e., pineapple leaf leather. From sliders to sandals to block heels, they have got it all. Their pieces are equal parts form and function. We must say that they have done a stellar job at covering many of the classic styles of ladies footwear in an eco-friendly way.
Mud and Moon Soaps | Shop Now
Mud and Moon is an Instagram store selling the most stunning looking and fragrant smelling soaps. They are plant-based and you would feel like eating them at first look. If only they were edible! Gift these to your panic-stricken or water loving friends. They will love these new-age soaps, which surprisingly last a long time. Moreover, these soaps are palm-oil free!
Caucho Slippers | Shop Now
At this point, we are almost sick of brands claiming their shoes and slippers are vegan while they are shamelessly made from plastic. Caucho has a fresh take on slippers and makes them with pure latex, which is a tree-based substance. These slippers come in so many cute colours that you would want to make a pair your own.
Beej Pinatex Bags | Shop Now
Beej has done it once again. After cork, they have crafted a hobo bag from Pinatex! The bag looks so gorgeous in white that you would want to plan a ‘new normal’ weekend trip for it. Gift it to someone who lives in a green zone during Covid-19 and watch them take it places.
Okhai Macrame Hangings | Shop Now
Okhai macrame hangings made from 100% natural materials and will jazz up just about any home. We are in love with these intricately knotted hangings as they fill up a corner in the most beautiful way. Gift it to, well, anybody as everyone is spending so much time indoors these days.
Which of these suit your gifting requirement the best? Let us know in the comments. Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.
Festive clothing is notoriously known to be made of polyester that shines a fake shine and spreads microplastic during dry cleaning and washing. On the other hand, sustainable clothes are mostly a bit too subtle for our big Indian festivals. So, we have curated for you a list of five lush looking biodegradable dresses that score far better than their polyester/net counterparts. Let’s take a look at what we have got for you:
Ritu Kumar Black Short Dress | Buy Now
If you want to give a short twist to Diwali dresses this year, then this one is a great pick. While it’s maybe not well-suited for Diwali itself, it will look stunning for cards and dance parties pre-Diwali. It’s made of 100% viscose and we love the twinkly fabric as well as the cowrie tie-up lace!
Suvasa Gota Pink Saree | Buy Now
A silk kota doria saree is incomparable when it comes to adorning for festive occasions. The golden gota on pink looks amazing in a floral pattern. Wear this on Diwali’s morning or Bhai Dooj and look absolutely fresh.
Fabindia A Line Kurta Set | Buy Now
The more we see this emerald green kurta and skirt, the more we find it perfect for Diwali evening. It has 3 quarter sleeves and is crafted in cotton silk. It comes with a matching sharara and mask so that your outfit is complete without any further scavenging. Add pearl earrings to it and you are all set to celebrate in style.
Nicobar Double Layer Kurta | Buy Now
Every year people wait for Nicobar to launch its festive line around Diwali and here it is now. Our favourite piece from Nicobar’s latest collection is this Double Layer Kurta in pink and lime. The lime is so refreshing for the eyes and the tropical print adds to it so well. The contrasting inner layer gives the kurta a rich look required for Diwali. If you are one of those people who likes to keep it light even on festive occasions, then this one’s for you.
Bunaai Beetroot Gold Suit Set | Buy Now
What’s a festive wardrobe without a tinge of fuchsia colour? Rather dull. That’s why, we have curated Bunaai’s Beetroot Gold Suit Set for you. The suit set is really affordable as you get silk kurta and pants plus an organza dupatta for just Rs. 3,500. The light printed flora is easy on the eyes and perfect for any in-between Diwali occasion.
Which one of these is your favourite? Let us know in the comments. Till then, shop sustainable, celebrate at home, and be safe.
Right off the bat, we acknowledge that writing about a sustainable line from a fast fashion brand is a controversial topic. Mango has launched a line of sustainable clothes that are stylish, affordable, and biodegradable or recycled. The information that has been given in the product details is the material used for making the product, it’s composition, and blend ratios. What has been skipped though is any information about the factory or the wage the product was made in. So, we can see from the product photos and description that the product is good but we can’t tell who made the product and in what working conditions. Our conclusion on this is that though Mango’s sustainable line Committed may not be fully sustainable but is better than the regular collection of any fast fashion brand. Hence, if you plan to shop from Mango for its affordability or style, do consider their Committed line. They have numerous pieces for women and a few pieces for men too. Let’s take a look at some of the most eco-friendly pieces from Mango’s Committed:
Printed Panelled A Line Sustainable Dress | Shop Now
First things first, this dress is crafted with 100% viscose material. What remains a mystery is whether or not the viscose was forested sustainably and non-toxic chemicals were used for the breakdown of wood fibre. It scores high on looks and affordability as this one is perfect for any casual occasion. It has beautiful purplish flowers printed on it. It has a thin tie belt at the back to adjust the fit. The material is extremely soft. The dress is unlined but not transparent. Viscose works well at being opaque.
Olive Green Sustainable Joggers | Shop Now
This faded olive green coloured pair of joggers are made from 100% lyocell. Lyocell is a form of rayon produced by dissolving and reconstituting pulp. It’s a midrise cropped jogger with an adjustable drawstring. The best part is that it has two deep pockets!
Geometric Print Recycled Skirt | Shop Now
We can’t resist the old world allure of polka dots. They aren’t only cute, today they have a whole new womanly reflection. We love how flowy this skirt’s silhouette is and the colour combination reminds us a bit of Pretty Woman’s polo match dress. It is difficult to make a satiny flowy dress sustainably but Mango has achieved that by using 100% recycled polyester.
Organic Cotton T-Shirt | Shop Now
These days, even a child knows how organic cotton is better than cotton farmed with fertilizers and pesticides. Though, we would like to remark that chemical use is not where the buck stops on good cotton. It is actually the water usage that counts equally or more as it takes 2,700 litres of water to produce cotton for 1 t-shirt. This simple and smart t-shirt from Mango is cut from an organic cotton fabric and comes in 5 beautiful colours. Our favourite is the powder blue one.
Mom-fit Sustainable Jeans | Shop Now
These 100% cotton jeans are on point in trendy silhouettes. You might ask us what’s so special in 100% cotton jeans? Well, the speciality is the lack thereof. It is so rare to find a pair of jeans that’s not blended with elastane that this cotton jeans is worthy of a mention. Go for it if you want a durable and long-lasting pair.
What’s your favourite of the lot? Would you like to purchase from Mango’s Committed line or does it sound more like a greenwashing effort to you? Let us know your thoughts. Shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.