World Environment Day is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate this day than to support some of your local eco-friendly product retailers? With critical environmental conditions in some of the metropolitan cities in India, this is the best time to switch to the environmentally conscious counterparts of your favourite brands. Take a look!
1. My Earth Store, Dharamsala
Since its inception in 2009, My Earth Store has worked with NGOs, rural & urban communities of Artisans, independent artists & socially conscious businesses to bring consumers an eclectic range of environment-friendly products. Founded by a group of friends who abandoned their corporate careers and moved to Dharamsala, this little gem is an authentic retreat for anyone looking to buy socially and environmentally conscious goods — from food to handicrafts.
2. Happy Roots, Pune
Happy Roots is a snack food company based in Pune that aims to bring organic products to the mainstream market. It manufactures and markets natural snack food which is not only healthy but also generates sustainable employment and incomes for rural communities in Maharashtra. Reema Sathe, the founder of the company, says, “An opportunity came through a startup to work with tribal farmers in South Gujarat. I quit my corporate job and joined the project. It just felt right.”
3. Korra Jeans, Delhi
How does a pair of custom-fit jeans that promise sustainability and environment-friendliness sound? Amazing and doable. Korra Jeans is a company based in Delhi. Started by an ex-Levi professional, Korra Jeans craft their jeans from natural or recycled raw materials with an emphasis on sourcing each element locally. Not to mention that their designs are the perfect blend of minimalistic and chic. You can buy their products online, so don’t forget to check out their website.
4. The Ants Store, Bangalore
There are two Ants Stores, both located in Indiranagar and Whitefield in Bangalore respectively. The Ants Craft aims to create a space exclusively for crafts and textiles from the northeast and other tribal communities.Their stores house a wide range of products like pottery, apparel, jewellery, baskets, etc. sourced mainly from NGOs across the northeast. The Indiranagar branch of the store also includes a quaint little cafe that’s perfect for quiet evenings and contemplation over coffee.
5. Eco Corner, Mumbai
Launched in 2006, Eco Corner aims to bring all kinds of eco-friendly products under one roof. They have stores in several locations in Mumbai, including Atria Mall. Initially launched as an eco-friendly stationary store, Eco Corner sells a wide range of products today, with 50% of the products being made by rural artisans and the remaining in the company’s factory in Mumbai.