Gifting is not easy, it gets even more difficult if you are somebody like me, who looks for a gift that you can feel good about and gifting is also appreciated by the receiver.
Given the growing problem of emissions, plastic, waste, and unsustainable manufacturing practices, it is important that we are mindful of the environmental costs while deciding on a gift. However one of the biggest conundrums is where to buy a sustainable gift.
A large number of brands have responded to the call. In the last few years, many sustainable gift companies in India have emerged that follow ethical and transparent processes and leave a much smaller carbon footprint.
We have selected the companies that make sustainable gifting options that are budget-friendly and will be appreciated by anyone. We have spoken to most of these companies and each of them has truly prioritized aspects of sustainability. From renewable and recycled materials to the empowerment of local communities, these companies are leading the change.
Clan Earth offers sustainable bags and a range of other eco-friendly gift options. The Kolkata-based startup works with slum communities to manufacture its products. Clan Earth is among the growing list of companies that plant trees for every purchase a customer makes.
The company is founded by Priyanka Mandal and Broteen Biswas. Priyanka started her career as a software engineer and along her way, she got involved in the social sector to eventually start Clan Earth in 2019. In our conversation with her, she shares her personal journey, the experience of working with slum communities, her zero-waste lifestyle, and the company’s future plans.
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Delhi-based bioQ eco-solutions have taken small strides in transforming the stationery industry. The company makes and designs sustainable stationery products and eco-friendly gifting options.
Most of the eco-friendly stationery products are made with recycled paper, but the USP is a plantable stationery product. A pen or pencil is fitted with small capsules that hold seeds that can be used to grow plants after the primary use of the stationery is over.
Apart from plantable stationery and products made with recycled paper, BioQ also manufactures environment-friendly gifting options that are made with bamboo and cork.
The traditional stationery industry is mostly made using plastic that is thrown away after its use. When Saurabh Metha joined his traditional family business of stationery, he decided to make a change. In 2018, he started BioQ and he reckons “in the last 2-3 years, there is a lot of action happening. People are becoming aware and are adopting eco-friendly stationery and products in their lives.”
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EcoRight is a sustainable fashion brand that makes carry products using sustainable materials. The products include tote bags, sling and shoulder bags, handbags, among other items. Founded in 2017, Eco Right sells its products in India and also internationally.
The bags are made using materials like cotton, jute, recycled cotton, and recycled plastic in the manufacturing facility that is powered by solar energy. The bags have elements of creativity and quirkiness to spread the message of the environment and sustainability.
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Green Souls / Mitti Se Mitti Tak
Green Souls offers a diverse range of eco-friendly products under the brand name ‘mitti se mitti tak’, which means from Earth to Earth. The Mumbai-based company makes products that are eco-friendly, recyclable, biodegradable, upcycled, and even efforts are taken to minimize the transport-related carbon footprint by sourcing the materials locally.
The sustainable gift options include festive lanterns and decoration items, face masks, ecofriendly staionery, combs made from neem wood, among others.
The best part is the product development is entirely done by women artisans from socially underprivileged backgrounds. The company was started in January 2017 by three women entrepreneurs, who happened to be neighbors – Avani Dave, Shweta Vijayan, and Nehal Desai.
In our conversation with one of the co-founders of Green Souls, Nehal shared how she got together with her other co-founders, the help that Green Souls received from the Amazon Saheli program, and their future plans.
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Founded in 2017, Phool is a recycling company that primarily works on India’s temple waste problem. The Kanpur-based provides innovative solutions to the flower waste generated in the Temples. As per the company, it collects 8.4 tons of floral waste from temples in Uttar Pradesh on a daily basis and prevents them from polluting the water bodies.
Their sustainable gifting options include charcoal-free incense sticks, wellness products, home decor items, and biodegradable packaging materials, which are sold online and also through its retail outlets.
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If you are looking for environment-friendly and sustainable clothing as gifts, here is the link for the article we wrote, Sustainable Fashion Brands in India.
If you think plant-based and vegan meat makes a good sustainable gifting idea, refer to this article we wrote, Plant-based food companies in India.
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