The farmers’ market last Sunday (Oct 9) was bustling with many new faces and lots of positive energy. We met a new set of enthusiastic sellers with their equally amazing products. With Diwali less than three weeks away, we wanted to make this post more relevant to you. Taking forward from our previous post on ‘Glimpses from the farmers’ market Oct 2′, we’ve attempted to compile this handy-list, on unique eco-friendly gifting options we saw at the farmers’ market. More importantly, the one’s on this list are all safe, healthy, non-toxic options for your family and friends.
Here’s a list of some unique green gifting options that we bring forth in no particular order.
Gifts for young children:
1. KEC Games and Toys: Colourful, vibrant, thoughtful, earth-friendly toys and art supplies from KEC Games and Toys.
We love them because…
These products are made out of products derived from natural materials such a wood, paper, jute, rope, lac. For example,the pencils are not made of wood but waste material like plastic and more. They have some interesting children’s toys that are non-toxic and hence safe for children. Being a mom of a four year old these work as magnets for me. What truly appealed to me is that they have some really neat traditional games which encourage experiential learning, encouraging creativity, strategic thinking and skill building. It’s a far better option as compared to television and video games. The added charm about buying these games is that these also support the work of rural artisans and craftsmen by giving them a sustained source of income.
Gifts for women
2. Young Cosmetics with certified organic ingredients
We love them because…
Young cosmetics range are 100% chemical-free products. Rest assured, these line of products are devoid of any chemicals such as sulphates(SLS), parabens, petroleum based ingredients or any synthetic preservatives, When I read the ingredients on the pack the Young Mango Butter Moisturizer mentioned certified organic ingredients such as clarified butter, kokum butter, honey, beeswax. Something interesting that stuck a chord was mango butter which has healing and regenerative properties. The icing on the cake, it also protects your skin from harmful sun damage. What I gather here is that I can simply wear this moisturizer on my skin along with a dash of natural lipstick and head out!
Young cosmetics range of products include lipsticks, lip balms, foundation, moisturizer and body lotion. This time consider a safe, chemical-free gifting option.
3. Gifts for pregnant women and infants
We love them because…
OG Mama’s website says it well ‘What goes on, goes in’. What we apply on our skin, matters. Samskara Wellness has a pretty neat basket of organic goodies to offer. Because it’s certified organic it makes a great quality gift for moms-to-be . The pregnancy gift basket includes a large Organic Belly Butter (236ml), an Organic Lavender Gentle soap (236ml), a Organic Lavender Moisture Oil (236ml), an Organic Pregnancy Tea(from Traditional Medicinals), a Hyacinth picture frame all filled in a flower pot.
I particularly was attracted to the organic caffeine-free herbal teas. They are available for:
- pregnant women
- breastfeeding moms
- women to help promote the health of the female system
- the health of the urinary tract
I picked up the Organic Cran-Acid teas for my mom. We’ll come back with our review in a few weeks.
Neat set of products worth a try. You will get addicted to these!
4. Unique memorable gifts for your friends. Home Décor
Our Lil Bit: You’ll get a drift of their unique products once you see their visiting cards. I sure haven’t seen something like this, ever since I left my high-profile, stressful advertising job.
We love them because:
The products in the Our Lil Bit outlet come from 15 NGOs who make hundred’s of eco-friendly products. It’s hard to leave them without buying something. From pen holders to little containers that can be used to keep jewellery, to beeswax candles, recycled pin boards, natural mosquito repellants, organic herbs and a lot more. You will most certainly find something or the other that you can gift this Diwali. Certainly give this store a try. Their cause is noble as they work to preserve and sustain planet earth as there is no Planet B. 🙂 (Picked this up from their visiting card)
Beyond the ones we listed above from Day 2 at the Farmer’s Market, this list of eco-friendly gift options is incomplete without the brands we included in our previous blog post: ‘Glimpses from the Farmer’s Market in Mumbai – Oct 2nd’.
A highly recommended safe, healthy replacement to the traditional dry-fruits, Ecorico’s cashews, apricots and other nuts come in its most raw natural form without the treatment of any harmful chemical pesticides. Because it comes untreated with any kind of chemicals, it has a naturally rich taste. The difference is that obvious. Try them to get addicted!
Eco-friendly Fashion :
8. No Nasties
Gift a Service 🙂
9. Healthy organic dabba service under the guidance of Kavita Mukhi : Sahi Tiffin
Have a friend, husband, wife who needs nutritious organic food? Try Sahi Tiffin services at Rs. 950 per week. Call them at 9819865135 for more information.
We certainly hope that you have a few extra meaningful gifting options to consider this Diwali. Make it a sustainable, eco-friendly, less polluting Diwali. We are fast working to get our online store up so that you can find products that are healthy, safe, non-toxic and sustainable at the click of a button. We’re working to making eco-friendly living easy, affordable and convenient.
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Disclaimer: The views expressed are that of the author alone based on my personal experience at the market.
About the author: Tina is the mother of a beautiful, curious 4 year old girl. She returned to India early this year after living the San Jose, California, USA for over 5 years. She strives hard to reduce, reuse and buy products that are natural, organic and more importantly sustainable. She is also a social media professional in a leading social media agency in India, a professional children’s photographer, and supports the movement towards a sustainable future for our planet. Connect with her on firstname.lastname@example.org.