With so many of us opting to look beyond brand names and imported labels, to be mindful about what we put in or on our bodies – here’s a handy guide of Kolkata’s best sustainable stores that you need to bookmark for eco-friendly living.
These new bakers on the block make the most delicious organic bread. Homemade and artisanal, they offer options including gluten free and keto varieties. If you are in a mood for comforting yet healthy food, try the chewy Classic Mild Sourdough with a golden brown crust, or the Charcoal Bread with rye and sesame seeds. Their Ancient Grains made with amaranth, buckwheat, barley, and oats packs a powerful protein punch. Grab your loaf at Sienna Cafe or Living Free, or get it delivered to your doorstep.
If looking for a wholesome alternative to your neighbourhood grocery store, then try The Green Earth Organic. They are certified and committed to providing fresh organic produce minus the harmful chemicals. They stock vegetables, cereals, pulses, spices, honey, tea, coffee and more. They also have pasta, organic cooking oils, and a variety of healthy snacking options like sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Contact: 033 4003 0629, +91 98302 59590
Living Free is your one stop shop for gourmet cheeses, spreads and preserves, vegan chocolate and more. What’s recommend? Artisanal cheese. They stock Caroselle Cheese’s natural vegetarian options of both hard and soft cheese. Choose from Aged Cheddar, Edam, or Black Pepper Gouda if you want something zingy, or try the creamy concoction of Camembert.
Their delicious Mason and Co. Chocolate is a single origin chocolate that’s organic and vegan. They have unique flavours like Rosemary, Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, Chilli, Cinnamon Dark Chocolate, and Coconut Masala Chai Dark Chocolate. One can also buy jars of Cacao Nut and Peanut Butter. They are located at the Karma Kettle Tea Room.
Contact: 098300 56207
Address: 4 Swinhoe Street, Ekdalia, Ballygunge, Kolkata
Kolkata’s very serious about their tea, and The Tea Forest brews the best cup. It’s organic and artisanal. Darjeeling tea enthusiasts must try the Organic Darjeeling First Flush; it has a fresh flavour with floral notes. The tea is less oxidised and richer in antioxidants than the standard black tea to preserve the spring leaf. You can find them at Patisserie by Franziska and Sienna Cafe, or order online.
If you are looking for sustainable clothing, then Biome is a great place to start. They make handmade natural dyed textiles in breathable fabrics and silhouettes. Think; soft organic cottons and earthy colour palettes. You can select from shirts, dresses, tunics, scarves, reversible jackets, waistcoats and more. They also conduct natural dying workshops to spread awareness on sustainable living.
Contact: +91 98308 51646
Address: 22 Ballygunge, Park road, Himadri Building, 1st floor, West wing
Hunting handmade, earth-friendly goodies? Head to Sasha, the original Fair Trade shop that works with rural craft communities in West Bengal. They have clothing, home decor, stationery made with handmade paper, skincare, spices and more. From the treasure trove we recommend Rasa; their line of body products that’s cruelty-free and made with natural ingredients. Nourish your skin and hair with organic skin care and cold pressed hair oils.
Address: 27 Mirza Ghalib St, Kolkata 700016
145 East is the perfect place if you’re looking to make a statement with bold clothing and accessories. All their products are made out of a sustainable local fabric called ‘gamcha’ that is conventionally used as a towelling material. Using soft cotton, the design collective repurposed it to create a distinctive ‘Calcutta aesthetic’. Choose your favourites from funky dhoti pants, oversized boyfriend shirts, button down dresses, sarees, and kurtas.
Contact: +91 98310 19522
Address: 145, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata, West Bengal
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