Ditch the malls and the movies this weekend for an outdoor market that makes sustainability tangible
The eighth edition of Green Bazaar, a sustainable shopping experience, opens with more exhibitors, a new location and fresh workshops for all ages. Honing in on the theme of sustainable design, there will also be an EcoJam, supported by Mahindra Reva, with city colleges competing for funding to develop an urban mobility design solution. “We want to create a community around sustainable living, and to help people translate thought into action,” says Aarti Mohan of the The Alternative, the organisation behind the bazaar, adding, “spend time with your family, take a pause, and get inspired.” We handpick some highlights. At RBANMS Ground, Ulsoor. November 22 (3 pm to 8 pm) and November 23 (10 am to 7 pm). Details: 9886400312 . Text: Maegan Dobson Sippy
If it’s beauty hacks you’re looking for, there are plenty of chemical free alternatives, including the range from Organiq Soaps. “Handmade soaps contain natural glycerin which is an emollient, and helps keep the skin soft and moisturized,” explains founder Kavya Priya. Her range is vegan-friendly and organic, and offerings at the Bazaar include a new soap made from mint juice blended with peppermint and spearmint essential oils. Another stall to check out is Skin Sense, a collection (Rs.250 upwards) that includes organic hair oil made with amla extract, and an aloe vera gel cleansed of the plant’s natural carcinogens.
Worn with pride
Kit yourself out with organic tees from Indophile. Established with the aim of providing a fair livelihood to farmers, they come in at around Rs.499, in a variety of colours and designs, with the option of customisation. If something less utilitarian appeals, there is plenty of gorgeous costume jewellery that you won’t find on the high street. Our favourites are the paper earrings from Gubbi Crafts, starting at Rs.50. For little ones, Printed Elephant Designs has cotton clothing with fun prints in classic cuts. Started by Gauri Vanikar, who was disappointed by the options available for her three young sons, it now caters to girls too, as well as having plenty of unisex shorts and pajamas. We love their dungarees for tiny tots. The range starts at Rs.200.
Field to fork
No green market would be complete without the full range of fruits and veggies. Pick up yours from Organicgarten, and supplement the fresh producewith herbs, pulses and locally-sourced honey from Safe Harvest. Other edible offerings include a gorgeous Christmas hamper from Lluvia Bakery (at Rs.1,500) and a full range of breads and cakes (try the carrot cake!) from Soul Bakers, who will be trialling their ready-to-eat veggie pizza for the first time. For more goodies that you can’t pick up from your local supermarket, try the artisan food products from Food
Tribe, baked goods from Biscoot Factory and preservative-free pickles from Devi foods.
Pick up some statement pieces for your own home, or splash out on an unusual gift. The Zilpakala range – greenery lovingly planted into hand-painted terracotta pots – has been created with exactly that in mind, and starts from just RS.100. There are planters that can be kept in indoor spaces, as well as kitchen herbs in intricately decorated pots that would brighten up any windowsill. Also practical yet aesthetically pleasing are the candles from Aromeds, blended with essential oils such as lemongrass to act as a chemical-free insect repellent. Don’t leave without checking out Rainy, a brand that offers some gorgeous fabric lampshades and quirky cushion covers.
WORKSHOPS ON NOVEMBER 23
Tiny Tot Yoga: Souwmya Ayyar of Prafull Oorja imparts a sense of calm to little ones, helping them learn to stretch. 9 am.
Dig Right In: Priya Anand from the Organic Terrace Gardener gives practical advice on how to design a self sufficient food garden. 10 am.
Arvind Gupta Toys: Manish Jain will help you make toys from waste materials, explaining the science behind the fun. 11 am.
DIY Lighting: Learn the basics of effective lighting, before the Architectural Innovations design firm guides you in making lamps from trash. 12 noon.
Aquaponics: Learn how to set up a garden system that will reuse the nutrient-rich water used for aquatic life to grow food. 3 pm.
Freshway Farmers Market – Pick up fresh and locally grown veggies. At Rasa, CMH Road. November 22, 3 pm – 8 pm. Details: 41518237
Anandam – A carnival to celebrate family life unites fun, food, retail therapy and entertainment, including a live karaoke by Radio One.
At St Mark’s Cathedral grounds. November 22, 11 am – 7 pm. Details: facebook.com/suchetadhaama
Togetherness Carnival – Learn a new skill while spending quality time with loved ones. Workshops include chocolate making and upcycled toy making. At The Italian Corner, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala. November 22, 4 pm onwards. Details: 41435973