8 sustainable, natural and homegrown Indian kitchenware brands that are worth your money
From soapstone curd jars to brass ladles and tin vessels, these Made-in-India products are reviving traditional Indian utensils
While the pandemic has, in general, made us appreciate the slow life more and understand the importance of sustainability on a first-hand basis, it was an Instagram share on a work group about using upcycled coconuts as kitchenware that led us to deep dive into sustainable and eco-friendly kitchenware. And that's how I got talking to Maria Kuriakose, founder of Thenga, a sustainable lifestyle start-up, who told me about her returning to her native village in Kerala in a bid to promote sustainable living while providing livelihoods to local artisans.
Kuriakose's brand, Thenga, is new and has a unique and refreshing approach towards sustainability, where they put otherwise discarded coconut shells to use by turning them into kitchenware. "Coconut shells are a sustainable, practical and durable alternative to plastic, especially when it comes to kitchenware. It decomposes easily and unlike steel and plastic ware, it can be conveniently broken into smaller parts and mixed with soil," she explains. Through her venture, not only has she created an eco-friendly module, but has also simultaneously provided regular work to local and indigenous artisans, who were making ends meet through odd jobs.
Thenga, however, isn't the only kitchenware brand to have taken a step in this direction, and the Indian market is beginning to be dotted by several homegrown undertakings that celebrate sustainability. We handpicked a few of our favourites so you can rebuild your kitchen more conscientiously, while also keeping things classy. Take a look.
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A Coimbatore-based kitchenware brand, Rock Tawa specialises in cast ironware such as dosa tawas, appam chattis, paniyarakkal, roti tawas and even Dutch ovens. A favourite among food enthusiasts across the country, their bare cast iron pans are made out of a single piece of iron, including the handle and are pre-seasoned (coated in vegetable oil) to hinder rust formation, making them amenable for immediate use.