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Sustainable Shopper? Here Are The 17 Best Places To Shop From In Hyderabad

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Sustainable living seems time-consuming and tricky at the outset, but thanks to the numerous stores and brands in Hyderabad now, you get to make the switch in the easiest way possible. Gone are the days when you had to scout offline and online stores to see if they're actually sustainable! If you've been meaning to switch to sustainable products, we recommend taking a look at the best zero-waste Indian brands here. If you're planning to be more vocal for local, and support some Hyderabad-based brands, we've got you covered! Here's a list of the best sustainable stores to shop from in Hyderabad.

Paalaguttapalle Bags

The story of Paalaguttapalle Bags is as inspiring and beautiful as their products. The social enterprise is run by a group of women from the small village of Paalaguttapalle in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. The group started hand-stitching, embroidering, and screen-printing a variety of bags after drought struck the village and agriculture slowed down. The designs are uniquely Indian, and catalogue, impressive. We found everything from buttoned-saree bags, vegetable storage bags, bottle holders, laptop holders and bags made specifically for occasions and various Indian functions. You could also get your bags customised or place bulk-orders for a variety of occasions, from conferences or for a small business. 

Sacred Goods - Aaromale

We dare you to walk out of the Sacred Goods store without making a purchase! This cute retail store inside the Aaromale cafe stocks everything from home decor, personal care, notebooks, cold pressed oils and products from other budding sustainable brands in India. They host Sunday pop-ups regularly, featuring upcoming artists and brands in town. What you absolutely cannot miss though - are their sustainable gift hampers that spark joy! You could also contact them to customise something for you based on the occasion and budget. 

Sustain Kart

If you've been transitioning into a zero waste lifestyle and have been looking out for offline store options to shop from, the newly opened Sustain Kart at Jubilee Hills could be your next favourite! Modelling a regular supermarket, Sustain Kart stocks everything from personal care, home care, home decor, kitchen essentials and serveware at their store. The happy twist? All the products are made from sustainable raw materials, upcycled plastic and are locally sourced from brands in India. We highly recommend you check out their dining and home decor section for stunning serveware and dining essentials made from soil degradable materials. Their collection convinced us that sustainability doesn't have to be drab and boring anymore.

Sage Organics

If you've been to Sage Farm Cafe in Jubilee Hills, you surely might have checked out Sage Organics. Sustainably-sourced, fair trade, and farm-fresh products are what you can expect at Sage Organics. Millets, pure cow ghee, pulses, pickles, dry fruits, Araku Valley coffee — all daily essentials are neatly stacked. Sage has a fine curation of copper water bottles, storage tins, tiffin boxes and the best part? Some of them are hand-painted. This organic store also has a beauty and hygiene collection where you can pick ubtans, shikakai, handmade soaps, scrubs, etc. While you're at it, don't forget to pick their kombucha. So refreshing! 

Eco Studio by Vysh

Founded by city-based vegan blogger and entrepreneur Vyshnavi Gudivada, Eco Studio by Vysh is one of the most affordable zero waste brands in Hyderabad. Get your hands on high-quality personal care and grooming essentials like bamboo toothbrushes, razors and combs that won't burn a hole in your pocket. The brand also stocks an impressive range of skincare, body care and hair care products that receive rave reviews. We love that their handmade hair care products come in plastic-free Cassava starch bags that you can melt in water and reuse for watering your plants.

Essential Traditions by Kayal

Essential Traditions by Kayal will remind you of your grandparents' home, complete with brass antiques and cast iron cookware. They promote conservation of traditional Indian cooking through sustainable materials. The store has a range of products for your kitchen - ranging from soapstone cook pots, copper and brass bottles, cast iron kadais, bamboo and coconut shell accessories, wooden chapati rollers, unpolished mortar and pestles and banana fibre baskets. It's great if you want to set up your kitchen without toxic non-stick cookware and other chemicals. While the products are slightly pricey, we think it's justified since good long-lasting cookware lasts for decades easily. 

Sintra Naturals

One of the biggest challenges you may face while making sustainable choices is to find personal care items like soaps and shampoos that don't come in plastic. Thanks to Sintra Naturals in Hyderabad, this concern is a thing of the past! With Plastic-free packaging, innovative products and a whole range for pets, the brand takes the 'sustainable' tag seriously. They only use harsh chemical free, ECOCERT certified ingredients in their formulations. We love their plastic packaging-free deodorants, and gentle products specially made for children and pets. Talk about an all-inclusive store! Their shampoo bars are an absolute crowd favourite and a must-try. 

Wild Berry Organics

Wild Berry Organics is popularly known for their Kombucha brews in various flavours like Pomegranate, Kiwi, Pineapple, Beetroot and Ginger. They also have a full range of sustainable products, ranging from chocolates, tea accessories, personal care and gift hampers. Don't miss their Ragi Hot Chocolate that's a treat during the colder months, minus the guilt! They also offer themed gift hampers for festivals and small batch fresh fruit like peaches, litchis and mangoes sourced directly from farmers in Himachal Pradesh and other states, so do follow them on Instagram for updates. 

Adrish Zero Waste Organic Store

 The Adrish Zero Waste Organic Store is for you if you've been making an effort to eat organic. We found everything from loose leaf teas, spices, organic hair care powders, instant mix masalas, grains, pulses and salts in the store. What's great - all of them are stored in plastic-free glass containers, and you get to take home your organic groceries in paper bags or cartons. They also have a range of cold pressed cooking oils that is packaged freshly in glass containers that you can purchase in-house. Their ghee is from A2 cow milk, procured from their own Goshala. You can also find some superfood like Moringa powder among others, here. Don't miss their snackables like dried organic bananas and Indian blueberries when you visit. 

Translate - Handwoven Ikat

If you're into slow fashion and would love to flaunt Telangana's own weaves through your wardrobe, check out the collection at Translate - Handwoven Ikat. Their designs aim to revive the age-old traditional art of Ikat and bring it to a larger audience through weaving, designing, producing and retailing. They work with regional Ikat artisans and have a range of men's and women's apparel, home furnishings and accessories. We love their roomy dresses that are super comfy to lounge around, or easily be styled to dress it up as per the occasion. 

MSN Studio

MSN Studio run by Manpreet Singh, stocks some of the most beautiful hand-built ceramic decor pieces inspired by nature. Expect to see flower motifs, leaves and animals in most of their pieces. What's more - the fourteen-year-old studio is completely zero waste, with fully sustainable infrastructure. All the clay discarded after making the ceramics is reclaimed, making sure nothing goes to waste. Likewise, all the other materials too, are reused in some shape or form at the studio. They conduct pottery classes regularly at their peaceful studio in Kokapet. Here's the perfect place to get your hands dirty while causing minimal harm to the planet! 

Dipti Mrinalini Label

Dipti Mrinalini Label is a breath of fresh air! Easy-to-eye colours and breezy dresses — this store in Banjara Hills makes use of its leftover scrap to craft decor accents for the store. Dipti works with local artisans and weavers, makes use of organic cotton, natural dyes, etc. Apart from boxy tops, tunics, and jackets, you'll also discover a fine curation of handloom sarees that are handpicked by Dipti. If we were you, we'd be making way to the store already.

Khadi Eco Basket

Tucked away on Pender Ghast Road in Secunderabad, Khadi Eco Basket is an organic store worth checking out. What we love about this store is, when you walk in, you'll find so many thing haphazardly stacked in every corner. Skincare range, khadi clothes, handmade toys, bamboo cutlery, cloth tote bags, bamboo picnic baskets — you name it and they have it, fam. Plus, they've got wooden utensils, earthenware, and Chennapatnam bommalu. Everything at this store reminds us of our grandparents home and we think that's what makes it awesome. 

Creative Bee

For those of you who've been looking to switch to sustainable fashion, Creative Bee comes as a great choice. Founded by Bina Rao and Keshav Rao, Creative Bee crafts beautiful dresses, kurtas, kaftans, and sarees. In fact, you can even pick fabric, durries, bedsheets from their Banjara Hills Store. Walk into the store and you won't stop gawking at the fine collection. Every weave and art form makes an appearance — Shibori, Kalamkari, Ikat, block-prints, and indigo. Plus, Bina's signature filature silk sarees and dresses are worth checking out. No matter how you crush or use them, these wrinkle-free beauties always remain crisp.

Hemis

Tucked away in Banjara Hills, Hemis is India's first hemp-based store. Run by a team of committed individuals (who really and only want to do good for the Earth), Hemis collaborates with likeminded artisans and weavers. What's worth checking out? Their skincare range and stationery. We've been using their lip balms and handmade soaps for a while now and can vouch for their goodness. Plus, the store has accessories, shoes, and even nutrition. 

Zero Waste Eco-Store

Of course, sustainable means no plastic but we are spelling it out loud. Zero Waste Eco-Store in Karkhana, Secunderabad has not a single plastic product in its hood and they deserve applause for that. A store that resembles a home — you can find household items like pulses, grains, handmade soaps, cold-pressed oils, bamboo products such as combs, brushes, and straws. We've also spotted homemade pickles, superfoods, and cloth bags, yoga mats, etc. Leading a plastic-free life might seem hard but with stores like this, you're only a step away. Plus, the organic skincare range is quite ace! 

Muditha Zero Waste

India's first zero-waste online supermarket — Muditha Zero Waste is a Hyderabad-based store that intends to cut down single-use plastic. The store delivers essentials, beauty and hygiene, kitchen cleaning, bakery and gourmet food, etc. The beauty & hygiene category includes Kumkumadi Thailam, shampoo bars, handmade organic soaps, face packs, scrubs, and hair care. We also like their healthy spreads and pickles sections where you can load up on guava spreads, BBQ sauce, pineapple spread, amla chutney, chilli chukh, and the like.