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The anti-assemby-line, single-piece-single-tailor-made jeans. Natural and recycled raw materials make them beautiful inside and outside.

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And when you order a pair, you’ll find that it comes unfussy in a denim bag with the details printed elegantly on brown paper and wrapped around your new pair of conscious jeans. Love the clarity and simplicity.

Get your pair here.

 

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image-1I like it when brands think like your mother. They give you a good quality ingredient (asafoetida) and put it into a package that fits perfectly well into your kitchen – once you carefully peel the label off, that is. This steel dabba can continue holding hing from other brands way after this is done. Good, confident one, Aachi.

I picked mine up at the Village supermarket on Wheeler Road, Bangalore.

Picture courtesy: My iPhone5. May its tribe continue to grow.

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Cotton bits that wrap the soaps and fold in neatly on the edges without stitches or staples or seals. When you open it out, it’s a neat, scented bit of soft cloth which is perfect for wrapping your favourite pair of earrings in.

Rustic reusability.

Available at select stores.

Online here and there.

Organic t-shirts wrapped thoughtfully in a space-friendly recycled paper box printed with messages that are carried on their t-shirts.

Simple, no?

Read about The Root and see their products here.

If you’re an old, ignored CD case in Vinod Lal Heera Eshwer‘s home, you’re in luck.

He came up with this  really simple way to put up his paintings in old CD cases – “Drill a small hole on one side of a cd case. Insert painting. Hang on nail.”

Pii Tip – You could put in anything! Memorable movie tickets, notes on napkins or photographs.

Undo is a range of t-shirts that tries to undo the mess we’ve made of the planet. The messages, symbols, colours and fabrics all do this. The smart thing? They’ve bundled it all into a cotton jhola. That is immensely reusable. Yay!  Special thanks to Isha of Undo for writing a lovely note to Pii.

Recycle Sundays: Made entirely from discarded plastic and foil packaging, these ropes are made strong and sturdy by professional rope-makers in Gujrat and marketed by the micro-entrepreneurs of the region. Makes for happy Indian rope beds amongst a hoard of other things.

Via designer & Pii friend, Purvi Sanghvi.

Arrack comes straight from the coconut tree into a pot and then after the tapper climbs down the tree, it’s carefully poured into old bottles and taken straight to the toddy shops where it goes straight to someone’s head.

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There’s always a flipside to too much alcohol, no not the hangover, but yes, the bottles.

We love our bottles. The weirder the shape, the more we love it. The Old Monk bottles are a particular favourite, not just for its contents, but think about it, isn’t it like the Ambassador car of bottles? A funny, round and strangely funky shape. We suggest you paint the Old Monk bottle yourself to find out exactly what we’re talking about. Here are a couple of things we did.

 

 Painted Beer Bottles

 All you’ll need is a beer bottle (we used Kingfisher, Mr Mallya needs us right now), some white acrylic paint and a brush.


 Make abstract patterns like we did or paint anything you like.

 

Here’s a tip:

 If its been a while since you held a brush, use a crayon to mark your drawing on the bottle.

 

The Technicolor winter bottle

 

 

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