You’ve already read a lot about the number of chemicals in your personal care products. You’ve heard how harmful they are for your skin. This article will not preach what has already been spoken many times, instead it will help you take matters into your own hands. All we need is six hours of your time and you can learn to make your natural soaps and bio enzyme cleaners.
Native Circle is an organisation that enables producer to consumer, farm to table network that supports both the ends in a transparent manner. The organisation is conducting a workshop in Bengaluru where you can learn the techniques to be self-sufficient in the art of hand-making soaps and bio-cleaners.
About the hosts:
Native Circle, Bengaluru was formed three years ago with the aim of completing the circle of organic life. “By that, we mean going from awareness about sustainability to education, forming a knowledge bank of this data and then making products that can be useful in day-to-day life,” Mahesh Kallare, the founder of the Bengaluru-based organisation shares with The Better India.
In the early months, Native Circle was involved in studying the agricultural sector. But they soon realised that just spreading awareness about the problems that farmers were facing wasn’t enough. They decided to make products that appealed to the ordinary consumer and also uplifted the farmer.
At the same time, they realised that farmers were not in the position to add value to their raw material. So, Native Circle stepped in to bridge the gap between what the farmers had to offer and what the urban consumers wanted.
Today, they have helped 15 farmers earn a livelihood by taking their produce and making them into personal use, home improvement and such other all-natural products.
Break the chemical market:
Says Kallare, “We are afraid that in the name of sustainability and organic living, we are creating a fashion. At Native Circle, we want to turn this fashion into a passion. So much so, that we stop relying on the markets for simple products like soaps and floor cleaners. It’s easy to make them at home and just as easy to kick chemicals out of our lives.”
He makes it clear that the products are not necessarily chemical-free. But they are replacing petroleum-based ingredients with natural bases. For instance, glycerin, which is essential to make soap is made from coconut oil.
Who will be heading the Bengaluru workshop:
Swayamprabha Hegde, who has been an integral part of the Bengaluru organisation since it’s early years, will be guiding you on the process of making soaps and bio-enzyme cleaners at home. She holds a degree in astrophysics, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Animation. But her heart was always in the field of sustainability.
You will learn the techniques of soap making from Hegde and Maitreyi, who has been working in the field of sustainable product development for the past two years.
What you can expect from the Bengaluru workshop:
The 6-hour workshop will inform you of the difference between what is sold to you under the name of convenience Vs what is actually beneficial for your skin and overall well-being.
It will carry a detailed course on making soaps as well as bio-enzymes. Hegde and Maitreyi will give you hands-on training on this and by the end of the course, even if you can’t make the products independently, at least, you will know that there are easy alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals.
What are you waiting for? Click here to book your slot for the Bengaluru workshop now!
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)