Walk along the cafés at Bandra Reclamation, step into a by lane and discover something quite out-of-the-ordinary! A mango-coloured bungalow surrounded by little pods of greenery; there is a new store hosted in this bungalow—The Dirt Store. Yes, you got that right. Founded by designer Natasha D'costa and Christopher Pereira, the chairman of HELM (Head of ALMs initiative), an organisation actively involved in Bandra's civic issues, The Dirt Store is a first-ever concept in the city. The idea stems from the concept of reduce, reuse, recycle, and as you walk into the store, you can see it lives up to that tag, with its upcycled plastic bottle planters, uniquely designed compost containers and living room lamps and shades made from discarded water bottles.
Compost bins, auto-watering systems, vertical garden planters and upcycled furniture and lighting are but a few amongst the other green living products available at the store. Pereira is well-known in Bandra for his green initiatives including right methods of garbage segregation, composting and organic gardening, and has also been conducting weekend workshops about organic farming and educating people about the right practices for composting wet garbage and kitchen waste.
In a city struggling for solutions to fix its garbage issues, this might be just the place to begin the process of educating, informing people and providing them the right resources to get on the road of green living.