Here are 7 brands that offer rakhis to plant
Traditionally, Raksha Bandhan was celebrated by siblings. However, now this beautiful bond where one swears to protect the other is celebrated by most siblings regardless of gender, including Taapsee Pannu and his sister Shagun.
On this occasion, simple and richly designed rakhis have always found a taker. Unfortunately, after being adorned on the cuffs for a few days, these gorgeous rakhis are either thrown away and contribute to non-biodegradable waste, or stored for months and years. However, in recent times, many brands of rakhi have found a sensible solution. Instead of making bands with synthetic materials, they introduced plantable rakhis, and these are in high demand due to their durable nature. Here is our guide to brands offering such rakhis to plant in India:
A waste-free fashion brand, Guman’s eco-friendly rakhis are handcrafted from pure cotton and linen rags, which are by-products of clothing production. These rakhis are encrusted with different types of seeds and can easily be planted. The proceeds will be used by Guman to feed the stray dogs.
Price: Rs 225 and more
“Each year, 620 million rakhi are thrown into waste that never decomposes, generating 1.18 billion tonnes of carbon footprints,” the Jaipur-based Seed Rakhi website read. To solve this problem, the company started to create handcrafted rakhis. Founded by Nitin and Ankit Jain, the website features naturally dyed rakhis made from native and organic cotton yarn. These are encrusted with amaltas, sunflower seeds, papaya, rice or basil.
Price: Rs 249 from
3. Sow and cultivate
Sow and Grow, a brand specializing in ecological products for everyday use and offering a wide range of products from planting stationery and flag badges to seed balls and gardening kits, also offers clay rakhis for planting. The rakhis are encrusted with seeds of marigold, basil, tomato and tulsi. Their rakhi come with a DIY gardening kit that includes a biodegradable pot, coconut pieces, clay rakhi, marker, and organic micronutrients to aid in the planting process.
Price: Rs 380 and more
Delhi-based company bioQ specializes in developing products aimed at helping people switch to green alternatives without compromising aesthetics or functionality. One of the leading manufacturers of eco-friendly and plantable gift items in India, it also offers 100% biodegradable and plantable rakhis made from paper and seeds. These rakhis can be personalized by users as they allow them to draw or write their brother’s name.
Price: Rs 225 and more
5. Plants to be planted
Plantables aims to create environmentally friendly plantable products that can be sown in the ground and turned into vibrant green vegetables. For Raksha Bandhan, they designed handcrafted seed paper rakhis that bloom in bloom. Their seed paper is made from cotton waste and contains seeds from various plants. It is wood-free, ecological, plantable and 100% biodegradable. The flowers are tied with hand-spun cotton thread braided together.
Price: Rs 99 from
21 Fools Eco Plantable Rakhi Encrusted with Aparajita, Amaranth, Purslane and Basil Seeds is made from naturally dyed organic cotton yarn and hand spun by artists and the farming community in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Not only the rakhi, but even their packaging is made from cotton waste and is 100% biodegradable.
Price: Rs 349 and more
Phool’s plantable rakhis are made from pure organic cotton grown by local farmers with non-GMO and DPI-free seeds. These threads are traditionally spun with Charkha and dipped in the happiest natural colors to symbolize the joyous spirit of the festival. Adorned with an organic pumpkin seed in the middle, the acorns attached to this Rakhi contain a blend of amaranth, basil and purslane seeds, a perfect addition to any home garden.
Not only the rakhis, it also offers lumba, which is a rakhi specially designed for women. In many parts of northern India, especially among the Marwari community of Rajasthan, it is a tradition that Lumba rakhis are attached to the bracelets of the sister-in-law.
Price: Rs 325