In case you are keen on eco-friendly, Bangalore’s Go Native restaurant is simply the place to be! Proper from lighting up the eating space with solar energy to sourcing native farm contemporary merchandise to plastic-free packaging, Go Native chain of eating places is setting an inspiring instance for everybody to observe.
Speaking about the identical, Go Native restaurant’s founder Anvitha Prashanth instructed The CSR Journal, “Most significantly, we supply native. We have now a menu the place every thing together with the sauces is ready in home. We don’t purchase packaged stuff. We supply from inside 200-300 kms of our location, no less than 60-70 p.c of our greens and fruits are sourced from an natural farm known as ‘Again to Fundamentals’ in Whitefield in Bangalore, the remainder are sourced from particular person small growers from outskirts of Bangalore. The grains, pulses and spices are sourced from a farmers’ cooperative.”

How previous is Go Native?

“We began at first of 2017, so it’s over 5 years previous now. We’re in 5 areas— Jayanagar, Whitefield, Sadashiva Nagar, HSR, and Lavelle street,” Anvitha knowledgeable.
Anvitha Prashanth, founder, Go Native

What impressed this eco-friendly restaurant?

“I studied laptop science in Singapore after which I did an internship in Berlin. Once I was in Berlin, the place I used to be staying at, outdoors there was a farmer’s market. Once I visited the market, that’s the primary time I noticed that people who find themselves making the merchandise are the individuals promoting the identical. Rising up in a metropolis like Bangalore, you by no means get to see the one who has really made what you’re utilizing or consuming. For me the bigger concept was transparency, which can make individuals worth the issues they’re consuming and shopping for. We needed to have a spot the place individuals may see who’re the people who find themselves making what they’re consuming, be it consuming at a restaurant or shopping for one thing from a retail,” Anvitha recalled.
“The thought behind the restaurant was that we noticed natural produce from a farm known as Again to Fundamentals in Whitefield. In our retail areas, now we have handloom cloth, handloom sarees, handloom apparels, house merchandise like ceramics, pottery and many others sourced instantly from artisans, potters and many others. We’re in a position to sort of positively influence not directly via each consumption alternative that a person makes, be it on the restaurant or retail,” she added.

Plastic-free packaging and solar energy lit eating room

Other than sourcing native, the restaurant is eco-friendly in loads of different methods. The founder knowledgeable, “We strive to verify all our merchandise are plastic packaging free or no less than in reusable packaging. For us, native is necessary, decreasing plastic waste is necessary. We additionally compost our waste. We have now a bit of farm with a composting facility. We even have solar energy which powers solely our eating areas.”
Go Native restaurant affords a seasonal menu

Seasonal menu

Sure, you learn that proper. In the event you loved the jackfruit biryani at Go Native three months in the past, you may need to accept one thing else as soon as the jackfruit season is over! Anvitha defined, “We have now a seasonal menu. At the least 20-30 p.c objects of our menu change based on the season. Relying on no matter vegetable is in season, we’ll make our dishes with that. For instance, now we have jackfruit for 5-6 months in a yr. So, we serve jackfruit biryani at the moment. Then we exchange it with banana flower or another vegetable which is in season.”

Vegetarian, vegan, Jain, gluten-free delicacies

Go Native serves mouth-watering vegetarian, vegan, Jain, gluten-free and comparable delicacies. Speaking concerning the alternative of delicacies, the founder shared, “Our meals is only vegetarian as a result of I don’t assume it’s doable to assert to have sustainably sourced meat, it’s like an oxymoron. I grew up in a household that eats meat however I turned vegetarian as a result of I didn’t see a approach for us to sustainably feed 7 billion individuals with meat particularly on the fee that we eat it at the moment and within the method by which it’s grown. You can not declare to be sustainable or eco-friendly whereas serving meat in order that’s why I by no means needed to even get into that throughout the restaurant house. We even have choices for vegan, Jain, gluten free all of that.”
Go Native affords handloom garments and sustainable private care and residential decor objects

Handicrafts and sustainable requirements

Nevertheless, Go Native isn’t just a restaurant. Yow will discover sustainable materials, house décor and private care objects over right here. Quizzed on the identical, Anvitha expressed, “The unique concept for Go Native was not simply to have a restaurant. It’s a life-style retailer, meals being one a part of it. We additionally promote apparels, house décor merchandise, pure and natural private care merchandise like soaps, shampoos, conditioners and bodywashes. We offer sustainable options for your entire consumption wants, whether or not it’s the costume that you’re carrying, which is handloom or natural cotton, or any private care product.”
“All of those are plastic packaging-free. We solely supply these from manufacturers which have non-plastic options to packaging. We even have baggage, jewelry and many others. There’s a place known as Kabini, which is 3-4 hours from Bangalore, the place now we have a gaggle of 20 ladies. We’re coaching them to work with banana fibre with which we make baggage and residential décor merchandise,” she additional stated.

Why ought to we go eco-friendly?

Why do you assume extra eco-friendly eating places like Go Native is the necessity of the hour? “Not simply cafes and eating places but in addition retail areas needs to be made eco-friendly. If we wish to live on as a civilisation, there must be modifications that we have to make and I feel each sector has to start out turning into extra conscious of that. The restaurant trade is a key a part of it. You must determine every thing proper from sourcing to managing your waste disposal. You must just be sure you are eco-friendly not simply due to the tag however as a result of it’s really very crucial,” Anvitha signed off.

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