As a clean-tech and green-tech venture set up by two women entrepreneurs Bhairavi Shevade and Supriya Nikumbh, Green Drops India started with the mission ‘green building transformation’.
Specializing in vertical gardens with plants installed on walls, Green Drops India is a brand with a difference!
Pune-based Green Drops India has done installations across commercial establishments, residential villas and apartments. “Apart from vertical gardens and terrace garden consulting, we are also working on creating green ecosystems like kitchen gardens, living room green wall systems, green partitions and green arts,” says Supriya, the Co-Founder.
Designing a green wall is a customized solution for a particular location and space which takes more than just assembling the multiple ingredients together. It is treated as a mural wherein plants are the main component. A combination of plants with natural material like stone, terracotta, wood etc. provides uniqueness to each and every installation. Green Drops India has its own nursery setup for plants, the various products are designed in-house with some specialized elements outsourced.
Talking about the design inspiration behind Green Drops India, Bhairavi says, “In nature no two things look the same. Plants are such an integral part of nature. Similarly, no two design situations or site conditions are the same. Just putting plants in a framework makes it mechanical and monotonous. The whole thought process of Green Drops India is that the creation has to serve a particular purpose for that particular space. Subsequently various technical things also come up. While the ingredients are the same for each installation, every single one is a different product by itself – an independent epitome of sustainability”.
The prime focus of the brand is continuous innovation. For Green Drops every urban space is a challenge in itself. Carving out area for greenery within a dwelling is a monumental task. They strive to put plants in each home with optimized space rendering and a touch of art. With this profound idea, the brand started its journey in 2013.
Maintenance is the other major aspect of any product. The products of Green Drops also need periodic care like all plants. However, the task of maintenance consumes an average of only 5 minutes a day. They also assist customers in maintaining the installations.
Bhairavi on being asked about the future of the brand says, “Our vision is to spread the concept of vertical gardens. We would like to make every commercial and residential building a green building through vertical gardens, green roofs and other landscaping services. A green building is one which uses less water, is efficient in energy consumption, conserves natural resources and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.”
The brand accepts infield competition as a healthy sign that the product is growing in market. Creative innovation is the only way to evolve. Supriya says on competition, “Moreover, we have also come out with innovative designs and brought in technology such drip irrigation and the use of recycled water to ensure optimum water usage. Today you can create a green wall even if there is no wall.”
Bhairavi and Supriya have not just created a viable and profitable business but are also getting immense satisfaction in planting thousands of plants on the walls of residential and commercial buildings and in effect creating pockets of smaller green ecosystems, which is a requirement in today’s concrete jungles!
Text By Anindita Ganguly