KEEPING IT BASIC
Once a finance and accounting professional in New York City, Saumya Goel, 28, returned to India and discovered soap nut berries for the first time. It sparked off an interest in natural and zero waste products and got her thinking. “I always wanted to start a business of my own and a one-stop-shop for raw, natural and zero-waste products made complete sense,” she says. Grinding Stone took shape in November last year after a series of experiments with home and personal care products using minimal ingredients. The name was inspired by the time spent in her grandmother’s village where traditional grinding stones were common. “It evokes a sense of going back to the basics,” she says. Currently, Grinding Stone has soaps, deodorants, shampoo bars, toothpaste, detergent, bamboo toothbrushes and dishwash bars on its menu. The packaging is eco-friendly with glass and bamboo instead of plastic. Goel plans to keep adding new products to the online store which are an easy switch from convenient commercial ones.
Saumya Goel of Grinding Stone