5 Ways To Go Green This Ganesh Chaturthi: Here Is How You Can Make The Festival Eco-Friendly

Mad4Nature By Chaithra B S | 2 min read

Ganesh Chaturthi

Every year, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with tremendous zeal throughout the nation, with millions of devotees flocking to temples to offer their prayers. This Hindu festival will commence on August 31, 2021. 

With Ganesh Chaturthi approaching, here are some suggestions for making the celebration more environmentally friendly this year.

The celebration honours Lord Vinayaka, also known as Ganesh, as the God of new beginnings and the remover of obstacles. Lord Ganesh is worshipped for his wealth and wisdom.

Go Green On This Ganesh Chaturthi!

The majority of Ganesha idols in the marketplace are made of plaster of Paris or another non-biodegradable substance. Given the devastating aftereffects of PoP (Plaster of Paris) Ganpati idols on the environment, particularly on water bodies and marine life, purchasing PoP idols should be avoided in favour of eco-friendly alternatives. 

Ganesha idols made of traditional clay are completely biodegradable and can dissolve into water upon immersion.

Biodegradable Ganesh Idol

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Choose natural, biodegradable materials so that they won’t harm the environment or water following immersions (visarjan). The idol can be made from natural materials like coconut, natural-colored paint, etc.

The majority of Ganesha idols in the market are made of plaster of Paris or non-biodegradable substance. Given the devastating aftereffects of PoP (Plaster of Paris) Ganpati idols on the environment, particularly on water bodies and marine life, purchasing PoP idols should be avoided in favour of eco-friendly alternatives. Ganesha idols made of traditional clay are completely biodegradable and can dissolve into water upon immersion.

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Make Sure The Idols Are Smaller In Size

Larger idols require a lot of space. The Ganesh idol should not exceed 5 feet, or 1.5 meters, in height. 

Huge idols also use more clay or POP in their creation, which generates more waste for the environment. It is challenging to immerse since it takes time for the material to dissolve in water, and occasionally it does not dissolve fully.  It makes transportation challenging and contributes to traffic congestion.

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Compost Organic Waste

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After the festival, separate the flowers, garlands, and other organic waste should and put them in a compost pit.  Your garden can benefit from the fertilizer in this compost. If immersed, wrap them with newspapers rather than plastic bags since paper decomposes more quickly. The later production of natural colors or decorative paper for gifts can be done with dried flowers.

Submerging Idol In Artificial Tanks

Even though the idols are made of non-biodegradable materials, there are still ways to protect the environment and water resources. 

Consider submerging the idols in specially constructed tanks rather than in natural water sources. As more people become aware of the risks associated with using the same water for irrigation and drinking, this technique is gradually gaining popularity. 

Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi while preserving the environment. Urge individuals to use eco-friendly decorations and idols. Gather donations of flowers and other organic materials, then place them in a compost pile for your garden’s fertilization.

Say No To Plastic This Ganesh Chaturthi

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No more plastic bags, instead, replace them with cloth bags as biodegradable and can be reused.

For distributing Prasad, use banana leaves rather than synthetic plates. Disposable, non-biodegradable plates, plastic sheets, and other items have an impact on the environment.

If you wish to buy eco-friendly plates, trays and so on check this out : 5 Eco-Friendly Made In India Brands That Will Force You to Revisit Your Lifestyle

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