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Over the years, Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations have evolved from being small local events to a mind-blowing, epic celebration. The size of the statues have gone from the size of our palm to life-size, sometimes even gigantic proportions.

On the tenth day of Ganesh Chaturthi, the statue is immersed in a water body symbolizing the cycle of life. Plaster of Paris is widely used to make statues. There are a plethora of options available to decorate every statue in all its pomp and glory. We need to ask ourselves, how environment-friendly, these options are.

Let’s take a vow to celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with more natural environment-friendly options. Here are some tips to help you get started.  

  • Buying statues made of metal, stone or wood that can be reused every Ganesh Chaturthi is the smart way to be eco-friendly. 
  • Avoid Plaster of Paris statues and idols. Just say no!
  • Choose paints responsibly. Most of the artificial dyes and pigments used today contain harmful chemicals like lead, mercury etc.  
  • You could use natural colors instead. If you are worried, you can’t find all the colors naturally, we are here to help you out. You can try these options:
    • Yellow: Turmeric
    • Black: Kajal or Activated charcoal
    • Purple: Beetroot
    • Orange: Henna powder
    • Brown: Instant coffee powder
    • Green: Spinach paste
  • Use these natural colors for your Rangoli as well.
  • Avoid things like plastic, Polystyrene other non-biodegradable materials in your Ganesh Chaturthi decorations.
  • Encourage children to make Ganesha statues from clay.
  • Use energy saving light bulbs and use them only whenever necessary.
  • A thrifty option for colorful lights is to wrap the bulbs in colorful paper.
  • Using just colored paper you can make lovely decorations. So why buy plastic? If you are up for a challenge try origami decorations this Ganesh Chaturthi.
  • Use environment-friendly plates or even better, use banana leaves for Prasad.

Instead of using readily available non-biodegradable options, be wise and use eco-friendly options. Spread the word and tell those you know about the various benefits of being eco-friendly. It is sure to rub off on your dear ones. Let’s celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesha guilt-free!