The festival Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner and the devotees of Lord Ganesha are excited to buy Ganesh idols, decorate the pandals, sing and dance in the festival. Ganesh Murtis are usually made of Plaster of Paris (PoP), which is not biodegradable. Even the paint used to beautify them is toxic and harmful to marine life. With this in mind, Mumbai and many other cities try to come out with innovative ideas to make the festival eco-friendly and reduce the harm to the environment. Here are three undeniable reasons to celebrate an Eco-Friendly Ganesh Chaturthi this year
1. POP Pollutes Water Resources
The Murtis of Lord Ganesha are usually made of Plaster of Paris which does not degrade easily and pollutes water. It takes a long time for Plaster of Paris to degrade in water. POP usually contains acid and destroys marine life. Apart from these, studies have found that people using polluted water suffer from a host of medical conditions like skin swelling, lung disease and infections to eyes & skin.
2. Use of Plastic
There is a large use of plastic bags and plastic crockery during the festival of Lord Ganesha. These plastic accessories are carelessly dumped into the water which reduces the level of oxygen in the water and thus takes away the lives of fish and other aquatic organisms.
3. Use of Bamboo Sticks in Pandals
The bamboo sticks which are used in the decoration of pandals are thrown in the rivers which abrupt the flow of the river and thus causing waste production and water pollution. It disrupts the life of aquatic animals.
The eco-friendly Ganesh idols are made with vegetarian food ingredients that the fish can consume. It saves the water bodies from being polluted, prevents climate change and makes lives happier. So, this Vinayaka chavithi let’s take a pledge to buy an Eco-Friendly Ganpati idol and take a step further in safeguarding the environment.