New Delhi: From buying the most beautiful rakhis for our loved ones to treating them with some or the other gift items, Raksha Bandhan is time for indulgence, especially for siblings across India. But, the flip side to all festivities is the trail of waste it leaves behind. So make this Rakhi different. Here are five ways to celebrate a green Raksha Bandhan free from waste.
1. Ditch Traditional Rakhis Instead Get A Plantable Rakhi
This Raksha bandhan, sow a seed of love and care with a rakhi that grows into a plant. Instead of buying a traditional rakhi that is decorated with small plastic items, select a plantable rakhi which is made from seedpaper. So when the celebrations are over, instead of discarding the Rakhi and adding to garbage burden, sow it and nurture it into a plant.
30-year-old Divyanshu Asopa invented ‘Beej-Kapas’, a special paper that grows into a plant when sowed in the soil. Today, his company 21 Fools is known for making eco-friendly greeting cards, wedding cards, corporate cards, coasters, tags, paper bags and calendars, products that have a limited shelf life and traditionally end up in garbage pile, but not these one. Products of Beej Kapas grow into a plant. For Raksha Bandhan, Divyanshu has invented these special plantable rakhis that are available on the official site at a cost price of Rs. 200. What makes these products different is the design – each rakhi is decorated with the real dry/waste leaf and is made using colourful seed papers. Even the packaging of the rakhi is done using biodegradable materials – the box is made using waste cotton and instead of plastic and paper to support the rakhi, coconut fibre is used.
2. Decorate With Green Rangoli
Instead of using the usual dyes and colours for rangoli, go natural – use pulses, rice and leaves. Make natural hues with turmeric powder and kungummum (kumkum), flower petals, ground beetroot, dried orange peels – the options are many .
3. Think Creatively And Give Upcycled Gifts
Chocolates, cookies, cakes, jewellery, or clothes, take a break from conventional ideas. Use materials lying idle at home to make a gift for your loved ones. From home décor or utility items such as lamps made from old glass bottles, jewellery box made from old cardboards to bags made from old denims, let imagination loose.
4. Gift A Sapling
This one is for those who want to make an environment-friendly statement with their gift.
5. Move Over Plastic Packaging
Last but not the least, plastic is an absolute no, no! Shiny, glittery plastic wrapping papers are not for those going green. Instead opt for recycling – newspaper for wrapping gifts or simply put the gift in a canvas bag. After all every gesture makes a difference.
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