Cel­e­brate eco-friendly Holi, opt for nat­u­ral colours: NGOs to res­i­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion is ap­peal­ing to res­i­dents to play dry Holi be­cause of the wa­ter cri­sis. You can, with­out wor­ry­ing about harm­ful chem­i­cal colours.

In a bid to pro­mote ecofriendly colours, NGOs have been con­duct­ing work­shops to spread aware­ness.

Paryavaran Dak­shata Man­dal, a Thane-based non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) has been con­duct­ing work­shops for the past 10 years in schools, col­leges and hous­ing so­ci­eties in Navi Mum­bai and Thane on how to make nat­u­ral Holi colours.

“We teach them to make ecofriendly colours and also how ef­fi­ciently they can use the colours avail­able in the mar­ket. We are ap­peal­ing to res­i­dents to cel­e­brate a dry Holi, con­sid­er­ing the wa­ter scarcity,” said Su­varna Bhange, co­or­di­na­tor of the NGO.

A work­shop was held on Fri­day for those who want to opt for nat­u­ral colours.

Green Prac­tices is an­other or­ga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports ecofriendly fes­ti­vals and pro­vides nat­u­ral colours pre­pared from turmeric, kumkum, tee-bark, beetroot and marigold. One can visit their e-store www.green­prac­tices or or­der by call­ing 9930224454.

“Our aim is to make the city a sus­tain­able place by pro­mot­ing chem­i­cal-free colours. By us­ing nat­u­ral colours, we can re­duce the amount of wa­ter used in wash­ing off colours from our skin,” said Mana Chater­jee from Green Prac­tices.

Ex­perts said nat­u­ral colours have prop­er­ties which help in get­ting rid of the harm­ful micro­organ­isms.

The Omved store in Vashi’s Inor­bit mall sells her­bal colours made ac­cord­ing to the an­cient tra­di­tional for­mu­las us­ing 100% pure and nat­u­ral ex­tracts of flow­ers, fruits and medic­i­nal herbs in colours like Man­jishtha Red, Harad Yel­low, Kasam Green and Indigo Blue.

One can also make their own colours at home.

“Buy some hibis­cus flow­ers and boil them in wa­ter. Fil­ter the boiled con­coc­tion and add a few drops of rose wa­ter or laven­der oil for fra­grance and your colour is ready. Al­ter­na­tively, dry and crush marigold flow­ers and mix it with gram flour to form shades of yel­low,” said Supriya Ma­ha­pali, a Vashi res­i­dent mak­ing home-made colours for last two years. A child and her mother shop for Holi at APMC mar­ket at Vashi. Holi will be cel­e­brated on Thurs­day.

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