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