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Haven’t you joined the Organic Revolution yet?

…and you think you are environment-friendly?

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Granted, you are devoted to organic and natural living. You have an environment-friendly lifestyle. And your living, breathing, eating habits are ecologically supportive. You frequent Farmers’ Markets. That is why you are a part of our community. It’s a pleasure interacting with you.

But, is it enough to play safe only for yourself and your loved ones? You might be harming the environment by omitting to help protect others too. You have a duty to warn others of the dangers that pollution poses to our world. For starters, look at the effects of farming on the ecology. It is a well-known fact that:

Conventional farming uses chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers that pollute the soil and the ground water.

  • It uses up a tremendous amount of water for growing
  • Toxic pesticide residues found on fruit and vegetable skins find their way into your food
  • Human sewage, tainted with harmful shampoo chemicals, is used as a fertilizer in farms. It contains hormone-disrupting chemicals, leading to multiple diseases.
  • Pesticides interfere with your vitamin D levels, leaving your immune system weak, and exposing you to infections.

On the other hand, Organic Farming is safe for the environment because –

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  • No chemical pesticides are used
  • It produces far less CO2 emissions
  • It uses far less waterfor eg: Organic cotton farming uses up to 60% less water than conventional farming methods
  • Pesticide or herbicide residues are not entered accidentally into the environment – reducing ground-water pollution, prevents soil-erosion and promotes bio-diversity
  • Humans and animals are not exposed to chemical pesticides or herbicides.
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May #GanpatiBappa remove all obstacles to a cleaner, greener & more #EnvironmentFriendly world!

The #EcoSensitivity of #IndianHeritage

Harking back to ancient Vedic times, the sculpting of a Ganesha idol from Shaadu(natural clay) at home , worshiping it and then immersing it is an age-old practice that incorporates the wisdom of eco-sensitive practices – – a #SustainableLiving practice. This is still followed in parts of South India, notably in Tamil Nadu.

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DIY ecofriendly clay ganesha

The #EnvironmentalPollution of the Festival

Today, it is a practice that needs to be followed widely because we can see the environmental pollution that is caused by Ganesh Chaturthi festival through:

  • Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols. Plaster of Paris (POP) contains gypsum, sulphur, phosphorus and magnesium. The idols take several months to dissolve in water and in the process poison the waters of lake, ponds, rives and seas.
  • #ChemicalPollution.The chemical paints used on the idols contain mercury, lead, cadmium and carbon and this increases the acidity and heavy metal content in the water.
  • Waste generated by the non-biodegradable accessories – thermocole, plastic flowers, cloth, incense, camphor, etc. used during the worship.
  • #NoisePollution
  • #Traffic congestion

There are many negative effects on the environment:

  • The polluted water causes several diseases including skin diseases.
  • The pollution from the idols also damages the #Ecosystem, kills fishes and water plants. Often, the same #PollutedWater gets pumped into homes.

A Central Pollution Control Board Study on the impact of immersion of Ganesh idols on the lakes revealed the following:

  • The acid content in the waters increased.
  • The TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) increased by a 100%
  • The heavy metal content sampling showed an increase in metals such as iron which increased nearly 10 times and the content of copper in the sediments increased by 200 to 300 %.

How do we prevent this Environmental Damage?

  • Use eco-friendly clay idols painted with natural colors.
  • Use permanent idols made of stone and perform a symbolic immersion and reuse the idol each year.
  •  Avoid public water bodies to immerse the idols, instead immerse idol in bucket or tub.

Natural Mantra offers you a #SustainableLiving alternative: A Natural Clay Ganesha Home kit with all the necessary tools, #EnvironmentFriendly jewelry & embellishments and a step-by-step video guide. You can also use a ready-made idol made of coconut from the site to re-create this tradition in your own home. Let us ensure the sanctity of our traditions and the purity of our Earth. Happy Ganesha!

GanpatiBappa

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