Traditional Holi Vs. Eco-Friendly Holi – Who Wins Let’s Find Out!

As Holi, just around the corner, people like us have already started planning about eco-friendly ways to celebrate Holi to make a contribution towards spreading the message of environmental awareness.

When we talk about holi, sight of colourful hue smeared over people’s faces appears in our eyes. The festival of playfulness and fun is meaningless without colors. Apparently, we neglect the fact that it becomes worse with use of traditional/synthetic holi colors, as they may contain harmful chemicals which leads to adverse complications. One of the first rule we should pledge today to not buy artificial colors at all. Even Gulal has harmful chemicals like Silica and Asbestos which causes severe allergies.

Madhuri Vairagkar, a beautician advises, “Chemical colours, especially metallic colours should not be used. These colours damage the skin and hair and the effects can be dangerous. Herbal colours like vegetable colours, turmeric, colours made from flower and fruit extracts are safe and you can enjoy without causing any harm”.

no metallic color this holi

 

Holi bonfire and water wastage becomes the main concerns to many social activists and we as a responsible citizen should also support the worthy cause. To come over with both the issues environmental and harsh chemical based holi colors I have jotted down few suggestions here under:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Say Hi to Dry Holi This Year

We all love the cool splashes of water which are worth enjoying, though we have to limit the water usage. There are areas where water availability is still a challenge even in areas of metro cities. Using natural colors to play holi would also help in avoiding water usage as they don’t need much water to clean compounds, buildings, premises and your body.

Commissioner of police Kulwant Kumar Sarangal informs, “It is a punishable offence and any person whose causes injury to another person whether by negligence or on purpose will be punished. This includes not just the injuries caused by water balloons but also those from the use of chemical colours”.

Let's Play Dry Holi This Year

Throwing water balloons is quite a fashion to play holi, anytime you want to throw water balloons to passer-by, beware of fact that any injury to the person by water balloon may land you in jail. Commissioner of police Kulwant Kumar Sarangal informs, “It is a punishable offence and any person whose causes injury to another person whether by negligence or on purpose will be punished. This includes not just the injuries caused by water balloons but also those from the use of chemical colours.

Burn Scrap in Holi Bonfire

The bonfire ritual is one celebrated a day before Holi, which causes serious environmental problems. One of them is chopping of trees to make the bonfire, bringing both trees and the environment on risk. One can use scrap boxes, cow dung cakes, coconut wastes, old furniture wood, etc., and contribute to save trees and environment cause. Also, you can form large communities and make only one bonfire which will help in lower wood consumption and less pollution.

Holi bonfire with scrap to save trees

Make Colors At Home

With a secret process of blending a daily used spice in our kitchen self turns into vibrant colors like red, yellow and orange – Turmeric. Even neem, beetroot, orange peel, pomegranate peel, sandal wood are few options to have holi colors prepared at home. This way you stay safe from traditional holi colors and their harmful chemicals. Madhuri Vairagkar, a beautician advises “Chemical colours, especially metallic colours should not be used. These colours damage the skin and hair and the effects can be dangerous. Herbal colours like vegetable colours, turmeric, colours made from flower and fruit extracts are safe and you can enjoy without causing any harm”.

makek holi colors at home with daily use ingredients

Make A Choice of Herbal Colors

If you think you can’t take out time to prepare colors at home than the best is to go for herbal colors. As eco-friendly or herbal colors have made a significance over the years in India, they are easily available. They are also available on online stores like Amazon and Flipkart. You can even distribute herbal color as a gift in your circle to promote eco-friendly holi celebration ideas to make a little contribution to environmental cause.

South Asia’s largest prison – Tihar jail is popular for offering Herbal Colors made by the prisoners. The products come by the name of “Antarkranti Naturals Herbal Gulal” in seven different herbal aromas.

Herbal holi colors by Tihar Jail Prisoners

Join hands with eco-friendly/herbal holi this year and stay safe this holi. Happy Holi readers!

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