As people grow conscious of the importance of celebrating Ganeshotsav the eco-friendly way, they find innovative ways to do this.
A housing society in Mulund, Shri Niwas Society, has made its Ganpati entirely out of cosmetic products. The idol has its trunk made of hairbands, ears of make-up boxes.
So, how’s it eco-friendly? Instead of immersing the idol after 10 days, the residents will dismantle it and distribute the cosmetic products among children at a destitute home.
Weighing around 8kg, the 5.5ft idol is made of nearly 175 powder boxes, 120 lipsticks, 40 hairbands, six make-up boxes, 50 pearl necklaces, 50 rubber buckles, 50 bangles and about 20 bottles of nail polish.
This year, their campaign is about sensitising the public about the importance of the girl child. “We’ve always ensured that we make an eco-friendly idol. This one was made by our own residents and will be dismantled before the products are given to girls at the home. We do not immerse the idol and hence protect the environment while doing some good work,” said Kalpesh Lodaya, a society member.
Last year, they made an idol out of stationery products. After 10 days, the items was gifted to students at a girls’ school.
“We start making the idol about 15 days before the festival. This year, I made it with help from some society members,” said Dipesh Yadav.
In making an eco-friendly idol, the society also saves money. “We managed to reduce expenses too. This year’s total expense came to Rs60,000. Of this, the decoration bit will be used again,” said Lodaya.