Ganesh Chaturthi is a little over two months away, but preparations have already started in Pune. The festival has always been very special to Punekars, and the energy begins to slowly envelop the city from June-July. The dhol-tasha practice, for instance, starts around this time and in the evenings, you can hear the drums playing from a distance. Soon, Punekars will start booking the Ganesh idols that they will welcome home in September.
Decorations are a vital part of any festival in India, and Ganesh Chaturthi is no exception. Whether at home for a small idol or in big pandals on roads, Ganpati decorations hold a special place in the hearts of the devotees.
Inevitably, the choice for decorations comes down to plastic or thermocol—they are readily available in the market and need little effort from the buyers.
However, in light of the plastic ban in Maharashtra, but more importantly, the growing awareness about plastic threats, two product designers from Pune have developed eco-friendly Ganpati decorations.
Abhay Kardeguddi and Nachiket Thakur have come up with do-it-yourself ‘Eco Makhars’ (decorations) made of recycled paper. The reasonably priced decorations can be assembled, dismantled and stored away for a good 3-5 years.
Speaking at a press conference, Kardeguddi said,
“Eco-friendly decorations will be in demand with the recent ban on plastic and thermocol items, and will give people an edge if they opt for eco-friendly decorative pieces for the Ganpati festival.”
The designs by Thakur and Kardeguddi have even been appreciated by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as one the Top 10 Eco-Innovations in India. The duo is also conducting workshops to show how the eco-friendly decorations can be made.
“These makhars are made using recycled paper and corrugated paper and are available in four colours. They can bear up to 15 kg of weight besides being reusable for at least 3-5 years,” said Thakur.
So are you ready to welcome the Lord of wisdom with eco-friendly decorations this year? You can buy them here.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)