Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner and getting a Green Ganesha is becoming the trend every year. Many organisations are coming up with unique eco-friendly idols that dissolve in the water without polluting it with toxins. If you want to join the eco-friendly bandwagon and want to go green, here is the list to book one.
Mumbai based Sprouts is an environment trust that is on a mission to make fish friendly Ganesha idols. The idols are filled with sprouts, corns and spinach and are painted with natural dyes which help to keep the ocean clean. Anand Pendharkar, founder of Sprouts Environment Trust, says, “We tend to make idols that are 9 inches in size and have even convinced people to buy the same as the minimal it is, the less impact it has on environment.”
Apart from making Green Ganesha, the green NGO organises beach clean-up activity since the last 12 years at Girgaon Chowpatty. The drive which started with 8 volunteers is now grown to a team of 125 volunteers. Anyone interested to join the clean-up initiative on September 16 can get in touch on the mentioned contact details.
Address: 68/4 Tarun Bharat Society, Chakala, Sahar Road, Andheri East
eCoexist makes idols from natural clay, multani mitti, geroo and turmeric. Veena Wataney of eCoexist says, “These idols are sun dried and are not baked. Clay that is not baked dissolves completely in water and can quickly enter back into the ecosystem as it does not lose its original properties.” She further adds, “We are even going to place nirmalya kalash at beaches, and the nirmalya collected will later be used to make eco-friendly colours for Holi.”
Idols from 2 inches to 23 inches are available. Apart from idols, the store provides a wide range of eco-friendly accessories.
Address: B-17 / 701, Siddhachal Phase 3 C.H.Society, Near Vasant Vihar High School, Thane West
eCoexist eCoexist has stores located in multiple locations in Mumbai. Click here to get the complete list of the stores.
Tree Ganesha makes idols with lady finger seeds i.e. bhindi seeds inserted in them. So during immersion, devotees just need to place the idol in a pot with soil and just pour water on it. Within minutes, you can see the idols dissolve in it. Tree Ganesha is a brainchild of Dattadri Kothur. When asked him about using only lady finger seeds, he says, “These seeds absorb more water. During immersion there are chances of people using more water which may spoil other seeds.”
Address: 286/39, Bansinger Chawl, Near AtoZ Industries, G. K. Marg, Lower Parel
Sandeep Gajakosh makes paper mache idols. The idols are made using crushed paper and are available from 8 inch to 12 inch. It takes just 30 minutes for the idol to dissolve completely in water. This year, Sandeep has exported an 8 feet idol to Texas.
Address: C-29, Mangalesh Co-op Housing society, Tansa Pipeline road, Near Tilak Nagar Station, Behind Kamgaar Nagar, Kurla East