Mumbai sisters tie down plastic ban with home-made rakhis

Mumbai: Even though the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Maharashtra government are not following up on the plastic ban, many Mumbaikars have taken upon themselves to do their bit for the environment. For the upcoming Rakshabandhan, which will be celebrated on Sunday, many citizens have bought plastic-free Rakhis.

Markets across the city are selling cotton and silk threads along with wooden embellishments on top instead of plastic coated materials. Aware of the plastic ban, which is in force in Maharashtra since June, Mumbai sisters have opted to go green for the city.  While some are buying rakhis from the market, some are even making their own rakhis. A Malad resident made a rakhi with cotton thread and topped with a supari (betel nut) slice while decorating it with bindis and glitter.

“The most important thing for me is the love I share for my brother. And this will show my affection for him better than buying one from the market,” said Nikita Acharya, a Chartered Accountant student. Some also chose to put their origami skills to test as they made decorative paper rakhis for their siblings.

“It is not like there are no rakhis without plastic, but there are several ones embellishments on top. So I decided to make a paper rakhi while retaining the cotton thread,” said Poonam Prasad, a Lower Parel resident. The citizens also feel they are doing something for the environment even if the government authorities forget about the issue. “It is us who has to follow up on an initiative, otherwise the government anyway wants to only claim rewards,” Poonam added.

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