fbpx
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Celebrate this Raksha Bandhan with eco-friendly seed rakhis

Reading Time: 2 minutesA silent movement to curb pollution is underway in Jaipur with thousands of people working to produce plastic-free plantable ‘Seed Rakhi’ for the upcoming Raksha Bandhan festival.
Artisans from women’s self-help groups, FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) and various start-ups are working together to make these rakhis, which can be planted and grown into a tree once they are sown in the ground.
“Every year, 620 million rakhis are dumped in waste that never decomposes, generating 1.18 billion tonnes of carbon footprints. This made us ponder and it took us two years of intense research and hard work to develop the ‘Seed Rakhi’,” said Nitin Jain, one of the co-founders of the start-up Indibni.


“Around 60 crore people celebrate Raksha Bandhan across the world each year, but no one has ever thought about where the rakhis end up after the grand celebration.”
“A ‘Seed Rakhi’ can be sown and grown into plants, helping India become greener and cleaner,” said co-founder Ankit Jain.
“Traditional rakhis are embedded with stones and glitter, marking them quite useless once the celebrations are over. Our rakhis are made with seeds of sunflower, amaltas, papaya, rice and basil.”
Indibni joined hands with FLO and other self-help groups from Nagpur in Maharashtra, Kerala and Rajasthan to get more trained and skilled hands to bring out approximately 30,000 such rakhis into the market this year.
Raksha Bandhan.Indian Link
The start-up is also organising workshops to teach people how to make seed rakhis, thereby galvanizing the green environment movement.
Another movement that’s benefitting from this is women’s empowerment. In order to make the seed rakhis, Indibni ordered coir from a women’s organisation in Kerala, while other organic material is being ordered from women’s self-help groups in Nagpur and other parts of Rajasthan.
Indibni is also working with organic farmers in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to bring to the market organic rakhis and organic yarn.
The ‘Seed Rakhi’ kit comes with coir and manure to help you sow the seed and grow the plant. The kit also includes a handmade eco-friendly paper diary and is packaged with recyclable and bio degradable paper and cloth.
Another organisation called AnanTaya, a five-time winner of the UNESCO Seal of Excellence, is busy engaging local artisans to create handmade rakhis.
Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on August 15 this year.
IANS

- Advertisement -

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Podcasts

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

0
Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

0
To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

0
  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Latest News

toddler dancing, copying tv

WATCH: Toddler copies TV dance moves

0
  Watch as this little kid copies the dance moves of a girl she's watching on the telly! What could go wrong with an excited...
kala chashma vina fan

WATCH: Bollywood fans from Indonesia recreate “Kala Chashma”

0
  "Kala Chashma" from Baar Baar Dekho was the ultimate party song back in 2018, and even years later, it clearly remains a hit. Check out this...
sydney indian community car rally indian community glenwood gurdwara

Big Indians No Chief

0
  Over the past few weeks, tensions have emerged within some sections of Sydney’s Indian community after a car rally with overtly religious overtures found...
former liberal staffer dhanya mani (1)

Dhanya Mani on speaking out: “It felt like a moral imperative”

0
  Trigger warning – sexual harassment The disparity between women and men in every workplace across Australia is well understood, but less understood is the disparity...

Rowing champ Gauri Kotera

0
  With a streak of wins behind her, 14-year-old Gauri Kotera is now among the top five rowers under 16, in the state of NSW. The...