Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated with an unparalleled gusto and fervour in Mumbai. Bringing the Ganesha home and preparing for visarjan is a whole feat in itself and Mumbai embraces the spirit wholeheartedly, colouring itself in the divine colours of Ganesha. With the dawn of conscious consumerism, people have started gravitating towards more eco-friendly options in idols.
Aware about the harmful effects of using POP (Plaster of Paris) Ganesha idols for visarjan, people nowadays prefer an idol made of clay that can easily dissolve in water without hurting the environment. This has given rise to the demands of ‘eco-friendly’ Ganesha idols and if you’re still looking for one, here’s where you’ll find it.
1. My Eco Ganesha
This workshop in Mumbai makes the real deal, clay Ganesha idols, using ‘kacchi mitti’. The idols are not just good for the environment, they are beautifully crafted and painstakingly coloured. Not just that, these people also have an option for a lighter version of the same thing, a variety of idols made using paper mache and clay. These too, will dissolve in water within hours, without hurting the environment.
Check them out here: myecoganesh.com
2. Eco Shree Ganesha Arts
With an aim to correct the damage done to the environment, Eco Shree Ganesha Arts creates paper mache Ganesha idols that are strong as well as light weight. The idols disintegrate in water completely and are painted over with natural colours that bring no harm to the environment.
Check them out here: www.ecoshreeganeshaarts.com
3. Akar Arts
Akar Arts is another great workshop to get your eco friendly Ganesha from. These people make idols with clay as well as waste paper pulp which dissolves in water without leaving any residue. The colours used are natural as well, making the entire product a a conscious purchase which will not harm the environment.
Check them out here: Akar Arts Malad
4. E Ganesha Creations
Taking innovation and mixing it with devotion, E Ganesha Creations prides itself on making Ganpati idols that can charm up any home. They make their idols with a mix of paper mache and shadu clay to do their bit for the environment and help others in doing the same. The idols are pretty as a picture and made with utter dedication.
Check them out here: E Ganesha Creations
5. Green Practices
Started as an organic and eco-friendly alternative for daily use products, Green Practices in Mumbai also does beautiful signature Ganesha idols. You can get the idols that are pretty as a picture, made with clay and coloured with non toxic water colours which dissolve in water easily.
Check them out here: greenpractices.in
A number of workshops and home-grown businesses have come up in Mumbai which specialise in biodegradable and eco-friendly idols. So if you haven’t found your Ganesha yet, make a conscious choice and pick the idol that suits your needs from any of these places.