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Keep It Green: Here's Where To Buy Eco-Friendly Ganesha Idols This Year
While it’s one of the most lively times of the year in the city, the after-effects of Ganesh Chaturti on the environment are way too destructive.
There’s plastic clogging up already-choked drains, huge amounts of food wasted, stray colours polluting our water, and of course, idols crafted out of deadly PoP. So, Plaster of Paris is terrible for the environment because it’s not biodegradable. Much like plastic, it stays forever, poisons waterbodies, and hurts marine life. We don’t wanna paint a bleak picture, but it’s about time we started opting for eco-friendly idols that don’t harm for the world around us!
We’ve drawn up a list of where you guys can purchase Ganesha idols online. Thank us later!
This website sells idols that have seeds in them, which eventually grow into trees. Does it really get more eco-friendly than this? Nah, we don't think so. BRB, we're wiping tears. Our best case scenario for Ganesh Chaturti involves a tree-plantation drive, too. So the idols on the website are a little pricey, and bookings seem to be piling up, but do consider this option if you'd like to experiment a little with home visarjans!
Price: INR 2,200 and upwards.
Size Available: 9 inches to 20 inches.
#LBBTip: If the idols on their website are out of stock, you can Whatsapp or call them for further details.
My Eco Ganesh
This website allows you to purchase clay, plant and papier mache idols. Hence, there are enough options for you to choose from. We love that this company seems so committed to their ideals - the website has a super informative map of places where artificial visarjan tanks have been installed. They've also highlighted multiple facts and numbers which are sure to convince you to go eco-friendly and avoid the harm to our nature.
Price: INR 1,300 and upwards.
Sizes Available: 8 inch to 20 inches.
Green Practices is an all-round eco-friendly website which has everything from eco-friendly lifestyle products, cold-pressed organic oils, biodegradable plastic bags and even home composters! They've also got options for Ganesh idols - clay and paper mache.
Price: INR 1,000 and upwards.
Sizes Available: From 6 inches to 20 inches.
#LBBTip: You can place your order, however, the delivery will start 10 days before the festive season.
Oh My Ganesha
Oh My Ganesha has got some really pretty looking and colourful idols along with eco-friendly garlands as well. They've got idols made of clay and Multani mitti. Can pick either. They've also got a bunch of eco-friendly Ganesha made from organic cotton and can be easily reused.
Price: INR 1,100 and upwards.
Sizes Available: 9 inches to 20 inches.
#LBBTip: The delivery is available in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad region. For delivery in further regions, or outside the country, you can call them.
My Pooja Box
My Pooja Box is an online brand which caters to all your pooja or festive related woes. And they've got a couple of minimal Ganesh idols as well made of 100% clay. The best part? You can grow these into plants as well. Place the idol inside a pot, pour some water, plant some seeds and let it bloom.
Price: INR 699 and upwards.
Sizes Available: 5 inches to 1.5 feet.
Eco-Hindu is an online brand that specialises in eco-friendly puja materials and idols. They offer eco-friendly idols and complete puja boxes along with the idol too. Their handcrafted clay idols are also suitable for at-home immersion. They have clay Ganeshas, paper mache, and seed Ganeshas too.
Price: INR 1,125 and upwards
Size: 6 inches to 30 inches
My Green Ganesha
This Mumbai-based brand is all about celebrating Ganesh festival in an eco-friendly. They make idols out of natural red soil and are painted in water colours. They send along an idol, a plant pot, seeds and fertilizer with every purchase.
Price: INR 1,300 and upwards
Size: 6 inches to 20 inches
Looking to go the eco-friendly route but prefer an alternative to clay idols? Maybe check out Paper Ganesh. They make a range of beautiful murtis made entirely of paper that are convenient and light, ideal for home immersion. Plus, as an added bonus, being made of paper they are not as fragile and breakable.
Price: INR 5,500 and upwards
Size: 16 inches to 33 inches
#LBBTip: Their idols tend to sell out soon. We suggest you pre-book your idol soon.