Say NO to Plaster of Paris (POP) Ganesh Idols
Widespread campaigns are already on for eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi festival but still a large section of the society are unaware of the pollution and environmental damage caused by Plaster of Paris idols.
Pollution is caused by the Plaster of Paris and the plastic paints used for coloring the idols.
• Plaster of Paris is not a naturally occurring material and contains gypsum, sulphur, phosphorus and magnesium. The idols take several months to turn into small particals and in the process poison the waters of lake, ponds, rives and sea.
• The chemical paints used to decorate the Ganesh idol contain mercury, lead, cadmium and carbon and this increases the acidity and heavy metal content in the water, which are very harmfull to marine lives.
• Several accessories used during the Ganesh Puja like Thermocole, plastic flowers, cloth, incense, camphor and numerous other materials are dumped carelessly adding more strain to the already polluted rivers and lakes.
• Careless dumping of Ganesh idols in water blocks the natural flow of water. This results in stagnation and breeding of mosquitoes and other harmful pests.
• The polluted water causes several diseases.
• The pollution from Ganesh Chaturthi POP idols also damages the ecosystem, kills fishes
and water plants.
• In many areas, the same polluted water gets pumped into homes.