An eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi is the perfect way to celebrate the city’s favourite god. With the festival just weeks away, here’s our guide to bring home environmentally viable idols
Bappa’s gift for the sea
The Sprouts team at work
After years of conducting beach clean-ups and picking up remnants of PoP Ganpati idols at various sites across the city, the team at NGO Sprouts Environment Trust decided to address the problem in another way: by making environmentally-viable idols. Eventually, they devised a campaign titled #GodSaveTheOcean. As opposed to PoP idols with toxic colours that pollute the sea and harm marine creatures, SPROUTS fashioned shaadu idols painted with organic colours, and filled them with vegetarian fish food to make them ocean-friendly. “The driving thought was that, ‘Only God can save the ocean now!’” says CEO Anand Pendharkar, adding that the idols (ranging from nine to 12 inches) are all sculpted and painted by college students.
Log on to: @sproutsenvironmenttrust on Instagram
Cost: Rs 1,650 onwards
Seeds of change
A view of how the Tree Ganesha idol transforms into plants
Advertising professional Dattadri Kothur alias Datta has been crafting Ganpati idols for the past 15 years. However, it bothered the artist that despite lakhs of Mumbaikars celebrating the Elephant God, few were able to give back to nature. He started experimenting with crafting idols out of red soil.
“I thought that if we put a seed inside Bappa, a plant can grow in the spot where the idol was. Thus, I made my own seed Ganesha in 2015,” he shares. In its seventh year, his initiative Tree Ganesha now offers idols ranging from nine to 18 inches, made with red soil, organic fertiliser, natural colours, and seeds such as tulsi and marigold.
At: Municipal Industrial Estate, Gala no. 45, Worli
Log on to: treeganesha.com
Cost: Rs 2,200 onwards