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Ganesh Chaturthi: Where to get an eco-friendly Ganesh idol in Mumbai this year

Updated on: 24 August,2021 09:57 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Sukanya Datta |

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

Ganesh Chaturthi: Where to get an eco-friendly Ganesh idol in Mumbai this year

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Bappa’s gift for the sea


The Sprouts team at work
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. 
Call: 9820140254
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
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
Call: 8879672071
Log on to: treeganesha.com
Cost: Rs 2,200 onwards

On a paper trail