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Gear up for an Organic Holi

entertainment Updated: Mar 05, 2012 01:10 IST
Chirag Mohanty Samal
Chirag Mohanty Samal
Hindustan Times
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Holi is a few days away and preparations are on in full swing for the gala celebrations. This time, go eco-friendly and replace the regular chemical colours with natural ones. Not only do they keep the environment clean but also come sans the harmful effect and are skin friendly, too.

These vibrant, rich colours are made of natural ingredients. So, make this Holi eco-friendly by using organic and herbal colours. We give you a list of places from where you can buy these colours.

Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan
This NGO works with Tihar Jail inmates to make natural gulaal. “These colours are made of flower petals, arrowroot powder, food grade colour and natural fragrances and are skin friendly and edible,” says Swami Vishalanand, head of the project. There are mainly seven radiant colours — sky blue, red, pink, magenta, yellow, green and orange — that are available at all outlets of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan across the city. They are attractivley packed in 120 gm pouches and are priced at Rs 65.

They are also availbale at MGF mall at Saket and Ambience mall at Gurgaon.

Navdanya stores
At Navdanya stores, natural colours are produced from ingredients such as beetroot juice, spinach, turmeric, sandalwood, gram flour (besan), baboon leaves, henna and weeds. “Arrowroot atta is used as a base for all the colours. Since many ingredients are used, we have a whole lot of colours on offer like purple, green, yellow, orange, pink, blue and red,” says Abhishek Jani, marketing manager at Navdanya. He adds, “Toxic chemical colours ruin the environment as they seep into soil and lead to skin reaction.

That is why we want to promote organic colours.” These colours are available in 100gms and 200gms packs that are priced Rs 35 and Rs 65 respectively. Navdanya stores are located in Dilli Haat, Hauz Khas village and Arcadia mall in Gurgaon. The products are also available with Mallick Brothers, Defence Colony.

Trash 2 cash
In this project, used flowers are collected and recycled into vibrant colours. “We prevent these flowers from being dumped into the Yamuna by recycling them into useful products. Roses are used to produce pink and red colour, marigolds are used for orange and yellow and henna for green,” says Madumita Puri, executive director of the project. They are available in Delhi Haat, MESH outlets in Udai Park and Earth Store in Laado Sarai. Cost: Rs500 per kilo.
If you don’t have time to buy natural colours from stores, you can place an order at Project Gendaphool, an intiative of redearth, aims to utilise used marigolds to make colours. Himanshu Verma, director of the project, says, “These colours are 100% natural and safe as they are made from flowers. We make six types of gulal — yellow, orange, maroon, rose genda mix, triple genda mix and seedy gulaal. Ikg of genda gulaal is made from 30kg of marigolds.” These colours cost Rs2700 per kilo and can also have personalised messages if someone wants to gift them.

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