Here’s how to celebrate a harmless Holi in 2023
Holi, referred to as the festival of colours, is a well-known festivity observed not just in India but in several places across the globe. People from all walks of life come together during this time of joy and harmony. The celebration involves a multitude of colours and other joyous activities that make this a much-awaited affair in our country.
The vibrant festival also honours the victory of good over evil and serves as a potent reminder of the power of good.
Yet, what rightfully concerns us is the rising use of dangerous chemicals in Holi colours over time. After all, Holi should be observed in a manner that is safe, wholesome, and kind to both people and the environment.
Therefore, making this our agenda, we are here to help you celebrate an eco-friendly Holi 2023 and help you enjoy it to the fullest, without risking your skin and hair health.
5 - steps to a harmless Holi
1. Playing Holi with Natural Gulaal
Use organic and environment-safe Gulaal made from natural components like flowers, fruits, and herbs instead of chemical-based Holi colours. These colours are not just kind to the environment, but safe for your skin.
While you can make your own eco-friendly Gulaal with simple ingredients, it is a long process. You could also opt for Phool Natural Gulaal, which is certified skin-safe and natural.
2. Avoid the use of Water Balloons
The purpose of Holi is to spread happiness. On the other hand, plastic bags and balloons run the risk of physically harming others. Also, the remains of these water balloons are a cause of pollution. To have a safe and fun Holi, let's refrain from using plastic bags and balloons starting this year and encourage others to do the same.
3. Avoid throwing colours on stray animals
Often amidst merriment, we end up hurting the harmless and voiceless. Several people enjoy throwing water balloons, gulaal and coloured water on stray dogs, cats and other animals.
These animals do not understand the significance of Holi, and the colours can cause serious harm to their health.
Chemical Holi colours contain heavy metals such as lead, copper sulfate, and mercury. When these colours come into contact with animals, they can cause skin irritation, respiratory problems, and even poisoning. Unlike us, who can wash off these colours, the strays end up licking them off.
Additionally, stray animals do not have access to proper medical care, so any harm caused by these colours can be even more detrimental. Hence, the act is harmful and inhumane, even if the gulaal is organic.
4. Avoid products irrelevant to festivities
Holi is a joyous festival. Dodge the idea of spoiling it with toxic and pointless materials like gasoline, oil-based paints, mud, and other chemical-based items. These goods are dangerous for the environment as well as for your health. Also, washing these colours off is a major challenge and can leave rashes and outbreaks.
5. Why not have fun with a dry Holi?
A priceless resource, water.
It is scarce in most areas of the country, with many cities facing an unprecedented shortage of groundwater. Considering the current situation, we should be very frugal with our water.
A good way to save water is to choose natural Holi colours because they are simple to clean. A significant amount of water can be saved by wiping these colours off your buildings, premises, and body. To conserve water and make Holi more environmentally friendly, you can consider celebrating it dry.
At Phool, since our inception; we have believed in and promoted environmental consciousness. Our ideology is centred on the principles of sustainability, responsible production, and the use of natural resources. And with our Holi collection, we believe in promoting safe and eco-friendly celebrations that do not harm the environment or the people who celebrate them.
Have a safe and Happy Holi!