The Holi Festival and its Impact on the Environment

While we are all excited about Holi celebrations, let’s take a step back to understand this festival and its impact better!

Holi marks the beginning of spring when the winter frosts recede, the flowers bloom and new seeds are sown for a new agricultural season.In the olden days, the playful throwing of natural coloured powders had a additional medicinal significance: the colours, traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs was a way of immunizing as the weather changes!

But the chemical colours we use nowadays contain harmful solvents like lead, aromatic compounds, tetrathyline and benzene. Darker colours like Red, Green or Black are worse as they contain mercury and lead compounds in high content. These chemicals can directly lead to skin related problems like rashes, allergy and even skin cancer!  More over, these colours are highly structured polymers and are very difficult to decompose, adding on to existing environmental pollution! So this Holi let us all play fair- By switching to natural colours, using less water and exploiting the environment less.

Bio Basics team also challenges you to think outside the box this Holi- Instead of playing with chemical colours, add more colour to your food! Use more seasonal veggies, traditional herbs, unpolished millets, red rice etc to add diversity and colour to your plate. Join us in protecting our environment and supporting local farmers this Holi!

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