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Nithya Mandyam The ban on plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganesha idols during the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations has given impetus to some creative minds to look for eco-friendly alternatives.
“Idols made of either PoP or paper don’t harm the environment much, but it’s the use of paints to deck them up that causes damage.
Most idols sold in the name of paper ones aren’t completely eco-friendly because there’s certain amount of PoP that goes into their making.
“It’s difficult to find out whether the idol is made of paper or not until we dissolve it.
The small idols are generally made of clay while the big ones are made of paper mache.
If the idol is more than 6ft, it’s difficult to use clay as it might break.
“I’ve been making Ganeshas along with my children using papier mache.
Temples bat for clay idols Temples are in the forefront of advocating use of eco-friendly Ganeshas.
“Idols made of PoP break into pieces when immersed.