Kota, Oct 27, 2016: In Rajasthan’s Kota, people have found an eco-friendly way to celebrate Diwali, this year. Homes will be lit up with decorative light strings and ‘diyas’ made from plastic scraps and metal waste, to celebrate the festival.
In an attempt to save the environment, girls from a shelter home based in Kota- ‘Naari Nikataan’ have turned waste plastic and glass bottles, boxes and cartons and metal into decorative pieces, mentioned PTI.
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“The items made by them were sold in a two-day exhibition-cum-workshop at Rain Basera Park. The event saw a huge footfall. It was a big encouragement for them,” Bharti Gaud, secretary at Sachetan Society, a Kota-based NGO, said to PTI.
The items that were exhibited were priced between Rs 75 to Rs 300 and the initiative was part of the society’s ‘Up-cycling the Waste’ campaign. “The money earned from the sale will be used for skill development programmes for the girls at Naari Niketan,” she said.
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For girls, the city-based NGO runs an art-and-craft centre and has been organising skill development programmes for the last three years.
“All the decorative items are made from waste plastic and glass bottles, and cartons and paper boxes. Like the vertical and horizontal light strings with decorative flowers, are made from waste plastic bottles and the diyas from waste aluminium and candles,” she said to PTI.
About 80 gram of plastic from discarded bottles were used to make decorative strings, Gaud said.
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Elaborating on her oganisation’s ‘Up-Cycling Waste’ campaign, she said, “Sachetan has a fifth principle to waste management. It’s called ‘Up-Cycle the Waste’. It is in addition to the existing principles of reuse, refuse, defuse and recycle waste.
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