This year Raksha Bandhan falls on 15th August 2019. It’s a day meant to celebrate the precious bond of sibling love.

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And like every year, sisters tie a rakhi around their brother’s wrists in order to protect them from any danger. But do you know that instead of protecting anyone, these rakhis put the environment in extreme danger? And not just the environment but humans too!

Hence, the need for switching to Eco-friendly rakhis becomes imperative.

But before we find out what Eco-friendly Rakhis are, let’s take a look at the harmful effects of ordinary rakhis.

How do the non-eco-friendly rakhis affect the environment?

Luckily our nature has these microorganisms that eat up most of the trash we throw away.  And they do a really good job at keeping the environment pollution free. But there’s a catch—it only decomposes trash that is organic and easy to degrade.

And every year in the name of festivities, the rakhis that you tie to your brother are often made of non-biodegradable materials. For example, plastic and metal which are really harmful to the environment because they don’t decompose. Instead they just stay there for years or even centuries, contributing to more pollution. 

When this trash is dumped into an already overburdened landfill, it starts to contaminate the soil and groundwater. That soil and groundwater which is directly related to our health through our kitchen. 

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As for the oceans, around 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste is washed into them every year killing endangered and rare marine life.

Every day we see videos of turtles tangled up in plastic nets. Whales washing up on shores with stomachs full of plastic. In fact, there’s a chance that your kids or future generations will never know about whales and turtles. They’ll probably have to google everything like we google dinosaurs today. 

What are Eco-Friendly Rakhis

Eco-friendly rakhis are made with 100% natural and plant-based ingredients. The ingredients include Tulsi and carrot seeds. Thus, making them completely harmless to the environment. 

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Benefits of Eco-Friendly Rakhis

  1. They are biodegradable

Eco-friendly rakhis are made from 100% natural and biodegradable materials, unlike the plastic ones. These ingredients include Tulsi and carrot seeds. From the thread to the box these rakhis come in, everything is made from recycled paper. 

  1. Plantable

And not just this, some of these unique rakhis are plantable, meaning you can just put them straight into a pot, provide them sunlight and plenty of water and they will grow into lush green plants.

However, if you feel like throwing these away, just know they won’t be harming the environment in any way—instead they will either decompose into manure or turn into a plant.  

  1. These make awesome gifts 

 These aren’t just rakhis, these are gifts. Because they come in beautiful luxurious kits packed with unique gifts like plantable pen and pencil made of tomato and marigold seeds respectively. A coir planter, organic fertilizer, personalized postcard, and name tags. 

Conclusion

With the rapidly changing time and increasing human needs, it’s necessary we take a strong step to save our planet. 

So, this year, make Raksha Bandhan environment-friendly by tying the knot of protection not just to your brother but to your planet too with a plantable Rakhi and take a step towards making traditions more sustainable and greener!