Do you know that your Devotion is causing Pollution?
Have you ever wondered what happens to the flowers that you offer to God?
Surely, you do not have any idea how many tonnes of fresh flowers end up polluting the land and water bodies near our temples!!
But Wait…..Temple Flowers Waste is not a waste anymore. Flowers still can spread fragrance as eco-friendly handmade inscence. Read this to know HOW..
India is a land of temples. And devotees love to offer variety of flowers to show their devotion and belief to GOD. And they just last for a couple of hours or may be a day and then thrown out in garbage and rivers.
Now, you must be wondering that the flowers are biodegradable, then how can they pollute? Yes, you are right.
But the flowers take one week to decompose and also all the goodness of flowers is lost. Now imagine about tonnes of floral waste done every single day.
Floral waste, reportedly, accounts for 16 per cent of the total river pollutant. While rotting flowers affect the water quality, the pesticides that are used on them, leach into the waters and harms marine life.
But the same waste flowers have an enormous potential of being turned into wealth.
Meet Poonam from Haryana, who made an effort to make sure that devotion does not turn into pollution.
Poonam Sehrawat, 38 years old, lady from Gurgaon, India founded Aaruhi Enterprises in June 2019 and since then she helps devotion to spread fragrance and not waste.
This is a story of a homemaker turning to a Ecofreak Entrprenuer.
She collects tons of flowers from 25 temples in Delhi/Ncr, Gurgaon on daily basis and makes handcrafted organic products through Flowercycling technology. The products include inscence dhoop sticks, diyas, air freshners, and many more.
The sacred temple flowers can find a new place in your home.
“I was a housewife and always busy with household chores. When my both sons went to hostel, I had lot of time and I usually liked visiting the nearby temple everyday. Just when wondering, the amount of flowers that was offered to God and the floral waste generated, I was worried. Then me and my Friend and Partner Pinki Yadav researched to find a solution for this.” Poonam Says.
She then started requesting the temple priests to give her all the used flowers the next day. And did the same to all nearby temples. She struggled hard to convince the priests and managed to collect the waste.
“I used to start for temples from morning 5 am to collect and used to put the waste bags in my car. Some times ants used to spread inside the car too. My family and friends did not had much hope on what I was upto” She said smilingly.
Then gradually she started collecting 60 kgs of flowers from 4 temples everyday. Employed a women to segregate the waste flowers, leaves, plastic and other waste in those lots. After doing a lot of research she was finally able to achieve the process of making inscence sticks from flowers.
She somehow managed to get a small area at her friend’s place where she made a shed to store the flowers. But life is not easy, my friend. One rain spoiled all the efforts and the flowers.
We all know where there is a will. there is a way , and she found a way. She donated dustbins to the temples so that the segregation of flowers can be done in the temple itself.
After collecting these flowers, back in home she would dry them and made amazing incense sticks. Later on, she presented those dhoop sticks to temple priests. They were astonished at her concept, and also felt proud of the contribution that they gave towards environment. They all appreciated her work and helped to spread her work.
And since then nothing could stop her. She received many awards and and is recognized now for her work.
Aaruhi Enterprises now has a team of women employed who earn a living for themselves by helping Poonam. The process of collecting , drying flowers, mixing hawan samagri, handrolling the dhoops, etc. all the work is carried out by the ladies.
They also have conducted workshops and trained many women across India on how to make inscence sticks from floral waste.
“Be it emotional or financial support, my husband supported each time. And the complete credit of my success goes to him. At times I used to leave early for my site, and due to workload I could not manage house chores, but he always motivated me to work towards my goal” said Poonam.
Features of Products made from temple flowers waste
- 100% natural.
- Eco Friendly products
- Made from flowers & Hawan Samagri and 16 other Indian herbs
- Help you to create an aesthetic & spiritual environment around
- Charcoal Free and Non Toxic Smoke
- Keeps insects / Mosquitoes away
- Purifies the complete atmosphere of your home.
- No Chemical Added
- No Added fragrance
- 100 percent Handcrafted.
- Eco-friendly packaging
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Aaruhi Enterprises Contributions
- FlowerCycling and Reuse
- No Water Pollution – Keeping Temples and Rivers Clean
- Women Empowerment
Aaruhi Enterprises has now has a wide range of products such as, Diyas, Murtis, Decoratives, festive hampers, etc. All are made from temple flowers waste. From 3kg of dried flowers they make 400 dhoop sticks. They are made in such a way that even after use, instead of throwing you can put in soil and it acts as a manure for your plants. Isn’t is a great thing !!!!
They also started to reuse the the sacred Chunris of Goddesses as packaging of the decorations.
You can find all their organic products here. https://www.saveprithvi.com
Poonam Says, “I am blessed getting appreciation and recognition. But happiness is with the satisfaction that I get contributing to women empowerment and the environment I want every single person to do their bit to save the environment. Using one box of organic dhoop you can contribute to feed someone’s family”
Nature is always giving beautiful flowers selflessly. Let’s give back some care and not pollution.