"Apparently, the fish are looking forward to this Ganesh Chaturthi", states the line in a poster by Sprouts Environment Trust, a Mumbai-based NGO that has come up with a unique way to make the popular festival environment-friendly.
Every year, lakhs of Ganesh idols are immersed in the sea and in lakes and ponds across Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi, and most of the idols are made up of the non-biodegradable Plaster of Paris (POP) that ends up polluting the water bodies. The toxic paints used on the idols also kill fish and other marine life.
Keeping this in mind, Sprouts has come up with an ingenious way to address the problem, under its #GodSaveTheOcean Campaign.
The NGO is making 9-inch Ganpati idols from ingredients such as corn, spinach and other vegetarian items that can be food for the fish, and binding the idols with clay.
The outer cover of the idol will be made of clay while it will contain the 'fish food' inside, and once the clay dissolves in the water after immersion, the food will be released.
They are also using natural colours such as turmeric (haldi) and sandalwood (chandan) to complete the look of these idols".
Reference: IB Times http://www.ibtimes.co.in