Go for eco-friendly rakhis this year

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Every year Raksha Bandhan celebrates the special bond of a brother-sister relationship. The sisters pray for his long life, prosperity and happiness and tie the thread of love on their brother’s wrist. Raksha Bandhan is observed on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month Shraavanawhich usually falls in August. This year the promising occasion falls on the 22nd of this month. Every year 600 million people around the world celebrate rakshabandhan by binding rakhis. But have we ever thought about where it ends up after the party? It also adds up to the landfill. The plastic beads and synthetic fabric flower decorations seem to stay forever without decomposing on the planet. This year you can commit to making a change by choosing different eco-friendly rakhis that are available. We list a few options that could be an effective environmentally friendly solution.

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DIY fabric rakhis
This is an easy DIY rakhi that you can handcraft. The things you need are in your closet, and all you need to do is brush up on your sewing skills. Take an old cotton cloth and cut it out into a circle about 10 cm in diameter so that you have rakhi about 5 cm in diameter. Start by sewing the edges of the circle and make a small crease inwards. Continue with the running stitch and pull the thread tight at the end, creating a floral pattern. Since everything is handmade by you, it can be left as a keepsake.
The green advantages: 55% less CO2 emissions / 94% less plastic pollution

Seeds of rakhis
Seed rakhis or plantable rakhis are popular this year. These seed rakhis are either made of cotton thread or clay with plantable seeds in it. After the ceremony, the rakhis can be planted. Watch the seeds grow as your love for your brother grows.
The green advantages: 40% less CO2 emissions / 93% less plastic pollution

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Rakhis theme
The handmade crochet rakhis are adorable. They are suitable for different age groups and can also be reused. This can later be attached to a metal ring and used as a key fob or sewn onto a children’s cloth or a saree pin. The knot in the crochet shows the eternal bond between a brother and a sister.
The green advantages: 25% less CO2 emissions / 93% less plastic pollution

Paper mache rakhi

Paper mache rakhis are made from discarded old newspapers. This paper mache rakhi also comes with rolled up plantable seeds. They are colored with environmentally friendly paints.
The green advantages: 40% less CO2 emissions / 93% less plastic pollution

Give your siblings a very special feeling with these eco-friendly, plastic-free, handmade rakhis and show Mother Earth some love.

Also read: Gift guide: Raksha Bandhan gifts for your health conscious sibling

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