Every year, millions of Indian flags are sold across the country prior to Independence day and all these plastic flags are discarded on the streets after the celebrations get over.
In the hope of eliminating needless plastic waste and transform Independence day into an eco-friendly one, Delhi-based biotechnology engineer Kritika Saxena has come forward with a solution to this plastic flag dilemma.
Talking to a leading daily, she said, “Plastic flags ultimately end up in dustbins or on the roadside. I started working on the seed flag in July, and the initial plan was to manufacture about 1,000 flags. Once I started floating the seed flag availability messages on WhatsApp, the response was so good that I started getting requests not just from Delhi, but also from other parts of the country. Till date I have sold over 14,000 flags to many places including Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Lucknow.”
The dimensions of each flag are reportedly 2×3 square inches, and each flag costs Rs 8 per piece. Many schools and people from around the country have requested for these seed-paper flags, and their orders are on the way.
Saxena has devised a way to make Indian National flags from seed paper. The base paper is made from waste cotton fibre in which marigold and basil seeds are embedded, making it 100 per cent environment-friendly. So, post the event, when somebody wants to dispose of the flag, they can bury it (according to the flag code 2002) and get a beautiful plant instead.
“The base paper, made from waste cotton fibre, has tomato and chilli seeds embedded and once sown it grows up as plants even with minimum moisture in the soil. The idea is basically to reduce plastic or paper garbage during I-Day,” she added.
In this way, not exclusively it is paper biodegradable however it saves water also.
Despite the fact that Kritika can satisfy the requests of individual occupants and schools, she can’t take on the solicitations sent by corporate organizations working in Bengaluru as the window for generation is exceptionally little with Independence Day arriving tomorrow.