Holi, without a doubt, is the most fun and vibrant festival, but the fun caters to a lot of floral wastage discarded in the least eco-friendly manner.
Every year, around 8 lakhs tones of flower waste is being dumped in the Indian rivers adding to all the other factors choking them to death.
Mostly flower waste is thrown directly into our water bodies; the harmful pesticides and insecticides used to grow the flowers remain as residue on the flowers. When thrown into the water body, it gets mixed with water, thereby polluting the water body and hampering the fragile ecosystem.
Here's how you can make Holi more fun with utilizing your flower waste to create beautiful eco-printed fabrics.
Basic steps of Eco Printing on Fabric:
- Soak the fabric in 3 parts vinegar and 1 part vinegar for 2-3 hours
- Take a piece of drop cloth slightly larger than your fabric
- Lay out soaked fabric on drop cloth
- Place the leaves and flowers on the fabric and fold it over
- Tightly roll the folded fabric onto a PVC pipe or heavy stick and tie it tightly with a string
- Steam or simmer the bundle on low heat for 3 or more hours
- Remove the bundle and let it cool for about 2 hours
- Unroll fabric, remove the leaves and flowers, rinse with water and hang to dry