Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Why to Say No to Synthetic Colours in Holi

Holi without colors, water balloons, pichkari, water pipes is no fun. Unfortunately, with recurrent use of chemicals in holi colours has reduced the fervor of this festival of colours. This is why specialist and experts around are insisting these days to say no to synthetic colours and instead go natural. Here Guardian Health Chronicle gives you valid reasons why to play Holi Naturally. Also know about the chemicals that are used to prepare those otherwise pleasant looking colours. Read on…

Reasons to Say No to Synthetic Colours
Most Holi colors sold in the market are oxidized metals or industrial dyes mixed with engine oil. For example, green comes from copper sulphate, purple is chromium iodide, silver is aluminum bromide, black is lead oxide and shiny colors are result of powdered glass being added to the colors. All these are toxic and can result in following health as well as environmental hassles:

  • Skin allergies
  • Eye irritation and blindness
  • When washed, they enter the rivers and the soil and increase pollution.

Few more health effects along with the colour compositions is given below:

  • Lead Oxide (Black): Renal failure, learning disability
  • Copper Sulphate (Green): Eye allergy, temporary blindness
  • Chromium Iodide (Purple): Bronchial asthma, allergies
  • Aluminium Bromide (Silver): Carcinogenic
  • Mercury Sulphite (Red): Skin cancer, minamata

Why to Use Natural Colours
Organic colours are an excellent alternative to artificial colours. They do not harm your skin and also lead to less toxic waste. Another good news is it doesn’t even harm the environment. Therefore, this time when you step out to buy your favourite gulaal, experiment with different flowers, fruits and vegetables (like black grapes, dried fruits of amla/gooseberry), leaves (eucalyptus), and plants (arandi/castor) made colours.

This Holi, encourage the use of eco-friendly natural colors and motivate your friends to do so to enjoy the real joy of Holi.

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