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This Christmas, go the ecofriendly way

Sakaal Times, Monday, December 15th, 2008 AT 6:12 PM

Pune: For the Christmas season, environmental NGO eCoexist has come out with decorative items made of eco-friendly raw material which could be used instead of conventional items as gifts.

“The spirit of Christmas is enjoyed by presenting gifts. Yet, the use of plastic and thermocol in decorations is becoming an environmental hazard. Thermocol does not biodegrade and when burnt at low temperature can release toxic gases into the atmosphere. It is a fire hazard. eCoexist’s aim is to ensure the gifts do not pollute surroundings,” eCoexist’s Manisha Gutman said on Sunday.

The NGO has prepared a range of beautiful eco-sensitive handmade decorations. A sachet of six decorations made from leftover fabrics and recycled paper come in two fabrics - cotton and silk - and these can be reused. “Designed by eCoexist member Abida Khan, these decorations have been made by women of Pune-based Disha Mahila Vikas Sahakari Seva Society. Disha offers training to women in art and craft such as sewing and embroidery to empower them to become entrepreneurs. The making of decorations offer employment to the women from slums of Wadgaon Sheri and Nagar road,” Gutman said.

Apart from decorating a Christmas tree, these products can brighten up children’s rooms as they are safe to play with. “The sachets, priced at Rs 250 for cotton and Rs 300 for silk, are available at Temple Tree (Kalyani Nagar), Sohrab Hall and Nilaya Bandhej (Senapati Bapat Road). eCoexist is also supplying them as corporate gifts,” she said.

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