Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Reduce pollution with seed flags on Independence Day

Photo courtesy: The Times of India
Today is Independence Day in India. It's 71 years since the British left the subcontinent in 1947. Like in any other country, here too the air is awash with patriotic fervor, with parades, speeches, songs, cultural programmes, etc.

During this time, it is common for many people to buy small and medium-sized national flags. After a couple of days, they just end up in garbage bins. And since they are usually made of plastic, all of that add to the pollution.

Now, a biotechnology engineer in New Delhi, Krithika Saxena, has come up with the idea of flags made of paper which have seeds embedded in them. The obvious intent is that instead of just throwing the flags, you can plant them.

Ever since she spread the word on social media, there has been a huge demand from schools and corporates. She says she has so far sold 14,000 such flags to people in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Lucknow.

A good, positive step towards reducing the growing pollution around us.


  1. What a wonderful idea - I love it when people think up alternatives rather than just complaining about a problem. I used to work for a boss who'd say "don't tell me the problem, without telling me you have a solution".
    #MLSTL :)

    1. Thank you, Leanne. Your boss is so correct. I also remember reading somewhere: "Before we try to change others, let's try to change ourselves."
      Thanks for dropping by and for your comment.

  2. Excellent idea. I think every patriotic citizen should buy these seed flags.

  3. What an innovative idea and a way for all citizens to be part of something bigger. Thank you for being part of the #MLSTL community and sharing your post with us. Have a beautiful day x
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  4. What a great idea to help cut down on trash.