"The biggest worry today to the entire mankind is the use of plastic in life in various forms. Our Indian Floriculture industry today is facing the threat of this demon (plastic) in the form of plastic flowers." Speaking is Ashish Phadke with the Indian biotech company KF Bioplants, that has been working in the floricultural industry for 27 years. Now they started a campaign to ban the use of plastic flowers.
"We as humans love flowers! We admire them for their varied shape, color, fragrance and their beauty. We express our feelings through beautiful flowers. Even a simple flower brings happiness and cheer to all of us", the petition reads. "Do plastic flowers bring the same feelings? No."
Still, plastic flowers in India are used broadly. "In the last few years; the industry is squeezed by plastic flowers. Majority of festivals and events are being decorated with plastic flowers or otherwise with natural flowers. Plastic or Artificial flowers have entered silently but largely into our lives and we are welcoming them unconsciously too! Be it festivals, events, marriages, or even funerals; plastic flowers have replaced real flowers on a very large scale."
The team also says that growers lose their jobs because of the use of plastic flowers. "Therefore; we are putting little efforts in creating awareness about the use of plastic flowers and bringing all the farmers under one umbrella. We have started this initiative on all our social media handles as well. We request all of you to sign this petition and share your views, to ban the use of plastic flowers and save farmers and nature."