Hazards of Holi Coloured Powder
- In March 2012, 13-year-old Vicky Valmiki died in hospital due to colour poisoning.
- In Mumbai at least 200 people including several children who were as young as 9 or 10 were hospitalized following Holi in 2014
- Similar incidences occured in 6th March 2015
Increase in usage of industrial chemicals in holi colours have added risk to our life. There is a severe health concerns raised during recent years due to use of hazardous colours during Holy festival. Most people are also unaware of the components used to make these colors.
It is increasingly become very important to create awareness of chemicals being used in the colours.
|Black||Lead Oxide||Renal Failure*|
|Green||Copper Sulphate||Eye allergy, pufiness & temporary blindness|
|Red||Mercury Sulphate||Skin cancer|
- Powdered Glass - Gives shiny colour to Gulal - get deposited in the kidney, liver and bones. This directly affects the metabolism functions can lead to eye damage
- Asbestos or silica - used as base material - causes cancer, cause asthma, skin diseases and temporary blindness.
- Check the smell of the colours whether made using engine oil or other chemicals.
- Read the instructions on the color packet carefully. Avoid the colours which are specified for industrial use.
- Avoid colours if you notice glass powder.
- Buy Eco friendly colours.
- Make natural Holi colours at home.