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Hazards of Holi Coloured Powder

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  • In March 2012, 13-year-old Vicky Valmiki died in hospital due ot colour poisoning.
  • At least 200 people including several children who were as young as 9 or 10 were hospitalized following Holi.
  • Similar incidences are expected in 2013 Holi festival.
Holi Colour

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.

 
Types of Colours:
 
1) Paste Colours:
 
Below are the paste colours and it's hazards
 
Colour Chemical Effects
Black Lead Oxide Renal Failure*
Green Copper Sulphate Eye allergy, pufiness & temporary blindness
Red Mercury Sulphate Skin cancer
Blue Prussian blue* Dermatitis
 
* Prussian blue - A deep blue pigment used in painting and dyeing
* Renal Failure - inability of the kidneys to excrete wastes and to help maintain the electrolyte balance. 
 
2) Dry Colours
 
Dry colours are usually Gulals.
 
Gulal contains: 
 
a) 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
 
b) Asbestos or silica - used as base material - causes cancer, cause asthma, skin diseases and temporary blindness.
 
 
3) Wet Colours:
 
Wet Colours are water based colour which get easily dissolved in water consists of high alkaline base. It is made from toxic compounds mixed with engine oil. Since liquid in nature can easily enter our health system adding immediate risk.
 
 
Tips before buying Holi colours:
  • 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.
 
Conclusion:
 
The preparation of Holi colours lack any quality checks. Use of toxic colors should be discouraged, and all doctors should caution people against using synthetic dyes. Manufacturing of Holi colors must be put under guidelines of the Food and Drug Cosmetic Act and the Bureau of Indian Standards.
 
Looking to buy Eco Holi Colours for you and your society, we can guide you. Contact us
 
 
Eco Holi Celebration:
 
Save water and do smart use of woods for Holi bonfire.
 
 
Related links:
 
Eco Holi Celebration - Save Water & Wood
 
Useful safety tips on celebration Holi festival

 

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