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Himachal man makes incense sticks from flower waste

IANS  |  Shimla 

Soon you can buy organic sticks prepared from flowers offered by devotees at religious places in

Under a campaign 'Yuvan', Una-based Ravinder Prashar, with the technical support from Dr and Forestry in Nauni, has developed sticks by using flower offerings from temples, it was announced on Saturday.

The idea, supported under the Chief Minister's Startup Scheme, aims to provide a novel solution to the problem of disposal of flowers offered by devotees at places of worship. Moreover, flowers used in religious places and functions also get a new life in the form of sticks.

"The objective was to use flowers from temples and utilise them to make organic incense sticks. Through this, we also wanted to provide an alternative to the disposal of flowers in open areas and drains," Prashar said.

Prashar, a bachelor of engineering from BITS-Pilani, had registered a company, Yuvan Vendors, during the last semester of his MBA, a university statement said. Thereafter, he took this up with the help of Chief Minister's StartUp Scheme.

The product was developed under the guidance of Bharti Kashyap, who along with and provided the scientific input in product development. The testing for the product was done at the of the university.

Undet the process, natural portions and essential oils from flowers are used to make organic incense with no charcoal or any other Also, the stick making process is carbon neutral. No waste is generated and even the unused parts of flowers are used to make compost.

The company has developed five fragrances, including rose, sandal and lavender. All the sticks are rolled with hand. These will be available to customers from June.

said, "The university helps farmers set up new enterprises through the dissemination of information and transfer of technology and will continue to support such initiatives."

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First Published: Sat, April 27 2019. 17:28 IST
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