The word ‘Green crackers’ which was spread amongst the citizens of being an eco-friendly cracker has been proved to be fake one. During this Diwali season, the green cracker initiative which was brought up by CSIR- National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI).
NEERI had conducted awareness and hands-on training programs for a better understanding of the SoPs of green crackers on their premises. For all these training programs more than 500 participants were present. The present people were given detailed information about the green crackers and its logo and even the QR code which will show the authenticity of the product.
The ingredients which have been used to make green crackers, which are also mentioned on the box, are exactly similar to the conventional and regular crackers. It is seen that potassium and barium nitrate are found in green crackers as well which is contained in regular crackers.
During this season, there was confusion amongst the buyers and even the sellers that what the exact difference between green and regular crackers is. Many of the buyers were fooled and were sold a green-colored cracker which was also available last year and was not at all eco-friendly.
Kaustubh Chatterjee, founder of Green Vigil Foundation raised a question while keeping an eye on the selling of crackers. The said green crackers are less polluting compared to regular crackers and emit less noise as well. It is noted that a green cracker emits 125 dB of noise and cuts down 30% of pollution but the risk of pollution still exists at a higher rate of 70%.
Chatterjee, further added that while scanning the QR code a meaningless three-digit number is displayed and no information about the ingredients is shown. All the available crackers in the market are the regular ones and not green and even if they were available these crackers have still creating pollution on a higher rate.
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