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If you stay in or around Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, there’s good news for your plants! For just INR 15, you can now purchase these extremely eco-friendly pots that are made of – get ready to be shocked! Cow dung!!
The idea came up when a family bought a property (called Badmash Peepal) near Dharamsala where they accommodated strays, especially cows. As the area got filled with cow dung, the family members wanted to do something which all the waste. And hence was born the idea of creating plant pots using the dung.
At the moment, most plants you buy in nurseries are packed in plastic bags that cause a menace for the environment. When disposed, they are either burnt (releasing toxins in the air), or are left around and end up choking water bodies and the soil.
The best part about using this cow poop plant pot is that once your plant grows bigger and has to be replaced, or put into the soil, you can just place it in the soil and cover the entire pot with soil.
Image source: Better India
How Are These Created?
- The first step is to collect all the cow dung and get it in one place. Next, the family members remove all the earthworms from the collected cow dung. The machine that is used to make moulds for the pots are made by a firm called Holy Cow Foundation in New Delhi.
- Once the cow dung is cleaned of earthworms, it is used to fill up the mould. The pot shapes are then dried in the sun for 24 hours.
Where To Buy
If you are in or around Dharamsala, you can buy them directly from their farm, and even at various nurseries and local stores near the farm. You can also contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
The family plans to also start a gardening club that will work on a Community Supported Agriculture model. You can subscribe at a nominal fee to get a box of seasonal saplings each month that will come in these cow dung plant pots. All the money will be used to look after and treat the stray and injured cows and bulls.
The story originally appeared on the site of Better India.