Pune residents are showing a strong preference for eco-friendly lanterns made in India this Diwali. As citizens become more conscious of the environment, they are opting for lanterns crafted from fabric, paper, and cardboard instead of plastic, as well as avoiding Chinese products. The demand for these sustainable alternatives is skyrocketing, making them the top choice among Diwali shoppers in the city.
Lanterns made from various materials are available in the bustling Budhwar Peth market, with prices ranging from Rs 40 to Rs 800 per piece depending on the quality and design. The popularity of traditional, handmade "paramparik" lanterns made from kite paper and gelatin paper is evident, with around 1,000 to 1,500 lanterns being sold at a single shop during each Diwali season.
Interestingly, foldable lanterns are witnessing higher sales compared to more elaborate designs. These foldable paper lanterns, priced at Rs 250, are not only cost-effective but also convenient to carry. In crowded areas like Budhwar Peth, where larger lanterns may get damaged, 10 to 15 people are purchasing foldable lanterns every day.
The shift towards eco-friendly lanterns has prompted many shops to stop selling Chinese products altogether. Indian-made lanterns, especially those made from cardboard and Paithani sarees, have become best-sellers. Online platforms have also seen a surge in lantern purchases, with customers appreciating the unique designs crafted from Benarasi sarees, Paithani sarees, and other materials.
With the demand for eco-friendly lanterns on the rise, local artisans and organizations are contributing to sustainable celebrations while supporting traditional craftsmanship. This shift reflects a growing awareness and commitment towards a greener and plastic-free Diwali.