• Monday, August 15, 2022


Student to help recycle floral waste in Indian temples

Parimala Shivaprasad is planning to extract essentail oils from flowers that are discarded after Indian ceremonies (Pic: © University of Bath 2018)

By: Lauren Codling

by LAUREN CODLING AN ASIAN chemical engineer has spoken of her hopes to bring to the UK innovative plans to help reduce floral waste offered in temples and other places of worship. Parimala Shivaprasad, 27, a PhD student, is building a social enterprise which will work on extracting essential oils from flowers used in Indian temples. They will be used as organic compost, which could, in turn, help to grow vegetables. Floral waste makes up a third of solid waste in India. It is estimated two million tonnes of floral waste are discarded in India every day after religious ceremonies.…

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