THE FLOWER CYCLING PROCESS
The process of “flowercycling” works like this: Phool collects the flowers from the temples before they can be dumped into the rivers. At a factory in the city, they are sorted by hand, and any plastic, string and silver foil is removed
he came to discover, stemmed from an unexpected place: flowers. Some 8 million tons of fresh flowers, which are offered in ritual to deities in temples across the country, are dumped into rivers each year in India because they cannot be discarded — it’s considered disrespectful. But many of the blooms are loaded with pesticides and insecticides that enter the river system and harm marine life.