According to a research conducted by University of East Anglia (UEA) and University of Leeds, people skip green products because of doubts over performance ability associated with green products, whereby consumers perceive them as being less effective.
It has been a year since conventional crackers were banned. So to satisfy the demand for crackers, manufacturing licences were given to firework makers to make eco-friendly firecrackers which has limited options and it doesn't seem to be doing well in markets.
Green firecrackers are available now in the city. But their sale is sluggish because of their high price and the limited varieties on offer. Usually an animated market at this time of the year, Sadar Bazar is more sedate, with only a handful of traders stocking the permitted crackers. Most others, wary of losses like those they suffered last year after the Supreme Court banned regular firecrackers due to their adverse effect on air quality, have shifted to Diwali lights and decorations. Amid the uncertainty about the norms for selling the green crackers and the restricted supply, Delhi Police has received only around 45 applications for licences to stock and sell fireworks so far. The applicants have been asked to wait till October 6, when their antecedents will be scrutinised prior to issue of licences.
Trial of some samples was also conducted, PESO said, adding that the development would reduce the emission of pollutants PM 2.5 at least by 25-30 per cent.
Only reduced emission firecrackers like safe water and air sprinklers approved by the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO) can be stocked or sold, police said.
A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said firecrackers already produced can be sold in this festival season only in other parts of the country.
No firecracker can be absolutely pollution-free, but scientists at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have arrived at formulations which may well be categorised as ‘Green Crackers’ due to their substantially reduced emission levels and their ability to absorb dust. The formulations can even produce water molecules, which suppress dust and significantly reduce hazardous particulate matter.
One of the formulations can even produce water molecules, which suppress dust and significantly reduce hazardous particulate matter.
As per the court order, SHOs will be held liable if banned firecrackers are sold in their area.
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The “green” crackers have been tested for colour, smoke, brightness and particulate matter and are found to emit less smoke and noise.
A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan which had reserved its verdict earlier on August 28, said that bursting of crackers on Diwali will be allowed between 8 PM to 10 PM
In 2018, the Supreme Court had banned the use of polluting firecrackers and allowed the sale of "green" firecrackers in a bid to control air pollution.
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Firecrackers were burst before and well after the 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. window on Wednesday, ordered by the Supreme Court, and more were let off with impunity on Thursday also.
The SAFAR had warned that even if partial toxic firecrackers as compare to last year were burnt, then the air quality would fall in the severe category.
A bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan permitted to make local variations but did not extend the time to burst crackers.
Mumbaikars also welcomed the ban, with some activists suggesting a calibrated approach towards Diwali celebrations in the metropolis that has a diverse population.
Every year Maharashtra Pollution Control Board carries out a test of firecrackers at an open ground in the presence of environment activists and record the sound.
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Partly as a result of smoke from crackers, the overall air quality index (AQI) in Delhi jumped to 574 which falls in the "severe-plus emergency" category
The bans were extended by the Supreme Court-appointed agency on the recommendations of a Central Pollution Control Board-led task force, which reviews the national capital's air quality.
The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 302 at 11 pm, which fell in the very poor category, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).