Resources are essential for our survival. With burgeoning population and increasing demands, natural resources are depleting fast and getting exhausted day by day. Now it is time to wake up and recycle the natural materials so that they do not finish off. We have to regenerate things out of it.
Craft is one such technique which not only brings out an individual’s creative ability but also helps in making new and different things out of waste and disposable material.
Craft-making is now being promoted in schools where children also understand the need of utilizing and conserving natural materials. Art and craft was not given much importance before but today it has become an integral part of course curriculum. School children are encouraged to use paper, jute and other material from homes and society to convert them into useful items like paper-bags, wing-chimes, jute bags, etc. These are not only simple to use but also eco-friendly.
The raw materials used for craft are natural and available easily. They are found in abundance in nature. Floristry is a craft of arranging flowers in beautiful designs, wood craft is done on wood, paper craft requires paper. All these ingredients are cheaper also. Recycling of paper to make paper bags and other paper derivatives has solved the problem of plastic recycling as it does not disintegrate.
Every year, millions of trees are cut for wood and paper. It poses serious threats to forest wildlife and human beings also and contributes to global warming. If we can use paper again, then deforestation can be reduced to a very large extent. This is where craft comes as a handy, easy and a cheap solution to the problem. It does not require setting up of industries and can be taken up at home also.
Craft develops many a talents and skills in a person like visualization, discipline, hard work, responsibility and creativity. If each person gets engaged in a craft and develops product then the day is not far when no trees have to be cut.
We have to preserve our nature and the things it has given to us. Our next generations have to us these things and if they are extinct in our time only, then what would we give to them? It becomes our prime responsibility to safeguard nature through simple methods like craft and promote it at higher levels.
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