Will you be going with plastic or all natural this Tumara? TIS/22102810
Each year, on November 1, we remember those who have passed on. The expression we use is Turama or All Souls Day. This is a day dedicated to honouring and showing our respects for our deceased loved ones.
In the days leading up to Turama, you can find
families and friends cleaning, repainting, and decorating their loved ones’
graves with flower arrangements. It is a special time of the year in the Cook
Islands when graves are spruced up and decorated with artificial or
Every year, more people in Rarotonga become involved
with decorating graves, however, the beautiful and colourful assortment of
artificial flower decorations also has its everlasting contribution towards
At first glance, artificial plants might seem like a
great idea. They don’t require a lot of maintenance, don’t need water, don’t
use soil or a growing medium, and no matter how bad you are at gardening, they
will never die. But when you dig a little deeper, it becomes obvious why our
natural flowers are preferable to artificial plants made from plastic.
Artificial flowers are prone to deterioration and
fading due to their constant exposure to sunlight. Fake plant arrangements are
created in factories using harmful dyes and synthetic materials that aren’t
easy to recycle. Once an artificial plant is faded or damaged, it is thrown
into the rubbish bin where it ends up in the landfill, where it won’t break
down. You can also find these arrangements left by graves to be blown away by
the wind, ending up littering our backyards and oceans.
These fake plants are only contributing to our growing
pollution problems. Our landfill is already overflowing as it is. While
artificial plants are cheap, durable, and convenient, most of these fake plants
will eventually find their way to our beaches and surrounding environment,
where they will slowly degrade and break down into micro plastics.
plants, may work to look the part, but they don’t offer natural benefits like
our living plants do in the part in the long term. On the other
hand, fresh natural flowers break down in a short time pouring nutrients back
into the earth. Living plants also
contribute towards cleaning the air, making it breathable for you and everyone
around you – free natural benefits artificial plants simply cannot offer.
If you are looking to gather a large arrangement, you
may struggle to find artificial options that work well together. Your
preferences for leaf and flower textures will grow immensely when you go for
the fresh flower arrangements. Consider bringing potted plants or planting
fresh organic flowers around your loved ones’ graves. The more plants and fresh
organic flowers on this planet, the better off we will be. If you are going to
enjoy the beauty of plants, you might as well get all of the benefits.
So, this Turama, consider going 100 per cent
natural with ‘living’ flower arrangements to beautify the resting place of your
loved ones that have passed on. The natural way is after all more meaningful
and economical if picked from your very own garden.