CDs + Wedding Cards = ??

CDs or compact discs are portable storage media that can be used to record, store and play back audio, video and other data. The first workable digital compact disc device,  was invented in the late 1960s by the American physicist James Russell. Though extremely popular and convenient to use, they can be extremely difficult to recycle.  ‘Trashing’ CDs is not very good for the environment. It’s estimated that it will take more than a million years for a CD to completely decompose in a landfill. And if CDs are burnt as part of the disposal process, they can release harmful chemicals in the air including hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, and dioxins. In addition, Polycarbonate plastic contains BPA, or bisphenol-A, which has links to health issues such as reproductive problems, early puberty, blood pressure, and heart disease. 

wedding invitation is a letter asking the recipient to attend a wedding. It is typically written in the formal, third-person language and mailed five to eight weeks before the wedding date. In the Middle Ages, illiteracy was widespread among common people, and weddings were typically announced by means of a Town crier: a man who would walk through the streets announcing in a loud voice the news of the day. Traditionally, anyone within earshot became part of the celebration.

The practice of sending written wedding invitations emerged among the nobility. Families of means would commission monks, skilled in the art of calligraphy, to hand-craft their notices. Such documents often carried the coat of arms, or personal crest, of the individual and were sealed with wax. In todays times we hand out wedding cards — from the ‘simple’ to the ‘esoteric’.

The wedding card market in India is worth Rs 8000 to Rs 10,000 crores. The elaborate wedding invite comes with the main card and three to four add-on cards, and these cards are trashed almost immediately post the wedding, adding to the environmental burden.

CDs + Wedding Cards = T-lite holders!!
These T-lite holders are borne out of my need to artistically recycle and reuse what would otherwise have been trashed. While the CDs themselves help provide a firm circular base, the wedding cards dress them up, and the embellishments from these cards add to the overall appeal.

As the warm light of the T-lite spreads through the frame, the stones shimmer spreading hope and happiness. These T-lite holders can also be paired with a ‘Roli-chawal’ {for Rakshabandhan} as an option. Each piece has been handcrafted primarily using recycled materials. Go ahead and select one that you like, knowing at all times that our environment and mother earth, rest easier post your choice. Together, we can and we will …..

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