Green Solutions with Sustainable Textiles in Horticulture
Trupti Dhoka, Dr. Vishaka Karnad
Horticulture, Eco-friendly, Sustainability, Textiles
With technical advancements in textiles and many sustainable alternatives used for horticulture, the present research was undertaken to investigate and find out what options are available and being adopted for sustenance and consistency in utilizing these products within the current scenario in Nashik and around. There are many ways through which green and natural fibres are being utilized in growing of vegetables, fruits, medicinal and ornamental plants. The study was undertaken to identify the implementation of eco-friendly and sustainable textile solutions for horticulture. For the study seven plant nurseries were randomly selected with purposive convenience sampling to study their green horticulture practices and methods of application for different vegetables and fruits plants, medicinal plant and ornamental plants. An interview was conducted in seven nurseries with no. of respondents obtaining qualitative data. Need for sustainable textile options were ascertained and novelty in consumption of sustainable solutions was identified. There is a need for popularising sustainable textile options for enhanced horticulture with proper marketing strategies. It was observed that cocopeat is the only sustainable material which is being used by three nurseries. The case studies indicate that five out of the seven horticulturists have started implementing green ways of production and the remaining are still in the phase of implementation. Support from textile experts, agrotech technologists and government support schemes need to be integrated for healthy horticulture.
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Unique Paper ID: 151320

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 7, Issue 12

Page(s): 455 - 460
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