As the Easter and funeral feasts approach in Ukraine, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources urges people not to bring the plastic flowers to graveyards. The respective message appeared on Facebook.
'We urge not to buy plastic flowers and wreaths. This practice is common in all regions of Ukraine before Easter', reads the message.
The environmental experts mark that burning plastic items will result in a lot of cancer-causing chemicals emitting into the atmosphere. Besides, it takes a lot of time to dissolve plastic.
The alternative of plastic flowers could be wreaths of live flowers and fir-needles, lawn grass and candles.
The Easter-time funeral feasts are observed on Tuesday of the second week after Easter. Respecting the tradition, people come to graveyards and pray by the graves of their relatives.
This year's Easter falls on April 21 (for the Catholics) and April 28 (for the Orthodox).