Diwali means crackers, gifts, sweets, lights, and decorations. But at the same time, it also means, noise as well as air pollution.
Diwali is a festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, i.e., when Lord Rama defeated the demon, Ravana and returned to his birthplace, Ayodhya. [Do See: 19 Photographs That Will Compel You To Think That Ramayana Might Have Existed In Real]. In the present time, the demon is the pollution that spoils our land.
This year, let us celebrate Diwali in a way that it does not harm anything or anyone. So, how about adopting the following steps to celebrate the festival of lights in an eco-friendly way?
#1. Diyas to brighten the home
Using colourful lights to decorate the house that run on electricity sounds very pleasing. It gives the home a very modern touch. But, those lights consume a lot of electricity and we are all aware that most of the electricity is produced by thermal power plants. Also, the candles that we use are petroleum-based and produce a lot of toxins. So, we should opt for diyas as they are made of clay and are bio-degradable. They also reduce the cost of decoration and are reusable.
#2. Organic rangoli
Making a rangoli on the entrance of your house on Diwali is considered very auspicious. And, you can make it even better! Instead of using chemical-based colours and paints, use material that are eco-friendly. For colours, you can use different flower petals. Another easy way would be to just go into the kitchen, and use grocery products like turmeric, kumkum, flour and rice.
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As soon as we step into the beautifully decorated market, we start buying all kinds of things to decorate our homes. Anything that appeals to our eyes goes into the shopping bags, without any second thought. To make this Diwali eco-friendly, say no to the products that are made of plastic. The paint on the decorations is very harmful, especially if you have kids in your home. Use banana or mango leaves and other colourful flowers to decorate your place. It will give your place an ethnic look without causing any harm.
#4. Gift wrapping
Exchanging gifts on Diwali is an age-old custom. It is good thing, but wrapping those gifts in plastic gift wraps is a practice that we need to let go of. You can opt for paper wraps or you can choose newspapers as well. What matters is the gift and the thought behind it, not the thing that covers it.
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#5. Eco-friendly crackers
Bursting firecrackers is a thing that should be completely avoided. However, it is really difficult to convince the kids to say no to crackers completely. The best thing to do in such a scenario will be to buy them eco-friendly crackers. These crackers are made using recycled paper. They make less noise and pollution. You can educate your kids to make them quit this habit gradually.
#6. Biodegradable crockery
With all the guests coming, it becomes impossible to use those dinner sets as they will have to be cleaned later on. To save ourselves from cleaning the dishes, we generally switch to plastic or thermocol disposables. However, they end up in your dustbin and pollute the environment. Instead, use disposables made of natural products like leaves or simply serve on banana leaves. They look traditional as well as add an authentic touch to the festivities.
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#7. Celebrate it together
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Diwali is a festival that brings everyone together. Take this thing a step further. Celebrate this festival together with your loved ones. This will reduce the cost and usage of everything including crackers, sweets, decorations, electicity etc. With a few crackers, everyone can enjoy.
Spending lavishly on the wasteful material is becoming a status symbol. People spend loads to celebrate Diwali. We must keep this in mind that it is not only a frivolous activity, but a harmful one as well. A lot of casualties arise because of the crackers. Let us take a pledge to have an eco-friendly and safe Diwali.