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7 Easy Ways To Celebrate An Eco-Friendly Diwali

Oct 17, 2017

Diwali is just around the corner and celebrations across the country have already started. It is one of the biggest festivals in India and brings unmatched joy and excitement in our households.

As we celebrate Diwali as a symbol of all that is good and pure in the world, lets take a moment and dedicate it to nature this year by celebrating an eco-friendly Diwali.

Air pollution rises to dangerous levels during the days of Diwali celebration and energy and food wastage also increases. Apart from that the noise and ruckus created by crackers unsettles infants, elderly people, and pets.

Here are a few tips for celebrating an eco-friendly Diwali in your home and society.

1. Avoid bursting crackers

Firecrackers leave the air hazy and the surroundings full of noise, and we wake up to the streets littered with waste the next morning. Although, some may argue that Diwali without crackers is not fun, but for a cleaner future we may give them up or use eco-friendly crackers.

2. Use traditional lighting

Go for the good old oil diyas that are bio-degradable and cost effective. You can also use some innovative lighting alternatives by using wheat dough, orange peels, and coconut shells as DIY diyas. This will reduce electricity consumption and wastage during the festive days.

3. Give Thoughtful Gifts

Instead of opting for the regular clocks and picture frames, gift your friends and family with eco-friendly items such plants, jute products, khadi clothing, etc. Avoid shiny plastic wraps and stick to simple paper wraps to support the green cause even more.

4. Use recycled decor

Recycled decor items are becoming increasingly popular these days. These decorative items not only make use of the things which we throw away as waste but also inspire us to use things creatively even after expiry. By using such products for Diwali decor you help in saving the energy that would be wasted in disposing them off.

5. Eco-friendly rangolis

Rangolis were traditionally a way to feed the birds and little animals during the festive days. You can embark on a journey to the past and use colourful food grains and natural colours for your Rangoli. A much more eco-friendly and satisfying way to celebrate Diwali won't you say?

6. Give sugar a miss, eat healthy

By opting for healthy foods and beverages, you not only make yourself fit and fine during the festival, but also contribute in reducing the wastage from sweet shops and restaurants.

7. Avoid the use of plastics

When organising a Diwali party, use earthenware and biodegradable utensils (pattals), instead of plastic disposables. They also add a traditional twist to your party while reducing plastic wastes.

Diwali is not just about prosperity of you and your family, but a festival for sampurna suraksha of the society and environment at large. Contribute your share this Diwali and have a memorable celebration.

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