With Diwali around the corner it is time to shop, sparkle and get ready for the biggest extravaganza of the year! Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, marks new beginnings, happiness and joy. But, with pollution and global warming looming large as threats to our joy and happiness, isn’t it time to step back and think? Diwali today has become synonymous with noise, crackers and pollution. Isn’t it time to find alternatives for a green Diwali?
Time to go back to basics! Did you know that the bright rangoli colors are made of structured polymers like acid, mica, glass powder etc.? These substances are non-biodegradable and cannot be removed from the wastewater by conventional methods.
Let’s try the age-old method of using natural colors for our rangolis. Use ingredients like rice powder, colorful grains, flowers, petals, haldi etc. which are completely bio-degradable and safe for the environment. Beautify your homes with these natural elements while also giving your grandkids a lesson or two about protecting the environment by celebrating an eco-friendly Diwali.
Diwali signifies guests, parties and food. Serving and distributing food in disposable tableware is easy and quick, however these end up being a heavy burden on Mother Earth! This year welcome your guests with water and juices in clay pots, and plates and bowls made with plant fiber, or recycled paper. See your grandkids take the lead once you initiate the eco-friendly celebration!
This year surprise your children by making the healthy switch. Instead of sharing and eating unhealthy food, switch to nuts, millets and healthier versions of sweets and savouries. Replace sugar with jaggery to give a healthy twist to home-made goodies. This will not only save on the food wastage but will also end up making you popular among the fitness crazy generation of your family! So, wear the “Fit” tag with élan!
There was a time when the market was flooded with diyas made from wax, plastic, foam, fiber and the likes, but most of these items are not biodegradable. They end up in landfills and harm the environment in the long run. While some of these items are banned today, others are still available as cheaper easier options. You could make a conscious choice towards environment friendly diyas. Opt for clay diyas – buy some to support the livelihood of potters or get creative and make some for yourself and your family! After all it would be a perfect gift – handmade with love!
Say Yes to Green Crackers
After the Supreme Court order, there has been a ban on many kinds of firecrackers but still the quantum of crackers burnt, and the pollution created is huge. On the other hand, to counter the problem of maintaining the livelihood of those depending on the cracker industry, certified brands with Green crackers were launched in the market. So, this year, pledge to only buy green crackers. Bursting fewer crackers would also mean less noise pollution and more happy chatter with friends and family.
Joy of Decorating
Apart from the staple lantern, lamps and fairy lights, Diwali decoration entails a lot of things that end up being ‘Use and Throw’. Instead of adding to the landfills, try reusing old utensils or fabrics to make some interesting DIY decorations. With Retro being the in-thing, it will add a unique touch while being more personal and homely.
Skip the Wrapping Paper
Gifting is an integral part of Diwali. Instead of just wrapping your gifts in shiny plastic-coated papers, choose fabric or recycled paper. If possible, avoid wrapping gifts altogether.
The younger generation is well aware of the ill-effects of pollution and waste. Set a great example by using eco-friendly ideas to celebrate a Green Diwali and be the cool grandparents.
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