Diwali is just around the corner. Needless to say that the celebrations across the country have already started. It is one of the biggest festivals we celebrate and needless to say preparations start from at least a month earlier! It is one of the biggest festivals in India and brings unmatched joy and excitement in our households.
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.
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. Let’s look at reducing the pollution, reducing the carbon footprint and some ways to celebrate a green Diwali.
Five ways to celebrate a green Diwali
Diwali can be loads of fun without the noise and the pollution. Here are five ways celebrate a green Diwali.
Buy eco-friendly gifts for Diwali
The reason why I prefer to choose eco-friendly gifts for Diwali is because they are good for us and the earth. Choosing eco-friendly gifts is not only possible, it’s affordable. Plus when you choose an eco-friendly gift you ensure that you are not contributing to the land-fill. It is a myth that eco-friendly gifts are expensive, on the contrary, they are not.
The reason why we choose to opt for hand-made eco-friendly gifts is because we do want to be gentler on the earth. While the thought is beautiful, it is also important to keep in mind that you choose a gift that your recipient will love and use. Giving from a place of generosity and care will accomplish both. You can read more here.
Choose eco-friendly decorations
We’ve got here 10 super easy ways to decorate your Home this Diwali, that don’t require you to break the bank. We are big fans of recycling and reusing, so most of the ideas here involve using things lying around your home or things you were going to toss in the trash. The few things you can make are ones you can store and reuse again next year so you don’t have to do it all over again! You can read more here.
Make a green rangoli
Diwali is pretty incomplete without a rangoli. If you do decorate your home with rangoli opt for eco-friendly colours or use flower petals. Flower petals decompose easily and will not cause or contribute to a landfill either. Give the synthetic colours a miss and make your own colours.
Did you know that the traditionally rice grains and flours were used to make a rangoli or a traditional motif. The reason was that the grains made food for the insects and bugs that lived on the ground. So nothing went waste! While the motif or rangoli made a wonderful decoration, it also helped to feed a tiny insect army!
Make your own decorations
My creativity ends at my writing skills. Promise! Art and decor are not my strong virtues. But that doesn’t really stop me from exploring some fab ideas and sharing it with you. Some of the deocr bloggers I know turn their homes into fabulous living areas. One particular style that caught my eye was the drapes made with some of the resplendent sarees that turned out to be a focal point in the decor. Or if you silk stoles, line them up as drapes to give a beautiful festive look to your home.
Support local artisans
Diwali is probably one of the festive seasons where they manage to save for their livelihood. Make Diwali interesting by letting your kids be a part of the entire shopping too. Opt for traditional diyas made from clay or terracotta over fancy tea light candles that pollute the air with the parrafin wax. Diyas were used traditionally because they were made of clay and even if it broke, it could be mixed with the soil, thus causing no landfill. Not just diya, but you may also find a lot festive decorations also that can be bought from them.
Bigger cities host these pop up bazaars that promote local artisans, so keep a look out for a flea market or a bazaar that is likely to happen a few days before Diwali that will promote these local artisans.
There is more! I have written extensively about Diwali in my previous blog posts, right from going eco-freindly, to buying thoughtful gifts and a range of DIY tips. These are some ways to celebrate and eco-friendly Diwali. What are some ways that you celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali? Share it with me in the comments.
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