How to Celebrate Eco-Friendly Diwali 2020
Diwali is perhaps the most widely & enthusiastically celebrated festival in India and by Indians across the world. However, this fervour for deepawali has led to over-commercialisation of the festival, result of which diyas made by artisans got replaced by imported glittering lights, celebrations with family & friends got replaced by burning deafening & polluting fire-works, sharing affection & sweets with loved one got replaced by fast-forwarding expensive gift-packs & adulterated foods. Its time to give up the thoughtless gifting, sugar-laden foods, poisoning of air for a green & organic diwali with your loved ones, celebrating Indian festivals the Indian way. Explore the space to find simple ideas, products & recipes for to celebrate Eco-Friendly Diwali 2020.
1. Switch to Eco-Friendly Crackers
India launched indigenously manufactured eco-friendly green crackers in 2019. These crackers use less harmful chemicals & produce about 30% less particulate matter pollution. The first change in Diwali 2020 has to be a switch to green crackers.
2. No to Plastic Lights, Yes to Diyas
Earthen diyas filled with sesame oil cause no damage to the environment and make your home and entrance look beautiful. The plastic led-lights though may feel cheaper, durable & glowing choice, they are no match for elegance & warmth of lighting a diya.
3. Make Organic Rangoli
Diwali is incomplete without its share of colourful rangoli designs. Traditionally, the rangoli was made with edible items, however, modern rangoli colours changed the entire scene and introduced chemically made sand colours for rangoli. This Diwali, it’s time to ditch the oil paint, toxic-artificial colors and to go for organic colours, flowers & clay diyas to beautify your rangoli.
4. Upscale your Waste, Upgrade your Home
Cleaning homes & offices is also one of the essential activities associated with diwali. However, each year, we scrap out a lot of waste including clothes, broken items, newspapers, old bulbs etc. It’s time to put your creative side of brains to use, get down & find ways to convert at-least some of these items into your own decorative stuffs.
5. Gift from Heart, not from Stores
Gifts are synonymous with Diwali, but over-commercialisation has turned this beautiful activity into a overwhelming, thoughtless chore, resulting in free-exchange of sugar-coated sweets. This Diwali 2020, breakaway with trend with some new gifting ideas like gifting a plant, organic foods, online subscription for yoga classes etc.
Let us all pledge to be responsible citizens and celebrate eco-friendly Diwali 2020!!!!