The festivities are in the air and everyone is in a frenzy to de-clutter the spaces and gear up for the festival of Diwali. The festival of lights is associated with the lighting of diya, bursting of firecrackers, an appetite for sweets and absolutely yummy stuff, decorating the house with colourful rangolis.
Yes, we know this is the time when the not only are the festive spirit at the highest, but sadly the pollution levels are at its highest too. Diwali has been a festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil, the right over wrong and the candles and diyas are lit to celebrate the light and get rid of the inner darkness or ignorance that resides between us. But this year make a difference and celebrate Diwali in an eco-friendly way. How? Read more to know!
1. Save power
Not yours, we mean the electricity! The use of electricity that adorns the streets, your homes and other establishments take up a lot of energy consumption. Want to save some electricity? Revive the ancient tradition of lighting the diyas during the festivities.
2. Decorating the home naturally
Decorating the floor with the intricate patterns with rangoli is something that the most of us will indulge in this festival season. Colourful rangolis add to the beauty of your home. This year say no to the toxic colours that are used commonly and instead make your own colours by using rice flour, plain sand, turmeric powder, henna, coloured pulses and dry flowers. We’ve listed some colour ideas for you.
Creating dry powders:
- GREEN: Use the traditional henna powder of crush dried tulsi leaves.
- RED: Grind the dried petals of hibiscus or roses
- YELLOW: Use turmeric powder or grind the dried petals of marigold or chrysanthemum flowers.
- BLUE: Grind dried petals of jacaranda or blue hibiscus flowers
Omved tip: To get a flowing consistency, add flours such as aata, rice flour or maida to these powders.
Creating the wet colours:
- GREEN: Grind into a fine paste spinach, mint, and coriander and dilute with water. If you want the colours to be richer, you can boil the liquid.
- RED: Soak some hibiscus flowers along with pomegranate peels overnight. Grind to a paste and strain to keep aside the water you get from the paste.
- YELLOW: Boil turmeric in water to get a concentrate. Cool and use.
- MAGENTA: Grate one whole beetroot and soak it in water. If you want to get a darker colour then boil it and strain before using.
- BROWN: Boil tea and/or coffee in water and strain to use the liquid
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to decorate your home with organic and natural colours this festive season?
3. Partying the eco-friendly way
With the festivities come the endless rounds of parties and guests visiting your home. If you are entertaining guests and using disposable plates and cutlery, then do use the natural alternatives like biodegradable plates that are made from dried leaves of areca nut. These disposable alternatives do not cause a landfill and can be used to be a part of the compost too.
4. Limit the crackers
Festivities are incomplete without the use of crackers. But you do know that the firecrackers not only cause pollution, but also cause a lot of distress to the animals and birds. Keep the firecrackers at the minimum and do clean up the place where you have used the firecrackers once the celebrations are over.
Fireworks are non-biodegradable? Not only do they cause landfill, but if thrown if water bodies, they can pollute the water and streams with the residues of toxic chemicals. And if that does not affect you, keep in mind that most of the factories that make fireworks employ child labour.
Wouldn’t it be nice if this year you can start with exploring the eco-friendly ways of celebrating festivals so that we ring in the festivities with more happiness and less pollution? This year, let us start exploring the eco-alternatives for a safe and eco-friendly festive season.
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