“This, Diwali, be a part of the Solution and not of the Pollution.”

Being one of the biggest festivals of India, Diwali or Deepavali is a time when friends and family get together for a fiesta! Brightly lit diyas, delicious food, bursting crackers, and a fun time with your loved ones make a perfect Diwali evening. Make this evening more beautiful by celebrating Eco-friendly Diwali! Explore more here!

Why opt for eco-friendly Diwali?

We understand that Diwali comes once a year but this is no excuse to behave in an irresponsible manner with the environment. ‘Sustainability of the Environment’ is a serious problem in today’s world and you must take measures to save it. Remember, every small step taken will contribute to the preservation of the environment up to a significant extent.

Thus, by observing ‘Eco-friendly Diwali’, you will be able to tackle the issues of environmental pollution along with the following listed issues:

  • Air pollution and Noise pollution: The chemical crackers you usually buy are made from life-threatening chemicals. These crackers cause Air pollution and Noise pollution as well. In fact, during Diwali, the pollutant concentrations in the air were found to be 6.44 times higher (for SPM or Suspended Particulate Matter). Furthermore, high decibels of noise and concentration of pollutants can be highly dangerous for infants, elderly people, and people suffering from chronic diseases such as Asthma.
  • Land pollution: Land pollution increases significantly during Diwali due to the use of plastics for home décor and crackers for bursting. Such plastic packaging and crackers litter the roads and cause anxiety attacks to elderly people and animals along with polluting the land. Sometimes, animals also consume such litter resulting in their death.

How do you want your celebrations to be?

Choose your celebrations wisely.

How do you want your Diwali to be?

Light and Bright?
Or
Dark and Smokey?

Happy and Lit?
Or
Cough and Injury?

Clean and Beautiful?
Or
Dirty and Messy?

Eco-friendly ways to celebrate Diwali:

Listing a few suggestions to celebrate eco-friendly Diwali below:

  • Burst eco-friendly green crackers: Made of recycled paper, eco-friendly crackers do not contain as many chemicals as conventional firecrackers and thus emit less smoke and noise. They are now easily available in the market.
  • Use steel or glass crockery while serving your guests: This way you will avoid plastic or non-biodegradable crockery that are a huge threat to the environment.
  • Flowers, pulses rice, etc. for Rangoli: Use flowers, pulses, rice, etc. for making Rangoli. This way, it will look more beautiful and colourful than the normal Rangoli which is made using harmful chemicals.
  • Decorate your house with beautiful Diyas: Doing so will not only make your house look enchanting but also will reduce the consumption of Chinese lights or the plastic lights you find in the market. This will also reduce your electricity bills.
  • Contribute to the betterment of society: Diwali is celebrated to bring positivity to everyone’s lives. And by contributing to the betterment of society, you can do so. You don’t need to do anything big. Even a small act can make a huge difference.

DIY eco-friendly gifts for Diwali:

Here are some DIY eco-friendly gifts which you can gift your family and friends for Diwali! Ditch the plastics and other environmentally-harmful gifts and spread a healthy message.

Plant Holder:

There’s nothing better than gifting a plant when celebrating eco-friendly Diwali. To add more value, make a Plant Holder at home using the materials available at home and gift it to your loved ones.

What you need:

  • Fresh and well-watered saplings
  • Corrugated paper or old cardboard paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Satin ribbons

How to make:

  • Wrap the corrugated paper around the plant.
  • Secure it with the help of stapler pins.
  • Now, make four slits at the bottom and fold them, each overlapping one another.
  • Staple them well.
  • Place the fresh sapling inside it.
  • To make a handle for it, use satin ribbons and pin the ends to the cylindrical holder.
  • You can also decorate the gift using ribbons, sparkling paints, etc.

Natural Kajal:

Every girl, even the ones who don’t wear makeup, loves Kajal. Thus, gift a small box of Natural Kajal and let your girls enjoy the benefits of homemade and pure Kajal.

What you need:

  • 2 tablespoons Sandalwood powder
  • Muslin cloth
  • Ghee
  • 3-4 Almonds
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Match stick
  • Diya

How to make:

  • Add a few drops of water to the sandalwood powder.
  • Make a smooth paste.
  • Soak a small piece of muslin cloth in it and dry it in the sun.
  • Once the cloth is dried, roll it up to make a wick.
  • Add ghee in a diya, lit it, and place the wick in it.
  • Push a fork through an Almond.
  • Hold it above the flame and hold a spoon just above the fork.
  • The flame will burn the almond and the soot will be collected in the spoon.
  • The soot gained is Kajal.

Pistachio candle holder

A beautiful and easy-to-make candle holder is a precious home décor gift for your guests. It can not only be used during Diwali but also can be used during other festivities as well.

What you need:

  • Pistachio shells
  • Hot glue gun
  • Acrylic paints
  • Cardboard piece

How to make:

  • Wash the Pistachio shells well and clean them.
  • Meanwhile, take a piece of cardboard and cut it in a round shape.
  • In the center, make a small round hole that should have enough space for the candle holder.
  • To this base, stick the shells with the help of a hot glue gun. The shells must be placed beside each other in a circular form.
  • Similarly, make more layers until your disc has no space.
  • Use acrylic paints to make the shells attractive.
  • Place the candle in the center hole and enjoy a beautiful home décor!

Have a safe Diwali:

And while you are cherishing every moment of this much-awaited festival, don’t ignore your safety and that of your loved ones. Make a keynote of these tips:

  1. Burst crackers outdoor. Be extremely careful with them.
  2. Do not wear loose clothes. They can catch fire.
  3. Cover your foot with footwear.
  4. Keep a first aid box handy and a bucket of water nearby.
  5. Consume home-made food and snacks only.

 

Share your ideas on various ways of celebrating eco-friendly Diwali. Let everyone benefit from them and less pollution is caused by this Diwali.

Wishing you a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year!