Few ideas to go green this Diwali
The festival of Diwali is here and most of us are busy preparing for it. This Diwali lets be a little more considerate and take some environment friendly steps. Here are a few ideas that can help make Diwali green.
When you go out for shopping, do carry a green bag- a bag made of cloth, jute or recycled material. This will help reduce the use of plastic bags and you can also comfortably carry them. A good idea is to keep the bags handy at home so you can take them with you whenever you go to the market.
Give ecofriendly gifts and avoid giving things made out of plastics. Books, homemade snacks or sweets are some very thoughtful and special gifts.
Avoid wrapping up gifts in plastic decorative sheets. These materials are not environmental friendly as they are not biodegradable. When wrapping up gifts for your loved ones, use different materials that are greener. There are lot of eco saving options such as gift wrappers made up of newspapers, brown bags or even beautiful fabrics. Think creatively and make unique gift wrappers from biodegradable materials.
Even other decorative things such as lanterns can also be made out of environmental friendly material, or bought readymade from the market. Invest in decorative stuff that is recyclable and not harmful for the environment.
Putting up decorative lights is a part of our festivals. This year use green lights – LED lights to light up your homes, shops and offices. The led strips come in various lengths and are easy to use. They are not only ecofriendly, but also consume less electric power making them friendly for your pockets as well. In fact you can use natural lightening such as ‘diyas’ to decorate on Diwali.
Avoid crackers this Diwali, as many places in the country are facing problems due to bad air quality. Crackers are a source of air and noise pollution and can also cause severe burns. You can make this Diwali green by saying no to lighting crackers.
While most people clean their households on the occasion of Diwali, they forget their neighborhood. Keep your surroundings clean as well. After all, cleanliness is godliness.
Eat healthy and avoid artificial sweeteners, you can try and make simple sweets and snacks at home instead of buying processed food.
- Last but not the least, don’t waste food. You can give away left over food to the needy people as there are hundreds and thousands of them in the country. You can use the festival of Diwali for sharing happiness by means of giving away food, clothes, books and such things to those who cannot afford them.
If you have any more ideas about a green Diwali, do share with us. NewzHook wishes you a very happy and safe Diwali.
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