Not burning crackers on Diwali is an appreciable practice but it still doesn’t make up an eco-friendly Diwali in its real sense.
It is hard to digest that tonnes of paper is used to wrap Diwali gifts, synthetic colours from an aesthetic rangoli when washed away lead to water pollution and fairy lights which are used to adorn the houses are a big threat to the environment.
How to make a difference?
Say nay to crackers because “around 2.5 per cent of annual pollution in Delhi-National Capital Region is due to use of crackers for a few days during the festive season.” says a report.
Adorn your house with clay diyas instead of candles or fairy lights. Use of LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes)is also suggested. They use at least 80 percent lesser energy than the regular ones and also come in various hues.
Make rangoli from flower petals or natural colours rather than synthetic dyes. Also, pulses and flour can be used to make rangoli and then it could be fed to the birds. Making traditional rangolis like Alpana or Kolam is the most eco-friendly way of adorning.
Notch your crockery! This Diwali, avoid buying expensive pottery instead serve dinner on banana leaves. Not only will your guests appreciate your creative knack, but also it is the healthiest and most eco-friendly way to serve meals.
It is high time to recognise the plight and prepare a roadway by which we can give rise to a healthy and environmentally balanced world.
Enjoy the festive season but not at the cost of deteriorating the environment.
Happy eco-friendly Diwali!!