As air pollution ravages many major cities in Delhi right before Diwali, it’s time to rethink how we celebrate the festival. Those seemingly dazzling display of fireworks might be a spectacle to view but will surely leave you gasping for breath (not in a good way).
So, how can you have a green Diwali without dampening the festive spirit? Here are some pro tips to embrace cost-effective, eco-conscious alternatives to elevate your Diwali festivities:
Use solar-powered LED string lights to light up your outdoor area. They derive energy from sunlight, and provide a cozy and welcoming ambiance.
Go for the traditional earthen diyas made of clay rather than those made of plastic or metal. They not only offer an intimate glow to your home but can be decomposed as well without creating any trash.
Potted plants are emerging as a thoughtful and eco-friendly gift choice for Diwali. There’s a wide variety of potted plants to choose from, whether it’s a lucky bamboo, a money plant, a colourful flowering plant, or an exotic succulent.
Natural rangoli designs
Avoid the harmful effects of chemicals used in rangoli colours by using flower petals, rice and natural dyes, or spices. Not only are these eco-friendly techniques to decorate your homes, but also a unique way to express your artistic genius!
Sweets that don’t leave a sour taste
Spread goodwill through donations
As you declutter your home for Diwali, gather items you no longer need and donate them. This not only reduces waste but also spreads the spirit of giving, which is what Diwali is all about.
(Raghunandan Saraf, founder and CEO, Saraf Furniture, provided insights for this article)
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