Diwali is a festival of celebration, love and extravagance and the thought of celebrating Diwali without crackers is one that is hard to imagine.
However loud crackers cause a lot of distress for elderly people, young children, strays and pets not to mention the environment pollution caused by smoke & fumes. Diwali is a festival of lights and there are several alternate ways to celebrate the festival.
Presenting to you 10 ways to celebrate and safe and ecofriendly Diwali without crackers.
Table of Contents
- 1. Buy Earthen Lamps & Diyas
- 2. Use Natural Colours for Rangoli Decoration
- 3. Go Shopping With Jute Bags
- 4. Use Environment Friendly Products for Home Decoration
- 5. Biodegradable Plates and Glasses
- 6. Gift a Plant This Diwali
- 7. Donate To The Needy
- 8. Shop Less
- 9. Tone Down The Music Volume
- 10. Celebrate A Cracker Less Diwali or Opt for Ecofriendly Crackers
1. Buy Earthen Lamps & Diyas
Diwali is no doubt a festival of lights. And once you go to the market for Diwali shopping, its difficult to resist the temptation of shopping for those eye catching LED lights, lamps and curtains, all made with low quality plastic.
But hold on to your urge. There are other ways to keep the house looking bright and illuminated. Why not buy earthen lanterns/lamps and diyas?
Hanging a few earthen lanterns/lamps in your house can not only make the décor look ethnic and elegant but you will also feel proud to having contributed towards lighting your house the natural way.
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2. Use Natural Colours for Rangoli Decoration
Chemical colours may look appealing but try designing a rangoli using natural colours and you will never go back to using the chemical rangoli colours.
Imagine having an option to use the different coloured pulses, fresh flowers and bright yellow turmeric and red kumkum! What a stunning rangoli can be designed out of these!
3. Go Shopping With Jute Bags
Diwali is a time to shop! That also means carrying home not just what you have shopped for but also the bags they would be stuffed in. Do the environment a favour… carry your own bags next time you decide to head off shopping.
The best part is you save yourself the trouble of doing away with all the unwanted plastic at home when its cleaning time! A win-win for you and the environment!
For gifting too, opt for bags made out of jute or cloth which can be reused over heavily dyed paper or plastic. Check out Clean Planet for options for some gorgeous looking eco-friendly bags for both shopping and gifting.
4. Use Environment Friendly Products for Home Decoration
Why we would like to use the word ‘designer’ here is since you would be putting in the efforts to design the Diwali decoration for your home. How? Very simple.
Instead of buying readymade torans of plastic, opt for something more creative. Like you can use air-drying clay to make flowers and string them together or bottle caps, paint them and string them together etc. Use old dupattas and sarees to create colourful curtains or just for wall décor.
There are umpteen ideas that will start pouring in once you decide that this Diwali you would make best out of waste and decorate your home.
You can also involve your children in the decoration and have them make lanterns out of waste paper and paint them.
And if you are unable to find time to make decorations, opt for those handmade by others and contribute towards making their Diwali brighter.
5. Biodegradable Plates and Glasses
Guests pour in numbers during any festive occasion. So it is natural that food and drinks are to be served, and this eventually leads to a lot many dishes to be cleaned.
At such times, we tend to veer towards using disposable plates and glasses, which unfortunately are very damaging to the environment.
To counter that and resolve both your problems, we suggest you opt for biodegradable crockery. It looks chic and elegant and will also save you all the effort to clean up post the event.
You can buy eco-friendly crockery here
6. Gift a Plant This Diwali
Gifting is a given during Diwali and you just cannot visit your friends/relative without a gift to give.
Instead of carrying sweets and other edible items (which again come packed in plastic), why not gift some decorative plants? There are umpteen options available. Gift a plant this Diwali and set a new trend altogether.
7. Donate To The Needy
Run through your wardrobe. You may come across at least a couple of clothes that you either no longer fit in or do not wear. There are umpteen people around who cannot afford anything new this Diwali.
Gift these clothes to them and help them celebrate with a smile. Not only clothes, donate accessories/shoes and other things too. There is no better way to light up this Diwali than lighting up a home or a needy person’s face.
8. Shop Less
We agree Diwali means we need to go all out and shop! While we wouldn’t suggest you don’t shop, we’d suggest you shop with a sensitive eye.
Instead of piling on things that will have no value post the festival, opt for things that are longer lasting, made by people who would benefit from your purchase or made using materials that do not harm the environment.
For example, if you are to buy a greeting card, why not buy one from a NGO? Or get decorations handmade by someone who has put in time and effort into it?
The market is flooded with ideas where you can shop for ecofriendly jewelry made of terracotta and dyed using vegetable colours, clothes made out of organic cotton and pure silk, edibles home cooked by women trying to contribute towards their family’s income, decorations made with reusable materials, and much more. Go for these, instead of the cheaper mass produced alternatives.
You are sure to find something to suit your need and style, whilst ensuring its handmade and not harmful to the environment.
9. Tone Down The Music Volume
Loud music in any form is simply a nuisance. Tone it down. You will not only feel good but will also help those who need to rest.
You never know your aged neighbour next door may be unwell and wanting some rest, or there might be a little child in the neighbourhood waking up from her sleep with the loud music being played by you. Have a quiet and peaceful Diwali.
10. Celebrate A Cracker Less Diwali or Opt for Ecofriendly Crackers
Try and avoid burning your money on crackers. They literally do not serve any purpose. Besides creating unwanted noise and air pollution they encourage child labour.
But incase you cannot celebrate Diwali without crackers, opt for the eco-friendly ones. They are made of recycled paper. And they not only make less noise but also add less pollution to the environment.
You can buy eco-friendly crackers here
And while you are at, check out some of our great Diwali shopping offers here
Any form of change isn’t easy. When its time to celebrate, we resist any kind of change saying… But this doesn’t come everyday… let us enjoy to the fullest.
But remember, our earth has limited resources. The more we take care of it today, the better it would be for our tomorrow. Have a clean green and pollution free Diwali celebration!