Diwali is the victory of good over evil and of right over wrong. But, unfortunately, now days Diwali has become synonym with air and waste pollution that takes a toll on the environment. But this Diwali you can make a difference – by opting to celebrate the festival in an eco-friendly way.
Here are 5 ways in which you can celebrate a guilt free green Diwali.
1. Say Goodbye To Traditional Candles And Diyas, Instead Use Orange Peels!
Candles are an important part of any celebrations, particularly for the featival of Diwali. But have you ever stopped to think how eco-friendly are your candles? Well, candles are the biggest source of indoor air pollution because of the presence of wax; what’s more, the traditional candles are made of Paraffin wax, which is a non-biodegradable product. Here’s a green alternative you can choose – make yourself an orange lamp! All you need is some oranges, oil and a wick and you will be sorted. Talking about the process, first cut oranges into two equal halves, scoop out the fruit from inside and take the peel to make your organic candle. Next, just add some oil, a wick and let it sit for sometime. Voila! Your orange lamp is ready.
2. From Discarded CDs To Recycled CD Lamps
E-waste in India is increasing with each passing day to an alarming rate. Our country produces more than 1.8 million tonnes of e-waste a year, and it is also the fifth largest e-waste producing country in the world. This Diwali you can make a small difference given the large problem, upcycle those stacks of CDs that are still lying in your homes into beautiful light lamps.
Just put together the CDs in different and creative assortments and add a bulb at the centre and you will have you very own green Diwali recycled CD Lamp.
3. Make A Creative Rangoli With Plastic Spoons
Plastic menace is one of the biggest issues that our country is currently grappling with. 1 million of birds, and 100,000 whales, sharks, seals, dolphins and turtles die every single year because of plastic pollution. Talking about our country, India generates around 56 lakh tonnes of plastic waste annually and only a fraction of it gets recycled. Meaning, whatever plastic we use in our lives daily can be found on planet in some form even after 1000 years, as earth cannot digest plastic. So, take a step forward for our depleting planet and this Diwali, reuse plastic as much as possible. One of the creatives DIY (Do it yourself) way is to make rangoli with plastic spoons.
Steps: Grab a cardboard, cut it into two shapes – one a shape of a peacock head and second a circular figure. Then grab the plastic spoons, paint it with green, yellow, purple colours.
Next, place the circular cardboard figure and cover it with some rice, then start placing the colourfull plastic spoons to form a peacock. Then place the peacock figure in the middle and there you go with a striking stunning peacock rangoli.
4. Brighten Up With Colourful Newspaper Wall Hangings
Today in India, 25% of landfills space is filled with paper waste. Though paper waste is easily recyclable but in our country there is no proper waste management system in place for it, end result, it ends up going to our already overburdened landfills.
Newspapers are a recyclable supply most homes have in abundance. Isn’t it? So, here’s a little step for the environment you can take this Diwali. With little efforts, tad bit of creativity and a bunch of newspapers, you can make gorgeous wall hanging that is perfect for the festive season instead of buying from the market.
Steps: Finalise a design you want to go ahead for the wall decorations, grab cardboards, newspapers, glue and water paints. Cut the cardboard in the shape of the selected design, followed by cutting a bunch of newspaper together. Then, roll up the stack of newspapers like a pen and start pasting on the cardboard. After the cardboard is fully covered with rolled up newspapers, start painting it. Last and the final step is to hang all the DIY décor items together with the piece of thread.
5. Paint Those Old Glass Bottles
Festivals are all about adding colours, painting the glass bottles is a new way to décor your house this season. What to do? Simply choose some old glass bottles, remove the lables from it and get yourself a pack of colours. Next, just start dropping the paint from top of the bottles like you pour water. Just remember to drop the paint from each of the side so that the colours cover the entire area.