There has been enough noise (apart from that of the firecrackers) about celebrating an eco-friendly Diwali. It is our citizen social responsibility (CSR) to do so. While we all wish to save the environment, a list of better alternatives to celebrate in an eco-sensitive manner can bring about a sea change. Ecosac suggests 7 ways you can preserve the environment while you rejoice.
1. Light Up
Swadesi diyas and kandils are the good old ideas for spreading brightness during Diwali. If you’re still looking for options – coconut shells and orange peels can be used as DIY diyas. For electric lighting, use Made in India bulb lighting or LED lights.
2. Pollution Control
Air, noise, soil – environmental pollution is at the peak during the festival. Why burn money on crackers? Instead do your CSR due diligence. Lend a helping hand to the old neighbour or treat a homeless person to a meal. Pollute the environment with goodness.
3. Eco-friendly Shopping
When you do Diwali shopping, carry eco-friendly bags such as cloth bags, jute bags or canvas bags. The perfect replacement to plastic bags are Ecosac bags. The bags are colourful, foldable, washable and also retain shape. They dry within 15 minutes of washing and can be literally carried in your pocket.
4. Recycling Waste
Diwali generates a lot of waste in terms of flowers, garlands, mithai boxes, plastic wrappers. This auspicious season can be the best time to cultivate the habit of dividing waste into two separate bins: dry waste and wet waste. Dry waste goes to the scrap dealer while wet waste is sent for composting. You could also send plastic (banned in Maharashtra) to Rudra Environmental Solutions. The company has been involved in research of converting waste plastic into fuel technology.
5. Spread Cheer
Spend some time with the family preparing Diwali sweets. Donate clothes and share sweets at orphanages or old age homes like Aasara, Snehasadan, Desire Society, Asha Sadan or Anandvan.
6. Green Gifting
Thoughtful gifting scores over extravagance anytime. Gift an indoor plant. Plants beautify the surroundings and help balance oxygen levels.
7. Biodegradable Plates and Glasses
With friends and family visiting during Diwali season, there is no check on the disposable cutlery that goes into the bin. Use biodegradable plates and glasses which don’t harm the environment.