1. USE OIL DIYAS INSTEAD OF CANDLES AND LED LIGHTS
Diyas are made from the earth-friendly material. Try avoiding the painted ones as they have chemical colours smeared over them. Candles, on the other hand, are for one-time use, require energy in their creation, are petroleum-based, and release toxins during burning to affect the air quality.
2.MAKE NATURAL RANGOLI
In earlier days, Rangoli or Kolams was a way of sharing our food and life with insects and birds. Even today, in villages down south, the Kolam is made with either rice paste or dry rice flour and becomes a gala feast for ants and small birds.
To include colours in your rangoli use natural colours instead of chemically synthesized ones. Try using turmeric, coffee powder, and kumkum for yellow, brown, and red. You can also use flowers such as chrysanthemum, roses, lotus, and some leaves to brighten it further.
3. GO ORGANIC
On Diwali, we express our happiness by exchanging gifts and sweets. Go organic this Diwali by gifting organic gifts to your friends and relative. There are a number of options available in the market; you can gift organic soaps and creams, organic teas, spices, gourmet ice creams or coffee.
4. SAY NAY TO CRACKERS
Although there are a number of environment-friendly crackers that have begun to flood the market and are definitely less polluting than others, this Diwali, give the fireworks a complete miss.
5. NOTCH-UP YOUR CROCKERY
What is Diwali, if not gorging on our favourite sweets and delicious dinner entourages with family. This Diwali, resist buying expensive crockery for all the festivities instead serve dinner on banana leaves.