Go green this Diwali

Diwali is synonymous with burning crackers, wasting electricity and creating all possible sorts of pollution. While we share many posts on social media proclaiming “say no to pollution”, we are the ones who do nothing about it in real life. Well, how about trying to make a change? Team YOU puts together a list of eco-friendly alternatives that you should try your hands at this Diwali

  • Published 17.10.17
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Diwali is synonymous with burning crackers, wasting electricity and creating all possible sorts of pollution. While we share many posts on social media proclaiming “say no to pollution”, we are the ones who do nothing about it in real life. Well, how about trying to make a change? Team YOU puts together a list of eco-friendly alternatives that you should try your hands at this Diwali:

Rangoli rules

This Diwali, instead of using artificial colours, make your rangoli with rice and pulses; it’s a great way to share food with the creatures around us. You can also use leaves and flowers to make your rangoli — and then turn them into compost for your garden. The south Indian kolam and Bengali alpana, made with rice paste, are also great options.

Green gifts

Gift a plant — kitchen herbs,  house plants, bonsai, succulents and terrariums make great eco-conscious gifts. Some other eco-friendly gift options are jute bags, khadi clothes, and solar powered gadgets. Remember to pack your green gifts in newspapers, not shiny gift wrap.

Diya delight

Instead of candles and electric diyas, choose to light the traditional terracotta diyas that are biodegradable, cost effective and beautiful. Wheat dough, orange peels, coconut shells and seashells are some great options for DIY diyas. Plus, you will also be reducing electricity consumption. If you would rather have electric lights, opt for LED chains.

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