The start of Ganpati celebrations officially marks the start of festivals in India. Its going to be a long season of celebration and joy for us. But let us not forget to make these festivities a conscious one. Let’s ensure that the festive spirits are high, not the pollution levels! Looking at ways to celebrate an eco-friendly festival helps us reduce the carbon footprint on the planet and less or minimal damage.
We’ve listed a few ways that can help you celebrate minimalistic, while ensuring that the festive spirit is not lost!
Ready to celebrate? Here are 5 ways to celebrate an eco-friendly festival.
How to Celebrate Eco-Friendly Festival
If you live in apartments or a community, opt for a community celebration. Not only does this ensure a reduced cost of celebration, but since everyone contributes to it, there is also a sense of ownership. Consider this as one of the advantages of eco friendly festivals. The space and decorations used are limited, thus causing less pollution.
Opt for Sensible Lighting
Who doesn’t love to decorate their home in the festive season? Go for earthern diyas if you love tradition. If you want lighting, opt for LED lights that are low on energy and safe for the environment too. You can revive the ancient tradition of lighting the diyas during the festivities. If you like candles choose non-toxic soy wax candles that are free from chemicals.
Say no to crackers
Saying no to crackers should be one of your objectives of eco friendly festivals. We all know that it involves child labour and let’s do our bit by refusing to light crackers that are made by employing child labour. Did you know that there are eco-friendly crackers available that are made from recycled paper? Opt for them instead. They are also known to cause less air and sound pollution.
Worshipping our favourite dieties are an integral part of every festival ritual. Using eco-friendly aromatherapy products such as Incense Sticks or Agarbattis, Dhoops or even Soy Wax Candles to celebrate can heighten the festive spirit in a conscious way. Omved’s ‘Celebrate’ range of Incense Sticks (Orange, Lavender, Chamomile), non-toxic Dhoops (Sambrani) and pure Soy Wax Candles (Sandalwood) have been specially created with natural ingredients and pure, therapeutic essential oils to help you enjoy the celebrations to the fullest.
Purchase what you want
Don’t fall for the sales trap that happens in the festive season. Instead, make a list of all the necessary things that you want to buy this season. Instead of buying one-time use things, opt for items that can be reused and recycled. Your purchase will go a long way. When you opt for items that can be recycled, you are looking at a potential saving.
Use eco-friendly decorations
Avoid using chemical colours for rangoli. You can make your own colours for Rangoli. We’ve listed simple ways for you to make your own colours that can help you go the green way with decorations.
- GREEN: Use the traditional henna powder of crush dried tulsi leaves.
- RED: Grind the dried petals of hibiscus or roses.
- YELLOW: Use turmeric powder or grind the dried petals of marigold or chrysanthemum flowers.
- BLUE: Grind dried petals of jacaranda or blue hibiscus flowers
Conclusion of eco friendly festivals: These easy ways ensure that you do not overuse natural resources. Do your bit this year by opting for co-friendly ways of celebrating festivals so that you can celebrate with more happiness and less pollution. Have a blessed and a happy festive season.