It’s no news that the severity of air pollution has only worsened over the last few years. There is a big talk about the deteriorating AQI in our country, specifically this year. With many other reasons that contribute to the poor quality of air like the emission of hazardous gases from factories and vehicles, the burning of large masses of waste, and the forest fires, people also claim that bursting crackers on Diwali and other occasions also add considerably to the existing bad condition of air.
According to the World of Chemicals, “Firecrackers release pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, lead, magnesium, and nitrate that cause various respiratory ailments.”
Given the adverse impact on the environment, firecrackers are prohibited in the corporate establishments and professionals raise their voice against bursting them even outside the organization through campaigns. The HRIS software of the company is updated with the information to support pollution-free and eco-friendly Diwali In offices or at homes, there are several ways to celebrate an environment-friendly Diwali, let’s see how:
How To Go Eco-friendly This Diwali?
In this blog, we will highlight the main ideas to successfully go green while you have fun during the festival of lights! But first, let’s have a look at how to actually celebrate occasions like Christmas, New Year, and Diwali during these tough times of COVID outbreak.
Mentioned below are the 5 ways you can make your Diwali pollution-free:
- Buy diyas from local vendors
- Use organic colors for Rangoli
- Purchase reusable/recyclable decoratives
- Send plants & saplings as Diwali gifts
- Use decomposable crockery
Earthen diyas, not LED lights
Besides being energy-saving, the muddy smell of earthen diyas brings positivity and peace inside the homes. You can even refill them with oil and continue to use them whenever you want. And when the diyas are broken or damaged, you can discard them as they are biodegradable. On the other hand, LED lights consume electricity and are not very durable. Besides, if you throw them away, the plastic and glass used to make the lights are not completely decomposed in the land.
Natural rangoli colors
Other than lights, Rangoli is another attraction for the festival time. The beautiful combination of colors used to decorate the floors on various occasions are a delight to watch and make the ambiance of the place more enticing. Using natural/organic colors instead of chemical-based ones is highly recommended. This is because the latter can cause skin-related problems and even cause infection if they come in contact with the nose and eyes. Thus, to ensure that the happy times don’t turn harmful for anyone and safety is maintained, the rangoli colors must be bought with consideration.
Eco-friendly decor items
The HRIS software used in the organizations to manage and share data can be used to disseminate information about what to do and what not to do while decorating the office for Diwali and other occasions. To keep it eco-friendly, you can reuse old decoratives so that there is less new waste. Moreover, decorative items made using paper, flowers, wood, and cardboards, etc. that do not cause pollution after being discarded.
Plants for Diwali gifts
To go green this Diwali, replace your expensive and useless gifts with plants and saplings. It’s a newly adopted initiative and is already doing wonders. This is, by far, the most thoughtful gift you can give to anyone when you are trying to celebrate an environment-friendly festival. The plants will grow into trees, making the atmosphere greener apart from breathing out oxygen for us. Imagine no crackers to harm the environment and new plants on top of it to result in fresh air!
Lastly, since Diwali is a festival that largely increases the food drive and numerous delicacies are cooked and served, there is a huge purchase and use of crockeries. To avoid harming the environment, you can use paper utensils so that they can be decomposed easily. If not, metal crockery is the best since it can be reused for years to come.
Hence, as important as it is to keep the spirits of festivities alive, it is necessary to take care of our planet by celebrating in an eco-friendly way.