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Diwali is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in India. People celebrate it with a lot of lights and crackers. We eagerly wait for Diwali as it brings good luck to all. But along with good luck, it also brings pollution and health issues.
Is it Fair to Our Environment? Don’t You Think it’s Harming Our Overall Health?
Yes, the crackers we burn are damaging our environment, as well as our overall health. How? By the increase in the concentration of dust and pollutants in the air. Breathing in polluted air causes many serious illnesses. Why put yourself in danger?
We are all aware of the increasing side effects of pollution caused by Diwali. But we should do something to overcome the side effects of Diwali. How do we stop this? This article will explain everything.
Let’s make this a creative and eco-friendly Diwali. Here are some tips for a safe Diwali:
Say No to Crackers
Every year, on the next day after Diwali, the news headlines are full of ill-effects of Diwali. But still, we all eagerly wait for Diwali to come. We wait to burn firecrackers, as the light and sound of crackers entertain us.
The toxic substances present in the crackers add toxic gasses to the environment. This causes air pollution that is harmful to everyone, including birds and animals. This is one of the important reasons why people fall sick quite often after Diwali.
So why don’t we say no to firecrackers? We can replace them with colorful balloons or sky lanterns. They look very pretty in the sky and are pollution-free.
Avoid Candles and Use Oil Diyas
Candles are petroleum-based and release toxins during burning. This affects the air quality as well. They are for one-time use only. Try to use earthenware Diyas for lighting and decorating your place. This way, you can save your environment and help poor artisan families, as these products are produced locally and not imported. Also, these diyas are reusable.
Change Your Gift Option
We all get gifts every Diwali. In every box, either you get sweets or some showpiece. Why don’t you replace them with an environment-friendly gift? You can gift some indoor plants to your loved ones. This will keep the environment healthy and make your friends happy.
Biodegradable Plates and Glasses
Diwali is incomplete without foods and sweets. Unfortunately, at this time, we tend to use plastic disposals which are very damaging to the environment. To solve this problem, we suggest you opt for biodegradable crockery. It looks elegant and saves your efforts to clean, post celebrations.
Eco-Friendly Home Decoration
We buy different types of decorative products for our homes. Instead of using readymade torans of plastic, opt for something natural and creative. In case you don’t have time to make decorations, you can look for the NGOs which sell handmade eco-friendly decorative products. This way, you can contribute towards making their Diwali brighter.
A big NO to Plastic Bags
Diwali is the time when we shop the most. Along with the things you buy, you can also carry bags. We all know how harmful plastic is for us and our environment. So whenever you go out for shopping, carry a jute bag with you.
Also, read about The Harmful Effects Of Plastic On Human Health
Diwali is a festival of joy. Let us celebrate it with happiness and not with health concerns. In the above post, we have mentioned some tips to make your Diwali eco-friendly and creative. Spread awareness about the ill-effects of firecrackers and educate people on how to celebrate Diwali without harming the environment.