It’s safe to say that 2021 wasn’t the best year for most of us. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reduce our activities and isolate our homes. However, with the holiday season just around the corner, we finally have a reason to celebrate. With the proper precautions, we can all spend the upcoming Diwali festival with happiness and joy.
Eco-Friendly Diwali Decoration
Diwali is the festival of lights for good reason. This is the occasion when we spend time with our loved ones and enjoy unforgettable celebrations. Apart from rituals and offerings to the gods, we have the opportunity to make the space around us bright and beautiful. The decoration of our home is a direct reflection of our personality. Therefore, Diwali is the perfect time to focus on renovating the decoration of our home.
Only recently have we begun to realize the negative impact of our holiday celebrations on the environment. Especially during Diwali, the cookie explosion causes a lot of pollution. So why not go to a green and eco-friendly Diwali celebration this year? If you’re looking for some simple eco-friendly home decor ideas, read on.
For houses with a puja room
In case you already have a dedicated prayer room or pooja in your abode, you can use some creative and eco-friendly methods to beautify the existing home decor in the room. For example, instead of buying metal idols, vases, and lamps for celebrations, choose different types of clay. Lord Ganesha and Earthy Dias clay idols are more environmentally friendly and therefore very eco-friendly decoration options.
You can also make toran to decorate your home this holiday season. This is a perfect craft project for kids and adults at home. Use newspaper clippings and old greeting cards to create a beautiful toran for the front door of the pooja’s room. Recycling your old paper can help reduce your environmental footprint. So choose a creative paper lantern instead of the pollution-causing pre-made plastic.
For houses without a puja room
Does your house have a poor room? Don’t despair, there are plenty of eco-friendly decorating tips for you to use. If you are looking to decorate the overall decor of your living room or bedroom, you can upcycle a great old saree that you haven’t worn in years. Just update your beautiful old saree and you can use it as bedspreads, tablecloths, napkins, or curtains.
Diwali is not complete without great lighting. Instead of spending a lot of money on fancy light bulbs, just give your lighting arrangements an eco-friendly touch. You can use decorative lights taped to colored paper cups to decorate your entire home. You can even repurpose a stack of old, vibrant bracelets to serve as a smokeless candle holder. Use any recyclable items, like old bottles, and paint them to make great lamps.
Indulge in responsible Diwali celebrations this year
When it comes to decorating the floor during Diwali, the delicious and elegant rangolis is a must. Instead of chemical-laden color powders, go organic this year. Use bright marigolds and rose petals to create a creative rangoli look for your home. If you must use colored powders, buy only organic products from local stores to fulfill your responsibility for a healthier and greener environment.
Last but not least, the heavenly holiday of Diwali cannot be matched by any other. If you are preparing delicious dishes like soan papdi, ras malai, and gujiya for your guests, you can use an induction oven in your kitchen instead of a traditional gas stove. Also, consider using banana leaves or organic paint options to cut down on excess plastic waste on Diwali.
We must not allow the ongoing pandemic to dampen our holiday spirit. Diwali is an auspicious occasion in our lives that we deserve to enjoy to the fullest. Green Diwali can be our own way of contributing to the sustainability of the planet. However, be sure to stay home with your family and loved ones while practicing all the epidemic safety measures necessary to stay healthy and happy.