Top 5 ways to celebrate a green Diwali this year

How do you celebrate Diwali? By lighting diyas, bursting crackers and eating sweets! This Diwali, make sure to nurture the environment. Go Green, and make the earth a much better place to live in.

Picture Courtesy: Archana Srinivas for Rang DecorPicture Courtesy: Archana Srinivas for Rang Decor

Diwali is here and it is time for
family get-togethers and parties. The house is cleaned and decorated with lights, the Ganesh-Lakshmi idols are bought, and tons of sweets are prepared. These are all different facets of Diwali. However, have we ever stopped to think how detrimental all this indulgence is to our environment?  With the changing time, the style of celebrating Diwali has also changed drastically. Now Diwali celebrations mean electric illumination and bursting noisy fire crackers. This change in the celebration style has imposed many negative effects on the environment. Besides these environmental effects the modern style of celebrating Diwali also leads to various health hazards. Also, the noise of bombs is quiet deafening. It is not possible to have Diwali without crackers. But, we can try and reduce the amount, and do our bit for our environment. So how about bringing in a positive change this time, which will help people around as well?  

Light Diyas
Diwali is also known as the Festival of Lights. Instead of electric illumination, go for traditional lightening of earthen lamps or diyas. This will not only enhance the beauty of your house but will also cut down the enormous electric consumption. Though earthen lamps need oil, the quantity required is very less and it gives light for at least 3-4 hours. This will help you save electricity and also add a traditional stroke with social responsibility in the festival. Pick up handmade diyas, jute lamps and lots more at Jute Cottage. A great place for the environment conscious shopper to find eco-friendly gifts. 
Address: 1st Cross, 295/1, Cambridge Layout. Tel: 080 25308694

Organic Gifts
Diwali is a time for giving and sharing. This Diwali, go green and get organic gifts for your friends and family. This will be an innovative idea; it will also help to spread environmental awareness. Exotic herbal soaps and crèmes, special teas, gourmet coffee, spices, plants and flower seeds etc., are such options. Tons of paper is wasted as wrapping sheets. Avoid wrapping them in coloured paper. Cloth or jute will be a greener option. Mother Earth has a range of organic tea and coffee. Earth food also extends to a range of herbal and natural home care and personal care products – safer to use and good for the environment.
Address: 541 - 543, Opposite Dell, Domlur. Tel: 080 65397957/ 58

Eco-friendly Crackers
Crackers are an essential part of Diwali. However, pollution level in the air shoots up drastically during Diwali. Instead of selecting traditional chemical cracker this Diwali go for eco-friendly crackers. Eco-friendly crackers are made up of recycled paper and the sound produced by these crackers is under the decibel limit defined by the Pollution Board. These crackers produce paper fluffers and different color lights instead of sound on bursting. There are a number of grounds designated for sale of crackers, head to Kamanahalli Main Road playground or Pottery town playground to buy eco-friendly firecrackers.

Celebrate Diwali with a different meaning

Diwali is family time. But what about those elders and kids who have no families. Wouldn't it be nice if we all could take out some time this Diwali to meet them? There are several old age homes and orphanages dotting the city so finding them shouldn't be a problem. You can celebrate this Diwali with poor and under-privilege children. Share your Diwali crackers, sweets and happiness with poor children. Click here for a list of old age home and orphanages in Bangalore.

Eco-friendly Decorations
Instead of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) decorations, use fresh flowers and foliage to decorate the house. PVC is detrimental to the environment. Place a large metal, or clay urli, near your entrance. Fill it with water and place floating candles and flowers. It makes a very beautiful centerpiece. Rangolis and alpanas are traditional ways to decorate the courtyard. Place scented candles around the house to make it all glittering and bright. Use organic agarbattis and incense in place of synthetic room fresheners. Bombay Store offers an exquisite collection of handmade and often recyclable products like home accessories, papier mache products, idols and many more. 
Address: 99 MG Road. Tel: 080 5320014.
Tags: celebrate green diwali, eco-friendly firecrackers, organic gifts, diyas, eco-friendly deco


Thilak K R Jan 08th, 2011 07:42 PM

I would like to know much more about `Eco-friendly` crackers. Please send the available companies of these crackers anywhere in India.
It may help me to introduce in our place.
Thank you.

sabeeha Nov 02nd, 2010 09:00 PM

Good but it could be much better if there was much more about eco friendly crackers  

Archana Srinivas Oct 29th, 2010 02:05 PM

It's great to see eco-friendly options for Diwali, but it is very disappointing to see my photograph being used without my permission in a reputed site like My bangalore.com
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