Make your Diwali celebrations greener with eco-friendly choices
A recent UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) report titled “Three Ways to Give Green” highlights the importance of considering the environment when selecting gifts for children, family, friends, and co-workers. Embracing this spirit in the ongoing festive season, let’s explore some unique gift ideas that are not only environmentally friendly but also capable of spreading joy.
Trees symbolize the circle of life and can prove to be unique and memorable gifts. So this Diwali, consider gifting a tree to a loved one and express your affection and care not just for them but the planet. Social enterprise, Grow-Trees.com, a key player in the nation’s afforestation efforts, conveniently facilitates tree gifting on its website. Log on to https://www.grow-trees.com/, and with just a few simple clicks, you can virtually plant or gift a tree, all from the comfort of your home. You’ll also receive an e-certificate linked to the tree that has been planted on your loved one’s behalf to allow you to monitor its growth.
Choose eco-friendly candles
Add some sparkle to Diwali with eco-friendly candles made from soy wax and beeswax instead of paraffin. Biodegradable and renewable, they emit minimal carbon emissions, making them a preferred option for eco-conscious individuals. These candles, free from toxic chemicals, are also a safe and beautiful choice for indoor decor during the festival of lights.
Consider giving DIY gift baskets
How about curating some specific gifts that a loved one will appreciate and putting together a unique gift basket brimming with locally sourced and organic goodies? This thoughtful gesture not only personalises the process of gifting but also supports local businesses and artisans in your community.
Choose slow fashion
Seize the opportunity to introduce your loved ones to the growing world of slow fashion which endorses the manufacturing of products that are respectful to people, the environment and animals. Consider gifting them ethically made garments made from organic materials. Organic fabrics are also celebrated for their natural insulating properties, durability, and breathability, providing comfort to those you give them to.
Opt for reusable diyas
Diyas are an integral part of Diwali and are among the most commonly purchased items for households. Consider choosing reusable diyas crafted from materials like brass, clay, or terracotta instead of tea lights which come encased in plastic or aluminium. If you choose clay or brass diyas, they can also be used as decor items and can be used for many years during the festive season. Zero carbon diyas made from cow dung are also available now. These are not only good for the earth but also create an authentic and traditional ambience during the festivities.