In the spirit of the Diwali festive season, people will gather, celebrate and have fun, exchange gifts and sweets and as much exciting and thrilling it sounds, it is important to keep in mind the state of the environment especially whilst the fragile situation prevailing right now. So we suggest 7 quick last-minute eco-friendly gift options you can turn to this Diwali. Do your bit and make the earth a better place to live in.
1. Coasters and Trivets
Coasters and trivets made from sustainable materials like recycled tetra packs or reclaimed wood would be a perfect choice. They are easy to clean and come in different colours and shapes. They are suitable for serving tea and food to the guests during the festive season.
2. Upcycled Planters
This Diwali, decorate your homes with these eco-friendly planters made from materials like recycled bottles, natural jute, reclaimed wood, etc. Planters can contain several plants at the same time, and you can hang them wherever you like. This will add to the aesthetics and make your space look greener.
3. Coconut Shell Candles
This Diwali gift vegan candles contained in Coconut shells to your loved ones and ditch the regular ones as they contain animal fats causing great harm to the environment. Apart from the added benefits to nature, these coconut shells look extremely beautiful and will add charm to your house.
4. Earthen Diyas
Ditch the harmful lights and candles and turn to earthen diyas instead, handcrafted by the backward craftsmen and women self-help groups and encourage them by buying these. Moreover, you can also decorate these if you want.
5. Green Crackers
The burning of crackers has become a ritual during Diwali over all these years and although they extremely pollute the air we breathe in, people still don’t understand the hazards they cause and the sensitivity of the issue. So this year, gift greener crackers that emit fewer pollutants while causing light and sound.
6. Healthy Food
While we attempt to save the planet, it is essential to focus on one’s health as well. We all stack boxes of sweets in the house during Diwali and let us admit, they are our guilty pleasures. However these sweets contain an unhealthy amount of sugar. So we suggest you turn to homemade sweets made of jaggery, dry fruits, and milk. They will serve the purpose while still not losing the essence and the taste.
7. Thrifted Clothes
We all love to doll up during festivals, don’t we? So this Diwali, go thrifting, which refers to the process of using pre-owned or upcycled clothes and accessories. The concept of thrift stores is environment friendly since they ditch fast fashion, as well as it gives a boost to the small-business owners.