New Delhi: Reinvent, recycle and refurbish things for Diwali instead of going to shop for home decor for the festive season, suggest experts who feel people must think about long-term impact on surroundings and the environment.
Ashish Gupta, Founder, Inliving and Serenia co-working spaces, said:
* This Diwali, let us the emulate traditional principle of sustainability and bring back the concept of re-invent, recycle and refurbish. This system has been usurped by mindless consumerism, whereby we reach out convenient options and forget the long-term impact on surroundings and environment. There is no need to go shopping for the home decor during Diwali. There are several do-it-yourself ideas and you will be surprised that your house is full of interesting stuff.
* Some of the ideas are using earthen lamps as they do not leave a carbon footprint behind and for a brighter look and appeal, you can paint them with eco-friendly colours.
* These can be used beautifully on side boards, corners or balconies. At dinner parties, avoid non-biodegradable and disposable dinnerware. Look for more eco-friendly options.
* There are several ways to decorate the house in an economical way with the recycled material at your home and give your home a decorative and dazzling look.
Adetee Sawhaney, Principal Designer, Altus Interio, suggests:
* Instead of using artificial colours to make rangoli at the entrance of your house, one can make them out of cardboard in interesting shapes and colour it.
* Burn smoke-free diyas which are readily available in the market.
* When buying sweets, reuse existing cardboard boxes from home.
* Wrap Diwali gifts in recycled newspaper.
* Look around your kitchen and you're bound to find unused empty glass bottles. Cover with bright cellophane paper or use colouring putty to create designs and give each bottle a new look. Place a candle or light strings inside to immediately brighten your room.
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