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Oct 26, 2011 at 05:52pm IST

Go green this Diwali, help the environment

New Delhi: Diwali has become synonymous with noisy crackers, glitzy gift boxes and excess of lights - in short - a nightmare for the environment. However, there are individuals and children who are doing their bit to reduce their carbon footprint.

"Instead of individual celebrations we prefer community celebrations, where many families together burn less crackers," said a child.

The students of Salwan Public School are on their green mission. Like every year, this Diwali again they are crusading for a cleaner and pollution-free festival. The reason behind their campaign is because firecrackers release a toxic mix of gases that cause intense air pollution. In fact, last Diwali, noise pollution rose to 88 Decibels and the level of toxic particulate matter increased by 3-4 times in New Delhi.

While these children are aiming for a cracker-free Diwali, there are others as well who are opting for environment - friendly ways of celebrating the festival.

Padmavati Dwivedi, a housewife, has opted for eco-friendly packaging for gifts. She uses old newspapers and jute ropes to make gift bags, instead of using shiny wrapping papers made from toxic colours.

"I was thinking why don't we use things that are available in house and are also eco-friendly. That's why from the last three years I have been using newspapers for packaging," said Dwivedi.

Dwivedi has also decided to ease some load off the power grid this festival of lights. Like every Diwali, she is going to keep the use of light bulbs to bare minimum and light candles and diyas instead.

Another option to help the environment this Diwali are smokeless diyas.These carbon-free diyas are made of natural wax and don't leave a trace of smoke even if 50 of them are lit in the same room.