The festive season is here. We have been buying new clothes, cleaning our homes and thinking of gifting ideas which can make festive celebrations enjoyable for us and our families. This is the time of the year when everyone is enthused with energy. Temple of India Foundation is also charting new routes to help more impoverished families through sustainable income. This month, we have decided to focus on environment friendliness, and how the festive season could be celebrated in a way that our planet does not suffer.
Today, we will discuss flowers – an important element of worship in many religions. If you plan to use flowers to decorate your home in Diwali, then try using real, fresh flowers instead of picking plastic flowers. You may feel that the artificial flowers can last a long time, but what you may not have thought of, is that they cannot easily be destroyed once you have put them in the garbage bin.
Natural flowers are attractive and can give your home a beautiful charm. In addition to this they can easily be turned into compost. If you have a compost bin in the community or at your home then you can put the used flowers in the bin, and you will soon have healthy compost which can be used as natural fertilizers for your plants.
Also, avoid purchasing flowers in excess of what you would actually need. Over-use is not sustainable. Buy flowers in a quantity that is adequate for your house instead of over-spending on the flowers only to sweep them away the next day. This way lesser flowers will be tossed into the bin. If you buy marigolds then the petals have the seeds attached to them, you can plant the seeds and in a week’s time baby marigold plants would be popping their heads out of the soil.