Holi 2022: discover 7 eco-responsible ways to enjoy the festival of colours! | Cultural News

New Delhi: Festival of Colors – ‘Holi’ is fast approaching and there is already excitement in the air. Although Holi is for many synonymous with color fights, water balloons and delicious food, it is also essential to keep the health of our environment in mind. Playing Holi in an eco-friendly way doesn’t make it any less fun. Instead, it decreases pollution, carbon footprint, and keeps us healthy and safe. Plus, we won’t regret it later after playing an eco-friendly Holi because there won’t be any rashes to deal with or a detox program to follow.

“Holi should be eco-friendly not only for our environment but also for our health,” says Dr. Supriya Awasthi, Professor at School of Allied Health Sciences, Noida International University.

Below are some ways by Dr. Awasthi to play eco-friendly Holi.

1. Use of organic colors: Rather than buying chemically-made colors, you can use organic and plant-based colors. Chemical colors not only harm the skin, eyes and hair, but are also difficult to remove afterwards. If you have diabetes, avoid using chemical dyes, as people with diabetes are more prone to skin infections. Do not put dyes on animals as this can cause serious infections.

Chemical dyes also cause swelling, eye irritation, skin rashes, lung infection and can harm people with respiratory problems like asthma. These colors also cause water, land and air pollution that damages water bodies and soil. When the color mixes with water, it cannot be removed by the conventional sewage method.

2. Avoid playing Holi with water: To save water, you can use dry colors. It also prevents colors from reacting with our skin. We can use everyday items to make the natural colors like turmeric and gram flour for the yellow color, corn flour and henna for the green color. You would also like to do these colors and it would be easy on the pocket. You can enjoy these colors unlimitedly without worrying about getting a skin infection.

3. Avoid the use of plastic in any form: Do not use plastic to carry colors, avoid using pichkari and cheap plastic balloons. In Holi, parties use paper or palm leaf plates. Also, do not throw plastic in the streets. Nowadays, biodegradable pichkaris are also available in the market. These are beautiful pichkaris that can be a great investment for you. The balloons block the drainage system.

4. Avoid noise: Avoid playing loud music or dhols as it causes pollution and also affects animals but infants and the elderly.

5. Choose healthy food alternatives: You can replace Ghujiya and fried foods with a healthy alternative to Holi delicacies like baked gujiya, Dahi Vada brown bread, Ragi Malpuas, low fat and no bhang thandai and fruit raita. Try making your own sweets at home to control the carbs, oil, and sugar needed to make them.

Be sure to drink at least 3-4 liters of water to stay hydrated between the festivities, otherwise the party can turn into dehydration and lengthy detox therapy later on. Also, compensate for your indulgence with physical activity by dancing hard.

6. Choose eco-friendly gifts for your loved ones: Rather than giving colors, gift pichkaris allow you to give DIY color kits, healthy snacks, dried fruits, scented candles, and more.

7. Use flowers: There are many traditional places and temples in India where Holi is performed with flowers. You can completely ditch the colors and opt for flowers to play Holi and make rangoli. The flowers can also be used to make herbal colors. They won’t affect your skin and eyes and would be good for your skin instead.

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