Eco-Festivals
Resources for celebrating festivals in an environmentally friendly and fun way!

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

As environmental issues are rising at alarming rates, it is time to go green in every possible way. Eid celebrations prioritise the coming together of family and friends in remembering the key principles of leading life in a way that we remember those who are less fortunate than us. The smallest ways in which we can make our celebrations even more eco-friendly, makes a big difference when many families take these ways forward, towards ensuring a more sustainable future.

In this booklet are wonderful, simple ways of reusing material at home and learning to make a variety of things we might want to include in celebrations of Eid. Wherever possible, let us make things that can easily go back to nature by using biodegradable material and material that won’t end up in landfill. 

As with the Eco-Diwali, Eco-Christmas and Eco-Passover booklets below, the focus is on integrating more sustainability into the wider cultural practices associated with the festival and not the religious core which is personal to every individual’s faith, and which always teaches minimisation of waste.
 

Passover is a sum of many rituals—remembering the Passover story, reading from the Haggadah, preparing the seder plate, decorating, praying to God, eating a special meal together and, of course, spending time with loved ones.

And likewise, when we enjoy and celebrate other festivals like Christmas, Eid, Diwali and occasions such as birthdays and weddings, we must remember that no faith or traditions of a way of life asks us to create waste or pollution.

All we must do is increase self-awareness and try to find more eco-friendly ways to celebrate our festivals.

Adopt an even more sustainable lifestyle and mindful approach to reinvent Passover traditions to be ever more environmentally friendly.

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Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

This Christmas, make your own decorations, cards, gifts and wrapping! There are an amazing number of beautiful things you can make quite easily, with a lot of fun and with things from around the house. Download the Eco-Christmas booklet (above button) to get you started! The things in the booklet have been made by LEAP Voices of Youth members, who are children of all ages, some by themselves and some with family helping out. This is why they are easy to follow!

Or watch the video below to see how to make a lovely origami paper or card gift box! 

Or listen to the audio below to hear how a Christmas wreath can be made from twigs, string, leaves and berries !

Making an Eco-Christmas Wreath
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Happy Diwali
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Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

to make exciting diyas, flower garlands, lanterns, fireworks (minus the fire!) and more to celebrate Diwali in a wonderful, traditional way that has always taught us to use resources we need and not more. This keeps the resource balance in order & hugely helps to counter climate change.

As environmental issues are rising at frightening rates, it is time to go green in every possible way. Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrated with great pomp all over the globe is a celebration that marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

 

We all need to call for an Eco-Diwali (a Green Diwali) to ensure we celebrate this festival with minimum impact on the environment.

 

Let’s Reduce our consumption and Reuse our existing and waste items at home to make things like cards, gift boxes, gift bags, garlands, lanterns and decorations.

 

Let us make things in ways that can easily go back to nature by using Biodegradable material. We can model using flour to make figurines and diya-lamps; we can use spices to make beautiful rangoli-patterns!

 

Fire-works when burnt all over the world add to the pollution and also are not eco-friendly in the resources they use. But there are exciting alternatives!

 

So let us celebrate Diwali in an eco-friendly way – it’s great for our environment and economical for us!

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