Dhanteras marked the beginning of the five-day festival of lights. Revellers consider the day auspicious to add any form of ‘dhan’ or wealth, and are often seen shopping for various things, ranging from utensils to precious metals like gold and even automobiles.
This year, as hundreds around them ticked things off their shopping lists, a few Mumbaikars decided to take the road less taken.
One of them is Malad resident Ashlesha Bhat.
According to a report in The Times of India, the 45-year-old executive, who works at a firm in Bandra Kurla Complex, decided to trade all the plastic in her kitchen for copper, glassware and steel crockery.
“I thought I will remove plastic completely out of my kitchen than buying gold this time,” she told the publication.
Another Dadar resident, Vibhavari Kolwadkar, decided to make a smaller yet significant change for better health and lifestyle for her family, by replacing the plastic bottles with clay bottles and pots.
The report also mentions how the sale of copper crockery has spiked three times since the plastic ban came into effect.
Some of this can also be attributed to health reasons where consumers are now cautious of using plastic in the microwave or drinking water out of plastic bottles, as they consider it unhealthy, a Big Bazaar spokesperson told ToI.
It is delightful to see people taking small steps to make Diwali eco-friendly. What a lovely way of celebrating the festival of lights while also preserving nature, right?
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)