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How to celebrate Clean Monday without destroying the planet

Flying kites on Clean Monday isn't just a beautiful tradition, but also an opportunity to enjoy nature and for people of all ages to play.



However, each year, this enjoyable custom creates several environmental issues if not done correctly. From plastic kites getting tangled in trees and power cables to the waste we might leave behind after the meal.


In this article, we'll explore environmentally friendly practices to enjoy this day without burdening the environment.

 

Eco-Friendly Kites:

Flying kites is a beloved Clean Monday tradition, but many commercially available kites are made of plastic and contribute to environmental pollution when discarded. Instead, consider making your own kite using eco-friendly materials such as wood, recycled paper, and eco-friendly glue.

There are many DIY kite-making tutorials available online that guide you through the process step by step. Making your own kite isn't just a fun and creative activity but also reduces your environmental footprint.

 


Eco-Friendly Picnics:

Clean Monday often involves outdoor picnics where families and friends gather to enjoy the day's food. This year, why not make your picnic eco-friendlier?

Instead of using disposable plates, utensils, and paper napkins, choose reusable or biodegradable alternatives. Pack your snacks and meals in reusable containers and bring along a cloth picnic blanket instead of single-use ones. Find more eco-friendly picnic tips here.

 

Sustainable Dining:

Seafood is a central part of Clean Monday feasts, but it's essential to make sustainable choices when selecting seafood options. Look for locally sourced and responsibly harvested seafood to support sustainable fishing practices. Choose seafood that is certified by organizations like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

In addition to seafood, Clean Monday meals often include a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes. It's a perfect opportunity to experiment with plant-based meals by incorporating more fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains into your menu.



Mindful Consumption:

Clean Monday is not only about cleansing the body and soul but also about practicing mindfulness and gratitude. Take this opportunity to reflect on your consumption habits and make conscious choices that align with your values. Focus on quality over quantity and prioritize experiences and connections over material possessions.

 

As we celebrate Clean Monday, let's include sustainability in our traditions. By incorporating eco-friendly practices into our gatherings, such as eco-friendly kites, picnics, sustainable dining, and mindful consumption, we can honor the spirit of Clean Monday while preserving our planet's beauty for future generations.

Let this Clean Monday serve as a reminder of our connection to the earth and our responsibility to care for it.

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