With Bonfire Night coming up, I’m sure we are all excited to see fireworks and have cosy nights with (limited) friends and family….at a safe distance of course!
One thing to keep in mind this bonfire night is how can you make it more environmentally friendly? In this blog, I will outline just a few ways that you can achieve a greener bonfire night.
Use natural wood, save money and the environment on bonfire night!
Bonfires give off lots of smoke when lit and this isn’t great for the air quality. The main threat of smoke is from fine particles. These microscopic particles can penetrate deep into your lungs. They can cause a range of health problems. To attempt to reduce the amount of smoke your bonfire lets off, try burning only clean, dry and natural materials.
If possible, save yourself the money and don’t buy any man-made wood. These woods that can be bought generally contain plastics, oils or chemicals to keep them looking nice. As you can imagine, burning plastics and chemicals are not great for the environment. Try and also make small changes such as using leaves instead of fire starters.
Fireworks cause extensive air pollution in a short amount of time, leaving metal particles, dangerous toxins, harmful chemicals and smoke in the air for hours and days. Some of the toxins never fully decompose or disintegrate.
Eco-fireworks do exist but they can be hard to find and can be expensive due to the lack of technology.
In general, white fireworks will have fewer harmful chemicals. If possible, using ground based fireworks such as Catherine wheels are also favourable due to not have any debris laying around the streets.
Play a game!
Instead of enjoying your own firework display, if you live in the city or highly-populated area, go and play firework hunting out of your window or in the streets. To simply play firework hunting, you can go out on the streets on bonfire night and watch other people extravagant displays. This game can be plenty of fun and you also are then not effecting the environment at all, you’re just looking at other people’s displays. Let’s just hope everyone doesn’t play firework hunting!