How to have an Eco-Bonfire weekend!

The 5th November AKA Guy Fawkes Night AKA Fireworks Night AKA Bonfire Night…done safely can be a lot of fun – but at a drastic cost to the environment. We don’t want to spoil the party, so here are a number of simple ways you can reduce your impact and still have a good time!

Go to a Family, Friend or Public Event

The inherent problem with multiple fireworks displays is, of course, the emissions created – so the easiest thing you can do is to minimise the amount of fireworks by attending your local event. You’ll save money too - not just reducing the cost to the environment but the cost to your own wallet!

Eco-friendly & Quiet Fireworks

What if you are hosting one of your famous bonfire nights? In recent years, there has been an increase in the availability of “eco-friendly fireworks” which are typically white, as opposed to standard fireworks which are made of plastics, that fragment into tiny pieces and litter the neighbourhood, threatening wildlife and leaving harmful toxins in the air for a number of days. Not to mention the release of greenhouse gasses!

Those with pets will appreciate how distressing fireworks can be. But not only domestic animals are affected by noise pollution – wildlife in your area, young children and the elderly (particularly those suffering with PTSD) can find this time of year difficult to deal with. Quiet fireworks are created with less flash powder which can massively reduce, if not half, the amount of noise you make. In this case, less bang for your buck is a good thing!

Burn the right stuff!

Repurposing old furniture is the cornerstone of what Littlefair's products are intended for – so a bonfire is no excuse to burn any old rubbish! With a bit of TLC, it can be put to good use.

If you must have your own bonfire, here are some tips:

  • Before you start anything, you should check around for hedgehogs and other small species of wildlife that might be burrowing right where you wanted to pitch your bonfire
  • Instead of using fire lighters (which release harmful toxins) you can collect leaves and kindling to start your fire
  • Burn natural materials, where possible, by collecting wood and leaves or using offcuts
  • Make sure your wood is free from any hazardous treatments or toxic paints before burning as this will release harmful chemicals into the air
  • Most importantly – DO NOT burn any plastics or rubber materials as this will pollute the lungs of anyone attending your bonfire!
  • Sky Lanterns AKA Chinese Lanterns are becoming more and more popular and can look very pretty in a clear night sky…however, they are deadly to animals once they fall to the ground

Clean up!

The destruction that is caused by bonfire night is often devastating to your local area. Whether you have hosted your own event, been to a friend or family event or your local display – get involved in the tidy up. Any local event worth its salt will have a community clean up the morning after – if not, then take it upon yourself to arrange one. Clear all fallen debris that is left behind, dispose of any non-biodegradable materials (there’s always a used sparkler on the floor) and take extra care when dealing with fireworks that didn’t go off – contact your local waste disposal service for the best advise on how to get rid of them properly.

Stay safe. Think Eco. Have fun!

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