Creating an Eco-Friendlier Bonfire Night and Diwali
For many of us, the excitement of the oncoming celebrations is very much needed, with the colder weather, darker nights and never-ending uncertainties hanging around us. Bonfire Night and Diwali are a much-awaited time for family and friends to come together and be thankful. This year, we want to put a focus on how we can reduce the impact we have on the environment while still enjoying the celebrations. It’s easier than you would think – read our tips to have a more environmentally friendly Bonfire Night and Diwali below.
Public displays and less gatherings
Normally we would suggest sticking to public Fireworks displays as they are better managed and produce less harmful toxins into the air; however, with the current pandemic, many local events are due to be cancelled this year.
This could have a detrimental effect on local wildlife as many people will be tempted to have their own displays in their gardens. While we can’t discourage everyone from doing this, a more environmentally friendly solution is to reduce the amount of smaller displays by encouraging friends and family to come together (keeping to the rules of six, of course) and celebrate.
Look after local wildlife
Bonfire Night can have terrible consequences for local wildlife and pets alike. Pets get scared of loud noises and can actually harm themselves out of fear. You can take small actions to reduce their suffering, for example:
- Close the curtains to reduce the noise impact
- Turn on the TV or radio to mask the noise
- Distract your pet with a chew toy or favourite treat
For local wildlife, bonfires represent a great place for them to hide and make their home. It is so important to carry out the right steps before lighting your bonfire. This includes re-siting the bonfire directly before lighting it, and checking to ensure small animals like hedgehogs – whose numbers are sadly dwindling – are not burrowed within. Find out more from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the RSPCA.
Burn the right materials
During Bonfire Night many people are tempted to burn household items like old mattresses, as well as plastics and other materials that are bad for the environment. The Environment Agency recommend your bonfire is built using only untreated wood, small amounts of leaves and natural materials.
Both Bonfire Night and Diwali centre around the magic of lights and this can take the form of fireworks, lanterns and other non-eco friendly materials.
If you can, avoid fireworks; but if you do buy some, opt for eco-friendly fireworks, and try to reduce the amount you buy as they harm the environment and scare animals. Avoid releasing lanterns into the sky as they take a long time to break down, and they can entangle and trap small animals when they land.
For Diwali, decorate your home with earthen lamps or diyas, rather than buying shop-bought lamps made from materials that are detrimental to the environment.
Gift organically this Diwali
Diwali is a great time for giving to loved ones during the celebrations. This year, try and reduce the amount of unnecessary spending by making or re-using gifts from natural materials, or buy luxury ethical gifts such as the Diwali Signature Gift Hamper. Gifting plants is an excellent idea for Diwali too, as plants signify growth and abundance.
Make this Diwali even more special by making your own Rangolis using natural, non toxic colours, with your children and loved ones, You can decorate your home with them, creating an even more intimate ambience.
With these tips in hand, we know you’ll help to protect our planet and increase our efforts to live a more organic and ethical lifestyle. Let us know how your celebrations go, and any other tips you have to be more sustainable during the festivities!