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Fireworks - Loved by the world, but not by the environment.

What better way to celebrate an occasion than with a fire works display?

But have you ever wondered what their impact was?

Fireworks Impact on the Environment

Firework displays are stunning and really fun to watch. But have you ever stopped to wonder what their impact is on the planet? All the smoke that they produce and the litter that is left behind, how does that effect the environment and wildlife?

The Smoke

Almost all fireworks produce a lot of smoke and that smoke contains tiny metal particles, these are used to give the fireworks their beautiful colours. These particles are a huge contribution to air pollution, as along with the metal particles fireworks release harmful chemicals and dangerous toxins into the atmosphere. Some of these toxins never full decompose disappear. Exposure to these particles can have negative implications on the health of humans and wildlife, in particular affecting those who already have existing lung and heart conditions.

Read more about how fireworks can have a negative impact here...

The Plastic

It's not only pollution in the air that fireworks cause, but they also have plastic components that also pollute our oceans. Check out the fantastic but shocking image below from Project Aware: 

Fireworks plastic debris

| Image shared from Project Aware - See original here...

Oceans polluted with spent plastics debris from fireworks by Project Aware

Eco Friendly Fireworks & Alternatives

It's not all negative though! For example the city of Sydney, who have one of the biggest and most iconic firework events of the year, are 100% carbon neutral! All those who attend are asked to walk, cycle or use public transport, plus all the garbage and waste that the event creates is recycled. Their professional quality fireworks are made with biodegradable paper that leave no chemicals in the air.

There are eco friendly fireworks out there, though they can be hard to find. In India in particular there has been a lot of work and research to find cleaner alternatives to combat air pollution problems. Check out the video below for a great insight into this work and research... 

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