At midnight, on New Year’s Eve, we shoot giant fireworks into the sky. Not only is that dangerous and scary (especially for animals), but it’s also harmful to the environment. There are good reasons to choose environmentally friendly alternatives to fireworks. Some ideas are listed below.
1) Confetti (leaves)
Confetti cannons are a big hit at parties. First a bang, then lots of tenderness and color. Why not burst confetti outdoors and help the environment? Then get ready for biodegradable leaf confetti. You guessed it, confetti made of leaves. You can find different types on the Internet.
2) Colored Powder
A word of advice: if possible, use this substitute only for outdoor fireworks. You don’t want to be dusting your home months later, do you? A good use of these color bombs can liven up your New Year’s Eve party. With the same wrappers as confetti shells, you can buy all kinds of colored powders to create a massive explosion of color.
Another impressive indoor suggestion is balloons with confetti inside. A spectacular and colorful alternative to fireworks, the balloons are touched with a sharp needle in 0.00 strokes to… Ta-da! Simulate a small fireworks display. As a bonus, balloons are also a great decoration to start the New Year.
4) Disco Lights
Remember the old-fashioned disco lights? They will be a great addition to your New Year’s Eve celebration. When you place a dazzling, colorful disco lamp in a dark, atmospheric living room, the colors and sparkle of the light make it look like a decorative firework display, don’t you think? This is where these disco lamps come in, especially when set to the rhythm of music.
5) Twinkling Stars
There is still something magical about celebrating the New Year with the stars. Relatively harmless, it is an alternative to all fireworks. There is less waste than most fireworks, so try the stars this year.
6) Glow Sticks
A colorful alternative readily available online or in stores is glow sticks.
The plastic tubes typically glow when the chemicals inside react with them
According to Glowproducts.com, the dye inside the product makes the tubes appear to glow for about 24 hours. The retailer also states that temperature affects the durability and brightness of the sticks.
In warmer temperatures, the tubes glow brighter, but the lighting time is shorter than in colder environments.
In colder environments, the sticks will glow darker, but their glow will last longer.
7) Soap Bubbles
An eco-friendly and cheaper alternative to fireworks are soap bubbles
Typically, a liquid such as soap, forms air-filled bubbles.
These floating objects last only a few seconds and their shape is determined by surface tension.
8) Drone Shows
A fast-growing alternative to fireworks is the drone show.
While ordinary households have one or two at their disposal, private companies specializing in shows may deploy hundreds of them to light up the night sky.
There are several cities where fireworks have been banned due to drought, so the demand for drone shows is high.
9) Wishing Lanterns
Use wish lanterns made of colored paper and let them fly in the air. It will be a much more colorful show than when you light fireworks. Moreover, these lanterns are 100% environmentally friendly and harmless to children and adults. These lanterns range from simple to elegant, with different designs and motifs.
Vuvuzelas were popular during the World Cup in South Africa. They are small plastic horns, two feet long, and produce a loud sound. However, since the vuvuzela sounds so loud, many people do not like it as a substitute for firecrackers.
With safe alternatives such as the above, anyone can enjoy their special occasions and parties to the fullest!