Throwing rice or confetti may traditionally have represented a newly-weds prosperity and fertility blessing, however, today many couples use confetti to let guests join in on the physical aspect of the festivity and celebration, while making a great photo opportunity.
While grains of rice or wheat made way for paper or plastic confetti, many people now-a-day are looking for more Eco-friendly options that don’t necessarily involve so much clean up or harm to the environment.
Although artificially made, recycled and bio-degradable paper options, bubbles, sparklers and ribbon wands are all popular Eco-friendly alternatives, for couples and event organizers wanting to have that celebration with their guests.
*Paper or plastic coloured paper
Modern Confetti Alternatives:
*Recycled coloured paper
But there is still a more natural and botanical alternatives to these options yet again. Many of these Eco-Friendly confetti alternatives have little to no environmental impact, while some may actually help benefit the wildlife. So if you’re not afraid of the mess confetti brings, and are looking at having a Eco-friendly substitute to traditional confetti options at your wedding or event, here are a few ideas.
Natural and Botanical Eco-Friendly Confetti Alternatives:
*Fresh rose petals
*Dried flower petals
*Dried herb leaves
*Tea-tree or Weeping willow leaves
*Leaf confetti (shape cutter punched)
*Recycled newspaper, nooks and maps (shape cutter punched & a great use for the cones to hold the confetti)
While these may all be Eco-friendly alternatives to help save the environment, always be sure to check with your venue or event organizer before using any form of confetti.
While it may be hard to believe, there are options that venues, events organizers, party planners and couples use from time to time, which are not entirely environmentally friendly and can cause a negative impact on the environment.
While latex balloons are made from the sap of rubber trees and are bio-degradable, they can cause harm to the environment and animals if released into the air. In the air, they can not be controlled and may be swept into the land or ocean where animals such as turtles would easily mistaken it as a food source such as jelly fish.
It is safe to use balloons, but if using balloons in any event or celebration outdoors it is important to remember not to release any balloons into the sky and to always remember best practice is to pin it and bin it once finished with the balloons.
Negative Impact Options
*Mylar and PVC balloons * Note: Latex balloons are made from rubber trees and are bio-degradable. You can read more about balloons and the environment through the official Pro Environmental Balloon Alliance website: www.peba.com.au
Floating lanterns, while they may look spectacular in the air, they can actually cause detrimental effects to wildlife animals and the environment. Nocturnal animals such as owls and bats often become entangled in the wires and paper while flying and often end up killing the animal. If the lanterns float out to sea or over farming and wild life lands as well as dry bush land causing pollution, endangerment, disaster or death. If the lantern does not extinguish properly before falling, it can start a bush fire and eliminate both wildlife and their habitat or alternatively, it it drifts out to sea, it can become a choke hazard or strangulation method for marine animals when it falls into the ocean. You can read more about the lanterns and the environment by following the link to One Green Planet, an independent news source for the growing compassionate and Eco-conscious generation: https://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/how-sky-lantern-festivals-threaten-animals-and-environment/
Fire works are beautiful, but lets be honest, they are only for special occasions like New Year Celebrations. Fire works cause chaos to the hearing of many family pets such as cats and dogs, as well as to wildlife animals that rely on radar such as bats, birds and other animals. Don't be fooled in believing only animals and mother earth are affected by firework, humans are susceptible too. Terrapass, an environmental awareness and climate change group, state "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, but rather hang around in the environment, poisoning all they come into contact with. Exposure to fine particles, like those found in smoke and haze, is linked to negative health implications, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma attacks and even heart attacks, according to the EPA. People at greatest risk for problems are those with heart or lung disease, older adults and children." You can read the full article by Terrapass by following the link: