Who doesn’t enjoy a fireworks display? They are great fun, but they do a fair bit of damage to the environment. Guy Fawkes (5th November) is regularly the most polluted day of the year in the UK, although to be fair, bonfires must share part of the blame. Those red colours that make you oooah and aaah? They are usually made from strontium, which is a potential carcinogen. From damaging our health to frightening our puppies, it’s safe to say that this is not our most environmentally responsible time of year. Is the toxic cocktail worth the show?
We explore the options.