life events

Celebrations, ceremonies and life events are important and can be great fun.  But they can be lavish and often wasteful in terms of food, energy, materials and transport – the environment tends to be forgotten at such special times. So, act local, but think global.

 

 

 

balloons and sky lanterns and glitter

Balloons, their strings and labels,  when let go of, fall back to earth and can be ingested by grazing animals, birds or marine creatures, so the Marine Conservation Society http://www.mscuk.org suggests we don't use balloons.  So-called biodegradeable ones may take 4 years to disapper - that's not very biodegradeable, and they could do damage til then.  And some scientists believe that the gas helium is too precious to be wasted in balloons.

Sky lanterns similarly cause fires and litter and sometimes havoc when they fall back to land. More and more councils are not allowing these to be let off on council land , 

  http://www.balloonsblow.org  has a few alternative ideas,

Glitter is made of micro-plastics, not yet banned, but some nurseries and schools have given up using them.  (Lush has non-plastic glitter in their products )(You can find biodegradeable glitter made from eucalyptus, look online, various companies).

British Humanist Association

For funerals, weddings and namings, the British Humanist Association can put you in touch with local celebrants.

Community clothing

UK made clothing

Rochdale

Drummond Canoe Hire

All sorts of river activities.

Green Lane Burial Field & Nature Reserve

Upper Bryntalch,
Abermule,
Montgomery,
01686 630331

Hat Trix

new to you hats for special occasions

 

Human Tissue Authority

Rather than have a funeral , donate your whole body for Medical Training, via a local Medical school. They arrange collection, so no Funeral Directors need be involved.

A brilliant way of completing the 'cycle of life'.

Jewellery

There may be some family jewellery, or buy from antique shops or commission local skilled crafts people to make bespoke jewellery, 
or choose ethically-mined and sold gold - this makes a lot of difference to the lives of miners and their communities.

Ludford Park Meadow of Remembrance

Set in wild flower meadow, near Ludlow.

 

01584 876637

Organ donation

If you want to donate your organs for the use of other people after your death.    

0845 60 60 400

Shropshirepetals

 A local company offering natural confetti, some locally grown
 

01952 691553

South Shropshire Remembrance Park

Woodland burial site, situated in Hope Dale,

 

Rushbury,
Church Stretton,

Spokes Cycle Hire

 www.spokescyclehire.co.uk
 

07745587770

The Sun Valley Canoeing Co

Bridgnorth area of the Severn, SE Shropshire.

Transport

Often cars are hired to drive a couple of people and their guests just a few miles - using a more environmentally friendly option can also save money. If the venue is less than a mile, why not walk? Alternatively use public transport,  or a horse and carriage.  See Getting Around section and or Wellington horse and carriage co.

Wellington Carriage Company

Provides elegant and traditional wedding carriages across Telford, Wolverhampton and Shropshire.

Wellington

Westhope Green Burial Ground

Award-winning, near Craven Arms.
 

Westhope Church Meadow,