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Celebrate in a more green way locally. There are numerous local, family run, independent restaurants and pubs in Shrewsbury, and also more adventurous and craft activities on offer that are kind to the environment, that might be fun.

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.

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.

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