Celebrating New Year’s Eve is great fun – but it often results in waste and stress. Say goodbye to the old year without too much effort and waste, but welcome the new one in a sustainable and relaxed way. 

Every year: New Year’s Eve is celebrated on December 31. We say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new one. This usually involves fireworks, festive food, and traditional customs such as lead pouring and enjoying the lightning roulette free play.


For some, it’s simply part of the New Year’s Eve celebrations, for others, it’s pollution, noise, and a waste of money – we’re talking about fireworks. There is no question that fireworks look beautiful. However, it is also undisputed that New Year’s Eve fireworks cause very high levels of particulate emissions.

After the sale of firecrackers and fireworks was banned during the pandemic, you can now buy them again. However, there are other reasons besides particulate matter emissions to avoid fireworks, such as the production of fireworks alone.

Tip: If you still want to set off fireworks, find out about sustainable alternatives to fireworks. Afterward, make sure that you dispose of the firecrackers and fireworks properly.

Even better: the more people watch fireworks together instead of setting off firecrackers themselves, the lower the fine dust pollution will be. From a hill, a tower and, if you’re lucky, from your balcony, you’ll have a great view on New Year’s Eve.


Fireworks are an essential part of New Year’s Eve celebrations for many people. Every year, fires and injuries occur on New Year’s Eve. If you take a few safety precautions when celebrating New Year’s Eve, you can prevent the worst from happening.

Keep windows and doors closed and move balcony furniture and plants to a safe place the day before.

If you are celebrating New Year’s Eve with fireworks, store fireworks in a safe place and only light them outdoors.

Protect your ears with earplugs.


Toast with delicious organic drinks on New Year’s Eve. Cheers! Celebrating New Year’s Eve is not just about fireworks: Food and drink should also be festive. There are a few things you can look out for when eating out on New Year’s Eve to celebrate as sustainably as possible:

Many people celebrate New Year’s Eve with raclette and cheese fondue. To ensure that your festive meal is free from synthetic chemical pesticides, serve organic products if possible. Seasonal, regional produce is also good for the environment.

Vegetarian and vegan fondue side dishes are tasty, environmentally and animal-friendly. 

Sweeten the turn of the year traditionally at midnight with homemade doughnuts. 

Serve organic beer, organic wine, and soft drinks such as ginger lemonade as a suitable selection of drinks on New Year’s Eve. Note: Even a little alcohol can shorten your life. Therefore, only drink in moderation or switch to non-alcoholic options.

As you eat with your eyes and paper cups cause a lot of waste, use tableware and proper glasses.