Green Is the New Orange: How to Create an Eco-Friendly Halloween
Time to dust off those cobwebs, Halloween is finally here!
Want to know how to celebrate this fun holiday without producing a truly scary amount of waste? Here's our guide to getting spooky, sustainably:
American consumers are expected to spend a staggering $10.4 billion on Halloween this year, including $3.3 billion on costumes.
Instead of buying pre-made costumes that you might only wear for a few hours, try recycling costumes from previous years or even making your own.
If you need inspiration, search online for “DIY Halloween costumes” and you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Alternatively, you can swap costumes with your friends or check out your local thrift stores for some unique vintage finds.
Bonus tip: Use non-toxic face paints instead of buying plastic or rubber masks.
Too many Halloween decorations are made from non-recyclable plastics and end up being thrown out the day after Halloween.
Avoid adding to the waste by opting for natural, fall-friendly décor using pumpkins, leaves, sticks and twigs, dried corn stalks, pinecones, and more.
Another option is to craft your own décor made from things that are lying around at home.
Why not create your own milk jug ghoul lanterns, spooky paper cutouts, or egg carton bats? You’ll find millions of great ideas floating around online, including tons of fun kid-friendly projects.
Trick or Treating
If your kids are going trick or treating this year, upcycle items you have at home to create their Halloween swag bag. You could use a pillowcase, a tote bag, or a compostable bag. It’s much more sustainable than buying plastic buckets.
If you’re handing out treats, stay clear of individually-wrapped candy that waste so much plastic.
Instead, bake your own yummy treats or buy goodies that come in recyclable packaging.
Being spooky, the sustainable way, is your chance to get creative while still having lots of fun.
Have a happy, EEK-O friendly Halloween!