If you celebrate Halloween, you know that it's coming up soon on Monday, October 31! But did you know that a recent report from NPR's Marketplace found that Halloween is responsible for a huge rise in waste, with 2,000 tons of Halloween plastic (from costumes, decorations, and sweet wrappers) bought and thrown away due to celebrations?
Keeping this fact in mind, here are 5 different eco-friendly ways to celebrate Halloween!
1. Make your own decorations!
Avoid plastic decorations this Halloween. Instead, plan fun activities with your family and friends and create artwork using eco-friendly recyclable materials like tin foils, paper bags, and cardboard. I really enjoyed making milk carton ghost lanterns with my sister!
2. Make your own costumes instead of buying them!
Costumes are a huge source of waste after Halloween, as most people end up discarding their costumes after the holiday is over. Try using your DIY skills to make the best costume possible, and if you used a costume that doesn't fit you anymore, consider donating it to someone in need.
3. Decorate your own bags for trick-or-treating!
Rather than using plastic buckets, you can use reusable bags, like tote bags or pillowcases, for trick-or-treating. Even better, you could decorate your paper bag with paints, eco sequins and fabric pens to make them Halloween-themed, which can be a great activity!
4. Be strategic about your pumpkin use!
Can you imagine Halloween without a jack-o'-lantern? I definitely can’t. While pumpkins are a Halloween staple, if not put to good use, they can contribute to a huge amount of waste. The scary part is that nearly 12.8 million pumpkins are thrown away each year!!! Buy local pumpkins, enjoy the delicious seeds, and use the flesh to make soup. Doesn't that sound yummy?
5. Plan eco-friendly Halloween parties using recyclable glass and containers!
If your party involves trick-or-treating, carpooling with friends certainly decreases emissions due to transportation.
I hope you will follow these simple tips for enjoying an eco-friendly Halloween. Thanks for reading, and have a great Halloween!!!