How to Have A Spooktacular Sustainable Halloween 🎃
It's that Time of Year Again! 👻
The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp, and pumpkin spice everything is back on store shelves. That can only mean one thing: spooky season is upon us!
The scariest part of Halloween isn't the ghouls or the ghosts - it's the amount of waste generated by all those spooky decorations. Halloween costumes sold by some of the UK's biggest retailers contain the plastic equivalent of 83 million plastic bottles, a study suggests*. However, there are a few simple ways to reduce the environmental impact of your Halloween celebrations.
Keep scrolling to know how you can have an eco-friendly Halloween while still having loads of fun!
🧛🏻 Conscious Costumes 🧙♂️
So, you want to be sustainable this Halloween, but you don't want to look like a basic witch. No worries, we’ve got you covered with some tips on how to do your costume sustainably without sacrificing your edge.
Let’s Get Thrifty
The first option is to thrift or upcycle a pre-loved costume. You can find some great stuff at your local thrift store, or even in your own closet! If you're feeling extra creative, you can put together a costume with items you already have.
Rent the Scareway
Another option is to rent a costume. This way you don't have to worry about what to do with it after Halloween and someone else gets to enjoy it next year.
If you're really crafty, you could make your own costume! This way you can control what materials you use and ensure that they're sustainable.
Finally, consider hosting a costume exchange. This is a great way to recycle costumes and get some new ones for free!
Let’s Face It
Whatever you end up doing, just remember to avoid wasteful plastic or rubber face masks. Instead, opt for face paint or makeup without lead, that is cruelty free and contains no harmful toxins. With these tips, you'll be prepared to have a sustainable—and stylish—Halloween!
🥳 Party Ghouls 🥳
Time to get Boo-tiful! If you're looking for some tips on how to set up a Sustainable Halloween party, then you've come to the right place.
For starters, let's talk about invites. Ditch the paper ones and go electronic! Not only is it more eco-friendly, but it's also way easier to keep track of who's coming and who's not.
Raise Your Glass
Next up, we have drinkware and plates. Instead of using disposable cups, plates, and cutlery, go for recyclable drinkware and plates. Or better yet, ask people to bring their own mugs!
Revive Pre-Loved Decorations
And if you're feeling extra thrifty, why not upcycle some pre-loved Halloween decorations? It'll add a personal touch to your party and help reduce waste at the same time.
No Tricks, Just Trash, Compost, Recycling
Speaking of waste, make sure to set out trash, compost, and recycling bins so that your guests know where to dispose of their trash.
As for food, buy locally produced foods and goodies with minimal packaging.
And last but not least, use cloth napkins! They're way more sustainable than paper napkins and they'll add a touch of class to your party.
🚙 Not-So-Terrifying Transportation 🚙
If you're looking to reduce your carbon emissions this Halloween season, there are a few things you can do. Carpooling with a designated driver is a great way to reduce your emissions. And if you want to take your carbon reduction efforts a step further, why not walk? Walking is not only good for the environment, but it's also a great way to keep the streets safe for other walkers. So this Halloween, be sure to think about how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Happy hauntings!
🧹 Eco-Conscious Creepy Clean-Up 🧹
No one likes doing post-party clean up, but there are ways to make it more sustainable!
For example, instead of storing decorations that you'll only use once a year, donate them to someone who will appreciate them.
And speaking of donations, if you have any unopened food left over, consider giving it to a local food bank.
When it comes to recycling, be sure to empty all bottles and cans before placing them in the appropriate bin.
And finally, compost any pumpkins that you don't end up using. With these tips, you can rest assured that your Halloween party won't have a negative impact on the environment.
Sharing is Caring
So, this Halloween, let’s all do our part to make sure the holiday is fun and sustainable. By following these simple tips, we can have a spook-tacular time while keeping our environment in mind. And don’t forget to share this post with your friends – the more people who know how to have a green Halloween, the better!
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* Halloween costumes sold by some of the UK's biggest retailers contain the plastic equivalent of 83 million plastic bottles, a study suggests.