Halloween is a beloved holiday filled with costumes, decorations, and festivities, but it unfortunately also generates a significant amount of plastic waste. From store-bought decorations to single-use party supplies, the environmental impact of this spooky celebration cannot be ignored.
There are easy ways to have an eco-friendly Halloween without sacrificing the fun and excitement. By embracing DIY decorations and costumes while cutting back on single-use plastics for parties, we can all contribute to a greener Halloween. Let’s explore 3 easy yet effective ways to reduce plastic waste this Halloween season.
1) Decorations Consider using natural decorations such as pumpkins, leaves, and gourds. For any DIY projects that you may want to try for the season, aim for plastic-free materials such as cardboard, paper, and natural twine. You can easily find items in your home to get started!
While I love browsing the stores for Halloween decorations, I’ve decided to invest in a few simple pieces that I can reuse each year. It saves me money, keeps my space free from clutter, and from needing extra storage space.
The total plastic waste footprint of Halloween will be even higher once you take into account other Halloween plastic such as party kits and decorations, much of which are also plastic, or food packaging.trewin restorick.
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2) Costumes Halloween costumes can be very expensive, and they’re often not made from very good material. Not only are you spending a fortune for one night (or a few if you have multiple parties to attend) but you probably won’t be able to, or want to wear it again next year. This Halloween let’s find affordable and eco-friendly alternatives for our costumes. Some ideas include,
- Declutter your closet and find pieces you can use for your DIY Halloween costume
- Ask your friends or family members if they have gently used items that they can give you and offer to do the same with your pieces if they’re interested
- If you have friends or family members that wear the same size, consider trading/swapping your previous Halloween costumes
- Visit the thrift store for a full costume or for any remaining pieces you need for your DIY costume
- Keep things simple and fun by getting creative with face paint and makeup
Did you know? An environmental group called Hubbub found that 83% of Halloween costumes are made using non-recyclable oil-based plastics. From just one day of use, almost 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste are headed to the landfill, which is equivalent to 83 million plastic bottles.
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3) Parties If you’re hosting a Halloween party, avoid using single-used plastics. As convenient as it may be to clean up at the end of the night, they can take anywhere from 20 to 500 years to decompose in the landfill.
If using glass plates, cups, and silverware isn’t an option or you don’t have enough, consider including compostable cutlery and plates. Although these typically cost more, it’s an additional charge on top of how much you would be spending on single-use plastics.
Another great idea is to put the recycling, compost, and garbage bin out in the open. We’ve all been in a situation where we throw things in the garbage because it’s the only bin we can find. You can mention where these bins are to your guests when they arrive, or you can create labels so it’s easy for them to put things in the proper bin. This method makes cleaning up at the end of the night so much easier!
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By following these easy steps, we can significantly reduce our environmental footprint while still enjoying all the thrills of Halloween. Let’s make it a tradition to celebrate an eco-friendly Halloween every year – one that not only brings joy but also leaves behind a cleaner and greener planet for future generations to enjoy. Do you have any eco-friendly tips for this spooky season? Share your thoughts! For more eco-friendly related posts, visit my tag here.