This Halloween, make it a little bit green because green is the new orange! Here are six ways to celebrate Halloween in a sustainable way.
1. Reuse, Reuse, Reuse!
Throughout the next few weeks, look out for things that could replace decorations you have purchased in the past. Old bed sheets can turn into ghosts. Styrofoam can be cut to fit any form or shape. And while you’re repurposing, think about the decorations you might still have from last year. These will be a great start to making sure you don’t double up on things you already have.
2. Use the whole pumpkin.
When you are buying your pumpkin, shop locally! As you begin to turn your pumpkin into Jack-O-Lanterns don’t throw away what’s inside. The seeds can be toasted and make a great treat to enjoy after you’re done carving. You can also puree the remaining flesh of the pumpkin after removing the skin, and use it for pumpkin pie or muffins! As always, the entire pumpkin can be composted.
3. Keep your Halloween parties green.
Have you heard of compostable cutlery, or even better, edible cutlery? Opt for these options for quick cleanup instead of traditional single-use plastics. For items that still end up as garbage, clearly mark your trash can and recycle bin, making it easy for your guests to recycle, and reducing your cleaning time after the party is over.
4. Make your own costume.
Keep some of the old clothes you were going to give away if you think you could turn them into a costume. For example, old t-shirts, black shorts or any neutral clothing that can easily be painted or dyed. If you need a couple more items, shop at a thrift store. Thrift stores can hold treasures that can complete your Halloween costume.
If you have an old costume that has been worn and you don’t have further use for it, don’t throw it away. Take the costume to a local shelter, thrift store or daycare. You never know whose day you could make by donating old Halloween costumes!
5. Trick-or-Treat with reusable bags!
By now, hopefully you have a reusable bag or two lying around your house for grocery shopping. Why not equip the kids with these reusable bags for their trick-or-treating excursions? They’re more durable than those flimsy plastic pumpkins, and your kids will appreciate the ability to carry around extra weight when stocking up on Halloween treats.
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