WHAT’S THE SCARIEST THING ABOUT HALLOWEEN? THE WASTE.
The October holiday has an impact on the environment due to the mass production of disposable decorations and costumes, as well as candy wrappers, that aren’t recyclable or biodegradable.
Here are ways to keep Halloween boo-tifully sustainable without sacrificing the fun!
DECK OUT YOUR HAUNTED MANSION WITH LOW (OR ZERO) WASTE DECORATIONS.
You don’t have to break the bank buying new Halloween decorations every year. There are so many natural options and fun DIY projects that you can do with items already in your home! You can look for ideas online, but here are a few to get you started:
— Beyond pumpkins, use other seasonal food items like gourds, squash, dried corn husks and apples. You can also use dried flowers, twigs and leaves to create a cozy autumn vibe on your porch!
– Upcycle jars or bottles from your kitchen into festive candles and lanterns.
– Use black yarn to create spiderwebs on your walls or prop up white sheets to look like ghosts!
MAKE A WICKEDLY CLEVER COSTUME THAT CAN BE REUSED OR RECYCLED!
Homemade costumes are always the party favorites anyway, right? There are so many DIY Halloween costumes you can make from items you already have at home, or by getting a little creative with recyclable supplies.
If you’re not the DIY type, consider doing a costume swap with friends, raiding someone’s closet or checking out a secondhand thrift store in your neighborhood!
COMPOST THOSE JACK-O-LANTERNS!
When you’re ready to toss your pumpkins and gourds, remember to compost them instead of adding them to your trash. Composting is a great way to add nutrient-rich soil to your garden.