Now I don’t mean dressing up like the Hulk or Mother Nature for that matter. I mean cutting back on waste while still having fun as a pirate, a pumpkin or a fairytale princess. Halloween is not only a time of over consumption of candy but also spending lots of money on costumes and decorations, that may be used only once. Here are 5 ways you can cut back on the waste, and make this Halloween a little bit greener:
- Costume Swap. Instead of continuing to fill up boxes with wigs, wings and tails, organize a costume swap. Share those unused costumes with friends and colleagues, and maybe you’ll come up with a costume you might not have otherwise put together. It’s an opportunity for you to save some money, cut down on waste and make good use of your old dinosaur onesie.
- Decorate with Recyclables. Recycle those old plastic garbage bags sitting under the sink, and make some spooky ghosts. Use a cardboard box as a tombstone, use newspaper to make a paper mache monster, or use that accumulating dryer lint as a cob web. Be creative!
- Locally Grown Pumpkins. Find a local pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin for carving. You’ll be supporting a local farmer, and cutting back on emissions. And be sure to save the seeds for a salty treat!
- Pillow instead of Plastic. This year, instead of buying your kids a plastic pumpkin bucket to fill up with candy, avoid the plastic waste by opting for a pillow case. Those buckets may be cute or cheap, but they may be leeching BPA.
- Send Jack to the Compost. After you’ve picked your locally grown pumpkin, and he’s had his night of Halloween glory, compost the Jack-o-Latern with leaves and table scraps for soil next spring. If you don’t have your own compost, you can find the nearest compost to you.
Halloween can still be spooky, while also being sustainable. Try some of these out, or share some of your own ideas in the comments below.
Written on behalf of the Momentum Sustainability Audit Group.