Karina Robinson Tue 08 Oct 2019
A not so scary guide to a waste free Halloween!
The plastic waste created around the holiday seasons can be enough to give anyone a fright! But never fear, we've complied a quick list of our top tricks and treats for an eco conscious celebration.
Tip 1. Choose a plastic-free costume. Avoid costumes made with PVC/vinyl, which are more likely to be contaminated with chemicals. Make your own costume from natural fabrics, repurpose items you already own, or visit a charity shop for the perfect outfit.
Tip 2. Get rid of the inevitable sweet wrappers responsibly. For those hard-to-recycle sweet wrappers, you can purchase one of Terracycle’s candy-and-snack-wrapper Zero Waste boxes and ship it back for recycling.
Tip 3. Why not buy sweets the old school way in bulk and hand it out in homemade paper bags? Mystery bags are great fun and you could decorate your recycled paper bags with spooky ghosts and or pumpkins.
Tip 4. Remember the days of turnip carving?! Why not go back to our roots and carve a native turnip rather than a pumpkin. It's a little trickier to carve so do be careful but let's face it...they're truly far more terrifying! Bonus Point: A turnip bake is a delicious Autumn treat.
Tip 5. We all know by now but stay away from plastic rubbish! Decorations can be kind to the environment while still giving that spooky setting. Make a ghost by stuffing a towel in a white sheet, tying with string, and hanging in a tree or near a door. Kids (and adults!) love warning signs of danger ahead. Paint your own creepy message on a wooden board. “Turn back now!" The more rustic, the better! You can also turn cereal boxes into gravestones. Just remember to keep it simple so that you can recycle after!
We hope you all have a fun time and we'd love to hear your tips on how to make a Green Halloween.