How to have an eco-friendly halloween

by Cat Woods
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The most terrifying thing about Halloween is it’s impact on the environment! 

It results in huge amounts of unnecessary waste contributing to plastic pollution and climate changing emissions. Costumes in 2019 created 2,000 tonnes of waste in the UK.

But we can still celebrate Halloween without causing such a devastating impact. Here’s how to have an eco-friendly Halloween. I’ve got you covered. 

Costumes

There are millions of poor-quality, cheaply made costumes sold every year for Halloween, often made from unsustainable materials, which later end up in the back of the cupboard or in the bin. Am I right? Why not opt for a second hand costume this year? Or get creative with the clothes you already have! 

Decorations

Ewww, cheap, tacky, single-use plastic decorations covering everything. They seem to be everywhere now!

If you do already have decorations, reuse them. But don’t buy any new ones. If you do feel the need to buy decorations, go for non-plastic natural alternatives. They look much nicer in my opinion. It’s time to get creative! 

Trick or treat

Most sweets, especially the big bags on offer in supermarkets for Halloween, are covered in non-recyclable plastic. 

These sweets are also usually made from gelatin (yuck). This means they contribute to the meat industry, which is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. If you are offering treats at Halloween why not make your own vegan/vegetarian treats or create toffee apples from BBC Good Food. Yummy! They make me feel really nostalgic. 

Pumpkins

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It isn’t Halloween without a pumpkin, but if you want to lower your carbon footprint, look for one grown closer to home. Farmers’ markets and local farm shops are a good place to start, and it’s much more fun visiting a local pumpkin patch to pick one out than getting one from the supermarket. And don’t let that delicious pumpkin flesh go to waste, either. Don’t scoop out the inside then throw it in the bin. Try making soup, a delicious vegetable curry, or a pumpkin pie, maybe. 

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