How to have a sustainable Halloween
Halloween has exploded in popularity in Australia in recent years - kids are excited for months to dress up, decorate and get loaded with sugar! which is all great stuff.
But on the flip side of the fun is the waste - single use items, plastic packaging, decorations etc.
Here are some eco-friendly tips to help you create a more sustainable Halloween:
- Instead of going out and buying a new outfit, try to refashion old clothes and materials from around the house - the old sheet as a ghost never gets old.
- Rent a costume - there are some great places around that rent costumes, give it a Google.
- Speaking of Google- search for creative outfit ideas. There are so many parents creating up a storm.
- Put a call out to friends in the area to lend you an outfit or ask for their ideas.
- Paint your face instead of getting a mask.
- Avoid single use items - they aren't great for the hip pocket and are shocking for the environment.
- Recycle old stuff - perhaps there is some black wool hiding in Nana's cupboard you could use to make a spiders web....and what kid doesn't love a bit of art and craft.
- Grab some branches and leaves from the garden.
- Get creative - swing over to Pinterest and check out all the sustainable Halloween ideas that have come before you. It is amazing what people can do with an empty toilet paper roll.
- Make homemade treats....remember toffee at cake stalls!
- Steer away from plastic packaged food
- Use reusable bags to collect your treats - and use it again and again and again. You could even use a pillow case.
- Use the filling for pies, muffins, soups, risottos etc.
- Roast up those gorgeous pepitas and add them to a salad.
- Compost it when it starts to look sad in your window.
Do you have any tips for a sustainable Halloween?