How to have a Zero-Waste Halloween
October has arrived which means Halloween is right around the corner! While Halloween may be different this year, there are still several ways you can enjoy the spooky holiday while minimizing your impact on the environment. Pumpkin carving, costume shopping and festive decorations can all be zero to low waste with these scary good tips!
Before the carving begins, you will need to pick out the perfect pumpkin. We recommend visiting your local farmer’s markets where pumpkins come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to find the perfect one for you.
Carving pumpkins is a classic Halloween tradition and serves as a zero-waste decoration as well! Before pumpkins are turned into festive Jack-O-Lanterns, they are a food source. The leftover seeds, strings and meat can be used in your next meal. This is a great opportunity to try out some new pumpkin-based recipes such as pumpkin bread, roasted pumpkin seeds or pumpkin soup! Whatever still remains of the pumpkin, can then be composted.
Putting together a great Halloween costume does not have to cost a lot of money or have a negative impact on the environment. Unfortunately, a lot of Halloween costumes are worn once and then end up in the landfill. In 2017, approximately 11,150 tons of textiles were landfilled according to the EPA. You can cut back your carbon footprint by shopping for your costume at a local thrift store. You can also try a costume swap with some friends and family to reuse or repurpose some old Halloween costumes.
Aside from the classic Jack-O-Lanterns, people decorate their homes and yards with cob webs, skeletons, bats and other spooky decor. Sadly, these products are mainly made with plastic and can end up in the landfill if not reused. Instead of buying new decoration this year try to reuse some old decorations. Try getting crafty and making your own decorations. If you need supplies, visit a local thrift store. You can make cut outs of bats, ghosts and tombstones using paper or cardboard. You can repurpose old sheets or fabric scraps to make ghostly figures. These low-cost, crafty decorations will save you money and give your home a unique look this Halloween.