How to Have an Eco-Friendly Halloween
When it comes to Halloween, Americans aren't scared to splurge on their favorite candy, decorations, and costumes. It's predicted that they will spend more on Halloween this year than any other year in history – $8.4 billion, according to the National Retail Federation.
But in 2016, when climate change is more real than ever, don't you think it's about time we took a greener approach to Halloween? There are a number of spooktacular ways to have an eco-friendly Halloween this year and still have an equally wicked time.
Use the Whole Pumpkin
Planning on making a Jack-O- Lantern? Try using every part of the pumpkin. Start with roasting and seasoning the seeds for a healthy, tasty snack. The pulp is also delicious in soup, ravioli, or even a homemade puree for pumpkin spiced lattes. After Halloween is over, make sure to compost the remainder of the pumpkin instead of throwing it away. The U.S Energy Department warned that when pumpkins end up in the landfill, they generate gas emissions. If you can avoid carving pumpkins all together, that would be the most eco-friendly option, resulting in zero-waste.
If you're looking for a truly original Halloween costume this year, get creative and make one from scratch. Legoman, Wall-E, and Mario Kart are just three costume ideas that can be made from cardboard. Instead of buying plastic face masks, consider using face paint instead. If you don't have time to make a costume, go to a local costume swap event or your nearest Goodwill or charity shop for a recycled costume.
Cut down on both cost and waste by creating your own Halloween decorations from recycled materials. Pinterest is a great resource for DIY decor and eco-friendly party ideas. If there are any items that are a must-have, opt for second-hand purchases that can be used again. Don't forget to use reusable shopping bags or even pillowcases for trick-or-treating.