Tips for an Eco-Friendly Halloween
Halloween is a really fun time of the year – a time where kids can go all out with crazy costumes and run around hyped on treats! But it’s also full of items that only get used once and more waste than you expect. That makes it one of the most environmentally harmful holidays of the year! Thankfully, there are a few very easy things you can do to make sure your family has a greener Halloween to avoid spooking mother nature.
1.Carry Reusable Bags
By now I am sure you’ve heard all about the detrimental effects of plastic bags on our natural environment and even our health. Moms and dads, there are so many alternatives out there including cloth or canvas shopping bags, or even old pillowcases, make terrific eco-friendly alternatives. Kit out your kids with these bags and remember to keep them to reuse year after year.
2. Make or rent a costume
There is always so much excitement around dressing up and let’s face it, you and your kids are only going to wear your costumes once. What happens to them after that? Either they gather dust in your cupboard or worse thrown away. So why not get creative with your kids and use what you already have. The best costumes are the ones you’ve put a little extra thought into.
Maybe you’re not exactly the creative type? There are tons of amazing costume rental companies around Gauteng that allow you to rent out a new costume without any waste. If you have old costumes, you could swap, mix and match with a friend or community member. It is also an opportunity to lend your costume out to other kids who do not have an outfit yet. This way, the whole community can have the chance to have fun and dress up this Halloween.
3. Treats with less packaging
It isn’t easy to find treats completely wrapper free, but there are treats out there with less packaging. Look out for recyclable or compostable wrappers, and sweets that are not individually wrapped. Darling Sweets are a great example of a sweet company that is acutely aware of the damage that non-recyclable wrappers can do to the environment and its wildlife.
Have a look at their website to see where you can get your hands on these delicious guilt-free treats.
4. Give organic Halloween sweets
Organic foods are better for the environment, as they are made from products which don’t contain pesticides or other chemicals. It’s also a healthier option for kids who are going to be bombarded with sugary treats. Make the effort this year to read the labels on all these sugary treats or better yet make your own healthy alternatives.
5. Make your own green Halloween decorations
So many of the decorations found in our stores are made of non-recyclable plastics.
If you are buying new items, look for eco-friendly characteristics items that will be either compostable or recyclable when the big night is over.
Otherwise, make a dent in the waste by creating your own homemade decorations with items lying around the house. Check out the link to get your kids ready to DIY and get excited for an evening of fun.
At the end of the day, Halloween is all about being silly and having a good time. And with a bit of extra work and getting your family to be a little more creative, we can teach our kids and those around us how to have fun without taking away from the planet. After all, needless waste is a whole lot scarier than ghosts or witches!
Happy Eco-friendly Halloween, Dainfern.