Every year UK Halloween celebrations generate over 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste from clothing and costumes alone.
That’s a shocking amount of waste for a single day.
But how can we make sure that we can still have fun without costing the planet?
- Start with your costume. Did you know that over 80% of the fabric of shop-bought Halloween costumes is plastic? Why not make a costume yourself using what you already own, or get creative with cardboard (who doesn’t love robots) If you have a specific costume idea in mind and can’t create the look from your wardrobe, check the charity shops or ask your friends if they can lend items to you.
- Don’t waste your pumpkin! Shockingly, 1 in 7 people don’t see pumpkins as food. Considering their size and how versatile they are, so many of us are missing a trick (or treat) by not using the flesh from our carved out pumpkin. If you wash and dry the seeds they can be roasted, the flesh can be puréed to make sweet dishes like pies and brownies, or you can keep warm with a delicious pumpkin soup.
- Hand make your decorations. Toilet roll inners can be easily turned into bats or vampires with a little paint. Ghost, bat, and spiderweb shapes can be cut out of paper or card too! Get creative with lighting, fabric or candles for a spooky ambiance.
- Naked treats are the most sustainable! Try baking and decorating your own cupcakes, buying pic n mix sweets in paper bags from local sweet shops, or offering fruit as an alternative to sweets and candy.