How to Reduce Your Waste this Halloween
Halloween is set to look a little different in 2020, but that doesn't mean that we can't still celebrate!
Autumn is an amazing time of year, and the pumpkin carving, spooky costumes and decorations at the end of October are a real highlight of the season.
However, one of the scariest things about Halloween is the amount of waste that's produced by our celebrations each year.
Did you know, for example, that over 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin are thrown away in the UK each year over Halloween?
There are so many ways we can enjoy the celebrations without being haunted by waste and pollution each year? Here are some simple tricks (and treats!) to make your Halloween more environmentally-friendly.
1. Eat your pumpkins!
October is prime squash season, and farmers across the UK have been working really hard to produce these amazing veg, so one of the best, and tastiest ways to reduce the impact of your Halloween celebrations is simply to eat your pumpkins!
Sweet, nutty, and delicious, there's so many amazing recipes for using up all the different parts of your pumpkin once it's carved, from pumpkin pies to risottos and soups, or use the seeds for salads and snacks.
With a third of all food produced going to landfill, rethinking our food waste is a vital step to for us all to take if we are to start living in a more sustainable way.
Top tip: Don't forget to compost the leftovers where possible to use in your garden or house plants. Compost is great for soil health!
2. Opt for organic
Making a switch to organic this Halloween is the best way to make sure your pumpkins come from nature-friendly farms.
- fewer pesticides,
- no herbicides (weedkillers), and
- grow their pumpkins without using fossil-fuel hungry artificial fertilisers.
3. Grow your own
Make a point of saving the seeds from this year's pumpkins, and by next year, you could be enjoying your very own crop of spooky squash!
Or, if you'd like to grow a more unusual variety, check out your local garden centres to find seeds for some interesting heritage and heirloom squashes.
4. Make some alternative decorations
Look to nature this autumn and use the crisp fallen leaves and conkers to decorate.
Candles are a great way to set the spooky mood if you're looking to avoid battery-powered fairy lights too - look for brands that use certified organic ingredients or are made from organic beeswax.
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5. Try carving a different squash
If you don't like the taste of pumpkin, why not try carving another variety of squash that you prefer the flavour of? From butternut to buttercup, and even the turban squash, there's an incredible variety of delicious winter squash on offer, and they look great carved too!
6. Get creative with your costume
Instead of purchasing a one-off synthetic costume, why not get inventive with what you already own? If you're low on ideas at home, charity shops are a great place to look for inspiration, and remember to donate your costumes for others to enjoy the following year, especially if they no longer fit growing children!
If you plan on using glitter for your costume, choose biodegradable; it's made from plant cellulose instead of the micro-plastics that pollute our waters and damage the environment.
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