When we talk about Halloween, the first thing we think is costume! Other than some decorations in our homes, we do pay attention to the scary costume we’ll be using in parties or trick or treats.
During this holiday, the event is not the only thing that is scary. It is also not pleasing to our environment the wastes that is associated with this event courtesy of the plastic decorations, mass-produced costumes and candy wrappers that can all add up to be one big pile of garbage.
This year, we can be more eco-friendly in celebrating Halloween thanks to these advices and tips from Doctors Nova Scotia.
Instead of giving in to the garish skeletons and grinning ghouls leer at the dollar store, keep walking until you reach the farmer’s market, where you may purchase a variety of organic seasonal décor. A holiday appearance that lasts long after the candy bowls are empty can be built around pumpkins, gourds, ornamental corn, and hay bales.
Locally produced pumpkins and gourds available in a variety of sizes and forms, and whether you chose to carve them or not, they still look wonderful. You can use practically every component of a pumpkin if you truly think about it. Remember to compost what is left over.
Make your own costume
In the Halloween costume section of a store, not everything that glitters are gold. The truth is that a mass-produced, cheaply made Halloween costume is bad for the environment and maybe bad for your health as well.
Think outside the big box when you’re making your Halloween costumes. Use costumes you’ve worn in past years by going to the hand-me-down pile, or go to Frenchy’s for brand-new costume parts and vintage possibilities.
Additionally, a lot of neighborhood associations hold costume swaps for kids. Change out the outgrown costumes for ones that are new to you. Or inspire them to think beyond the box and create their own. Halloween masks made of plastic or rubber should be avoided; non-toxic face paint is safer and better for the environment.
Rethink your treats
It may seem difficult to find eco-friendly Halloween goodies, but it’s not as difficult as you may imagine. Halloween candy must be packed to be safe for children; nevertheless, attempt to purchase individual foil or paper-wrapped candies so that the wrappers can be recycled or composted.
Also think about buying candy from businesses that use sustainable sources for their products. An element that frequently results in deforestation during production is palm oil.
Bring it home old-school style
The Gen X generation will recall walking the streets on October 31 with a pillowcase serving as a loot bag. A pillowcase is the ideal no-waste Halloween treat bag since it is lightweight, endlessly reusable, and stores a ton of candy.
More to this story at https://www.yourdoctors.ca/blog/healthy-living/sustainable-halloween
Photo by Daisy Anderson: https://www.pexels.com/photo/father-and-daughter-decorating-pumpkins-for-halloween-5581090/