Updated: Oct 17, 2018
Halloween is right around the corner and it's time to get your spook on! Here are some eco-friendly tips to keep your Halloween as waste-free as possible.
Each year, over 50% of Halloween decorations are thrown out. Plastic spiders, ghosts and skeletons often end up in landfills each season.
Now that's a frightening statistic!
However, there are many ways you can incorporate sustainable elements to make your home look festive, that doesn't sacrifice the health of the earth.
KEEP IT MINIMAL
There's no need to clutter your space with piles and piles of seasonal decorations that are only used for a short period of time. Natural pieces are the perfect solution for temporary Halloween decor.
Sometimes just some dried flowers and a few small pumpkins and gourds are all you need to give your home a simplistically festive feel.
Don't want to stick with your typically fall color scheme?
Play with your color palettes to give your Halloween interiors a unique twist! You can go more bold and vibrant by adding splashes of pink, or you can choose darker colors and jewel tones which will give your decor an elegant sparkle.
Pumpkins come in so many various shapes, sizes and colors, which them extremely versatile.
They are beautiful as is, but you can also carve your pumpkin to give it a fun, modern design or you can paint your pumpkin different colors to suit your design color scheme.
However you want to ensure that you do this in the most eco-friendly way possible.
Over 18,000 tons of pumpkin are tossed each Halloween.
If you chose to paint your pumpkin, use non-VOC paint to avoid toxic chemicals + it allows you to fully compost the pumpkin later on. Whether you decide to paint it, carve it or leave it as is, make sure you compost all parts of your pumpkin to reduce your waste.
With these tips, your home will be ready for a night a tricks and treats!
Don't forget to look for your costume in your own closet or secondhand to prevent single-use Halloween costume waste and say no to wrapped candy.
If you end up with some plastic packaging, you can bring them to Terra Cycle which can take your hard to recycle plastic and responsibly dispose it.