3 Tips for a Sustainable Halloween
Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays of the year! Yet, amid all the delightful tricks and tasty treats, it's important to remember their potential impact on our planet.
With a little creativity and a commitment to sustainability, you can have a fantastic Halloween while reducing your ecological footprint. In this blog post, we'll explore some tips and ideas to help you celebrate a greener Halloween.
Let’s dive in!
Use Reusable Drink Cups & Recycle Beverage Containers
Many Halloween parties and events involve disposable cups and bottles. But there is a solution: instead of using single-use plastic or paper products, you can opt for reusable or biodegradable options.
Encourage guests to bring their own reusable cups or use compostable tableware. After the festivities, be sure to separate recyclables from non-recyclables and dispose of them properly.
Recycling used beverage containers helps reduce the amount of waste in our landfills and conserves valuable resources. For example, aluminum cans can be recycled endlessly to create new aluminum beverages, while plastic bottles can be recycled again and again to create new plastic beverages.
Be sure to bring your used beverage containers to one of our Return-It locations and put some money back into your pocket after the parties are over. You can find a location near you at return-it.ca/locations/.
Consider Eco-Friendly Party Decorations
Halloween decorations and props often feature electronic components like lights and sound effects. While these can add to the spooky ambiance, they also may become waste and end up in our landfills. Consider using traditional, non-electronic decorations like lanterns, or handcrafted items to create a unique atmosphere.
If you do choose to use electronics, try to reuse them as long as possible or recycle them properly at one of the certified drop-off locations across British Columbia.
For example, Return-It Electronics can take your old sound system or battery-powered toys. Check out what you can recycle at return-it.ca/electronics/recycling/products/.
Make Your Own Costume
One of the most fun aspects of Halloween is dressing up. Instead of buying a new costume every year, get creative and make your own.
Reusing old clothes and materials from around the house can be a fun and eco-friendly way to design a unique costume. It reduces the demand for new, mass-produced costumes and decreases the environmental impact of the industry.
Plus, making your own costume allows you to express your creativity and have a one-of-a-kind look for Halloween.
Opt for Sustainable Choices
Halloween is a time for fun and creativity, and by incorporating sustainable practices into your celebration, you can enjoy the holiday while minimizing its impact on the environment.
From eco-friendly decorations and costumes to sustainable treats and waste reduction, there are plenty of ways to celebrate a greener Halloween.
Have a spooktacular holiday and thank you for recycling!