Halloween is a key moment in autumn and can be celebrated in several ways. Some people go trick-or-treating with their families, others throw costume parties with their friends, while the more daring binge watch horror movies.
No matter how you celebrate Halloween, your different preparations leading up to October 31st can create a lot of waste that we believe can be avoided.
That's why this year we would like to highlight some simple and effective ideas for celebrating, dressing up and enjoying treats without neglecting our planet.
Reuse or swap rather than buy
When it comes to putting up Halloween decorations, there's no need to head to the shop. Instead, dig through the ones from previous years to find little treasures that can be used again this year!
You can also choose the ones you want to get rid of and visit your family, friends or neighbours and exchange decorations. A tombstone in exchange for a skull, how about that?
If you’re a more creative type, you can make your own beautiful decorations with, for example, still life elements: branches, leaves, plants, rocks, etc.
Other objects found in the cupboards can also be used as thematic ornaments, such as orange or black fabric scraps.
Some items from your current setup can even take on a very Halloween feel: orange vases and trinkets, bunches of leaves and cattails, a black tablecloth, etc. All it takes is a little imagination!
Think local and sustainable
If you don't have any decorations on hand and want to start an inventory for years to come, choose durable decorations that won't break after one season. To do this, avoid the dollar shops and go to a local shop with more eco-friendly standards.
Store your pumpkins to cook them... or plant them!
A must have for Halloween, you can find pumpkins on almost every corner around October 31st.
Did you know that you can also save your pumpkin seeds and replant them once spring arrives? For more details on how to do this, you can read “How to Grow Pumpkins” in this article of the Laidback Gardener.
Don't throw your pumpkins in the trash
Once November 1st comes around, it's time to get rid of your decorated pumpkins. But how you might ask! First, you can find out if your town offers a waste collection service.
Another great option is to give them a second life with the Tero! In just 3 to 8 hours, the device turns organic matter into a natural fertilizer rich in nutrients for plants, lawns, and gardens. Completely odourless, its unique and automatic technology makes it possible to recover your food waste and contribute to the richness of the soil.
Since some pumpkins can be quite large, we recommend that you process them in several cycles and store the leftovers in the refrigerator until you put them in the Tero.
Bring out the relics of the past
Some people think about their Halloween costume months in advance, others choose it on the same day. In any case, it is better to rummage through your own wardrobe that of your parents or your friends to make an original and eco-friendly outfit.
Rent or buy responsibly
Another great option is to go to a costume rental shop. There you will find a range of choices and encourage reuse rather than buying new.
Finally, don't forget the thrift stores, which are full of finds that can quickly become extraordinary Halloween costumes.
More candies, less waste
When it's time to stock up on treats, consider packaging-free options. For example, many shops offer bulk candy, which you can then place in recyclable paper bags or reusable dishes.
REMINDER: It is strongly advised not to process your candies and treats in the Tero device, as the very sticky texture will not give an optimal end result. Instead, share your treats with others!
Whether it’s for your decorations, costumes or treats, you can avoid producing new waste and encourage reuse, sharing and exchange rather than spending.
All these easy tips and tricks will turn Halloween into an eco-friendly fun party!
And for your pumpkins don’t forget that the Tero device remains a good solution for recycling and recovering your waste thanks to its fast, automatic, and odourless technology!