Instead of going orange, go green this Halloween. Halloween decorations can be costly and not very eco-friendly. But, there are some easy ways to change that. Here are 3 ways to improve your Halloween habits so that you are more eco-friendly with your decorations.
1. Get creative on trash day
On trash day, you’ll find cardboard boxes and Styrofoam laying out for trash pickup around your neighborhood or even in your own trash pile. Use these materials to create graveyard tombstones and coffins and other decorations. DIY Network has tips on how to carve and paint your styrofoam gravestones.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans don't eat the vast majority of the 1.91 billion pounds of pumpkins grown in the U.S. (2014) “The majority of Halloween pumpkins — 1.3 billion pounds, in fact — end up in the trash with silly faces carved into them, and then make their way to landfills, where they generate greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.” Furthermore, those pumpkins will end up producing greenhouse gases -- Buzzfeed article
Here are some tips on what to do with your pumpkins:
Eat them! On Allrecipes.com you can find all kinds of way to enjoy pumpkin seeds, soups, pies, casseroles and more
Compost them If you’re thinking about starting a compost, here are 5 very useful tips on How to compost from Realty Sage
3. Upcycle your old clothes for ghosts, goblins and zombies
Instead of trashing those stained and torn clothes, use them instead to create scarecrows, ghosts and other frightful figures like zombies! You can stuff them with pillow stuffing, newspaper, or most any soft material.
However, if your clothes are in good shape, but they just don’t fit or your style anymore, definitely consider posting them online neighborhood sites and freecycle listserves. Here are 5 Ways to Reduce Waste from Home including tips and sites where you can sell or upcycle your clothes among other household items