Don’t be spooked, be green this Hallowe'en!
In Wales, Halloween is more popular than ever and like it or loath it, tonnes of unnecessary waste is created on this frightful night.
In the UK, we needlessly throw away around 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins a year and 99% are sold just for lantern carving alone!*
Recycle for Wales has put together a handy guide to ensure you’ll be equipped with the knowledge to be kinder to the environment and save some cash in the process.
So what can you do differently? It’s surprising how easy it is to make small changes to ensure your waste is less frightening.
Top tips for Halloween
1. Carve, save, eat
Once you’ve bought your pumpkin and you’re ready to carve, save all the scooped-out flesh to cook up a hearty soup. You’ll love this recipe from Love Food Hate Waste. You can also save the seeds as they can be lightly roasted to make a delicious, nutritious snack, or try these other great recipes:
2. Recycle your used pumpkins
Recycling your used pumpkins is easy. All you have to do is remove the candle wax, chop them up into manageable pieces and put them into your food recycling bin. For more information about the benefits of recycling your food waste, visit: www.recycleforwales.org.uk/food
3. A frighteningly good costume
Kids love dressing up at Halloween. But you don’t need to spend money buying a new costume every year that will probably end up in the bin anyway! Try making your own from old clothes, sheets and things you no longer need around the house. For instance, a witch’s hat can be made from a cone of black paper that can be recycled. A ghost outfit is easily made from an old sheet. If you’re looking to make some decorations, laddered tights make perfect spider webs with a little teasing apart! Use your local charity shop to find clothes for your spooky look that no one else will have – it’s just a matter of being imaginative!
Alternatively hire or swap costumes to avoid buying. This will save money and reduce waste.
Check out this video by Love Your Clothes on making a ghost costume.
4. Party time without the waste
Halloween can be a great excuse to throw a party. What can be horrific is the amount of unnecessary waste that the can be avoided.
Plan ahead. Use the Love Food Hate Waste portion planner before shopping and only buy what you need. This will avoid over cooking.
Getting down to the catering needn’t be a wasteful affair if you avoid disposable plates, cutlery and napkins and use washable ones. If you don’t have enough to go around, just ask to borrow some from your friends or family for the night.
When you’re thinking about who to invite, avoid sending physical paper invites and try emailing or texting your friends instead.
If you’ve carved out a pumpkin lantern we’d love to see what you’ve come up by tweeting us the pics at @recycle4wales on Twitter and Instagram or via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/recycleforwales
The team at Recycle for Wales wishes you a fun and safe ‘All Hallows Eve’ this year!