How to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle During Halloween!

 

The Halloween season is always a fun and exciting time to celebrate our creativity and individuality, but it can also be a very wasteful season. With the ease and convenience of the dollar store Halloween stop, we can forget how our choices affect our planet. Here are some simple reduce, reuse, and recycle tips that can help you have a fun, spooky, and green Halloween.

Candy

Consider giving out treats with recyclable wrapping. The aluminum that wrap Hershey’s kisses and Reese’s cups are recyclable in Los Angeles. Reminding trick-or-treaters that it can be recycled is important because they might not know it is or won’t remember from all the excitement of Halloween.

Instead of giving multiple candies to one person, consider giving one or two at most per person. It gives you an opportunity to save more for others to take a share and it’s better both for their health and the environment. There would be less waste being passed around and tossed in the trash and less sugar put into people’s systems. Chances are that the trick-or-treaters paying you a visit won’t notice the reduction in sugar.

For treats, try passing out items that can be used every day, such as erasers and pencils for kids and dental treats and loose change for adults. Something that can actually be put to use for more than one night will be preferable to both the trick-or-treaters and the environment instead of having single-use plastic toys being thrown away

Decorations

Reuse decorations from past Halloweens and try to see what can be up-cycled around the house such as recycled milk jugs and toilet paper rolls. Researching some tutorials for up-cycling material into decorations can help you save money, stimulate your creativity, and help in reducing what we put into our landfills. You can find some ideas here and on the LARA Pinterest boards.

If you find the absolute need to buy Halloween decorations, make a list of what you need and what you are going to buy. Reconsider some decorations and try to cut down wherever you can then stick to the list and try not to stray from it. Also, when purchasing Halloween decorations, consider buying items that are made with recycled content and/or recyclable material. Look for quality items that may be more expensive but can be reused year after year and end up saving you money and reducing the waste we put into our landfills in the long run.

Trick or Treating

Instead of driving around your neighborhood for trick-or-treating time, try carpooling to your trick-or-treating destination with your group and walking around your neighborhood. It is good exercise for everyone, and it reduces carbon emissions. Public transportation is another great alternative to getting to your trick-or-treating destination. If you plan in advance, you can find that there are plenty of buses and trains that stop around great trick-or-treating destinations and it is convenient for both families and single trick-or-treaters looking to trick-or-treat into the night.

Rather than hunting for candies and treats with plastic bags, try to reuse something from around your house.  A pillow case decorated with bright colors, a reusable shopping bag, even buckets are all good options for trick-or-treating and carrying your goods around this year.

Costumes

In lieu of purchasing a brand new costume and producing the carbon emission to go to the store or having all the excess packaging in it being shipped to your home, try visiting your local thrift store. The thrift store is a great option for up-cycled costumes and clothing. There are plenty of options to choose from and you can save money. With a little bit of creativity and an open mind you can find lots of great options to choose from.

An alternative to purchasing expensive and extravagant costumes, opt for a DIY costume using pieces you already have with only a few key items that need to be purchased. A simple ensemble or a collaboration with friends can prove to be more creative and unique than the store-bought costume that dozens of other people will also be wearing. There are tons of ways you can re-purpose your wardrobe into a costume all without leaving your own home. For some creative ideas you can look to the internet or follow our Pinterest Board.

When all the Halloween festivities are over, and you decide you don’t want your costume anymore or will never use it again, donate it to your local thrift shop or swap costumes with friends. The average American throws away 81 pounds of textile a year. You can do your part in keeping it out of the landfill and putting it to use

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