Halloween is almost here again and whilst it’s great fun, one trip to the mall, tells you that boatloads of stuff has just been shipped across the world just to end up in local landfill.
So, whether you’re a keen crafter, a dedicated eco-warrior or just don’t like blowing money on cheap tat when you can make it yourself for free, here’s our tips on going green this Halloween.
- Don’t buy a costume! Recycle
Choose the closet of a loving family member and pick up some long forgotten items and “distress” them. Ketchup is a good blood substitute. If you pick a popular long forgotten item, then you might not even need the ketchup, once you’re found out. Old linen is a great option too and ripped socks make neat raggedy gloves
- Do buy pumpkins
You can grow them with planning, but give the local farmers a break! They’re the expert. Don’t forget to compost them.
- Make your own decorations.
Cardboard pizza boxes can be turned into creepy tombstones. Gather up dead branches for that post apocalyptic garden look.
- Walk don’t drive
It’s a great time to walk around the neighbourhood. If you have to drive then get GOFAR in your car. This handy gadget measures your emissions on every trip and nudges you to a more efficient driving style that cuts on fuel and pollution. Don’t foul the street by idling with the engine on if you’re parked up and look out for fast-moving, sugar-fuel kids.
- Party sustainably
Avoid plastic cups and cutlery. Paper cups can be recycled. Draw scary faces on them so people can keep track of their cup throughout a party.
- Horrifically green treats
Whilst it might be worth it just to see some long faces on the local kids, offering locally sourced, sugar free myco protein is probably not going to go down well. Mini popcorn in paper bags, dried fruit, honey sticks and granola bars are a halfway house, but realistically, this we’re all going to buy candies! Treehugger have some nice options.
Have fun and if you're interested in greener driving all year round, you might want to sign up for green driving tips or join GOFAR's driver community. Driving more efficiently is a great money saver as well as eco-friendly.