Top 5 Tips for a Plastic Free Halloween!
Plastic Waste really has become Halloween's Scariest Nightmare!! Are you truly terrified by the mass of plastic tat found everywhere at Halloween? Looking for some top tips on keeping Halloween low waste without compromising on the fun factor?
Check out our Top 5 Tips for a Plastic Free Halloween...
1. DIY Costumes
Did you know that most Halloween costumes on sale at major retailers in the UK are made up of 90% plastic, mainly polyester? Considering the number of costumes bought, sold and thrown away every year, this can equate to over 2600 tonnes of plastic waste! And that's just the costumes, you only have to visit a major supermarket and you'll see aisle upon aisle full of plastic accessories and decorations, designed for single use and destined for landfill.
Making your own costume can feel like a 'scary' proposition, saved for those who are super creative, however some of the best Halloween costumes are the simplest. You can go old 'ghoul' with the classic white bed sheet - most of us will already own one and you can keep it afterwards to use for painting or DIY.
How about looking through those clothes that are really past their best and not good for charity? Simply shred the clothes to create the perfect zombie costume. Add a little red food colouring for blood to get the full effect!
Have you got a black top and trousers/leggings? How about creating a superstitious black cat by adding a tail and some face paint? Or maybe you'd rather be a skeleton by adding white tape to create bones! The best bit is that you can simply rip off the tape when your done and carry on enjoying your black clothing. Take peek at the following video for instructions.
DIY not for you? Pop along to your local charity shop where you'll find a great range of second hand costumes. They'll cost a fraction of the price of new one and can be donated back or passed on after use.
2. Zero Waste Pumpkin
I've never understood why so many retailers label their pumpkins as 'carving pumpkins'. The danger here is that it gives people the perception that the pumpkin can't be eaten therefore increasing the chances of the contents being discarded. They may not taste as great as a home grown pumpkin but they are certainly edible.
Pumpkins are really good for you, taste delicious and are really versatile. How about a cake, hummus, tart, tagine, risotto, curry ... the possibilities are endless. Keep it simple with the following Pumpkin Soup Recipe.
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
• 1.5kg pumpkin
• Olive oil
• 1 teaspoon dried chilli
• 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
• 1 large onion
• 3 cloves garlic
• 1 carrot
• 1 stick of celery
• 1 litre hot vegetable stock
Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F. Half the pumpkin and remove the seeds (you can keep these for roasting), then chop into wedges. Place the pumpkin on two large baking trays and drizzle over a little olive oil. In a pestle and mortar, grind the chilli and coriander seeds with a pinch of salt until finely ground. Sprinkle the spices over the pumpkin with some black pepper. Roast the pumpkin for 1 hour, or until soft and slightly caramalised at the edges.
Meanwhile, roughly chop the onion, garlic, carrot and celery. Heat a lug of olive oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan then add the vegetables and cook for 15 minutes, or until soft and sweet but not coloured.
When the squash is ready, add to the pan with the hot stock. Blend with a stick blender, adding a little more water if you like a thinner consistency. Ladle into bowls and add you favourite toppings.
Supermarkets tell us they're trying to reduce their plastic offerings however you've only got to look down their aisles at Halloween to see mountains of plastic tat destined for the bin!
Get crafty and avoid the tat by making your own decorations that can be reused. Involve the kids for a fun activity and make some lovely memories for years to come! Take a look at the following video for some easy Halloween Crafts to make with your children...
4. Reusable Bag for treats
You don't need to get a plastic orange bucket for you little ones to store their Halloween treats. Take a little look at home to see what you already have and simply 'Halloweenify' it! Decorate an old bag or add a homemade decoration to any bag to spook it up!
Don't have an old canvas bag? You could decorate paper bags like this ...
If all else fails you could always go 'old ghoul' and take a pillow case!
5. Homemade or Plastic Free Halloween Treats
Make Halloween devilishly good with a scary selection of homemade creepy cookies, spooky sweets and Eerie eyeball pops! Get baking or decorating with the kids and create some lasting Halloween memories.
Visit https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/halloween for some great recipe ideas. If baking isn't your forte you could opt for some of the simpler recipes. The great thing is that they don't need to look perfect - the messier they are the more scary they'll look!
What's your favourite Low Waste Halloween Hack?
Let us know what your favourite Halloween Hack is in the comments below!
Eco Beau x