The Environmental Impact Of Halloween – it’s scary!

Halloween is great fun for children and this is in no way trying to be a kill joy. However, Halloween does create a horrifying (!) amount of waste so here are some tips to help you reduce your impact, and keep your spirits up!

The environmental impact of sweets is huge. There is the growing of sugar and cocoa which requires chemical inputs, water and can be the reason for deforestation. The packaging too can be excessive and is almost always not recyclable. Here is the trick – try to buy sweets with as little packaging as possible, if chocolate try to buy Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance and only give out one treat per child, this will save you money, save their teeth and their waistline and help the environment in a small way.

Props and Costumes
Try not to buy new props and costumes. The growing of cotton or the making of synthetic materials all use energy, water and cause pollution. Instead use old costumes and repurpose them, buy from a charity shop, borrow or swap with friends.
Plastic props are not easily recyclable so again try to reuse, borrow or swap. Plastic does not biodegrade and remains in the environment for a very long time, getting broken into smaller and smaller pieces. It ultimately ends up being eaten by animals where it can eventually kill them or end up in the human food chain.
The spooky thing is, if you cannot give your Halloween props to someone or a charity shop, check at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre it may be that you can recycle them as ‘hard plastic’.
The very best pumpkin to have at Halloween and the one with the most fun is one you have grown yourself. Save the seeds from this year’s pumpkin and grow some for next year, it is very easy. If you haven’t got a garden try growing in a pot (although it will have to be a big one!). Have competitions in your family or with friends to see who can grow the biggest pumpkin. If you can’t grow your own then buy locally and keep the food miles down.
Importantly don’t throw the insides of your pumpkin away. Keep the seeds and roast (if not keeping for planting next year) and with the flesh you can make a pumpkin cake, pumpkin soup or pumpkin pie.
If you would like to know more about the environmental impact of your business and how to reduce it and the associated costs, please feel free to ring us on 01746 552423 or email

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