Our Top Tips for a more Sustainable Halloween
Just like any other 'holiday' or celebration, Halloween can create a lot of mess! We love a party, but know that it can often come hand in hand with producing a lot of waste, lots of which is single use and non-recyclable.
We don't want to dwell on the statistics, fact and figures, we want to focus on how we can have a more sustainable Halloween, with less waste. Less waste does not equal less fun!
Below are 4 ways in which you can have a more environmentally friendly Halloween:
PYOP - We would 100% recommend picking your own pumpkins, instead of buying plastic decorative ones. There are so many different pumpkins, all types of shapes and sizes. There are lots of farms which offer the PYO option, making it a really fun place to have a quality family day out, with lots of photo opportunities.
We can appreciate why so many people buy plastic pumpkins; they can be used multiple times and are easy to clean however, realistically, many families do not keep them to be used year after year and plastic can take between 500-1000 years to break down at landfill. Alternatively, pumpkins will biodegrade and can be cooked after use or placed into your compost/food waste bin.
Speaking of eating pumpkins - below is a GoodFood recipe for Pumpkin Soup. Tried and tested and it is delicious!
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 1kg pumpkin or squash (try kabocha), peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks
- 700ml vegetable stock or chicken stock
- 150ml double cream
For the croutons
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 slices wholemeal seeded bread, crusts removed
- handful pumpkin seeds
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently cook 2 finely chopped onions for 5 mins, until soft but not coloured.
Add 1kg pumpkin or squash, cut into chunks, to the pan, then carry on cooking for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until it starts to soften and turn golden.
Pour 700ml vegetable or chicken stock into the pan and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the squash is very soft.
Pour 150ml double cream into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a hand blender. For an extra-velvety consistency you can pour the soup through a fine sieve. The soup can now be frozen for up to 2 months.
To make the croutons: cut 4 slices wholemeal seeded bread into small squares.
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan, then fry the bread until it starts to become crisp.
Add a handful of pumpkin seeds to the pan, then cook for a few mins more until they are toasted. These can be made a day ahead and stored in an airtight container.
- STEP 8
Reheat the soup if needed, taste for seasoning, then serve scattered with croutons and seeds and drizzled with more olive oil, if you want.
Second Hand Decorations - if you are someone who likes to go 'all out' for the occasion, buying second hand bunting, streamers, cobwebs etc. is a brilliant way to help be that bit more sustainable, as well as keeping the costs down. There are lots of places you can shop second hand; charity shops, Freecycle, Facebook Marketplace and boot fairs. Another option is to make your own! This can be a fun activity to do with your family and something for your children to be really proud of.
Sustainable Sweet Treats - if you have the time and resources, making biscuits and cupcakes is a fabulous alternative to buying plastic wrapped sweets. So many people appreciate small homemade touches and the process can be really enjoyable.
Using food waste apps, such as OLIO is a brilliant way to be more sustainable. OLIO saves surplus food which would otherwise be thrown away. This is a great way to be a bit different, a bit alternative, with the treats you decide to leave out for your Trick or Treater's! Pastries, instead of Smarties!
Costumes! - If you have family and friends with similar aged children, you could swap costumes and really take advantage of the joy of hand-me-downs. Buying preloved is an awesome option. Shopping second hand really slows down fast fashion and absolutely does wonders for the environment - so many clothes are thrown away when they are in perfectly good condition!
We hope you have found our suggestions useful and would love to hear if you give any of them a go!
We still have some preloved Halloween costumes available on our online shop! Head to our home page to see what's up for grabs.
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Lily and Oscar x