Halloween is one of the most popular holidays around the western world. It’s a night of glorious costumes, gorge-worthy candy, and spooky decorations. But have you wondered where all the candy wrappers, costumes, and decorations go, the next morning?
Some people repurpose and reuse their costumes and decorations, but many don’t.
According to statistics, most of this holiday waste, dominated by single-use plastics, ends up in landfills, worsening an already raging crisis: climate change. Just recently, in Pakistan, a developing country, climate change-linked deadly floods cost the country $40B in losses. Nearly 2,000 people, including children, lost their lives, and over 2.1 million people lost their homes.
Pakistan’s contribution to global climate change issue: less than 1%.
While climate change is a multi-layered problem, holiday waste is becoming a significant portion of it.
As Halloween continues to gain more popularity among the masses, and as an increasing number of people start celebrating it, there seems to be no end in sight to relieve the planet of all this holiday waste.
Here are 10 facts to give you an idea of how serious this problem has become.
While we do have a serious problem at our hands, we also have ways to spend the holidays with a more sustainable and eco-friendly conscience.
Here are 5 easy ways you can make your Halloween less scary for the planet.
Repurpose and recycle your Halloween costume. Don’t just throw it away.
Use biodegradable or reusable packaging for candies on Halloween.
Eat your pumpkin. Make recipes to use it. Compost it. Or feed it to the animals.
Donate or recycle Halloween decorations. Don’t put them in the waste-bins.
Ditch disposable utensils. Use glass plates or aluminum foils and pans.