all STORIES

5 Tips to cut food and energy waste at the office and at home this weekend

Are you being as waste-free as possible with your Halloween festivities? Find out here. 

1. Buy your candy from sustainable manufacturers 

Billions of pieces of candy will be consumed this Halloween, with less than desirable eco effects
Billions of pieces of candy will be consumed this Halloween, with less than desirable effects to the environment. 

2. Prevent waste by decorating efficiently 

  • The average American will spend over 75$ this year on Halloween, and at least a quarter of that amount (28%) is spent on decorations. Unfortunately, many of these decorations are disposed of on November 1st. Waste from materials such as Halloween cards and party invitations should be mitigated, over 35% of solid waste in the United States is paper waste. 

  • Some Suggestions:

    Use free services like EventBrite instead of using paper invitations to your Halloween party at the office or at home

    Use non disposable plates, napkins, and clothes. Check out Craftgawker or Pinterest for inspiration on DIY decorations to avoid purchasing decorations. 

    Use LED lighting for your decorations, they are both cheaper and more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. 

LED Bulbs are by far the most efficient lighting option for your Halloween decorations.
LED Bulbs are by far the most efficient lighting option for your Halloween decorations. 
DIY Decorations are usually less wasteful than decorations which are purchased.
DIY Decorations are usually less wasteful than decorations which are purchased. 

3. Pumpkin Care Fundamentals 

Pumpkins are easily composted in products like the Geobin Composter 

4. Make a list when stocking up at the grocery store for your Halloween event

  • Just like regular grocery shopping, when buying supplies for Halloween festivities people can easily get carried away. Check out this extremely thorough article from Bon Apetit on how to efficiently buy groceries when stocking up for this weekend. 

  • For techies, check out these popular grocery management apps, or try a delivery service like Instacart to save time. 

Instacart could help you be a less wasteful shopper this Halloween. 

5. Make your own costume

  • American's spent $8 Billion on costumes in 2013. Similar to decorations,. costumes are often discarded after one use, and the resources used to manufacture them are wasted. 

  • There are thousands of ideas for DIY costumes and several great resources. Check out DIYhalloweencostume.com for some ideas and inspiration for a last minute do it yourself costume for that costume party!

Have a happy Halloween! We appreciate your readership!

Stay tuned for our next blog post tomorrow!

Follow Hazel Technologies LLC on Twitter Here

Follow HazelBlog, the official AgroScience Blog of Hazel Technologies LLC Here

About the Author

HazelBlog Staff

Hazel Technologies LLC

Suggested Stories

Rating 13 Top Food Waste Infographics from the Twittersphere

We rate 13 infographics displaying food waste statistics and trends that have been widely shared on Twitter.

5 Food Tech Startups across the globe trending in October

We found the most talked about food tech startups online in the past several weeks, and researched their business models and missions.