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
The carbon footprint of the average wrapped piece of candy is considerably higher than produce or other types of food such as bread, a study by Carbon Trust found that one gram of chocolate produced 3.45 grams of carbon dioxide footprint.
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.
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.
3. Pumpkin Care Fundamentals
Composting pumpkins can cost as little as 25$, and considering over 19,000 tons of Pumpkins are purchased each Halloween, Pumpkin disposal is important.
Not into composting? There are many other ways to creatively use Halloween pumpkins after Halloween. A couple ideas:
Cook it (Pumpkin Puree)
Make a planter
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.
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!
Stay tuned for our next blog post tomorrow!
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