How to have a spookily sustainable Halloween


How to have a spookily sustainable Halloween

Halloween is a notoriously scary time of year! But our climate future doesn’t have to be. An abundance of food, costumes and single-use plastic decorations are generated during celebrations. And it is no surprise that this creates an equally significant amount of waste. So, it is important that we keep the environment in mind all year round.

On average, people in the UK spend an astounding £300 million in preparation for Halloween every year. By choosing more sustainable options during these celebrations, not only will you reduce your environmental impact, you could also save money.

So, what are some of the ways you can ensure you have a green Halloween this year?

Creepy costumes

Thousands of Halloween costumes are purchased around the UK every year. Halloween costumes are often made of cheap materials by employees that work for minimal wages, often in dangerous conditions. And the cheaper prices regularly entice unknowing customers.

This must change if we are to reduce the negative impact of fast fashion on our planet. According to the New York Times, over 85% of discarded clothes end up in landfills. Increasingly made from synthetic materials, many of these garments won’t decay, and instead pollute our land and seas.

It is vital that even during these celebrations we remember to reduce, reuse and recycle. Refashioning costumes from previous years, or using things around the house, can help to keep your carbon footprint down. It is also a chance to get creative! Get the kids involved by providing them with white bedsheets, cardboard boxes and crayons and let their ghostly imaginations run free.

Sustainable Decorations

Believe it or not, Halloween decorations can be both scary and sustainable! Using LED lights to light up your haunted house of horrors can keep your environmental impact low, while you have fun. As the nights get darker, it is worth investing in LED lighting to save money, conserve energy and cut emissions.

At ESS, we offer a survey of your business that will help us to advise you on the best and most effective lighting solutions for you.

If you’re not into decorations or trick or treating, there are other ways of keeping your emissions down. Try switching off the lights and lighting some candles. Or turn down the heating, opt for blankets instead and nestle down for a scary film marathon.

Watch out for the waste

Halloween is a time for sweets galore. But in the excitement of trick or treating, the amount of waste generated through wrappers, discarded pumpkins and old costumes can be just as haunting as the ghosts and ghouls.

Last year, 13 million Halloween pumpkins became food waste in the UK. According to reports conducted by the charity Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the UK generated a staggering 9.5 million tonnes of food waste in 2018. As climate change becomes more worrisome, it is essential that we don’t waste our resources unnecessarily.

Making your own treats could significantly reduce the amount of packaging that could go to waste if you buy them in. If you are simply not interested in making your own sweet treats, try buying sweets in bulk to avoid individual wrappers.

How can ESS help?

It is up to us to make sure we steer away from a frightful future. And the environment must be kept in mind this Halloween, and all year round.

Becoming sustainable should be a priority for everyone. Through efficient energy management and ethical waste disposal, we can help our clients to cut costs and reduce the harmful impact.

We start with a free audit of your current waste measures, analysing the steps of your waste management process and the related costs. This gives us a great overview of the changes you can make, as well as any cost-saving measures that may be applicable.

Get in touch today to find out more about how ESS can help you to become sustainable – both this Halloween, and all year round.

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