Sustainability Tip: Let’s Stay Sustainable This Halloween

A Message from Estevan Baza, Operations Manager, Energy Conservation

Halloween is a festive holiday, where you get the chance to dress up in costumes and have an excuse to eat sweets and treats. But, it’s also a holiday that can work against your sustainability efforts of reducing waste and saving money.

Here are a few tips that will help you be spooky and sustainable on All Hallows’ Eve:

  1. Rent, recycle or reuse costumes: Costumes can be expensive, are often not sustainably made and you are likely not to use it again. Instead of purchasing a brand new costume, try buying/renting/trading a used costume or making a costume from old clothes or abandoned household items. For an example of an online company that sells/rents used costumes, click here.
  1. Paint your pumpkin and eat it too: Instead of carving your pumpkin and losing your chance to use the flesh later for yummy recipes — like pumpkin pie, muffins or bread — paint it! Painting gives you more artistic freedom, preserves the pumpkin longer and is safer for children to participate in. Lower your emissions by purchasing locally grown pumpkins.
  1. Buy only enough: As tempting as it may be to take advantage of candy sales and decorations, don’t go overboard. Leftover candy will end up going to waste.

With these tips in mind, I hope you have a happy and enjoyable Halloween.

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