Eco Friendly Halloween: Spooky and Sustainable

Eco Friendly Halloween: Spooky and Sustainable

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Halloween can be spooooky in many ways and we don’t just mean the skeletons, witches and goblins. It can have a scary impact on the environment with single-use items creating unnecessary waste such as new costumes and decorations every year!  

We know it can be challenging to be sustainable especially when it comes to holidays. So, here are our top costume and decoration tricks for a greener Halloween:   


While we love outfit repeating, we know that not everyone wants to dress up in the same costume every year! But, you can reduce waste by not purchasing a new costume this year. Here are some repurposed and recycled ideas for costumes that will have you looking gourd-geous!:  

1. Reuse or repurpose previous years costumes  
    Instead of buying a new costume, try wearing costumes from previous years or even making your own with garments, fabric or items you have lying around your home! Maybe last year’s costume was a cowboy and this year, it could be repurposed as a space cowboy with a few simple homemade accessories.  
    2. Costume swaps 
    Tired of all the costumes you have dressed up in? No worries, maybe you can swap costumes with a friend or family member. This way all your costumes get to be enjoyed again! Not only is it cost effective, but costume swap parties are a lot of fun. Put all your old costumes to use and keep them out of the landfill at the same time.  
    3. Thrift your costume  
    Instead of purchasing a new costume or accessories, try visiting your local thrift shop. Our top thrift tips for costumes would be to come up with an idea for your costume and then piece your costume together one garment at a time or find a statement piece of clothing or accessory, get inspired and base your whole outfit around that piece. Bonus, many thrift stores benefit non-profit organizations, so you will be supporting the community and purchasing pre-loved items. More inside tips for second hand shopping here 
     4. The power of make-up 
    Buying a new costume every year can be a hassle and lead to more waste. Instead, try using clothing that you already have and elevating your costume with face or body make-up. Pro tip: skip the make-up wipes and remove your makeup with one of our gentle facial cleansers like Bliss Bar or Deep Green. 



    What’s a holiday without decorations? We know that decorating helps get everyone in the spirit of Halloween and caring for the planet doesn’t mean you have to cut out decorations. We’re here to help with some low impact tricks for a Boo-tiful Halloween 👻 

    1. Compostable decorations 
    Pumpkins, squash, gourds, corn stalks and hay are great compostable decoration options. You can be festive with lots of decorations and support your local farmers! BUT make sure to compost or feed them to a furry friend instead of throwing them in to landfill. 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins end up in landfill every year when they could’ve been composted - this isn't the kind of spooky news we like to hear! 
    2. Reusable decorations  
      Ditch single-use decorations for good by choosing decorations you can reuse and repurpose for years to come. While we love thrifting and second hand finds, sometimes you may find yourself having to buy new. Which is okay! When buying new decorations, we recommend being conscious of what you are purchasing and consider if are you going to be able to reuse it for a few years? Is this décor high quality and built to last?  Being mindful of your purchases is a great start to being greener.   
      3. Get crafty  
        Check out that craft closet or even look at the things you might have thrown away like cardboard to create something spooktacular. You can make decorations out of cardboard like cutout tombstones and pumpkins. DIY decorations are the perfect way to personalize your decorations to your liking. RIP Plastic ⚰️  

        4. Lights 
          If you are going to light up the outside of your house be sure to choose a more environmentally friendly option. Instead of fluorescent, incandescent lights, choose LED lights! LED lights help to conserve energy, are more durable and last longer.

          It’s important to remember that even one single use swap this Halloween can make a difference. 

          From the Ethique team, we Witch everyone a Happy Halloween! 🎃