How to Stay Green during Halloween
By Laura Klapperich
With everyone’s favourite holiday right around the corner, Greenpop is here to remind you that while Halloween may be spooky, the future of our planet doesn’t have to be! Halloween is a fun holiday that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, but unfortunately can also be quite wasteful. Follow these simple tips and tricks to keep your Halloween green (not ghostly)!  It’s all about Reducing, Reusing & Recycling!
Family at the Hogsback Festival of Trees
Compost organic waste

Don’t throw away your organic waste, compost it! This Halloween, instead of letting your leftover food & treats rot in a landfill, turn them into nutrient-rich fertiliser for your plants and trees. And don’t forget – you can compost your pumpkins and gourds too! The more you chop the pumpkin the easier is the decomposing process. Let the microbes celebrate their own Halloween pumpkin feast.

Upcycle & reuse decorations

Repurpose household items you already own to create your Halloween decorations this year. Turn toilet paper rolls into bats. Transform tin cans into ghosts. Create pumpkin magnets out of bottle caps. You can also upcycle your candy wrappers, which are not recyclable, and turn them into chunky beads, bookmarks or even bracelets. Your options are only limited by your imagination. If you’re not into handicraft works, then stuff your plastic and other non-recyclable waste into an ecobrick till it’s tight, and drop it off at a collection point (like Greenpop’s Nursery).

Vegan recipes

Don’t throw your pumpkin leftovers away! You can either toast the seeds for tasty treats or prepare some delicious things like pumpkin pie, muffins, bread, soup or stew. Moreover, a lot of Halloween-inspired vegan recipes can be found online. Find a new favourite recipe or come up with your own and share it with us. Witch Fingers are a fun Halloween treat which look fantastic and are easy to make. There are few ingredients needed, and your friends, colleagues and kids will love them!

DIY costumes

Looking for a Halloween costume that will completely transform your look? Get your friends together and participate in a costume swap! Not only will this save you some money, but it will reduce waste as well. Nearly 6,250 tons of landfill waste are created by costumes each year, so do your part to reduce this by giving your old costumes to friends! If you have a costume that is in good shape but you don’t feel like wearing it anymore, upcycle it or donate it! Or have a look at the second-hand shop next door. Be creative and mix different pieces of clothing to make your own fantastic costume!

Plastic-free party

For a truly eco-friendly Halloween party say goodbye to plastic cutlery and crockery. Use real dishes – if you don’t have enough ask your guests to bring their own. Biodegradable ones are an alternative too. In order to keep the quantity as low as possible, use a marker to identify the cups so that guests can re-use their own cup. Moreover, provide beverages in plastic-free containers such as glass containers.

Women in Sustainability: Meet our Head of Programmes, Zoë Gauld-Angelucci

Women in Sustainability: Meet our Head of Programmes, Zoë Gauld-Angelucci

For this year’s Women’s Day in South Africa, we want to introduce a woman in sustainability who inspires us daily. After earning a Master’s degree in Development Studies, she joined Greenpop in 2014. When she is not heading up programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa, you can find her spending time with her family, tending to her garden, practising Italian, and searching for the best pizza in the Mother City. Get to know Zoë Gauld-Angelucci!

15 Things You Can Do To Make A Difference On World Environment Day

15 Things You Can Do To Make A Difference On World Environment Day

World Environment Day is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and has been held annually since 1974. The goal of the day of action is to promote environmental awareness and draw attention to crucial concerns around our planet’s survival, that require active engagement and commitment. Today, the day represents one of the largest global platforms for environmental action, with millions of participants from around the world. Each World Environment Day focuses on a specific issue that reflects urgent problems and challenges of our time, such as climate change, biodiversity loss or pollution.

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