The spooky season is upon us! Well, almost. As we wind down the days till Halloween, one of my favourite holidays, it has become more than apparent that this year our Holidays will look and feel extremely different. Whether its a person limit or an early curfew, its undeniable we won’t be celebrating the season how we usually would, or how we would like to.
As heartbreaking as this is, it doesn’t mean our holidays are over. We can find slower, more cautious ways of celebrating. These strange and unfamiliar circumstances can provide us with a chance to reflect; to look upon how we live our lives, our priorities, and our attitudes to the world around us. If you read our post on how to make your Halloween costume sustainable, you’ll know one of the things I have been reflecting upon is the environmental impact our holidays have.
The holidays are wonderful, joyous, and exciting times, but they come at an economic and environmental cost. The twinkly lights, plastic pumpkins, and polyester ensembles can be extremely intoxicating, but they run the risk of heading to landfill once the holiday season has drawn to a close.
Here’s how we’re hoping to reduce unnecessary waste this spooky season, and the small steps you can take if you want to do the same.
Be an Outfit Repeater!
As a huge advocate of being an outfit repeated, I believe we should be applying this mantra to everything in life. There is no shame in indulging in a few Halloween decorations and a cute costume you feel great in, but there is shame in only liking the items you buy enough to wear once. If you’re going to invest in something new this year, have a quick think about the lifespan of this item: is it going to end up in the back of the wardrobe after one wear? Is it going to fall apart and crumble after one use? Make sure the items you buy for the holidays are an investment, not an impulse buy.
Make it at Home!
I know in an ideal world we’d be making everything homemade, but often modern life doesn’t warrant such time-consuming activities. Now, the majority of us are finding unoccupied hours in our day that we can use to engage in creative activities. Utilise this spare time to try something creative. This year, make your decorations by carving pumpkins and squashes (make sure to make some dreamy soups with the inside). Bake your treats instead of purchasing them, and get dust-off the sewing machine to upcycle last years costume. Taking the time to connect and physically engage with these activities will make you more appreciative of the holidays, and the authentic joy they can bring– something a speedy amazon order severely lacks.
Thrifting has become a massive industry. You can buy pretty much anything pre-loved and still in good condition. Many charity shops and thrift stores are structured like businesses; they capitalise of the seasons and tailor their stock accordingly. The increasing gentrification of charity shops (a debate for another time), means you can get pretty much what you want when you want it. During Halloween, many of these stores will curate seasonal displays from the items they’ve been sent, with lots of pre-loved Halloween items to browse through.
Borrow, Don’t Buy
A great incentive if you’re trying to go zero waste this holiday season is to borrow, not buy. If you’re hoping to cut down on your consumerism this season, you can borrow or rent your outfits and interiors to still indulge in the fun of the season. Ask your friends if they have any spare decorations or a Halloween costume sitting in storage. You can rent your costume online or from local businesses, read more about this here. Or, if you already own some Halloween items, but you’re a little tired and uninspired by them, suggest a swap with a friend; you each get a whole new set of Halloween goodies without having to buy new or invest a penny!
Creativity is an essential component of sustainability. Being creative, thinking up new and unique ideas, and being open to minded will make your sustainability journey a lot easier and a whole lot more enjoyable. Use this period of uncertainty and unprecedented change to engage with the more meaningful moments in life. Slow down, connect with the present moment, and enjoy creating things from the resources you have developed and nourished in your surroundings. Right now is the perfect opportunity to try something new. Don’t be discouraged if things don’t go to plan and don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t fully achieve the goals you set– sometimes we can’t resist a twinkly pair of pumpkin lights.
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