Low Waste Halloween Candy | Zero Waste Journey
Low Waste Halloween Candy | Zero Waste Journey
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Years ago, I graciously accepted Halloween candy wrapped in single-use plastics without a second thought. The copious amounts of sugar were welcomed－combine that with dressing up in a costume and Halloween was one of my absolute favourite holidays.
Fast forward fifteen years, I began to realize the impact that we have on the planet; learning about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Microplastics that have made their way into the Arctic. Now I have a different view of Halloween…which is much more depressing. But I do have a young daughter and I want her to have a good experience growing up, too. Where’s the middle ground? Is a low waste Halloween even achievable?
Low Waste Halloween Candy Ideas
We live in a rural area without many children, for the past couple years we haven’t bothered with Halloween. However, I’m still undecided on how to approach Halloween when there comes a time that my own daughter wants to go out trick-or-treating.
Over 20 Trick-or-Treaters
Foil Wrapped Candy
Chocolate wrapped in aluminum foil is recyclable and a great cost-effective option. You can’t control what happens to the candy wrapper after it is handed out, but at least you know it won’t end up as a Microplastics.
Examples: Hershey’s Kisses, Peanut Butter Cups, Caramel Chocolate, Chocolate Coins
Drinks in Aluminum Cans
Similar to foil wrapped candies these are endlessly recyclable. They are a relatively cost-effective option, the only downside is how heavy these can be to carry. After all, trick-or-treaters want to hit up as many places as they can! But hey, they still come with the sugar rush－so you’re not the Halloween Scrooge.
Example: Cans of Pop
Candy in Cardboard Packaging
It’s been a while since I’ve purchased candy, but if I remember correctly there are a few brands that package their products in cardboard boxes. If these come in a plastic bag, repurpose it for your garbage bin; it’s only single-use if you use it once!
Examples: Popeyes Candy Sticks, Smarties (The Canadian version), Nerds
You might enjoy: The Plight of Plastic: Zero Waste Journey
Less than 20 Trick-or-Treaters
You can definitely opt to use any of the options listed above, but if you’re feeling creative here’s a couple more choices:
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We’re all ready for this year’s plastic-free Hallowe’en! I upped the ante this year and added some word searches to the pencil crayons. Hopefully people like them! I know that some will roll their eyes at this. “Oh she’s no fun.” “Who wants school supplies on Hallowe’en?” “Do you have to suck the joy out of every holiday if you are living low waste?” To those people, I say Bah, Humbug! We had fun making these as a family and I am proud to provide a plastic-free, sugar-free, allergy-friendly alternative! Like many projects this took a little bit of time to put together and honestly cost a little more than I would probably spend on Hallowe’en (we got about 35 packages for $30). I purchased a paper word search book and tore out the pages – the cover of the book was used to make my sign! The pencil crayons are @crayola . I always feel good supporting this company. They are committed to using wood from planted trees instead of harvesting from natural forests. Solar panels are used to provide much of their energy! And Crayola also uses recycled plastic in their products. Sounds like a business heading in the right direction! How about you? Do you have plans for a low-waste Hallowe’en?t – #hopewedontgetegged #iwouldhavelikedtheseasakid #greenmum #torontomom #happyhalloween2019 #halloween2019 #trickortreat2019 #plasticfreeliving #plasticfreeparent #waronwaste #wastefree #sustainabletoronto #zerowastetoronto #zerowastecanada #greenliving #halloweenideas2019 #zerowastetips #ecotips
Crayons or Pencil Crayons
The Green Mum on Instagram shared a very clever idea of using pencil crayons, some leftover elastics and a few pages of colouring books for their halloween gift. I think this is an amazing idea!
If you know your neighbours and live in a relatively tight-knit community you might have some success creating halloween gift baggies with candy from bulk stores. As a parent I am cautious about this idea if you’re not well-known to your neighbours. I wouldn’t want my child eating something that isn’t factory sealed.
Examples: Gummy Treats, Chocolate, Licorice－the bulk choices are endless!
Less than five trick-or-treaters
If you’re a fan of baking, take some time to make a batch of delicious shortbread cookies cut into halloween shapes. Or maybe opt for a traditional (and well-loved) batch of chocolate chip! Again, this applies to people who know their neighbours relatively well.
Fairtrade Chocolate Bars
If you live in a rural community and have only a few children coming to knock on your door, this might be the most sustainable option. The chocolate industry is incredibly wasteful and ethically problematic, too.
I hope that this list has inspired you to choose from more creative low-waste Halloween candy choices this year. Let me know if there’s anything you can think of that I may have missed!