School parties are often filled with waste and a lot of trash that ends up in our landfills every day. If your child’s school is having a Halloween party, you might wonder how to make it more eco-friendly. Having a zero-waste Halloween party for your child’s school is one way it can become eco-friendly. Having a zero-waste Halloween party at your child’s school can be difficult but here are some easy steps you can take.
1. Buy recycled plastic silverware, cups, and plates if you want to make your child’s Halloween party at school zero-waste. Buying recycled items are a great way to conserve natural resources and they also can be reused more than once. If your child’s school has a lot of parties each year, you can just wash the plastic items to reuse again later in the year. You can buy these items at your local grocery store or retail store and it will only cost you about $10. The recycled plastic silverware, cups, and plates are also great because you can take them to the recycling center where they can be recycled again. Plastic products are great for a child’s school party because you can place them in a container instead of throwing them in the trash bins. Have your child bring three biodegradable trash bags so that way each item can be sorted so it can be taken to the recycling center.
2. If your child’s Halloween party consists of candy and food, you might try to buy organic candy and food products. There are a lot of organic candies on the market, and they are healthier than other options. Organic foods and candy will probably cost you more in the grocery store, but in the long-term it is worth it. If you have a natural food store around, you can go in there and look at the variety of candy that they sell. Whole food stores are usually filled with various sweet treats that would be great options for a zero-waste school party. Often times, individual candy is wrapped with a recycled product or a biodegradable product that will breakdown in the environment. There are also many different chips and snacks that are organic and they are also in a biodegradable package. Using organic candies for your child’s Halloween party is a great way to be more eco-friendly and healthier too.
3. If your child’s classroom Halloween party allows it, you might also consider buying beverages in plastic containers. Beverages in plastic containers are great because instead of throwing them away, you can recycle them. Various beverages come in plastic containers now such as juice, milk, carbonated beverages, and even tea or lemonade. Once the children have emptied a plastic container, they can set it aside so it can be taken to a recycling center. Most beverages usually do come in plastic containers at the grocery store, but always look to make sure. The plastic bottles and jugs are recycled to make new items so there is no waste going into the landfills since they are not biodegradable.
4. Instead of the children bringing in candy and goody bags, they can make their own arts and crafts instead. Goody bags filled with candy is always something children look forward to but it is not very eco-friendly. Encourage the children to focus their attention on making a craft that they can keep or give to a parent. You can buy some organic fabrics at a craft store for about three dollars, and it is good quality material. You can also buy a lot of craft supplies at the craft store that are made from organic or recycled products. All you have to do is look on the craft supplies to see if it says it is made from organic or recycled materials. Using craft supplies made out of recycled material is a great way to become eco-friendly even in the classroom. The good thing about using organic and recycled craft supplies is that the child can throw the craft away without hurting the environment.
5. Decorate the classroom with items such as pumpkins, leaves, and webbing made out of organic cotton. Zero-waste decorating for your child’s Halloween party at school is actually easier than you might think, and has lasting benefits. Instead of using paper decorations, you can buy some pumpkins so that the children can make jack-o-lanterns out of them. The children could also decorate the pumpkins with their recycled craft supplies for another option. Pumpkins are a great decoration to have in the classroom because they will decompose on their own. Once the Halloween party is over, the children can either bring them home to turn into pie, or they can put them outside so it can decompose. Using webbing made out of organic cotton is also a great way to create a zero-waste Halloween party and it only costs a couple dollars at a local craft store. You might also decide to use items from the outside to decorate the classroom for the Halloween party. You can go outside with your child and pick out some pine cones, leaves, branches and other items found in nature. These items can be placed around the classroom for decorations that are beautiful and eco-friendly. A lot of items you find in nature are also biodegradable and will turn into compost after a while back out in the environment.
6. You can also turn the games at your child’s classroom party into zero-waste by putting a new spin on them. You can do a classic game of bobbing for apples and then reuse the water to water somewhere outside the classroom. You can buy organic apples at the grocery store and have the children bob for a couple and then eat the ones they got. The children being able to eat the apples they picked out will make sure the apples do not go to waste. The core of the apple is able to be composted in a garden and is also biodegradable which is great. The water from the apple bobbing can be used to water a garden outside of the school or it can be used to water indoor plants. You can use the zero-waste method on many different games and it is a great way for your child’s classroom to be eco-friendly. Being eco-friendly does not mean your child can not have fun, but instead teaches them about recycling and not wasting reusable materials.