pumpkin pledge

Pumpkin Pledge

It’s estimated that 12.8 million pumpkins will be purchased and thrown away this year. On a global scale, we don't make full use of the food we have - every year, around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. And food waste contributes to the Climate Emergency because the production and transport of food uses up precious energy and resources.

But the good news is that pumpkins aren’t the only way to have fun at Halloween! There are lots of other ways to get creative and connect with others. That's why, this week, we are sharing seven alternative activities in the run up to Halloween that don't need to involve food waste. You can also look out for our 'Pumpkin Pledge' on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter channels - share it to spread the word and pledge a food waste-free Halloween.

Make your own salt dough Jack-O-Lantern

Watch our video to see how you can make your own reusable Jack-O-Lantern using salt dough.

Recipe ideas for a Spooky Supper

There are lots of creepy Halloween-themed recipes around. Why not host your own Spooky Supper? We’ve put together a selection of easy Halloween-themed recipes for you to try:

Cleaning up afterwards

If you did carve a pumpkin this year, find out if there’s a way for you to compost it – either through your local council, or home composting.

If you bought Halloween decorations or costumes, consider holding onto them to use again next year, or swapping them with friends. If you really don't want to keep them, but they are still reusable, they can be sold online, given away or donated to charity. If you're not sure how to dispose of something, search for it on our 'What Can We Recycle? A-Z of Materials'.

Published date
22 October 2020