As a society we have grown more and more eco conscious and rightly so. We now find ourselves consciously trying to make choices that are better not just for us but also for our planet. When holidays like Halloween come around, we begin to wonder if there is anything we can do to avoid making unnecessary waste. We have created a useful guide to help you keep your Halloween decorations eco – friendly without having to compromise on style.
Traditionally pumpkins are hallowed out, carved and a tea light is added to create a lantern. Not only is this process time consuming but they don’t tend to last very long afterwards. Once the air is inside a pumpkin it starts to break down the structure, coupled with the heat from a candle, pumpkins only tend to look good for one night.
Painting pumpkins is a trend on the rise and it’s easy to see why with the endless possibilities of designs. This means any left over Claypaint you may have lying around in your shed can be used to create a monochrome effect centre piece that perfectly matches your interior. Alternatively you could purchase some of our small sample pots in different colours and create different designs. With the super thick creamy consistency, our Claypaint is easy to apply and dries quickly to a reveal super matt finish. By painting your pumpkins, not only will they be unique but they will last much longer. Furthermore with our bio degradable Claypaint your pumpkins can be put on the compost heap when your’re done.
Before you go ahead and scoop the contents of the pumpkin into the bin, let us tell you about the amazing goodness that pumpkins (including the gooey innards) have to offer. Pumpkins are super rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants meaning that they are incredible healthy. Everything except the stalk can be eaten and as a result it can help towards boosting your immune system, lower risks of certain cancers and promote a healthy heart and skin. Furthermore pumpkins and their seeds are really versatile and can be added to both sweet and savoury dishes. Country Living have even created a blog with over 25 delicious pumpkin recipes, click here to read…you won’t be disappointed!
If you really can’t face the thought of eating pumpkin, there are some furry little friends that will. During winter it’s a struggle for wildlife to find enough food so pumpkin leftovers would be very much welcomed. Chop up your pumpkin once you’re finished with it and leave it in a wooded area to feed our furry friends.
Did you know that you can save the seeds of your pumpkin to plant for next year? This means you not only get to watch your pumpkin grow and harvest it yourself next Autumn but, also saves you money whilst encouraging biodiversity at the same time!
All you need to do is take the pumpkin seeds and dry them on some kitchen towel. Then place them in a ziplock bag and place in your fridge until May or early June. This is the perfect time to sow your seeds when the weather is warm. You should place two or three seeds per hole in the soil and space them 3cm apart. They should then be covered with a plastic sheet for at least two weeks to encourage germination. Finally you can reap the rewards of growing your own pumpkins when it comes to harvesting and painting again in time for Halloween.
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