More sustainable Halloween

The custom adopted from the US of going from house to house in disguise on the evening of 31 October and demanding sweets has also become increasingly popular in Germany in recent years. However, the miniature chocolate bars and gummy bears are all individually wrapped in plastic film. For hygiene reasons alone, this is difficult to avoid, even if the American model involves handing out homemade sweets or popcorn in paper bags. Particularly conscious parents even hand out healthy snacks such as apples or small sugar-free gifts such as Flummis and pencils.

But how can environmental awareness and fun sweets be reconciled?

Aluminium foil - It's not just at Easter and Christmas that small portions of chocolate come in aluminium foil packaging. In addition to year-round versions of baubles or hearts, there is also chocolate with motif packaging for Halloween - from ghosts wrapped entirely in aluminium foil to spiders with cardboard legs. Aluminium foil belongs in the yellow bag or bin and is highly recyclable.

Paper - chewy sweets, toffees and hard caramels, such as at carnival time, come in wax paper, which is at least thermally recyclable.

Cardboard - not only sultanas, but also colourful chocolate lentils are available in small cardboard boxes, which are ideal for this occasion. Even the outer packaging that holds a batch of boxes together is now made of paper and contains disposal instructions.

As an alternative to collecting and handing out sweets, a small Halloween party with friends is a great opportunity to enjoy sweets to your heart's content without any plastic waste. Buckets, decorations and costumes can also be enjoyed without a guilty conscience if they are reused year after year or bought and sold on the 2nd market.

Old Halloween pumpkins can be easily composted and should not be left out for wild animals.

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