We’re all for reusing and recycling holiday decor — the less things we have to buy, the less clutter in our homes! According to a NPR report, out of the 1.9 billion pounds of pumpkins produced in the United States in 2014, most were thrown out and generated more greenhouse gas emissions.
That got us wondering: how could we reuse our Halloween pumpkins this year? Turns out there are many ways, from decorating, to eating, to even using them to create moisturizing facial and hair masks.
Becoming savvy and resourceful with what you have in your home is a great quality that many organized people share. Depending on the condition of your pumpkins, here are several ways to recycle them:
1. Decorate With It
Use vegetable oil to prevent your pumpkin from drying out and rotting and it instantly becomes apart of your fall harvest decor. You can place them on kitchen tables, use them as decorative bowls, candle holders and outdoor planters.
2. Eat It
This is by far the easiest way to reuse your pumpkin. If there aren’t any bruises, soft spots or mold cook your pumpkin into a delicious treat your entire family will enjoy! Pumpkins are high in fiber and their seeds can be rich in potassium and protein. From creating pumpkin pies to a delicious spicy hummus, there are recipes for every person in your family to enjoy. Check out our Pinterest page to see our favorite pumpkin recipes.
3. Wear It
Pumpkins are rich in vitamins and minerals. Making it a great base for face masks. Simply combine 2 tablespoons of pumpkin mash with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and a few drops of milk or water. Mix and apply to your face with clean hands, using fingertips to gently massage the skin using a circular motion. Let it sit for about 20 minutes then wash off.
Lastly, if you can’t reuse the rest of your Halloween decorations (right now) Stashable will pick them up, store them and deliver them back for Halloween next year. Our customers store everything from decorations, to costumes, to treat bags and tableware. For more information about what you can store visit our FAQ page.