Month: February 2019

5 Tips for a sustainable Halloween

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Do you already know what you are going to disguise on the darkest night of the year? Halloween is just around the corner , but as with every popular party it is difficult to know how to measure yourself and enjoy the party while being sustainable and without spending a lot of money.

Today we put our batteries a few weeks before the party to help you celebrate in the most ‘eco’ and sustainable way possible.What do you say? Do you add to a sustainable halloween?

1. Reuse materials

The creativity to turn an old cube into a decorative element is a gift that many of us lack. Luckily we have internet and hundreds of tutorials ‘do it yourself’ (something like ‘do it yourself’, in English) to give us ideas. From making small ghost lamps with containers of crayons or hanging bats with recycled paper

Also when preparing a terrifying costume it is possible to reuse costumes from previous years and make them new with little effort and with things that we have at home.

2. Do you have a party?

It’s really cool to organize a party sometimes like this.Halloween is another excuse to get together with friends and family and have fun. If your thing is to invite enough people and with a couple of calls, sending invitations is the best option. But how to do it in a sustainable way?

Do not print the invitations on paper, prepare some digital invitations and send them by email, whatsapp, facebook, … by digital means you prefer! On the one hand you will save money, you will save paper and you will be more sustainable with the environment. You can also take advantage of the possibilities of digital formats. You can record a terrifying video, make an animated invitation, etc. The options are varied and more striking than on paper.

3. Lighting, key to a dark night

When we talk about horror movies, terrifying parties or simply to put on a party, lighting is key. In the case of Halloween the penumbra will give a special touch to a dark night. How to get it without investing in new lamps?

If you have those LEDS luminaires that are dimmable or that change color, you can make the most of it at times like these. If your LED bulbs are normal and do not change the intensity or tone of color we will have to look for some ingenious idea.

You can cover the lamps with colored fabrics. Orange pumpkin?White as a ghost? Bloody red? If you also decorate the fabrics and draw motifs of this party (pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, …) with markers for clothes, you will give a unique touch.

4. The eco-deserving

Or eco-dinner , or eco-piscolabis . It is likely that if you are going to give a party at home for this Halloween, prepare something to eat and drink for attendees. One of the first recommendations to try to be as sustainable as possible is not to use plates, glasses, etc. to use and throw . They are expensive to give them a single use, and finally it is a waste that if we do not recycle it will end up in our environment and it will take centuries to degrade. Bad idea!

You may be a little afraid of betting to put glass cups or good dishes. In any case, it is not what we are saying, because if children go to the party it is very possible that they end up breaking, and again, in the trash. Plates and plastic cups but to use on many occasions is a good choice. And the good thing is that you can customize it for each theme party that you give.

And if it can be, serve your guests local and seasonal productsto be even more sustainable , also when making the purchase.

5. Goodbye, Halloween. Hello, recycling!

How have you been? Scary, that’s for sure! But now it’s time to return to the routine, and what to do with all that decoration? I throw it? Do I keep it?

You can save many decorative elements for other years, but there will be things that you can not reuse. In these cases make sure to separate each material well and recycle it in the right place . And if there is something that you can continue using in your day to day, the better.

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Will you celebrate ‘Halloween’? Then follow these tips

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Do not overspend, be careful with your safety and take care of the little ones is part of the list of recommendations that you should keep in mind if you plan to celebrate this date.

In October many adults and children want to celebrate the ‘night of the witches’ or ‘Halloween’ and for some it is the opportunity to show the dark side, to make pranks of terror or to disguise the children and young children of their favorite characters .

Also, some exceed their imagination and overflow with their disguises. What’s more, an Ofertia survey, which brings together the different trade offers on a platform, showed that Colombians are willing to invest$ 163,400 on this date. The survey indicates that 71% of respondents are willing to celebrate Halloween, where the most common scenario is to accompany children to ask for sweets.

Day of the Witches, is a festival of Anglo-Saxon origin that we have inherited from the Americans. The party that today goes around the world, is also celebrated with all of the law in our country, this being the perfect excuse to use disguises of dark or funny people, enjoy the sweets and decorate homes with bats, ghosts Smiling and pumpkins.

According to the app and website that advises consumers when preparing and saving on purchases, the country is a huge business scenario for supermarkets, retailers and stores, which offer exclusive product lines for this party. The sample revealed that 77% of people who celebrate Halloween disguise themselves, investing an average of $ 109,000 in the attire (on their own or in that of their children) and $ 54,400 in sweets and decoration. When it comes to celebrating, the most common Halloween activity for Colombians is to accompany the children in costume to ask for sweets (39%) or to attend fancy dress parties (23%) and decorate the house (25%).

52% of respondents learn about the products on offer through Internet channels, social networks and applications such as Ofertia. However, the majority of sales (87%) are made in physical stores. Colombia surpasses Mexico and Chile as countries that spend the most in disguises : Mexicans spend, on average, $ 88,000 for disguise and Chileans $ 86,000 pesos, Colombia leads with $ 109,000.

Now, with respect to decoration, Colombia spends the least: $ 56,000 against Mexico with $ 85,000 and Chile with $ 65,000. And although we are usually the ones who left everything for the last minute, Halloween we planned before these two countries: 23 days in advance, while Chile does it with 17 days before and Mexico with 22 days (just one more day with respect to Colombia ).

Fenalco also conducted a study on spending trends for this time and found that 66% of respondents will celebrate this date, compared to 34% who answered negatively. Among adults, 25% said they were going to wear disguise, another 25% denied it and 50% said that only their children will wear disguise. When asked if they will buy sweets for children, 82% answered that they will do so and 18% said otherwise. On the site where this spending will be made, the chain stores lead with 38%, followed by the candy store (30%), neighborhood store (22%) and street vendors (10%).

About preferred places for the celebration, 41% said they will do it in the neighborhood asking for sweets , 29% in a shopping center, 14% will make a homemade party, another 14% will go to a nightclub and 2% prefer the restaurant.

Spending for this occasion has an increase in 2017, compared to the result of 2016. 42% have a budget between $ 50,000 and $ 100,000 (last year reached 39%), 22% answered that it will reach up to $ 50,000 in 2017 (in 2016 it was 27%), 18% will spend more than $ 100,000 this year (compared to 15% who said that in 2016), only 9% reported that they will recycle last year’s costume or make one on their own.

Security advice

Since this activity brings together families and people, we should not neglect the security of ATMs, with their belongings, money and above all, children who ask for and consume sweets.

Therefore, the National Police reiterates some safety advice to reduce the reporting of cases in which children and adolescents are victims, as well as traffic accidents, poisoning, among others.

  • Teach children how to call 123 if an emergency arises
  • Have the children’s identification documents with them to guarantee their timely attention in the event of an accident.
  • Make sure that parents or a responsible adult accompany the children in their journeys through the streets.
  • If you have small children, try to make the journey during the day. Show your children where they should go if they get lost. Teach them to recognize the different uniforms used by the authorities and entities to the citizen service.
  • Immediately report any suspicious or illegal activity to the authorities.
  • Carry a cell phone for quick communication, stay on well-lit streets and always go down the sidewalk.
  • Avoid the use of costumes of violent characters, for example fighters, disguises with weapons, among others; Like all children, they will imitate the actions of those characters, which will stimulate aggression, lack of self-control and difficulty due to respect for authority.
  • Avoid children playing with gunpowder.
  • Verify that the food received by the children is reliable, that the packages are well sealed and that they do not receive uncovered food. Do not let them receive candy from people who generate distrust.
  • Do not allow your children to move with strangers and less to isolated places.
  • Make an adequate control of the sweets that your children consume, do not allow the excess.

Take care of your personal belongings, do not display your electronic devices on the street, remember that thieves are hunting for an opportunity to leave you without your money and your belongings. If you are going to drink, do not drive. At parties, be modulated and have self-control. Try to enjoy the night but be responsible with your actions so that later you do not have to regret.