Everyone loves a good holiday or party to have fun and get together with friends and family.
Carnival is just one more of those occasions. Everyone dresses up in costumes and goes out to celebrate.
Unfortunately, these types of holidays are not very environment-friendly. Along with the joy and happiness that fills the streets, there is also an increase in waste generated. During the party days an unprecedented amount of cans, bottles, paper and other materials are discarded on the streets, harming the environment.
But it is possible to enjoy Carnival and be sustainable at the same time. Just follow our tips and have a conscious Carnival season.
1 – Garbage in the garbage
We know it’s a simple tip, but that doesn’t mean it’s not essential.
With the increase of waste produced during Carnival, it is crucial to put the trash in the garbage can. Otherwise, there is a danger that all cans, bottles and accessories will end up where they should not, like at sea or in the streams.
2 – Recycle your costume
You probably know that to make a costume, raw materials like water and energy are used in its production, not to mention the transportation (which increases the emission of carbon dioxide in the environment). So, instead of buying a new costume every year, opt for reusing it, swap with friends, do some alterations or rent in a local costume shop.
By using the same costume more than once, you are helping to diminish the negative impacts over the production of the garments. Also, this prevents increasing the amount of waste produced unnecessarily.
3 – Avoid using glitter and confettis
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Glitter is made mainly of plastics, metals and other microparticles that are not recycled and the worst part is that they end up mixing with water after bathing, as the tiny size makes filtering through the sewage treatment system almost impossible. But, if you really want to use it, opt for biodegradable glitter, like BioGlitter.
The same happens with confetti. Opt to make your own. It is very simple: you only need fallen leaves that you can find on the street and a paper punch.
4 – Take your own cup
It’s more than likely that you’ll be having a few drinks during Carnival. To avoid using plastic as much as possible, take your own reusable cup. You can tie it to a string and carry it around your neck or in your backpack. Red Cup offers a variety of reusable cups you can use for events and parties.
These are tips that can be useful for the Carnival time, but also for other festivities, holidays and parties. Simple steps and gestures can help minimize our impact on the planet. Just remember, have fun and be more conscious with your actions.
4 – Take your own cup
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