5 Eco Friendly Ways to Recycle Pumpkins

The temperatures are high, the water is cooling down and the waves are playful and fun, thanks to the swell! We have been waiting all year for October to come and now it’s pretty much over. Now that October is coming to an end, it’s time to clear the Halloween decorations and prepare for Thanksgiving. Clearing Halloween decorations also means getting rid of your precious pumpkins. This year, we came up with different ocean-themed pumpkin carving designs, and they turned out AWESOME! Check out our Top 4 Creative Ocean Themed Pumpkin Carving Designs. Tossing old pumpkins in the trash is incredibly wasteful as they end up filling up landfills and generating greenhouse gas emissions. We believe in disposing of the LEAST amount of waste in our day-to-day lives, so why should the disposal of pumpkins be any different? There are eco friendly ways to recycle pumpkins, regardless of whether it has already been carved or not. We did some digging to figure out how to use them rather than immediately tossing them in the trash. Here are five eco friendly ways to recycle pumpkins:

Has your pumpkin been carved? Here are some options for you:

#1 Donate it to a local farm! Clear out the candle wax and any other inorganic material and take it to a local farm to be used as food for livestock or compost for the farm. Pumpkins are a great source of vitamins A, E, and C and antioxidants. Their seeds also act as paralytic agents so donating unwanted pumpkins is an awesome nutritional boost for all livestock as well as the soil!

#2 Compost it! Do you have your own garden that could use a health boost? Remove all inorganic material (like wax and paint) as well as mold and soft spots and cut the pumpkin up into smaller pieces. Bury it in your flower bed as-is and cover the pieces with other compost materials like leaves, mulch, or grass clippings.

#3 Feed it to the animals! Squirrels, caterpillars, birds and other animals love a yummy pumpkin snack. Remove mold, soft spots, and inorganic material and cut it up into smaller pieces and leave it out on a low platform so other creatures can reach it. The animals will thank you.

So, your pumpkin hasn’t been carved. Here are 2 more eco friendly options to consider:

#4 Eat it! Maybe you chose not to carve your pumpkin for jack-o-lantern purposes, but hey, instead of just tossing it whole, take advantage of the yummy seeds and all the pumpkin flesh possibilities! Carve into it and separate the seeds from the flesh. Roast the seeds and enjoy them as a healthy snack for later and check out 21 delicious recipes you can make out of the pumpkin flesh!

#5 Use it for a facial! Though this may sound unconventional, pumpkins are jam-packed with antioxidants and vitamins (like we said earlier) and will exfoliate your skin and make it feel brand new! Mix ¼ cup of pumpkin puree with one egg, one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of milk. Apply for about 20 minutes and rinse. Another beauty option is creating a pumpkin body scrub by mixing raw pumpkin with coarse sugar or salt, honey, and sweet almond oil.

We’re all in this together to find ways to reduce waste. Instead of just tossing it in the trash, it's up to you to do your part and find eco friendly ways to recycle pumpkins.

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