Wednesday, 5 November 2014

So how green was our Halloween?

We have done a variety of calculations to see how green our Halloween was and are happy to say that even with very conservative calculations we saved approximately £120 in energy costs alone!

Read on to find out more!

Green Halloween

Eat together/Heat together
By coming together for the two Green Halloween Family Fun Days we help L8 residents save approx. £120 in energy costs alone!

We have based our calculations on the following information.
No. of attendees:     SNC                 Children  26                Adults  28
St. Bedes         Children  35                Adults  33
We have averaged the attendance for calculation purposes to 50 people per event.

Our energy use calculation are based on use of
Electric heater 4hrs @ 2000 watts at a rate of 12p per hour is £0.96 x 50 people = £48
1 bulb @ 60W x 4hrs/1000= £0.24 x 50 people is £12 based on 1 bulb

So what was the approximate household savings from 1 event.
We based our calculations on 4 lights being on and 1 electric heater being used per household.  If each household attended our Green Halloween activities for 4 hours this would generate a saving of £1.20 against their energy bills.

Make, Mend & Do!
The average family spends upto £73 on Halloween decorations and food.  We have been able to help reduce these costs in the following ways…
Supermarket/Retail
Cost
Green Halloween
Cost
Decorations; banners, poster, props etc.

Approx. £30
Toilet rolls, recycled fabric, recycled materials
Surplus EG Glue, paint
£0

£10 per day
Food
Typical buffet @£1:50 per head

Approx. 40 people £60
Pumpkin soup
Pumpkin pie
£6 per day (approx. 40 servings)
£6per day (approx. 32 servings)
Pumpkins
Seeds
£3 per pumpkins
£4-£5 per bag
Grow your own
£0
  
Was Green Halloween a success?
There was a wonderful turn out at both events and some terrific community engagement.  Adults and children participated in a wide range of activities and were able to design and personalise mask, bunting, decorations and cakes to take home.  It was also very encouraging to feel the positive vibe towards recycling and reusing materials and there was a real sense of engagement on all levels.

What could we improve on?
For next year’s Green Halloween we could incorporate more practical demonstrations on the impact of recycling and how to make things greener, whilst still engaging with our recycling crafts. Whilst everyone appeared to enjoy making the crafts as we missed an opportunity to demonstrate these advantages further.
Initially, for this years event it had been our plan to provide parents with a takeaway energy saving kit, however with it being a family fun day we didn’t want to bombard them with information plus this may have been information that might have just been disposed of as soon as they got home combating the overall effect of a green Halloween.  With more lead in time to next years event this is something that could be planned out properly and we could ensure that it is a useful toolkit before we introduce it.
As a measure for how much we could have saved going to landfill because of green Halloween, this is more difficult to measure. All of the soup and bread was consumed so there was no wastage. All of the sweets were eaten. The decorations were packed away for storage ready for next year and the majority of the crafts were used and taken home by the children. However they were made from recyclable materials and therefore would be able to recycle after the event.
We could also factor in the costs saved by eating together.  Our energy calculations focused on the energy saved by not using lights or a heater, for next year we could factor in the energy save, by not having to cook lunch.

How could we make it greener next year?
Now that we have given the children and families a little of taster of green Halloween there are various ways we could improve on for next year!

1.      Use the decorations from this green Halloween for next year’s green Halloween!
2.      Use only recyclable cups, plates and serviettes.
3.      Make alternative confectionary options, such as toffee/chocolate apples, healthier choices and food that can be composted after.
4.      Use a zero waste policy so whether recycling, composting or giving it away.
5.      Grow the pumpkins in L8
6.      Get people to donate last year’s costumes and create a Halloween swish for costumes.
7.      Look at ways of generating own electric or use alternative methods of energy.