What do you do with your pumpkins after Halloween is over? Many people decide to throw them out. This creates a massive amount of waste by pumpkins every November. Approximately 1 billion pounds of pumpkin is thrown into landfills each year in America alone.
Here are five ideas of ways you can repurpose your pumpkins, either carved or not, to avoid being wasteful
1. Save the seeds
There are so many ways we can use pumpkin seeds. Roasting them in the oven is a great option: pumpkin seeds are extremely high in lots of nutrients and are super good for you to eat! You can even roast them on a pan over a fire. Throw some salt or your favourite seasoning on them for a great fall snack.
Have you ever wanted to grow your own pumpkins? Save the seeds until next year where you can plant them in your backyard.
Pumpkin seeds are also great bird food. Throw them in your bird feeder and watch the birds enjoy.
2. Feed yourself
Besides the pumpkin seeds, there are many other ways to eat pumpkin. Pies, muffins, loafs, and more. Hop on Pinterest for some great ideas and recipes to make with your pumpkins.
3. Treat your furry friend
Did you know that pumpkin is also super good for dogs and a lot of other animals? It provides lots of fiber to your pet’s diet. Add a small amount to your dog’s food bowl at dinner and let them enjoy all the health benefits.
Did you know that food is the biggest share of household waste, yet only about 2% of it is composted? Try breaking up your pumpkin, removing the seeds, and placing it in your compost pile or in your garden. Let mother nature do the rest!
5. Get crafty
Have you ever thought about making a bird feeder made from a pumpkin? It is possible, and not super difficult. There are so many cool ideas to repurpose your pumpkin into a fun, outdoor craft before it rots completely. This is where Pinterest is your best friend.