Now that the trick-or-treaters are gone and the costumes and decorations are packed away and Thanksgiving is over what about the pumpkins?
Millions of pumpkins are sent to landfills each year, There they will decompose, releasing methane — a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide — into the atmosphere. Rather than sending your pumpkins out with the trash, think about some other options. Composting is a perfect solution. Even if you're going to compost your pumpkins, scoop the seeds out first and save them for the wildlife. If that is not an available option then consider cutting your pumpkin into pieces and spreading outside as a treat for local critters. Birds, squirrels, chipmonks, foxes, deer and other mammals.will feed on the flesh of the pumpkins in addition to the seeds.
Throughout the month of November projects can be posted on Instagram using the hashtag #aethemechallenge or and tag it with @art__elements (2 underscores between art and elements) and they will repost your images. You can also post it to the Art Elements Community Facebook page. I hope you have discovered a new way to reuse your pumpkins and help the planet a bit.