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Next Thursday is Halloween, so we thought that we would give you a heads up, before anyone you know goes out and paints the town plastic. A little bit of pre-planning and your spooky celebrations can also be sustainable. Just like Bubba in Forest Gump you can be creative with one ingredient. Pumpkin soup, pumpkin cake, pumpkin pasty, pumpkin juice, we could go on. 

Send us in your pictures of your ingenious sustainable halloween costumes or recipes. We will share the best in next weeks email. 

Reading time is 3:47 minutes.

Happy HallowGreen

by Imogen Berryman

What's Going On Here?

Recent research has estimated Halloween celebrations in the UK to generate more than 2,000 tonnes of plastic textile waste and 8 million pumpkins worth of food waste - news that really is truly terrifying.

What Does This Mean?

Hubbub worked with the charity, Fairyland Trust to survey 19 retailers of Halloween outfits to find that 83% of more than 300 pieces of clothing were made using oil-based plastic fabrics. That’s the same weight of plastic as 83 million Coca Cola bottles.

‘the scariest thing about Halloween is now plastic’- The Fairyland Trust

Hubbub has also shone a light on the waste that traditional pumpkin carving is likely to create because 60% of carvers admit they don’t use the flesh afterward. 

This means more than 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkin flesh is headed straight for the bin!

Why Should We Care?

The halloween outfits were found to be made from plastic based textiles such as nylon, polyester, acrylic and spandex. So when less than 13% of this halloween fabric is recycled worldwide with the majority of outfits being worn just once, we have a big waste issue!

Worse still, the statistics shared above doesn’t even take into account the masses of Halloween themed food packaging, buckets, wigs and decorations we see in the shops at this time of year so we can actually predict a larger waste footprint.

As for the pumpkins, we all know what we think about waste, especially when it’s contributing to £15 billion of food waste a year from UK homes.

Be Curious!

  • If you’ve got a Halloween party coming up, consider renting a costume, reusing a friend’s from last year or head to a charity shop-  they usually put their seasonal fancy dress out on display around this time of year. 
  • Check out ideas for easy waste-free costumes here and here.
  • If you’re carving a pumpkin, check out this useful guide on how to eat what parts of the pumpkin 
  • If you’re taking little terrors trick or treating, resist the bright buckets in the shops and think about using an alternative like these
  • If you’re hosting, look at some of these genuinely scary edible and waste free ideas.
  • Sip on Toast Ale’s beer brewed from rescued pumpkins. 
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Plant-based diet

Plant-based eaters are getting pretty cocky

by Char Cross

What's Going On Here?

New documentary ‘Game Changers’, strips bare the misconceptions which surround meat and its label of superiority when it comes to protein, masculinity, muscles and sporting success. 

A key section of the documentary focuses on Dr Aaron Spitz’s study which tracked the strength, longevity and number of erections had by three American university athletes. The results...eating a plant-based diet can boost your erection by nearly 500%.

What Does This Mean?

Yeah, it’s me talking about sex again, but this time it’s different trust me. Have a read...

We know that protein is essential for growth, repair, energy and overall maintenance of our bodies, but exactly where we get our protein from is certainly a topic of great debate with the rise of veganism, which has quadrupled in the past 4 years here in the UK, and one that this documentary shows is not necessarily best coming from animal sources.

In the documentary, author of The Penis Book Dr Aaron Spitz, conducted an experiment which showed the effect a plant-based diet can have on the quality of blood and endurance. But what has this got to do with erections? Well, just that, ENDURANCE. 

“When I think of a manly man, I think of someone who has strength, endurance, sexual prowess and fertility. ‘In fact, what the scientific studies are showing, is that the more meat men eat, the more quickly they lose their…manly manhood.” Dr Spitz, explains.

The study involved placing two rings on the participants’ penises, one at the base and the other at the tip. These measured the strength, longevity and number of hard-ons had by them, over the course of two nights following different meal choices. Night 1’s meal was a meat-based burrito and Night 2’s meal, a plant-based burrito.

All three athletes’ results improved on Night 2 following their plant-based burrito, with one of them seeing a 477% difference in how many minutes he had an erection for.

Overall, Dr Spitz’s research reveals that a plant-based diet can result in providing optimal fuel, increase blood flow, make muscles more efficient and speed recovery by lowering inflammation.

Why Should We Care?

Caring about our body and its performance isn’t only reserved for athletes. This study and MANY others show that shifting towards a plant-based diet isn’t only beneficial for animals and the environment but it can benefit you too!

So if you’re someone that needs a selfish reason to make a change (no judgement - we all need that sometimes!) then maybe this is one for you? Whether that be better performance on the streets or between the sheets...and if you’re reading this and you don’t have a penis, share this with somebody who does - share the love ;)

Be Curious!

Why not watch the documentary itself on Netflix? If you don’t have an account, I am sure you have the login details to a friend’s...don’t we all? Enjoy!
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Other news we found curious...

'So they knew': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions Exxon scientist on climate crisis denial dating back to the 1970's – Guardian
London gets first fully electric taxi since 1899 - Independent
E-bike sales hit almost $15 billion last year - TreeHugger
The warming climate is making baby sea turtles almost all girls - Washington Post
Ellie Goulding on climate change: 'The backlash grows ever uglier' - BBC
Huggies to eliminate plastics from baby wipes and packaging -
Trump Administration to Begin Official Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord - NYTimes
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