Candy’s Not-So-Sweet Impact on the Environment

Candy wrappers and recycling mix like Patriots and Colts fans. We’re dropping the knowledge you need to enjoy holiday sweets without the guilt. Well, at least guilt from plastic waste.

Recyclops would disapproveThe vast majority of candy wrappers are not recyclable. They’re pretty much just going to sit in landfills or the ocean until the end of time. Not great.

Check out these sweet alternatives: Cardboard, cans and foil are all recyclable. There are great candy options that are sold in cardboard, and packaged in cardboard boxes! Nerds, Whoppers, Mike & Ike's, Milk Duds, Dots, Junior Mints, Glee Gum. If you want to go with candy wrapped in foil, the best option is one of our favorites: Hershey’s Kisses. But you can look for hard candies wrapped in foil as well! 

Or, if your tooth is not-so-sweet: Your planet (and dentist) will thank you if you go with any of these alternatives: 

  • Temporary tattoos 
  • Pencils, crayons, and markers
  • Cuties (draw a jack-o-lantern face on the outer peel!)

And one for the parents: Aluminum cans and glass bottles are as recyclable as they come. Throw the hard-working parents a lifeline in the form of a cold beer. We promise you’ll be the hit of the neighborhood. Here are a few of our fall favorites to check out: 

  • Woodchuck Hard Cider Private Reserve Pumpkin
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company Oktoberfest
  • Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Doughnut Break
  • Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin