zero waste all saints' day
Just one reflection though. Imagine the tons of waste that will decorate our landfills, as a result. Isn’t that the exact opposite of what this tradition is all about, a simple sincere thought? A true heartfelt thought can bring us closer to those we once loved than a shining lantern. It should not matter if we decorate the gravestone with adornments bigger and brighter than those of the neighbors. What makes a real difference are our memories. And guess what, those create no waste whatsoever.
However, if after all you feel that you would still like to bring something to the cemetery, for your own peace of mind, here are a few ideas of earth-friendly alternatives.
Nothing can top a live plant
Fashion your own natural wreath
Autumn is a great time of the year to compose a natural wreath, as pine needles, cones, chestnuts and dried leaves are abundant everywhere. You do not even need to master the technique of bundling them together, as a simple circular arrangement will look just as beautiful. Do not hesitate to give the special final touch by adding a few fresh or dried flowers.
Turn a mason jar into a glass lantern
This can be as simple as reusing some of your mason jars, making a little opening on its aluminum lid, filling the bottom of it with sand or even beans and placing a wax candle in it. You may also choose to decorate it with a little cord or ribbon from the outside. As a final touch, to remain along the lines of zero waste, lighten them up using the good old matches instead of plastic lighters.
But most importantly…
Stay for a simple sincere thought or maybe a prayer, and let your mind wander away to bring back the precious memories of your loved ones, because “Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” - Lucy Maud Montgomery