There are so many workings which call for the use of burying containers (which are perhaps made of non-biodegradable things like plastic), sprinkling things like glitter (ugh!), and otherwise leaving trash in places. While these workings can be successful, I find them to be inconsiderate of the environment. Given that most pagans and witch folk usually have practices that span from nature reverence all the way to earth-centric worship, I'm surprised that more green practices aren't being adapted. The earth is in a state of crisis, and every little bit can help. It's also considerate to be mindful of such things when working with spirits to whom the land is important - respect is not a one-way path!
I decided to post this to perhaps start a discussion on more sustainable options to classic spellcraft items that are less than beneficial for our environments.
1. STOP using plastic glitter, omg. There are plenty of replacements for it. Edible sprinkles, edible glitter, petals, or small seeds are useful replacements for something like land wight offerings. For adding non-edible shine to certain workings, why not use egg whites to make something glossy, bio-glitter made from cellulose and other materials (there are a LOT of eco friendly glitter options now, you guys!), sand, or salt.
2. Glass bottles or plastics for containers....sigh. I'm guilty of this one. Real guilty. I love me a witch bottle. Granted glass is not as terrible as plastic, it still sticks around and takes a long time to go away. There are better options. For containers which will be buried with dry objects, perhaps do something like paper packets. For liquid items for burial, try adding enough gelatin or agar to the mix to create a gelatinous ball that can be buried easily. Or bury the items bare! Also look to nature for answers - use a hole in a tree to hold your objects, or seal them into bones or clay. Even animal skins make a more eco-friendly option (responsibly acquired, of course).
3. Using local ingredients to replace exotic ones. Learn about local plants and utilize them (especially invasive! Byeeeee!)
in your workings. It's a great way to familiarize yourself with your local spirits, it is sustainably sourced, it can help your local environment, it's FREE, and you won't be contributing to less-than-favorable harvesting and trade conditions that are due process for many overseas products.
I will add more to this post as they come to mind, I am sure.