Are you concerned about the earth? Go green on Halloween by using these ten eco friendly tips. They are steps I take to be reduce pollutants and toxins on this popular holiday.
Green Halloween tip #1: Send digital invitations.
Save paper; let guests know about your Halloween bash via e-mail. Best bet: Evite.com, a site that specializes in this type of notice.
Green Halloween tip #2: Decorate with biodegradables.
Bring Halloween to your home with biodegradable items. Carved pumpkins, beeswax candles and leaf garlands are excellent, colorful choices for decoration.
Green Halloween tip #3: Set out an extra trash can.
Trick-or-treaters often litter. Give them a better option: put a trash can at your door for them to toss candy wrappers and other unwanted goods into.
Green Halloween tip #4: Hand out natural candy.
SunSpire is a candy brand that manufacturers chocolate with no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or additives. They also support fair trade agreements that guarantee chocolatiers favorable work conditions and equitable prices.
Green Halloween tip #5: Wear a fabric costume.
Plastic looks cheep anyway. Rent or buy a Halloween costume made of hemp, organic wool, or recycled polyester. You can also create simple ones yourself like a ghost, hobo, or cave woman (or man).
Green Halloween tip #6: Use non-toxic face paint.
Commercial face paint usually contains lead. Avoid this toxic element by making your own non-toxic face paint. See DIY instructions. You can also purchase this product from Snararoo.
Green Halloween tip #7: Carry candy in a tote bag.
Go with black. Cut out shapes of your favorite Halloween image using white cloth. Attach with non-toxic adhesive.
Green Halloween tip #8: Shine LED flashlights.
They are better than conventional flashlights. Why? They work more efficiently and as result use less energy.
Green Halloween tip #9: Refurbish the scraps.
Don’t toss out the innards of your jack o lantern. Bake the seeds, make a pumpkin pie, or juice up a healthy drink. Similarly, create cleaning rags out of your Halloween costume.
Green Halloween tip #10: Recycle what you can.
On Nov. 1, place recyclables in the recycle bins. For Halloween, they’d mainly be any metal (soda cans), paper (decorations/candy bags) and clothing (Halloween costumes).
Ready to do your part? Implement the above on Halloween and extend the life of mother earth.
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