On holidays more people are concerned with having a good time and decorating the house than they are with the environment. That doesn't have to be the case! There are ways to still have fun and be environmentally concious this Halloween. Here are a few tips to make this holiday about candy, costumes, AND conservation.
- Make a fun, recycled costume. Check out the retro fashion you know is hiding in the back of your closet or at the local thrift stores. Not only will the costume help reduce, reuse, and recycle, but it’ll also be one-of-a-kind. You’re only limited by your imagination! For example, our friends at treehugger.com suggest stringing together old ping pong balls for a realistic Wilma Flinstone necklace.
- Skip the plastic bag. To haul home all the great candy your kids will receive, use a reusable bag. You can create your own out of an old pillowcase, or buy a plain canvas bag that the kids can decorate. It’s a great way to cut down on non-reusable materials and it will be something they will use and treasure for years to come.
- Go natural. Look for a local farmer’s market from which to buy your pumpkin – keep it local. Also, try using soy candles to illuminate those jack ‘o lanterns. Soy candles burn longer and are made from renewable soy bean crops.
- Be crazy. Instead of candy, go way out of the box and give away seed packets or organic dried fruit. The kids probably won’t appreciate it too much, but the Earth will, and maybe the parents, too.
Do you have any other tips?