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Tips to reduce the Environmental impact of Halloween

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  • Reduce – Instead of handing out handfuls of unethical candy to each little ghost and goblin, consider giving something else . You’ll save money, and your decision will likely be better for the health the children who come to your door (since they’ll consume less), and for the planet (since fewer resources will go into the making, packaging, transporting and/or disposal of the treat).
  • Reuse – Halloween could be the poster child for reusing. Nearly every aspect of the holiday can be celebrated in style, without buying a single thing new. So don’t rush out to buy costumes, décor, and party games. Instead, stop and think. What can be reused or repurposed to make this holiday a smash hit without costing the planet?
  • Recycle – The best way to utilize the third and final R, is to first choose items that are made from recycled content, instead of buying products made from raw or virgin materials. When the product you’ve bought or acquired, can no longer be used, it should be recycled. Recycling can happen in many ways, such as through your waste management company, your compost pile (yes, most food can be recycled) or through your own creativity. Breathe new life into your husband’s old flannel shirt and jeans, by recycling them into a scarecrow for your front porch, or a costume for your ten-year-old.In recent years several organizations have been created to help consumers find ways to reduce the environmental impact of their holiday celebrations. While there are several that focus on Christmas, there are few (if any) besides GreenHalloween.org, which focus entirely on minimizing the environmental impact of Halloween. Here is a list of 20 things you can do to have a Green Halloween®:
    1. Swap costumes with someone rather than buying a new costume. This is a great idea and one of our favorite Green Halloween Tips.
    2. Purchase your costume, or its components from your local thrift shop.
    3. Use LED Halloween lights to decorate instead of incandescent lights.
    4. Collect candy in a reusable container rather than a disposable bag. Or better yet, make it a fun project for your kids, by having them make their own Halloween bag out of reusable or recyclable items you have around the house.
    5. When trick-or-treating, walk, instead of driving door to door.
    6. Carry a shakable or hand-crank LED flash light instead of one that is battery powered.
    7. Make your own Halloween face paints.
    8. Make your own Halloween Decorations.
    9. Cut back on the candy/treats you give away – 25% makes a big difference to Mother Earth, and the kids won’t notice.
    10. Purchase an organic pumpkin.
    11. Buy your pumpkin from a local farmer.
    12. Purchase an edible variety of pumpkin and paint, instead of carving the pumpkin. Then bake and eat the pumpkin when Halloween is done.
    13. Roast & eat your pumpkin seeds instead of tossing them.
    14. Use 100% beeswax or soy candles in your jack-o-lantern instead of paraffin candles.
    15. Give away healthier alternatives to conventional candy.
    16. Compost your leftover candy.
    17. Donate your leftover candy to troops overseas.
    18. Compost your pumpkin.
    19. Make crafts out of candy wrappers.
    20. Pack décor away carefully so that it can be reused next year.* If you plan to decorate for Halloween you can also conserve energy by using energy efficient LED Halloween Lights, which consume up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent lights. It’s an easy and festive way to celebrate and reduce your environmental impact.
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