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Ever Green - Tips to help you have a greener holiday

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Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 9:24 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 9:24 a.m.

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As the second biggest holiday for decorating (after Christmas), Halloween generates a lot of waste. Those disposable costumes sold in plastic bags don’t help.


But starting last year, the volunteer-run GreenHalloween.org began to help people across the country take the holiday to a more environmental level.


Ally Maize, the 17-year-old founder of Los Angeles’ Green Youth Movement, along with GreenHalloween.org offers some simple, easy-to-do tips to ensure Halloween preparations are “eek-o” friendly.


1. Shop your friends’ closets. Costumes are half the fun in Halloween. Instead of heading to the mall to find new costumes, get creative and reduce your environmental impact by hosting a fun costume swap meet with your friends to trade and borrow threads from Halloweens past.

2. DIY (Do it yourself). Give your Halloween festivities a personal spin and make your own decorations and treats. Acorns, pumpkins and apples are great for embellishments and make less of an environmental impact than store-bought decorations. You can even make your own natural face paint from corn starch, water and organic food coloring.

3. Offer environmentally and socially responsible treats. Make a green statement this year by handing out environmentally and socially responsible treats, such as fair-trade-certified chocolate, raw honey or agave sticks, and organic fruit roll-ups. Better for the planet, better for the community and better for you.

4. Recycle. Before you head to the store to buy Halloween supplies, take stock of what you already have. Everyday household items can be cleverly recycled into spook-worthy decorations. For example, pillow cases, table cloths, brooms and cans lying around the house are great for turning into Halloween ornaments. If you don’t have the items you’re looking for, head to a local thrift store — one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

5. Use reusable bags for trick-or-treating. When you head out the door to trick-or-treat, opt for reusable grocery bags or pillow cases as an environmentally conscious alternative to disposable plastic or paper bags.


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