Halloween is just around the corner. As you gear up for a fun and spooky holiday, here are several ways your family can celebrate this haunting night in a healthier and more eco-friendly way:
Swap a Costume: If you walk into any big box store, you’re sure to notice the abundance of Halloween costumes and accessories that line the aisles, most of which are purchased to be used for a single day and then discarded. Instead of buying a brand new costume, consider swapping with a neighbor or friend. According to GreenHalloween.org , swapping half of children’s costume would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons!
Use Natural Elements for Autumn Decor: Sure ghosts and goblins with lighted eyes and spooky sounds are fun. However, it comes at a price – the environment. Instead of purchasing battery powered, synthetic Halloween decor, consider more eco-friendly, natural decorations like autumn colored leaves that are in abundance this time of year or locally grown pumpkins from your nearest farmer’s market. Better yet, grow your own pumpkins! After Halloween, cut up your used pumpkin and turn it into compost. You’re sure to be the most environmentally-friendly house on the block.
Avoid Synthetic Masks and Teeth: Instead of store-bought masks likely made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a toxic plastic made with hormone-disrupting chemicals , consider a more realistic approach with non-toxic makeup.
Green Your Halloween Party: Add a little green to your orange and black celebration by using reusable or compostable plates and cutlery. Or if you must use the paper stuff, make sure it’s made from recycled materials and recycle it when the party is over.
What other ways can you green your Halloween? Please share by leaving a comment below.