09 October 2010

Have A Greener Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and here are some environmentally friendly ideas to help keep your carbon footprint just a little smaller.

Instead of purchasing several smaller bags of candy to pass out to Trick or Treaters, consider either purchase one large bag, or skip the bag altogether, and purchase your candy from the bulk candy bin. Don't think that you have to buy the boring candy to get it in bulk - you can still purchase Reese's, Hershey's, etc!

Purchase your costumes from thrift or resale shops, or trade amongst friends. When Halloween is over, be sure to donate your costumes to the thrifts or offer them for free on Craigslist or FreeCycle, so they don't add to junk in the landfill!

Instead of buying cheap plastic candy loot bags, purchase a nice re-useable cloth one that can be used for several years. Need an idea for one? ChicoBags has a couple of seriously cool ones - a jack o' lantern pumpkin, a scary graveyard scene, and a pumpkin patch with black cat.

Buying pumpkins to decorate your porch? Making jack o' lanterns? Be sure to compost them once Halloween is past!

Purchase decorations that can be used for several years in a row, and keep them stored safely in a labeled storage bin. Rubbermaid makes some orange and black totes that make it super easy to find in your attic, closet, or basement each year.

Use LED flashlights and candles to save on energy costs and have batteries last longer. Those LED flashlights are great to keep by the bedside in case of emergencies, too!

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