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Another look at how to Green your Halloween

A scary piece of information: Americans spend over 3 billions of dollars on Halloween (statistics from 2006 and 2007)! This includes parties, candy, decorations, and, of course, costumes.

As our environmental and health awareness increases, we may want to choose alternative and greener ways to celebrate a fabulous Holiday, and also demonstrate to our friends and family how to be considerate to nature on Halloween.

Here are 5 unusual tips to Green your Halloween:

1. Halloween make-up.

Some known environmental chemicals trigger diseases and disorders in adults and children, babies and including infants in the womb. Be aware of toxic chemicals in Halloween make-up products (and also in your regular daily cosmetic regime). Known toxins are: 1,4 Dioxane, phthalates, detergents, paraben, artificial fragrances, formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, artificial dyes, petrochemicals and artificial preservatives.

Check your products and or ingredients on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) website. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a national coalition of nonprofit health and environmental organizations with a collective goal to protect the health of consumers and workers by requiring the personal care products industry to phase out the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other serious health concerns, and replace them with safer alternatives.  To check products click here

2. Trick or Treat?

Most families have accumulated over the years many little toys and party favors that no one plays with. Collect all of these little toys, theme toys, small gadgets, unused stationary (like pencils, erasers, small notebooks, etc.) and re-use them as Halloween ‘treats’. You are not only helping our environment by consuming and shopping less, but also by re-using your children’s unwanted items and by promoting healthy living by not giving out candy and sugar items.

3. Walk more, bike more and drive less.

Reduce carbon emissions by encouraging everyone in your family and guests to carpool, bike, or drive-less. Believe it or not, our cumulative efforts do make an impact.

 4. Hosting a Halloween party?

As Americans, we consume huge quantities of disposable tableware.

Let’s talk waste: clogging up landfills, use of essential natural resources (exp.: paper products), increase of carbon emissions (manufacturing, transporting, processing), and polluting the oceans (especially plastic items).

Use less paper and save on trees and trash.

How to reduce your party waste?

Use your own china and metal flatware, or take a step further than recycling and use biodegradable tableware. They easily decompose, creating neither pollution nor garbage nor solid waste disposal problems! Many products are available, such as plates, cups, bowls, containers, utensils, trays and even drinking straws.

5. Reduce your decorations and consider decorating with reusable ones. It may require a bit more effort to remove, fold and store reusable decorations after the holiday, but in short-term – you will reduce trash, and in the long-term - you will save money.

Plus, it will be a lot of fun to check the decorations again next year and have fun discovering forgotten ‘treasures”.