I love Halloween. But just because it’s almost Halloween doesn’t mean you have to give up being green! Here are some of my eco-friendly tips on how to celebrate a green Halloween.
Instead of using a plastic bucket or a disposable plastic bag, use reusable cloth bags to collect candy! Some companies make Halloween or fall themed reusable bags, or get creative and decorate your own. When I was a kid, my siblings and I used pillowcases to collect candy, since pillowcases and bags hold more candy than plastic buckets.
Don’t buy plastic costumes, but make your own or (for kids) ask your parents to help you make your own! Making your own is not only fun to do, but it is also budget friendly and easier on the environment too. Use old clothes or scraps of material to make your costume. Reuse or recycle previous years outfits to make new outfits. If you don’t have any old items or material scraps, ask your friends and family for their old costumes, clothes, fabric, or accessories: share and switch items! Search thrift shops too; you can find a lot of gently used but good condition items. Makeup and hair color:
Instead of using commercial makeup and hair colors filled with potentially irritating and toxic ingredients, try using mineral makeup and natural hair care products. Many mineral makeup companies offer Halloween makeup in outrageous colors or basic Halloween pallets (powdered, pressed, or as a colored balm). You can temporarily add color to your hair with mineral makeup: add a little bit of powdered mineral makeup to your favorite natural hair gel or organic aloe gel! This washes out very easy.
Many natural and old items can be used in creating decorations. Get creative! For example, old snagged pantyhose makes great spider webs! Use old white sheets to make scary ghosts!
Try to use as many locally grown, organic, or hand made items. Carve pumpkins with your family or friends! Use candles made with natural ingredients like beeswax, soy wax, or essential oils. Scent the house with natural candles or essential oil scented potpourri. Pinecones make wonderful fall decorations (after use, put them back outside to decompose).
Buy biodegradable, cloth, or non-toxic items. Save and reuse items for next year. If you like to decorate your home differently each year, then share and switch items with family and friends! And don’t forget to search out thrift stores.
If you take your kids trick or treating: walk around neighborhoods instead of driving. If you are going to a party: carpool, ride your bike, or take public transportation if you can!
Make your own Halloween inspired snacks with natural and organic ingredients. By making your own, you can control what goes into it. It’s a great way to sneak some healthier foods into the treats like fruit, nuts, whole grains, and even vegetables! And there are no junky additives in home made treats! Or buy treats made with natural, fair trade, or organic ingredients. For those with special dietary needs, there are many recipes and brands that are vegetarian, paleo, or gluten free now too!
During parties, use real plates, cups, and utensils instead of disposables. Use cloth napkins and tablecloths instead of disposable paper. Compost food and recycle what you can, such as soda or juice bottles. If you have to use disposables products, buy from a natural brand. Many natural brands make their products out of recycled or biodegradable materials, or use non-toxic methods to bleach their paper products.
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About The Author:
Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm
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