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Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010

What Can I Do?: Halloween
Forget orange and black, here's how to green your Halloween.

A fun and unique way to reduce waste is to make your own treats and hand them out, rather than distributing individually-wrapped and commercially-produced candies. Did you know that an estimated 80,000,000 Hershey's Kisses are wrapped each day, using enough aluminum foil to cover almost 40 football fields? Try out some of these recipes, like Marshmallow Witches and cut that waste!

Reuse costumes from last year instead of buying new ones. Either trade costumes with friends, or mix and match pieces of past costumes or old clothes to create a new one. Make it an event by having your friends over for a costume swap party. Ask them to bring their best costume pieces, then have people pick up pieces and trade them.

Instead of buying decorations, make your house spooky on your own by creating ornaments and other decorations by using recyclable materials, such as cardboard, newspaper, tin cans, wood scraps, and more. In 2008, 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins were produced, many of whcih were used for jack-o-lanterns at Halloween, and which were often produced using unsustainable agricultural methods. Check out these instructions for a spooky papier-mache alternative.

Respect those who don't have enough to eat on a daily basis by forgoing candy, which is inevitably wasted. Give trick-or-treaters healthy snacks, like trail mix, small toys or games.


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