Monday, October 10, 2011

Green Your Halloween

Halloween is just 3 weeks away! Here are some tips for making yours a little more ecologically conscious, straight from the Fresh blog:
  1. Stock natural and organic candies. Look for treats made with cane sugar, fruit juice and natural colors.
  2. Or, skip the candy entirely. Opt for popcorn packets, granola bars and fruit. Consider giving away non-food items like seed envelopes, crayons and stickers.
  3. Raise awareness of Fair Trade through Reverse Trick or Treating. Sign up by Oct. 11 to receive a kit with 15 Fair Trade chocolates and informational cards that your child can pass out to others. This is a fantastic way to get the message out about the exploitation of laborers working in the cocoa industry.
  4. Bring a reusable tote bag. Lug your goodies home in a canvas bag, rather than a disposable plastic one that is destined to end up in a landfill.
  5. Make your own costume. Modern costumes are flimsy, designed for one-time use, and are often lined with PVC and other plastics. Instead, create a unique fashion statement by scavenging items from your closet or a local thrift store.
If you're planning on dressing up, check out TIOLI (in the basement of Clarke Hall), Trader K's, and Salvation Army.

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