Halloween Need Not Be Environmentally Frightful

October 28, 2009 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment

From composting pumpkins to reusing costumes, Halloween does not have to be environmentally horrifying!

Halloween can be very fun and spooky, but the effects on the environment can be scary. From the individually wrapped candies to cheap decorations that get tossed, the waste nationwide quickly adds up. Choose instead to reuse a costume, or make one from materials you already have to save some money.  The Nature Conservancy offers tips on how to go green while breaking out the orange and black, in addition to tips on how to reduce waste (and other ideas) from suite101.com. You can also learn about sustainably made chocolates and other candies from these sites.

A beloved staple of autumn and Halloween is the pumpkin. City of Madison Streets and Recycling has a handful of drop-off sites so your pumpkins can be composted, or you can learn how to compost them at home.

Hoping fall is treating you well,
Melissa

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