Suggestions from the Sustainability Committee
Instead of buying pre-made plastic or vinyl costumes, browse thrift shops, flea markets, yard sales or your own closets for inspiration. That loud Hawaiian shirt, that poodle skirt, that tie-dyed tee, old bowling shirt or cowboy hat — they could all be the start of great costumes. There are many websites with ideas for homemade costumes — try Robin’s FYI
Instead of a plastic or rubber face mask, try non-toxic face decorating products. Old eye shadows can create bruises, wrinkles and scars.
Add any leftover pumpkin to your garden compost bin or bring it to GrowNYC’s composting collection site at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket on Saturdays from 8am – 3:30pm.
Environmentally-Friendly Halloween Candy Containers
Instead of those plastic pumpkins, consider beach bags, small wicker baskets or cloth totes; little girls can carry Mommy’s old purses. If you want something new, Chico makes inexpensive, reusable Halloween bags – ChicoBag.
Choose organic candy — candy made with natural ingredients, free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Order candy from these companies online or look for them at your supermarket:
Equal Exchange – partners with farmer cooperatives in South America to make their chocolate bars.
Have a Happy and Green Halloween!