Monday, October 24, 2011


Green Tip of the Week:  ECO FRIENDLY COSTUMES!

Halloween is just around the corner.  I read over the weekend that American's spend over 5 billion dollars a year on Halloween costumes and decorations..kinda crazy!  Here are some money saving and eco-friendly tips for this "holiday" that I have a love/hate relationship with. 

-Use existing clothes in your/your child's wardrobe as the base for their costumes.

-Invest in props that can be reused for multiple costumes over multiple years.  Swords, capes and belts can be used to complete multiple children costumes

-Buy face masks made of natural latex not polyvinyl chloride.  PVC is a non-recyclable plastic that off-gasses dioxins that have been shown to cause cancer.

-Search through thrift stores for funky/interesting articles of clothing.  You never know what you can find!!!

-When building/constructing your costume, use materials such as cardboard, foil and paper that can be recycled after Halloween is over.

-Purchase water-based face paint that is non-toxic and hypoallergenic.  Use natural sea sponges to apply face-paint that can be rinsed and reused.

These helpful eco-friendly hints were from National Geographic.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!


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