Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Day 190 of our Green Year: Passing on Decorations

For our next Halloween tip this year, we are talking about decorations. In an effort to be green, Layla and I passed on putting up Halloween decorations this year. We decided that while we have the Halloween spirit and are fine with handing out organic and fair-trade candy, we did not want to buy Halloween decorations this year because most are used once (or twice) and buying the decorations do not pass the purchase questions. Of course, if you want to put up some decorations up, here are some helpful tips:
  • Skip buying plastic costumes. Many contain PVC, which releases dangerous chemicals.
  • If you are going to be using makeup for your costume, try and buy organic make-up for your costume.
  • The best option is to make your costume out of things in the house so that you are re-using what you already have and not consuming anything from stores for your costume. You would be surprised by the good costumes you can make out of household goods.
  • If you have kids, the best course of action is to make a costume at home so that you can then re-use those items in the house again. While married couples can get away with buying a French maid costume and using it more than once, it is unlikely your kid is going to dress as Superman after Halloween, so make your kid's costume re-usable.
We both love Halloween, and perhaps next year we will have the time to make some eco-decorations, but for this year we decided to just pass on them. However, if you made eco-decorations, let us know and send us a photo of it at craigbaird@wildmail.com. If you made a costume out of re-used materials, do the same!