September inspired changes regarding healthier lunches, avoiding packaging and rethinking purchases in our house. I had another idea too, perhaps it is time to get a little eco-crazy and raise the bar a little. How about a monthly mindful, green healthy challenge? Something easily adapted to suit lifestyle and comfort level. Even small actions make a difference.
With two weeks left, there is still time to green Hallowe’en. Our family decided not to spend any money on a Hallowe’en costumes. Instead, we will repurpose, recycle, borrow or create something spooktacular.
According to the National Costume Swap website, “swapping half the costumes kids wear on Halloween would reduce the annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equal to the weight of 2500 mid-sized cars”.
Recycling and repurposing costumes reduces packaging, transportation, and manufacturing resources too. This is an easier task thanks to costume swaps like this one here in Ottawa tomorrow, 2pm at Dovercourt Recreation Centre.
Eye-rolling conversations are happening in our house with stories of Hallowe’en in the olden days. “When I was a kid…” kind of talk about saving ice cream containers, tinfoil and boxes to make a robot. (That was my husband’s masterpiece!) I remember a creative classmate that stuck little cars on two long pieces of cardboard attached with string at the shoulders. Her costume, a road complete with median lines and a homemade stop sign in hand. Ah, retro Hallowe’en…
So what do you think? Will you join me in this challenge? If you email me photos of your green inspired costumes, I will post them. We can have a little fun and feel good that we kept waste from the landfill and a bit of money in our wallets.
Please note: Post updated October 16th to include picture and Blog Carnival information.