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Halloween is right around the corner and we have some great ideas to make it fun AND a bit more green.

1. Make your own decorations! Bust out the scissors, glue, and whatever else is in that crafting chest. You could upcycle cardboard for tombstones and spooky cutouts. Make this BOO sign for your front door and the bats can go in your windows.

2. Use household items for trick-or-treating bags. Clean out the linen closet and decorate a pillowcase! Check out thrift stores for baskets that will compliment your outfit and reduce the carbon footprint!

3. Buy your pumpkins locally. When you buy produce locally, the food doesn’t have to travel thousands of miles to arrive. Local food doesn’t create large carbon footprints through overseas plane travel or long truck trips. This cuts down on fuel consumption and air pollution. GoGreen.Org explains how shopping locally can make a significant impact; read more here.

4. Compost your pumpkin! Once your local pumpkin has had a good life, you can place it in your brown yard waste bin or set it on your curb along with any brush that’s getting picked up. The pumpkin will go into our compost and Dyno Dirt!

5. Throw any candy wrappers and party supplies away correctly! Candy wrappers are not recyclable, so be sure to throw those into the trash. And your party supplies shouldn’t have any food or food grease on them if they are going into the recycling bin.

6. Reuse! Be creative! You can make an amazing costume from what you already own or look at a local thrift store. Buying one used item reduces its carbon, waste, and water footprints by 82%. For a one-time costume, this can be huge!

Source: City of Denton

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