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Sustainability update: Green your Halloween

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/30/08 @ 11:28am

Green your Halloween The colors orange and black come to mind when thinking about Halloween, but this year, take a little time to make your Halloween celebration green. Here are a few tips to trick out your festivities with more environmentally-friendly alternatives: ? Support your local growers and pick up your pumpkin at a local farmers market instead of the supermarket. When you are done carving, be sure to scoop out the seeds and roast with some salt for a nutritious snack. And when Halloween's over, compost your pumpkins, bury them, or place them in an out-of-the-way place in your yard to serve as a treat for passing wildlife. ? Be sure your little goblins use a reusable candy tote. An old pillow case or canvas shopping bag will do. Get creative and decorate your bag to be re-used each year. ? Instead of picking up a prepackaged costume made from unrecyclable materials, swap costumes with your friends. Or check out a local thrift store to pick up lightly used pieces for your costume. ? Skip the elaborate decorations and just change out your light bulbs for some orange and black CFL's. Use some beeswax candles instead of petroleum-based ones to spook up your house.

Halloween has become the sixth biggest spending holiday in the United States. Save some green by going green this year. Additional tips are available from The Nature Conservancy.

There is a nice article about A Piece of Cleveland, the local company that's 'upcycling' wood from deconstructed buildings, in the latest Christian Science Monitor. Congrats to Chris, Ezra, Patrick and crew for their first coverage in a national media outlet.

The Union of Concerned Scientists has partnered with literary publisher Penguin Classics to encourage the public to submit essays and images about climate change for publication in a new online book, Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming. To participate, write a 200- to 500-word first-person account of global warming that relates to your life or the world around you. Is there a place that holds a special meaning to you that you want to protect? What people, animals, or activities that you love are at risk from a changing climate? Are you taking steps in your own life to stem the tide of global warming? Tell us your story, or send us a photograph related to topics like these. The best submissions will be included in Thoreau's Legacy, which will be published online in spring 2009 and in a limited-edition hardcover version. UCS will use the stories and photos in Thoreau's Legacy to motivate your senators and representatives to vote for legislation to rein in global warming pollution. Personal stories and photos from their constituents will effectively show your elected officials that you and others around the country are ready for action. It's time for the writings and photographs of a new generation to inspire our country to take on the challenge of global warming and save our natural-and national-heritage. Submit your story or photographs today.

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