This Halloween, embrace fall without comprising the environment and say “Yes to Less”with a few simple steps:
*Have a neighborhood costume swap! Instead of buying brand new costumes for your kids, invite friends to bring their used Halloween costumes over and let kids (and adults) swap or mix and match to add your own creative twist. Who knows, maybe Spiderman is the favorite superhero of someone else right down the street!
*Look for candy with minimal packaging or skip the candy all together and consider giving out fun trinkets like matchbox cars, barrettes, or coins. Kids will love their new treasures and their parents will appreciate the creative alternative.
*Light your Jack-O-Lanterns with beeswax candles instead of soy or paraffin ones. Paraffin is a by-product of petroleum refining and release toxins in the air that are harmful to you and the environment. Beeswax candles release negatively charged ions that counteract the positive charge of dust, neutralizing and literally cleaning the air you breathe!
*Trick-or-Treat with reusable bags or pillowcases to prevent thousands of plastic bags from going in the landfill. A simple white pillowcase can become magical with the right craft supplies. Try adding (nontoxic) glow in the dark paint for a spooky touch!
CCS Green Team Intern
Ohio State University
Victoria Baron is a former Carmel High School student now in her junior year at Ohio State University. She is majoring in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability. Victoria will be writing sustainabilty articles for the CCS Green Team this year full of tips on how we all can reduce our carbon footprint and lessen the strain on our shared planet. Check back often to see Victoria’s articles!
Students in Woodbrook’s Green Team created this display to help get the focus on saying yes to less! They suggest saying yes to less paper waste by recycling and saying yes to less energy by turning off the lights. Adding the visuals will help others make the connection on how they can say yes to less as well.
Going back to school is an exciting time for a fresh start and fresh school essentials. It is
also a time that the environment takes a hit with stores almost as packed as the Holiday Season. According to Waste Online, each student produces an average of 240 pounds of waste each year! Get an Earth-friendly jump start on this school year with a few simple tips!
*Take inventory: Write down what you already have at home before going to the store for supplies. Do you really need six new binders or will some of last years do? Avoiding duplicates reduces the amount of plastic that is wasted as well as saves your family money!
*Look for less packaging and recycled supplies: Many companies are hopping aboard the “green” train and using responsibly sourced or reduced packaging. The Ultimate Green Store is an online shopping website that sells environmentally conscious products and saves you a trip to the store!
*Rethink the brown bag: Investing in a washable, reusable lunch box keeps hundreds of paper bags out of landfills. Opt for one that is vinyl free to avoid harmful levels of lead in your child’s lunch.
CCS Green Team Intern
Ohio State University 2017