Green Tip of the Week – Halloween Edition!

Green It Yourself! How YOU can make your RedHawk life a little Greener.

By Evan Martinsek

Halloween is here! With it comes the unfortunate realizations that your costume is made in China with plastic polymers. And the same goes for your store-bought decorations. And that your candy is shipped in from impoverished farms in Africa. Bummer, right? Well never fear! I’m here to show you how you can Make Halloween Green Again!

Once upon a time, before commercialization of the holiday, Halloween was a simple affair, celebrated with local pumpkins and gourds, healthy snacks for treats, and costumes or decorations handcrafted from professionals and amateurs alike. This Halloween, treat the planet a little nicer by using some of these tricks!

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Halloween decorations are easy to go green with! Pumpkins and gourds are grown locally all over Ohio. Butterfield Farms, located just down the road out of town, has an awesome pumpkin patch and even a corn maize, just for kicks. Want something scary? Buy online! They have hand-crafted or secondhand for purchase. Try Etsy, they have a page just for Halloween!

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Fair Trade, fair trade, fair trade. The Natural Candy Store has plenty of fair trade options. (Read more about fair trade chocolate here!) It is not possible to grow chocolate in Ohio, but apples are locally produced which could serve as a healthy substitute.  If you’re looking for a different kind of treat for Halloween, try beverages from our local Cincinnati breweries and make sure to recycle the cans and bottles!

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Costumes can get expensive. Plus, most of the material isn’t recyclable and you only wear it for one weekend out of the year. Going the homemade route can get rid of all of those problems. You can edit your home wardrobe with hand-made features, such as wings or halos from wire hanger. Buying secondhand from Goodwill and Salvation Army is also an alternative. Just grab any baggy sweater and pant to look like Kanye. (Seriously, check it out online.) Or a suit made in China and an old yellow duster to be Trump. If you’re still not convinced, try online for secondhand costumes. Ebay has many options.

GreenHawks Media

GreenHawks Media is Miami University’s first environmental publication. Our goal is to unite green initiatives on campus and in the community. We hope to make a difference in a journalistic fashion by spreading news and information as well as educating our readers. We would like to present GreenHawks Media as a central place for groups and individuals to share their ideas, concerns, and initiatives. Individually and in small groups, efforts are made to make a difference and promote change. While one person may have a concern, another is researching it and needs assistance. While one initiative is being made in a science department, a similar idea is being discussed in a local business. GreenHawks Media provides the opportunity for shared visions to come together. We are journalists, writers, photographers, and scientists. We are students. We are motivated to use media to contribute to the change that our generation needs to make in order to protect and understand the planet we call home.

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