Earth911 Podcast: Sustainability in Your Ear

A spooky Halloween doesn’t have to be a horror show for the planet. Join the Earth911 team as we talk through how to reduce the waste and garbage produced by the scariest holiday of the year.

First off, a green Halloween can be a budget Halloween with these ideas about making, renting, and recycling costumes for kids and adults. You cosplay enthusiasts out there can bring the environmental ideal to your fun, too. Making your own Halloween decorations is another way to take the old and make it new this year. We share ideas about how to reuse household items as All Hallow’s Eve decorations.

Torn over the prospect of handing out processed sugar packaged in single-use bags and boxes? We have some suggestions for greener alternatives to candy and their wrappers.

We also answer your Earthling Questions. This week, we address how to recycle the #7 plastic bags for bird seed, the best way to replace a private-labeled battery — many companies, such as ADT, provide their own batteries with their products — and the challenge of recycling pens and markers. Terracycle has a convenient, but somewhat expensive, office zero waste box that can help with marker and pen recycling.

By Earth911

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