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Eco Minute Tuesday October 6, 2015

Get creative with your outdoor Halloween and other decorations and keep the three R’s in mind.  Reduce the amount or money you spend on decorations by looking for reusable items and make sure that if you are using one-time use decorations be sure to use only recyclable or compostable material.   Autumn decorating practically screams for the use of natural objects as outdoor decorations.  You can be stylishly savvy with cornstalks, branches, colorful leaves, and of course the traditional Halloween pumpkin — all of which can be composted when you’re taking down your Halloween scene.  And lastly, make sure to use eco-friendly LED light bulbs to keep your front yard lit without running up the electricity bill.  They may cost a bit more now. But they’ll make it up lasting years longer.    

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.