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Eco Minute October 16, 2015

Green your Halloween this year.  According to Care2.com and GreenHalloween.org, about 25 million children celebrate Halloween and most of them get a new store bought costume every year.  Rather than buy yet another costume for your kids or yourself, consider either making one from things you have around the house or organize a neighborhood or school costume swap.  These swapped costumes will be new to your children, you’ll save money and you could reduce landfill waste by tons.  Some other sources of gently used costumes are thrift stores and consignment shops – many of which benefit local charities.  With just a little planning you can avoid those big box stores.  Also, rather than buy a single use disposable loot bag, make something that goes with your child’s costume.     

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.