With Halloween just a week a way, we wanted to arm every Spartan with tools for having a “Spartan green” holiday by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Tip #1 – Reduce energy use in your decorative lighting by using LED lights.
Tip #2 – Buy a reusable “trick-or-treat” tote, or reuse an old pillow case for collecting candy.
Tip #3 – Once Halloween is over, recycle your old pumpkins in a compost pile or by bringing them to the MSU Surplus Store to compost.
Tip #4 – Reduce carbon emissions by choosing a “trick-or-treat” location within walking, biking, or bussing distance from your home.
Tip #5 – Save old Halloween costumes or donate them to places like the MSU Surplus Store so they can be reused.
Tip #6 – Recycle any leftover paper or plastic packaging from your Halloween candy.
Tip #7 – Try to match the amount of candy you buy to the number of “trick-or-treaters” you expect to reduce the chance of excess candy going to waste.
Tip #8 – Choose reusable decorations that you can keep year after year or donate.
Tip #9 – Support recycling markets by purchasing holiday decorations and party wear made from recycled materials.
Tip #10 – Get crafty and make you Halloween costume and decorations out of upcycled or repurposed items.
For more ideas on having a “Spartan Green” Halloween, visit the following resources: Ten Green Halloween Tips; 25 Unforgettable Homemade Halloween Costumes Made from Recycled Materials; Recycled Halloween Crafts. Or, come to the MSU Surplus Store to find locally grown pumpkins, or that perfect accessory for your DIY Halloween costume.