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Archive for September, 2009

Green Halloween action alert: Bat conservation

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Bats may seem pretty spooky – but in fact, they’re pretty spooktacular.

Whether they’re hunting insects (such as mosquitoes), pollinating plants or scattering seeds, these flying mammals are working hard as integral members of ecosystems all over the planet.

But they are in danger – and they need human help.

Enter Bat Conservation International (BCI), an organization devoted to conservation, education, and research initiatives involving bats and the ecosystems they serve. Founded in 1982, as scientists around the world became concerned that bats essential to the balance of nature and human economies were in alarming decline, the organization has achieved unprecedented progress by emphasizing sustainable uses of natural resources that benefit both bats and people.

Want to get involved?

On, you can learn to build a bat house, find workshops and bat colonies, read bat poetry or even send a bat inspired e-card (perfect for green Halloween!)

Kids can get involved by clicking on the link below:


Bold, modern, green: Zid Zid Kid masks for Halloween

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
We recently stumbled upon Zid Zid Kids‘ masks – and we fell instantly head-over-heels.
Not only are they absolutely gorgeous, they’re absolutely green AND fair. Handmade by artisans in Morocco, Zid Zid Kids masks are made from eco-friendly recycled cardboard (with an elastic string).
We have a feeling that these masks will be played with long past Halloween (and don;t be surprised if you are tempted to hang them on the wall).
Choose from elephant, bird, giraffe and lion. Available with or without cotton cape.
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Go uber green with a virtual carved pumpkin

Monday, September 28th, 2009

pumpkinDon’t like the un-greenness of growing (and shipping) pumpkins only to use them as decor?  Try this fun, virtual pumpkin carving tool instead.

Then, share your virtual jack-o-lantern on our new community page.

Can’t wait to see what you (and your kids) come up with!

Find an organic pumpkin patch near you

Sunday, September 27th, 2009


Looking for an organic pumpkin patch in your neck of the woods?

Check out

It’s THE go-to resource for finding locally grown, raised and produced products.

So don’t stop at pumpkins for your Halloween festivities.

On LocalHarvest you’ll find an abundance of  local Fall fare – including apples, pears, cabbage, cranberries, corn, pomegranate, grapes, nuts, root veggies and kale – and can decrease your carbon-footprint while supporting your local farmers, too.

Halloween origami: How to make a skull (video)

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Useful for invitations, decor and more. Be sure to use recycled or tree-free paper.