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Archive for September, 2013

Green Halloween® Blog Carnival

Monday, September 30th, 2013

2013 Green Halloween® Blog Carnival

Check out these amazing blog for healthy Halloween ideas. You can also read why we at Green Halloween® are so passionate about changing the holiday for the better. Take a look here.

Groovy Green Livin – Put a Little Green in your Halloween & The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup

Healthful Mama – Healthy Treats

Non-toxic Kids – 7 ways to your Green Halloween

Mom- blog – Safeguarding Your Child’s Special Diet This Halloween

Working Mom Goes Green – No Sew Halloween Costumes

99 Cooking – 7 Ways to put on a Healthy Halloween Party

Candy Experiments – Halloween Decisions: M&Ms, Apples, and Other Ideas

Today I Ate a Rainbow – 5 Steps to a Healthier Halloween and a guide on one of the
Spit That Out – Healthy Candy Options

Climate Mama – Halloween, Climate Change, the IPCC report and Scary Stories

Made in the USA Challenge – Made in USA Green Halloween Guide

Green 4 U – How to Decorate Your Home for Halloween

Eco Mom Alliance – How To: Tips for a Green Halloween®

Almost all the Truth – Halloween: Fun or Green?

Factory Direct – How Businesses and Consumers Can Both Go Green This Halloween

Surviving and Thriving on Pennies – Autumn Traditions

Liberated Spaces – The Purge, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

To read other great pieces follow us on Facebook facebook.com/greenhalloween or Twitter @greenhalloween

 

 

Welcome to the Green Halloween Blog Carnival!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

2013 Green Halloween® Blog Carnival

Can you believe it, Halloween is only one month away? We at Green Halloween®  are so excited for all the costumes, snacks, decorations, and party-favors we are going to make (and swap) this month. Of course, we need to remember why it is so important to be aware of what you buy, use, and eat this time of year.

  • Many store-bought face paints contain harmful chemicals, or even lead
  • High-fructose corn syrup (which does not exist in nature) and is linked to various health issues, like child obesity and dental problems. For treat ideas check out our Treat Alternatives list and the Candy Cheat Sheet.
  • Swapping half the costume kids wear at Halloween would annual landfill reduce waste by 6250 tons
  • Friends and neighbors may have allergies to gluten, soy, corn, and nuts. Or, they are on special diets.
  •  Over 6,000 chemicals are used in the processed foods industry. Do you know what you are eating?
  • Cocoa farms often exploit their workers (who are usually children).

And that is just a taste of the Halloween horrors out there. We know that you want to do the best you can for your family and the planet. So, our fabulous bloggers have a few ideas on how to have an awesome Green Halloween!

Thanks to all our bloggers for helping us #takeback Halloween! Stay tuned throughout the month for other great ideas for a fun and eco-friendly Green Halloween!

For more tips follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/greenhalloween or Twitter @greenhalloween

Candy Alternatives 2013

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Okay, so you’ve decided to make your Halloween a green one. You don’t want the trick-or-treaters or party guests coming to your house to ingest any GMOS, dyes, or preservatives. Good for you! Welcome to the Green Halloween movement. So now you’re thinking, “What the heck should my kids eat instead?”  We know it’s tough to sift through all the options, so we at Green Halloween have prepared a stellar list of candy alternatives for you.

 

1. Honest Kids – Honest Tea Drink Pouches

Trick-or-treating through the whole neighborhood can really work up a sweat! Keep the kids hydrated by passing out an Appely Ever After or Berry Berry Good Lemonade. Each pouch is only 40 calories and sweetened with only fruit juice. Plus, Honest Tea participates in the TerraCycle program!

2. Nature’s Path Bars

These granola bars are chock-full of whole grains, protein, and fiber. They also have a gluten free selection. Their best-selling Pumpkin-N-Spice bars goes perfectly with the holiday. Nature’s path is certified by the Non-GMO project. Nature’s Path doesn’t see why healthy food should be boring and tasteless, and we whole-heartedly agree!

3. LÄRABAR

The company’s selection of LÄRABARs , über bar, and ALT bar, are all delicious, and all nutritious. Each LÄRABAR flavor contains no more than 9 ingredients. In addition, LÄRABAR participates in both the TerraCycle program and the Non-GMO project.

4. Bare Naked Fruit Snacks

Bare Fruit snacks are a series of baked apple, mango, and apricot chips. And get this; they are 100% carbon neutral. With apples straight out of Washington State, when Bare Naked says “naked,” they mean it! No added sugar or preservatives.

5. Kind Snacks

The lip-smacking combo of whole nuts, fruits, and whole grains are sublime. Kind believes that if you can’t pronounce and ingredient, it shouldn’t go into your body. Family Circle Magazine even named Kind bars one of the best snacks for kids.

6. Plum Organics: Mashup & Jammy Sammy

Plum Organics minimal processing ensures that the fruit has the highest nutritional value possible. The Jammy Sammy is an organic cereal bars filled with delicious fruit. There’s no high-fructose corn syrup in these babies. Mashups are fruit purée snacks that come in 12 awesome flavors.  Both these snacks come in BPA-free recycled packaging.

7. Bumble Bar Minis

Bumble Bars are scrumptious rice snack bars. They come in 14 different flavors – nutty, fruity, or chocolaty goodness! Their Juno Bars come in similar flavors, but are made with protein-rich quinoa. Bumble takes pride in their commitment to people and the planet. They buy from local co-ops and farms, monitor their waste levels, and even use cornstarch packing peanuts in when shipping products.

8. Barbara’s Snackimals Cookies

These nibbles take animal crackers to a whole new level. With 6 flavors like snickerdoodle and double chocolate, we are going Ape! Barabara’s has been committed to providing customers with healthy, wholesome food for over 40 years.

9. Health Warrior Chia Bars

Chia seeds powered the Aztec Empire, and now they will power you and your little warriors on your trick-or-treating expedition. Chia is the “ultimate superfood,” and Health Warrior has harnessed the power of chia into 6 flavored snack bars.

10. Seasnax Seaweed

I know, I know, you might be a little shocked that we’re suggesting you give away seaweed on Halloween. BUT, seaweed is the vegetable of the sea; it is mineral rich and low in calories. Plus Seasnax has a variety of flavors (Chipotle and Toasty Onion for new recruits and RAW for diehards). So jump right in, the water’s fine.

 

For more ideas, check out our Candy Cheat Sheet. Or, check us out on Facebook facebook.com/greenhalloween or Twitter @greenhalloween

Sponsor Spotlight: Plum Organics

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Are you looking for a healthy snack for your baby, toddler, or child that’s also eco-friendly?  If you are, Plum Organics is perfect for you! Founded in 2005, Plum Organics has been offering high quality health foods for newborns to grow up with for over 10 years. They believe the key to a healthy lifestyle is eating healthy right from the start.

Plum Organics believes that food should taste good, no matter what size your tastebuds are! Each product (either for babies, toddlers, and children) is made using only the freshest and purest vegetables, fruits, and grains. Plum Organics refuses to use any ingredients that aren’t certified organic and steers clear of all GMO’s. Their products are nutrient rich too, as Plum Organics understands that growing up requires a lot of energy! But why keep your child healthy if he or she doesn’t have a healthy planet to explore?

Plum Organics strives to leave a baby sized eco-footprint, focusing on reducing their impact on the environment by waste reduction and using less energy. B Corp certified, Plum Organics meets comprehensive standards based on social, environmental, and corporate responsibility. While their packaging may not be recyclable, it is still considered an eco-solution because it requires little time and energy to produce. Plum Organics may leave a small eco-footprint, but they are committed to leaving a giant impression on society.

Plum Organics’ program Full Effect is an initiative dedicated to fighting malnutrition, diabetes, obesity, and other childhood health problems Full Effect provides children across the country with healthy and nutritious food. Plum Organics also proudly partners with well known organizations like The March for Dimes, March for Babies, Healthy Child Healthy World, Baby Buggy, Stroller Strides, and Pregnancy Awareness Month to help ensure long and healthy lives for children all over the world. So if you have a young child and want to keep the planet in mind while keeping he or she healthy, start them off with Plum Organics!

By Peter Piscia

Save $10 on orders above $50 on Plum Organics’ online store with code GREENHALLOWEEN. Stock up on a yummy supply of individually-wrapped, grab ‘n go treats like Fruit & Veggie Shredz & Fruit Straws. Buy by the cases and save even more. Offer ends 10/31/13.

No tricks, just treats!

For more info on Plum Organics and their full line of products, go to plumorganics.com. Check them out at facebook.com/PlumOrganics and Twitter @PlumOrganics also!

 

Costume Swap Hangout

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Watch Green Halloween’s Executive Director Amy Ziff and Founder Corey Colwell Lipson talk with Kiwi Magazine and Eco-Mom Alliance about all things Green Halloween, especially National Costume Swap Day!

If you’re not sure what you’re going to wear this Halloween or you want to know steps you can take to make it healthier start with this video! Thanks to TheMarketingHeaven.com for their youtube service that helped in promoting our video.
Plus, get great treat alternative ideas like Honest Kids by Honest Tea, Surf Sweets candies, and UNREAL candy.

For more videos and updates  follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/greenhalloween or Twitter @greenhalloween