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Halloween is known for many things -- witches, zombies, tooth decay -- but environmentalism isn't among them. Just consider all the candy purchased, each tiny piece individually wrapped, of course. (Guilty.) And then a good portion of each haul is fated to be discreetly tossed out by concerned parents. (Still guilty.) And then there's all those plastic orange jack-o'lantern bags clogging up the landfills. (Sigh....guilty. Again.)
Some parents are trying to change all that -- and many businesses are happy to help by creating organic "green" treats. After all, if you're striving to eat mindfully and be environmentally aware throughout the rest of the year, why forsake those values on October 31?
"I just feel like candy is unnecessary," Jennifer Boyd-Mullineaux, mother of two children, ages 7 and 9, told MSNBC. "You see the incredible volumes of candy collected -- knowing that no one should eat that much -- and it just goes into the trash. It just doesn't seem responsible to us."
It's hardly a shocking trend, given how the organic food movement has exploded, even during a recession. Whole Foods is among the throng of stores selling trick-or-treat-sized organic options this year -- non-candy items like Annie's Homegrown fruit snacks and EnviroKidz snack bars. But for those parents who want to take it a step further, Green Halloween offers tips for avoiding the consumer food fight altogether. Just keep in mind that while some ideas sound like potential hits (art supplies, stickers, bean bags), others, well...don't. (Acorns? Really?)
As for how to transport that healthy haul, companies like Envirosax and ChicoBag are stepping up with reusable bags designed for trick-or-treating. But parents, be forewarned: that Envirosax bag can hold 44 pounds of candy. Yikes.