Light your pumpkins the EEK-o-friendly way this Halloween

October 10, 2019 by  
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With spooky season upon us, consider illuminating your jack-o’-lanterns in an eco-friendly way. But what are some good light sources to place within or even near pumpkins? You, of course, want to avoid toxins from certain sources, so here are some of Inhabitat’s sustainable suggestions this autumn. Soy or beeswax candles Steer clear of paraffin, because it is a petroleum-based product that produces soot. Paraffin candles have also been known to release acetaldehyde, acrolein, benzene, formaldehyde, naphthalene and toluene — all of which are toxins . Instead, choose “cleaner” candles made either of soy or beeswax. These options are all-natural, burn at lower temperatures, and last longer — ensuring a healthier light to place within your carved pumpkins. Related: Time to put the flame out — scented candles can cause disease and poor air quality Flameless LED artificial lights LED lights can be in the form of tea lights, string lights, even bike lights — making them wonderful choices for your jack-o’-lanterns. They are, after all, more energy-efficient and have longer lifespans than other types of artificial lighting. They are also a safer choice for inside a pumpkin because they don’t emit much heat, thereby lowering the risk of fire. They can operate at a wide range of temperatures — whether hot or cold — without significant degradation. For these reasons, LED lights are safer and more budget-friendly for a sustainable Halloween. Solar lights Go green this year by utilizing your garden decor to fashion a solar-powered jack-o’-lantern. How does one solarize pumpkins? First, you’ll have to allow your solar garden lights to collect energy from the sun throughout the day. While your yard’s solar lights are soaking up the sun, that is when you can cut out the bottom of your carved pumpkins. Then, at night, you can place those jack-o-lanterns atop the now-glowing solar garden lights. Voila! Your yard will come alive with solarized jack-o’-lanterns to ghoulishly light up your Halloween night . So this Halloween, if the kids are asking why your pumpkins have bigger smiles, goofier faces or even epic expressions, you can explain that it is all because they are all lit up in EEK-o-friendlier ways. Via Chester Energy and Policy Image via David Menidrey

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10 sustainable Halloween decorations for your green home

October 17, 2018 by  
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Halloween is just around the corner, but when it comes to decorating your home for the spooky holiday, it can be a challenge to keep things eco-friendly. Most store-bought decorations are made with non-recyclable plastic and covered in toxic paint or synthetic fabrics. But there is no need for frivolous spending and waste when it comes to decorating for Halloween. There are some great DIY ideas that you can use to upcycle things that are already lying around your house, allowing you to keep your environmental impact to a minimum. Egg carton bats Upcycle your egg cartons by using them as bat decorations. With some non-toxic black paint, ribbons, glue and googly eyes, you can make these cute egg carton bats from Crafts By Courtney. Bed sheet ghosts This idea is extremely easy, and all it takes is some old white bed sheets, leaves or newspaper and some string. Simply stuff your old sheets with leaves or newspaper and tie some string around the sheet to make the head. Then, hang them from  trees  to add a spooky effect to your front yard. Related: 6 DIY Halloween decorations made with upcycled materials Milk jug skeleton Dairy containers can come in handy when it comes to making sustainable Halloween decor. Save your old milk jugs and turn them into skeletons with string, scissors, a craft knife, glue and a hole punch. This idea from the Recycle Guys is a fun project to do with your kids, and it won’t cost you any more than the price of the milk you already drink. Yarn spider webs This simple Halloween decorating idea comes from Instructables , and all you need is yarn and scissors. Start by laying out a basic horizontal and vertical frame from the yarn, and then start weaving more yarn to make a web. You can find the step-by-step instructions here . Giant trash bag spiders If you put spider webs on your front porch, then it makes sense to add some giant spiders . According to Money Crashers, you will need some large black trash bags, leaves or newspaper, zip ties and a glue gun to make this creepy crawly. Mad scientist lab With some mason jars — or old baby food, pickle, olive or sauce jars — you can turn your home into a mad scientist’s laboratory. Put animal toys, eyeballs or other strange objects into each jar with some water and non-toxic or natural food coloring, and fill a shelf (or a window) with some crazy Halloween experiments . Mummy cereal boxes Who doesn’t have some old bed sheets lying around that don’t fit any bed in the house? I know I do, and white ones make the perfect Halloween craft item. Cut the fabric of an old sheet into thin strips, and cover a cereal or cracker box with the sheet pieces to make it look like a mummy . Then, add some googly eyes to make the perfect mummified decoration. Front yard cemetery With some used cardboard boxes, non-toxic paint, scissors and wood stakes, you can turn your front yard into a cemetery for Halloween. Make tombstones to place all over your yard, and if you add some artificial moss from a craft store, it will make it look even more authentic. For something you can use year after year, create your own tombstones from concrete . Ghostly lights Yet another idea for used milk jugs , you can make ghost lights with black construction paper, string LED lights , some googly eyes and a little glue. You can light up your walkway or front porch with these little ghosts. Gourds This is an obvious eco-friendly choice, but you don’t have to limit yourself to carving pumpkins for Halloween. Instead, you can wrap gourds in bows or paint them with non-toxic paint to create environmentally friendly decorations. If you want to keep things really simple, use plain gourds and pumpkins to decorate your dinner table, add some color to your front porch or line your steps or walkway. Then, compost your pumpkins and gourds after Halloween to help fertilize your garden. It is possible to go green at Halloween, you just have to look around the house for items that you can reuse to help reduce the problem of holiday waste. The options are endless when it comes to DIY  eco-friendly Halloween decorations. When you opt to make a few instead of buying plastic items at the store, the environment will thank you. Via  Care2 and Apartment Guide Images via Gurney Halleck , Quazie , Lenore Edman and Shutterstock

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Voting has begun in the Green Halloween Costume Contest

October 28, 2016 by  
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Attention all ghouls and goblins. With the spookiest of holidays just around the corner, crafty DIY costumes are beginning to pop up everywhere, and voting has officially begun for finalists in Inhabitots’ Green Halloween costume contest . Got a creatively handmade, recycled, and/or repurposed costume? We want to see it! There’s still time to enter your costume here , and you can also check out the other entrants and vote for your favorites here > VOTE HERE > ENTER THE CONTEST HERE >

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Melbourne architects renovate an 1880s Victorian home for the 21st century

October 28, 2016 by  
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The architects used white brick for the exterior of the house, as well as elements of the interior, including the fireplace . Natural materials such as cedar timber and hardwood dominate the verandah and extend into the interior. This combination reflects the varied mix of industrial and residential buildings, garages and outbuildings in the neighborhood. Related: Renovated Victorian House in Toronto combines the best of rural and urban living A simple white palette dominates the interior and is set off with elements in grey concrete, colored timber and grey tint mirrors. The front of the house was upgraded, while the rear features a new L-shaped open-plan kitchen, living and dining area with large glass doors that open onto the rear verandah. + ITN Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Patrick Rodriguez

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Calling all creative costume makers – enter the Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest!

October 13, 2016 by  
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Are you making an out-of-the-box Halloween costume from scratch? If so, show it off on Inhabitots! Our annual Green Halloween costume contest hosted by Inhabitots kicks off today, and we’re on a mission to find the most creatively handmade, recycled and/or repurposed Halloween costumes made for babies , kids , pets and families . Along with all the fame that comes from entering our contest, you could also win an adorable handmade critter coat from the good folks at Little Goodall . Read on for more details about the contest, the awesome prizes, and how to enter. If you have amazingly innovative costume-making skills, here’s your chance to show the world! ENTER INHABITOTS’ GREEN HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST HERE > THE PRIZES 1st PRIZE WINNER The first prize winner, determined by our judges scoring, will have their pick of one warm, cozy, hand-made critter coat from Little Goodall . Critter hoices include: lion, wolf, fox, butterfly, owl, leopard, dinosaur, bear, robot, raccoon, bunny, and more! There are even adult-sized critter coats for you grownups who want in on the action. 2ND PLACE WINNER Judges scoring will also determine the second place will, who will receive their choice of adorable hand-made critter coat from Little Goodall . READER’S CHOICE PRIZE The costume that receives the highest number of votes on our online finalist page will win a “Reader’s Choice” prize or one critter coat from Little Goodall , so encourage your friends and family to vote! Submissions will be posted and open to public voting soon after they are received, so make sure to submit early to get the most amount of votes possible. Online voting will likely begin before Halloween. ENTER HERE!

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LAST CHANCE: Vote for your favorite Green Halloween Costume Contest finalist!

November 3, 2015 by  
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We asked you to submit your incredible DIY costumes to our Green Halloween Costume Contest , and we were amazed with what you came up with. Now it’s time to vote for your favorite costume to win a $3000 VANMOOF Electrified bike ! We’ve narrowed down our entries to the cream of the crop, and the costume that racks up the most votes by the stroke of midnight will win our grand prize – so check out our 17 finalists and vote today ! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE COSTUME >

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HOW TO: Grow your own mushrooms from recycled cardboard and coffee grounds

November 3, 2015 by  
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Book lovers and coffee drinkers no doubt have an excess of cardboard and coffee grounds on their hands. But before you chuck them in the recycling bin, why not consider reusing those materials to grow mushrooms? It may sound strange at first, but nutrient-rich coffee grounds and corrugated cardboard are a match made in mushroom heaven. All you’ll need is a plastic container cleaned with rubbing alcohol and perforated with four to six quarter-inch holes; corrugated cardboard that’s been soaked in water for at least one to two days; quality mushroom spawn that can be found online; and spent coffee grounds, ideally from the day-of. Starting with the cardboard, layer the materials in the container like you would lasagna and cover each sprinkle of spawn with coffee grounds. Then, watch the magic happen! + A Piece of Rainbow The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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INFOGRAPHIC: 5 fascinating facts about our water supply that you need to know

November 3, 2015 by  
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Let’s face it; water is something we take for granted until we don’t have free access to it anymore. But accounts for 75% of our bodies’ composition as well as the planet we live on, and yet, only 1% of the water on Earth is drinkable. If there was ever a paradox, this is definitely one of them. Given this supply and demand, good conservation measures are vital. In other words, if we all want to continue drinking water and using it for our everyday needs, it is time to get serious about conserving water! Here are a few interesting facts about our water supply that you might want to know… before it disappears. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 5 fascinating facts about our water supply that you need to know

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HOW TO: Make and serve pumpkin soup in a tureen made from its own shell

October 30, 2015 by  
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Steve Wintercroft’s Gorgeous DIY Paper Masks are the Perfect Last-Minute Halloween Costume

October 29, 2015 by  
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