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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Ditch the Sugary Treats this Halloween and Hand Out Jack-O’-Lantern-Shaped Recycled Crayons Instead

October 20, 2014 by  
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Halloween brings out the creativity in kids perhaps more than any other major holiday, and these Jack-O’-Lantern crayons  can inspire some great works of art! Made from melted-down, recycled crayons, these little pumpkins promote artistic creativity while providing a good trick-or-treat alternative to sugary treats. Since they’re non-edible, there’s no worry about whether they’re suited to a gluten-free, vegan, or other special diet—they’re perfect for kids of all ages, and come in a party pack of 20 , so you’ll have plenty to hand out or slip into treat bags as party favors . Additionally, if you need more than 20, you can contact Etsy store owner Ivy Lane Designs for a special order. + Recycled Jack-O’-Lantern Pumpkin Crayons $21.9 5 + Ivy Lane Designs Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: crayola , crayon , crayons , green halloween , halloween , halloween crayons , halloween treats , jack o lantern , jack o’lantern , jack-o-lantern crayons , pumpkin crayons , recycled , Recycled crayons , Recycled Materials , recycling , upcycled crayons , upcycling

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