When you think of Halloween, you probably think of the colors orange and black. This year, I want you to think of the color GREEN! Many Halloween products can produce a scary amount of waste that can haunt our environment way beyond the spooky shadows of Halloween night.
Help me Spare The Air this Halloween by following these environmentally friendly tips:
- Chose an eco-friendly costume made of natural fabrics, rather than a costume that’s made of materials that can’t be recycled. If you aren’t planning to use last year’s Halloween costume, you can donate it to someone else so they can enjoy trick-or-treating as much as you! For other costume options, talk to your friends and see if they want to make a trade this year.
- Make your Halloween decorations out of recycled materials instead of buying them from a store. Decorations are fun to make and making your own out of recycled materials is a great way to reduce waste.
- Sweep the sidewalk and driveway. If your parents are expecting lots of trick-or-treaters to stop by your house, they’ll probably want to clear away all the fall leaves on your sidewalk and driveway. Instead of using a hose or leaf blower, you can save water by using a broom instead. Best of all, you can use those leaves to add to a compost pile. Compost is a special kind of dirt you can use when you plant your garden. It has tons of yummy stuff that plants love because it helps them grow big and strong, just like you!
- Check your face paint. Some face paints contain scary, unhealthy chemicals. Make sure to get the organic or non-toxic kind.
- Party like an eco-star. If you’re going to have a Halloween party at your house, make sure to set out recycling bins for all your plastic cups, plates and soda cans! You can also set up a compost container for food waste and add it to your compost pile.
I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!
I hope you’ve had an amazing beginning to the school year! Even though we’ve entered the fall season and the temperature is starting to drop, we can’t forget about the importance of keeping our air clean. In fact, now that we are all back in school, there are lots of things you can do this school year to help Spare The Air. Here are some of my favorite ways to Spare The Air during the school year:
- Bringing a refillable water bottle to school every day. Using a refillable water bottle helps Spare The Air because it means we have to produce less plastic water bottles. Plus, it means less pollution from trucks because we don’t need them to transport as many of them to stores.
- Recycling your paper, plastic and cans. Recycling is the number one way we can help protect our planet. It prevents pollution because we don’t have to take it to a landfill where it would be burned. Burning garbage is bad and illegal in California because it releases toxics into our air.
- Walking to school. Walking to school is not only a great way to get exercise, but just like biking, skateboarding or scootering, it helps Spare The Air because you aren’t driving.
- Riding the school bus, or sharing a ride to school with a neighbor or friend. Riding the bus or carpooling to school is another awesome way to Spare The Air because it means less cars on the road!
It’s important to help Spare The Air for our health, and for our environment. When you’re a kid, your lungs are still developing, and breathing poor air quality can damage them. Have a grown-up download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app on their phone to receive notifications when the air quality is poor, so you can avoid the harmful effects of air pollution. Tell your teachers what you’ve learned from Scooter’s World and share some awesome Spare The Air games and activities with them by clicking here: http://www.aqmdscooter.com/index.php/activities/.
If you want to hang out with me when I’m out and about, check my calendar to see where I will be visiting next!
Until next time!