Scooter Halloween

Scooter’s Tips for an Eco-Friendly Halloween

Hi Friends,

Trick-Or-Treat! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year. When you think of Halloween, you probably think of pumpkins, candy, costumes and 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 world for many Halloween nights to come.

Help me Spare The Air this Halloween by following these Earth-friendly tips:

  1. Buy a green Halloween costume. When looking for a costume to buy at a store, leave behind the costumes that are made from non-recyclable plastic. Choose costumes that are made with natural materials, such as 100 percent cotton fabric, and face paint that is made without artificial dyes or other chemicals.
  2. Make your costume. Instead of buying your Halloween costume, make your own. Have your parents help you decide on one. Some popular costumes that are easy to make at home include a ghost, dog, cat, mouse, deck of cards, robot, car, princess or witch. Check out more DIY costume ideas here.
  3. Make your Halloween decorations. Use 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
  4. Select eco-friendly Trick-or-Treat bags. Use a reusable or recyclable shopping bag, or a pillowcase. If you choose a plastic jack-o-lantern, just make sure you save it and reuse it next year.
  5. Party like an eco-star. If you’re going to have a Halloween party at your house, make sure to set out your recycling bins for all of the plastic cups, paper plates and soda cans. Or better yet, use reusable dishes!

I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

Your pal,

-Scooter

Scooter Halloween 2017

Eco-Friendly Halloween

Hi Friends,

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.

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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!

Your pal,

-Scooter

Scooter gardening

Gardening Gone Green

Hi Friends,

The temperature is getting hotter and the sun is staying out longer. I love being outside, so this is my favorite time of year. One of my favorite hobbies is gardening. Plants help make clean air for us to breathe, so I always like to water my plants and even plant trees whenever I have the chance. Here are some of my favorite gardening tips that will help make sure you are gardening “green” and help Spare The Air in your neighborhood, and around your home!

  • Make your own compost. Instead of buying expensive soil and fertilizer (plant food), make your own at home by using compost. Compost is created by recycling the remaining fruits and vegetables you don’t finish from your meals. For more on how to compost, click here.
  • Use electric instead of gaspowered tools. Using gas-powered lawnmowers or weed-whackers cancels out all the good stuff we’re doing because now we are polluting the air while we do it. Always use electric or hand tools!

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  • Avoid using pesticides. Pesticides are chemicals used to get rid of bugs that harm plants. While that sounds like a good thing, pesticides actually pose a major threat to our health and also contribute to air pollution. If your family must use pesticides, use one that is a water-based solution because it’ll contribute less to smog than an oil-based pesticide.
  • Water smart. When you water your plants, try to be as efficient as possible. Focus on each individual plant and give it a nice soaking around its base. If you water lightly all over the place, the plant will train its roots to stay near the surface of the soil which makes the plant weaker. Plus, more efficient watering means more water conservation, and that helps our planet too!
  • Plant “native” plants. “Native” plants are plants that grow naturally near where we live. They usually need less water and plant food because they’re used to growing well here. Native plants are easy to find, and it means we don’t have to drive far to buy them or their seeds to plant. The less time we have to spend driving around to find plants, the less pollution we put out from our cars, and the more we reduce our carbon footprint!

For more air quality information, check out my website, and don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. They can use the app to check the daily air quality forecast and get current conditions at the air monitoring sites in our region: http://www.aqmdscooter.com/index.php/videos/%E2%80%8E.

You can also check my calendar to see where I will be visiting next.

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

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Scooter’s Guide to an Eco-Friendly and Safe Halloween

Hi friends!

I know that when you think of Halloween, you probably think of orange, but I always think green! Many Halloween products can produce a monstrous amount of waste that can haunt our environment way beyond the eerie shadows of Halloween night.

This Halloween join me in showing off your spooky Spare The Air tricks and treats by following some of these environmentally friendly tips:

  • Reuse last year’s costume or donate it so someone else can enjoy your fairy wings or Dracula cape!
  • Swap your costume with a friend. If you want to be what your friend was last Halloween, see if you can trade costumes with them for the night so you don’t have to drive to the store to buy your own.
  • Get crafty. Decorations are fun to make and are a great way to use recycled materials. Try creating pumpkins made out of used milk cartons. Learn how here: http://bit.ly/1LoFbZF.
  • Sweep the sidewalk and driveway. If your parents are expecting plenty of trick-or-treaters to stop by your house, have them clear away all the fall leaves on your sidewalk and driveway. Instead of using a hose, 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!
  • Party like an eco-star. If you are 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!
  • Check your face paint. Some face paints contain some scary, unhealthy chemicals. Make sure to get the organic or non-toxic kind!

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

-Scooter

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Scooter’s DIY Ice Cream Shoppe

Hi friends!

July is National Ice Cream Month! One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is make homemade ice cream! Check out my favorite recipe — it is both delicious and, because you can make it at home, it helps reduce air pollution since you don’t have to drive to an ice cream shop.

With just a few ingredients and a little jiggle, you can make homemade ice cream in minutes and help Spare The Air!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup rock salt
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 gallon-size zip-top bag
  • 1 pint-size zip-top bag
  • Dish towel

What you do:

1. Start by filling the gallon-size zip-top bag with half the ice. Sprinkle half the rock salt over the ice and then place the pint-size zip-top bag inside.

2. Now carefully measure and pour the half and half into the small pint-size bag along with the vanilla and sugar. Make sure the top is tightly sealed, kids!

3. Place the rest of the ice around the cream-filled baggie and then sprinkle with the rest of the rock salt. Zip the top, wrap in the dish towel so your hands don’t get cold, and get ready to shake.

4. Check the bag after two to three minutes of good shaking. Creamy ice cream should be inside!

5. Remove the ice cream from the bag of salted ice and enjoy — right out of the bag!

For more Spare The Air tips, visit: http://sparetheair.com/takeAction/index.cfm

Email me at ScooterTheSpareTheAirDog@gmail.com, or message me on Facebook (@SpareTheAirScooter)! I would love to answer any of your Spare The Air questions!

Your pal,

-Scooter

 

Earth Day Scooter

Earth Day Lunch Box!

 

Hi friends! Earth Day is a special time because we celebrate our beautiful planet. We also learn new ways to do all the things we love to do, but in a way that can help reduce air pollution too!

Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays and pizza and recess are two of my favorite things, so I decided to put my love for Earth Day, the deliciousness of pizza and the fun of recess, all in my Earth Day lunch box and share it with you!

Follow these lunchbox tips and healthy fruit pizza recipe to add a little Earth Day, into every day.

If you’re missing an ingredient, don’t worry – just get creative. You are the chef! Let me know how your fruit pizza turns out by sharing a picture of your Earth Day lunch box on my Facebook at: www.facebook.com/scooterthesparetheairdog

Step 1 – Lunch Box

Make sure your lunch box and containers are reusable to reduce waste and air pollution.

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Step 2 – Pizza Toppings

Have an adult help you cut some fresh fruit into pepperoni-shaped circles and shave some white chocolate or coconut for our pizza-pie cheese.

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Step 3 – Pizza Slice

Have an adult help you slice up a watermelon into pizza-shaped slices.

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Step 4

Open your reusable Earth Day lunch box, add your toppings and enjoy! Sharing with a friend is also recommended.

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Coloring Sheet Blog

New Scooter Coloring Pages

Hi friends! If you’re looking for something to do over winter break, download my new Check Before You Burn coloring pages. Not only are they lots of fun to color, but they have information about wintertime air pollution! Please have your mom or dad help you print some of these awesome pages, color them and then share them with me on my Facebook page— https://www.facebook.com/scooterthesparetheairdog. I’m so excited to see the colorful masterpieces that all of my friends create.

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Happy Halloween Scooter Blog

Eco-Friendly Halloween

Hi friends, it’s me – Scooter the Spare The Air Dog! Don’t you just love the fall season? The warm colors of the trees, the cold crisp air and, of course, Halloween!

I know that when you think of Halloween, you probably think of orange, but I always think green! Many Halloween products can produce a monstrous amount of waste that can haunt our environment way beyond the eerie shadows of Halloween night.

Help Spare The Air and show off your spooky Spare The Air tricks and treats this Halloween with these environmentally friendly tips:

  • Choose an eco-friendly costume made of natural fabrics, rather than a costume that’s made of materials that can’t be recycled.
  • Reuse last year’s costume or donate it so someone else can rock your fairy wings or Dracula cape next year.
  • Get crafty. Decorations are fun to make and are a great way to used recycled materials. Try creating pumpkins made out of used milk cartons. Learn how, here: http://bit.ly/1LoFbZF
  • Save your jack-o-lantern seeds. For a delicious pumpkin seed recipe, click here: http://bit.ly/1NCkycL
  • Trick-or-treat on foot and bring a flashlight. Walking from house to house will reduce air pollution and give everyone a chance to see your costume.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

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DIY Doggie Shampoo

Hi everyone! Taking care of a pet is a big responsibility. (I should know…I’m a dog!) Pets need food and treats, clean air to breathe and bubble baths. Most over-the-counter pet shampoos use all kinds of chemicals that are bad for our environment and our air. I like to smell like flowers—not chemicals— so I use a special doggy shampoo that can be made at home.

Next time you give your doggy a bath, use this easy DIY pup shampoo recipe.

Do It Yourself Doggy Shampoo Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of baby shampoo

Instructions:

Pour ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up really well, and give your furry best friend a bath.

Let me know how your doggy shampoo turns out by sharing a picture of your family pet on my Facebook or email me at scooterthesparetheairdog@gmail.com.

DIY Gummy Popsicle

Hi friends! The beginning of a new school year is such an exciting time and also a big change. We are making new friends and learning new things. We are waking up earlier and getting ready to carpool or walk to school. We are getting home later and running errands with our parents as they link their trips to save time and help Spare The Air.

Saying farewell to summertime is never an easy thing, but with these awesome DIY gummy bear popsicles, you will feel like you’re on summer vacation all year! So finish your homework, and ask a grown up if they are ready to put the “pop” in popsicle.

All you need are: popsicle molds, white grape juice and of course, gummy bears! Follow the easy steps below and enjoy the refreshing taste of summertime anytime you want.

If you’re missing an ingredient, don’t worry – just get creative. I also like using lemonade, fruit snacks and ice trays. Let me know how yours turn out by sharing a picture of your popsicles on my Facebook.

Step 1

Fill your popsicle molds with your juice and gummy bears.

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Step 2

Place your popsicles in the freezer until they are frozen solid.

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Step 3

Enjoy your sweet gummy creation and make sure to share with your family!

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