How to have a green Halloween
Halloween is the season for ghosts, goblins, costumes, and candy. But is there a way to celebrate a green Halloween, which, of course, is still spooky and fun for all?
A great organization called Green Halloween tells us absolutely yes. In this interview with Lynn Colwell of Green Halloween, we learned lots of tips and tricks for how to green up this ghoulish holiday.
The three R's for Halloween from Green Halloween:
Reduce -- Instead of handing out handfuls of candy to each little ghost and goblin, consider giving just one of something.
You’ll save money and your decision will likely be better for the health of the children who come to your door (since they’ll consume less) and for the planet since fewer resources will go into the making, packaging, transporting, and/or disposal of the treat.
Reuse -- Halloween could be the poster child for reusing. Nearly every aspect of the holiday can be celebrated in style without buying a single thing new.
So don’t rush out to buy costumes, decor, and party games. Instead, stop and think. What can be reused or repurposed to make this holiday a smash hit without costing the planet?
Rent, borrow, or construct costumes from existing materials. Making Halloween costumes from scratch can increase the fun factor, too.
Keep your lawn ghouls and orange LED lights year after year. You might get tired of seeing them, but guaranteed, you’re building a tradition -- one the kids in your home and neighborhood will remember. You wouldn’t want to mess with good memory-making, now would you?
Recycle -- The best way to utilize the third and final R is to first choose items that are made from recycled content instead of buying products made from raw or virgin materials. And when the product you’ve bought or acquired can no longer be used, it should be recycled.
Recycling can happen in many ways such as through your waste management company, your compost pile (yes, most food can be recycled), or through your own creativity. Breathe new life into your husband’s old flannel shirt and jeans, for example, by recycling them into a scarecrow for your front porch or a costume for your ten-year-old.
And no matter what, always, always, compost made-by-nature Halloween decor such as wilting pumpkins and gourds instead of throwing them in the trash. Uneaten Halloween candy can also be “recycled,” just be sure to remove the wrappers first.
Green Halloween tells us it's easy to celebrate green:
Busy parents need greening to be simple. Whatever the choice may be (goodies, costumes, decor, etc.), adding an eco-friendly twist shouldn’t increase stress and chaos to an already hectic holiday season. But making healthy and green choices is, in fact, easier than it seems.
The key is thinking (and acting) outside the conventional candy box:
- Plan ahead. Halloween can be a fairly last-minute holiday, resulting in a lot of knee-jerk choices that aren’t good for kids or the planet. But if you make a habit of thinking ahead, you can find exactly what you want while saving time and energy and reducing stress.
One idea is to create a reoccurring appointment in your calendar for each October 1st. Decide what you are going to give away this year and, if necessary, order it online or pick it up. If you have the bandwidth to coordinate with a few friends or co-workers, you can save money by buying online, splitting the quantities and dividing the shipping charges. If the recycled plastic tops or eco-themed temporary tattoos are a hit, make it easier on yourself by giving the same thing away next year. (Make your green goodies a tradition.)
- Hand out less. We supersize everything in the U.S. When our kids were small, they were handed one or two candies. Nowadays, the average child hauls home about 10 pounds! When you plan to hand out less, you buy less (saving money), and there is less waste because very few kids (or families) will consume that 10 pounds and most gets thrown out.
- Take a different road. Who said goodies have to be bought at grocery stores? Most of us run out to the grocery store the night before Halloween to pick up that 10 pound bag of candy (or two), but what if we realized that great, green goodies can be found elsewhere, too?
What about picking up some seeds while you’re at the nursery? Or some cool glass beads when you drive by the art supply store? Playing cards with magic tricks, recipes, and Halloween jokes can be found at bookstores and toy stores.
- Avoid buying decor. Halloween is the second biggest holiday for the sale of decor after Christmas. It's a billion-dollar bonanza. Why?
It's so easy for kids to use their imagination (with adult help of course). Or scour the Internet. You'll be shocked and delighted about the simple, free ideas. And if you can't resist buying, make it something handmade, made from recycled/recyclable materials or plan to keep it for a long time and turn it into a Halloween tradition.
- Include the kids. Going green is a family affair, so make it easier on yourself and include the kids by asking for their ideas. When they’re involved from the get-go, they’re more like to stay involved and to have positive attitudes.
- Relax. Going green isn’t an all or nothing deal, and busy moms have a lot on their minds and plates. So start with simple green steps that will work for your family this year. You can always add more the next time around. Holidays should be about the fun, not about the stress. Even green choices, if stressful, won’t be sustainable over the long haul.
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Recycling human hair to make eco-friendly products
Could you imagine cleaning up a pound of hair every day? Well that’s what more than 300,000 hair salons in the U.S. do at least once a day before closing time. The stylists carefully sweep up your old hair and throw it in the trash, leaving it destined for the dump.
Instead of taking the excess hair to the landfill, some entrepreneurs have come up with ways to recycle old hair into eco-friendly products. It may sound a bit strange, but there are some very cool things that hair can create. Here are a few:
Oil spill hair mat
Most people who follow the green movement can recall 1989’s Exxon Valdez oil spill. It is considered one of the worst human-caused environmental disasters in North American history, spilling over 10.8 million gallons of oil into the Alaskan sea.
Alabama hair stylist Phil McCrory watched the eco-tragedy television, and when he saw the oil-soaked animals, he got an idea. He noticed how the fur on otters helped to trap the oil, so he thought about using human hair to clean up oil spills. McCrory showed his idea to NASA, and the rest is hair history!
His idea helped inspire the OttiMat, which soaks up about 7.8 gallons of oil in less than 3 minutes. It can also be wrung out and reused more than 100 times. This video demonstrates:
McCrory’s invention inspired the charity organization Matter of Trust to create the Hair for Oil Spills Program, which takes hair donations from salons and turns the hair into oil spill mats.
(Photo: Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry)
Woven hair jewelry
The Victorian Hairwork Society was created for people who are interested in creating art out of hair.
In the 19th century, it was fashionable to weave sentimental jewelry out of a beloved -- and often deceased -- person's hair. People today are keeping the art, uh, alive.
For inspiration, check out the many vintage examples at Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry.
(Photo: Phil Smith and
Created by former hairstylist-to-the-stars Ronald Thompson, the unique stiletto chair was conjured up when Thompson was cleaning hair clippings on the set of Batman Begins.
He realized how sturdy a piece of hair was as opposed to fiberglass, and he decided to create an eco-friendly alternative to traditional fiberglass molds.
Thompson designed the stiletto chair, which is waterproof, fire-resistant, and totally amazing. Although it costs $15,000, he does hope to develop less-expensive models.
Human hair dress
Croatian designers at Artidjana Company used 165 feet of blond hair to make a dress worn by model Simona Gotovac. The outfit was featured at a fashion show in Zagreb.
(Photo: Jim Cole / AP)
Using 420 pounds of human hair from Dartmouth students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Hanover community, artist Wenda Gu created a human-hair banner that hangs in the college’s Baker-Berry Library. It is a part of Gu’s “united nations” project that began in 1993.
The trimmings from 42,000 haircuts were sent to a studio in China, where they were dyed, glued, and shaped with twine to form the banner.
See, recycling hair is a great way to make eco-friendly products, and unless human evolution dramatically changes, hair will be around for us to use forever!
Top 10 free and green iPhone applications
None of us can deny the popularity of Apple’s iPhone. If you don’t have one of your own, complete with your iTunes music library and GPS software, then you probably know at least five people who do.
Since its release in January 2007, the Apple iPhone has been sold to millions of users who are eager to see how this multimedia smartphone works. In San Francisco alone, sales of Apple iPhones rose from 1.7 million to 3.79 million in the past year. That’s a lot of people chatting on Facebook and Twittering about their lives.
Every time you download an application or use your iPhone you are increasing your carbon footprint. One way to offset or reduce your carbon footprint is to download a green application. There are even free green applications that will save you money while you save the environment.
Whether it’s finding a green restaurant or purchasing carbon offsets, here are 10 free green iPhone applications that you can download to help protect the planet...and your wallet:
- Clear Standards Carbon Tracker -- Measures your annual carbon footprint and even lets you monitor your own progress against personal carbon emission reduction goals.
- Greenpeace Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide -- Perfect app to use when you’re at the grocery store and want to find the greenest tissue, toilet paper, napkins, and paper towels.
- GoodGuide -- Learn what’s behind the label of over 70, 000 products that you use every day, and get instant green product recommendations delivered straight to your iPhone.
- 3rdWhaleMobile -- Search for green restaurants, shopping centers, spas, and more in a surrounding city with this free application from 3rd Whale Media.
- Whole Foods Market Recipes -- That’s right, Whole Foods has its own free green application, and it delivers you healthy recipes that you can eat any time of the day.
- Green Gas Saver -- This green application from Appleseed Software monitors your car’s fuel efficiency and teaches you how to be a better fuel efficient driver.
- iRecycle -- Get access and directions to over 100,000 recycling and disposal locations around the U.S.
- Mission Zero -- This cool application that provides sustainability news feeds from around the world generated over 55,000 downloads in its first month available to the public.
- Twavel -- This green social media application offers the ability to share green travel tips with the entire Twavel community, and it also has a carbon emissions calculator for common types of travel.
- Green Card -- Instead of wasting paper to make personalized business cards, you can use this green application to share your contact information with digital business cards.
Now that you know about a few green iPhone applications, you can feel a little better for Apple and a lot better for the planet.
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Cheap and nontoxic ways to get rid of bugs
Summer is the time for picnics, going to the beach, and barbecues. Unfortunately, it's also the time for indoor pests. Commercial pest control is full of nasty chemicals, even though there are natural ways to fight off many pests. Here are some ideas for ridding your home of creepy crawlies, without needing a hazmat suit (and of course, saving you some money).
Remember: The number one rule to keeping many bugs out is keeping the house clean. So don't let your dirty dishes pile up, make sure to sweep and vacuum, etc. Prevent any need for nontoxic pest control by using nontoxic household cleaners or even make your own homemade cleaners.
- Vinegar can be used to destroy ant trails. Without clear trails, the ants will get confused and may stay outside for a while. You can use it diluted with water or straight. And, of course, vinegar is also a great household homemade cleaner, so not only do you get rid of the ants, you get some cleaning done too.
- Cinnamon and black pepper are both increasingly being used in garden and indoor insect control. You can try dusting the outdoor nests with either of these spices. Cinnamon is more beneficial as a natural barrier to stop them from coming in -- it's most effective when you find the source of where the ants are coming in.
- Add borax to sugar. Many people believe that you should use a 50-50 concentration, however, ultimately the goal is to have the ants bring borax back to their nests. Starting with a lower concentration such as 5% or 10% borax to sugar and gradually increasing it to 40%-50% will allow the ants to have more time to bring more back. The mixture should be placed where you see the ants or on the ant trails.
- Baby powder or talcum powder is not appreciated by these bugs. The theory is if you dust the ants and the trail, they’ll stop coming.
- Liquid soap diluted with water is an easy way to wipe out your pests while not harming your people. When used outside as a spray, you'll want to dilute the soap (such as Dr. Bronner's Organic Castile Soap) -- roughly 1 or 2 tablespoons per quart of water -- to kill the pests but not your plants.
- Bay leaves, cloves, and cayenne pepper have long been used for ant control. Try putting one of these at their entry point, and in drawers, shelves, etc., where the ants are going, to prevent them from coming in.
- Peppermint can be sprayed around your home's perimeter and at ant entry points. This will deter them from coming inside.
More resources: SimpleGiftsFarm.com, Sugar Ant Hotel from Care2.
- Clean up any ripe fruit droppings and take out the trash (or if you are a green superstar, your compost!) nightly for a few days -- fruit flies lay their eggs in overripe fruit.
- Apple cider vinegar is a great natural way to get rid of fruit flies. Pour some into a glass, and place a paper funnel over the container. Fruit flies love the smell and will fly into the glass, but will not find their way back out the funnel (for 4 of 5 fruit flies...).
- Leave a glass of cheap wine (apparently, fruit flies particularly like chardonnay) out. Mix a bit of detergent in it. The flies will sip on it and die shortly thereafter.
- Make your own fly paper by boiling water, sugar, and corn syrup together. Spread the mixture on brown paper grocery bags and wait for the flies to stick.
- Suck up flies through the back of an old hair dryer. The flies will go in the hot back end of the dryer and fry.
- Basil deters fruit flies. Mix some basil oil with water and spray your kitchen.
- Make a trap from an old soda bottle to catch wasps. Using a 2-liter soda bottle, cut off the top 1/3 of the way down. Flip the top so that the bottle neck is facing down into the rest of the bottle. Tape or staple the bottle neck to the outside of the bottom piece so that it fits tight. Fill the bottle part way with soda or fruit juice. You could even line the top of the bottle with jam to help attract the wasps. Wasps will enter the bottle but will not be able to get out. Clean and refill the trap daily or as needed.
- Remove the nest. If you find a hanging nest, wait until the wasps are less active (namely, at night). Carefully approach the nest. Put a cloth or plastic trash bag entirely over the next and quickly tie it off at the top. Remove the nest from wherever it is hanging, then submerge the bag under water and weigh it down with a rock.
More resources: EarthEasy, Get Rid of Things.
Slugs can be a huge pest in any garden. They're fond of eating plants, shrubs, and mosses, much to any gardener's chagrin.
- Fill small bowls with stale beer and place the bowls strategically in areas of the garden where the slugs are most active. Slugs apparently like stale beer, so they climb in to drink and they meet their maker (they drown in the liquid).
- Other eco-friendly slug-fighting tactics include liquids that work similarly such as grape juice or a tea made from yeast, honey, and water.
More resources: Mother Earth's Garden
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How to have a green Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time for getting together with family and friends. It means that summer is on its way, the kids are getting ready to finish school, and neighborhood pools are officially opening.
It’s also an ideal time to have an outdoor picnic or barbecue that supports your eco-lifestyle!
Since most people have Memorial Monday off, the three-day weekend leaves many options open for celebrating the holiday.
One option that you should consider is learning how to have a green Memorial Day weekend. If you can make this weekend eco-friendly, then you will be reducing the carbon footprint of everyone who shares in your festivities.
Here are some green steps that you can take before, during and after the picnic:
Before the picnic…
- Get rid of any stuff that has accumulated in your yard by donating it to a thrift store, or let it be reused when you sell it on eBay or Craigslist.
- Mow your grass with an old-fashioned push mower or an electric mower. Gas mowers are more expensive, and they also leave a huge carbon footprint.
- Purchase an electric grill powered by wind energy or a solar-powered grill to have the most eco-friendly cooking experience with your food.
- Clean off dirty lounge chairs or other outside patio furniture with green and natural cleaning products instead of using toxic chemicals.
- Instead of going to a grocery store, support your local farmer’s market. Walk or bike to it to reduce your automobile emissions. Or, if you have a garden, pick your own organic ingredients!
- Want to keep pesky mosquitoes away while you eat? Lather on some organic bug spray and repellant. You can also leave a cup of sugar water away from the crowd and bugs will flock towards that instead of you.
During the picnic…
After the picnic…
- Use biodegradable plastic trash bags to clean up any surrounding trash.
- Let your guests take home any leftovers so that no food goes to waste.
- Clean the grill with soap and water instead of using harsh chemicals.
- Compost any leftover food scraps in a compost pile in your back yard. You can also throw those lawn clippings from the previous day in the pile!
You can have a fun, affordable, and green Memorial Day weekend if you just commit yourself to earth-friendly practices. Plus, if you can commit to these practices on Memorial Day, then you can do it every time that you have a cookout.
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Recycling your used coffee grinds
Did you know that the average American consumes about 3 cups of coffee a day? That’s a lot of used coffee grinds going into the trash.
There are actually many ways you can recycle and reuse your old coffee grinds to help preserve the environment and maintain your health. And for other ways to green your caffeine, check out the wiki all about having an eco-cup o' joe or maybe even look into drinking organic coffee!
A Cup of Joe Goes a Long Way
You’d be surprised at just how many different methods have worked for people:
- Touch up furniture and other wood scratches with grounds and a Q-tip.
- Sprinkle around areas where pesky insects, slugs and snails dwell to drive them away.
- Mix with soil as a natural fertilizer for plants.
- Dye clothing or paper.
- Rub into your dog as an organic flea dip.
- Fill old nylons and hang in your closet or fridge to repel odors.
- Use to fill old pin cushions.
- Scrub away grease and grime from pots and pans.
- Throw on ashes before cleaning out the fireplace to reduce dust from spreading.
- Feed to worms to help with your garden.
- Rub on your hands to eliminate odors.
- Mix ¼ grinds with one egg white and massage onto face like a mud pack.
If you’re not an avid coffee drinker but you live near a coffee shop or cafe, you can always ask them for the old grinds. Places like Starbucks actually give bags of used grinds away to people who use them for their home and gardens.
Recycling is just one way that we can help maintain the natural beauty of our environment, so next time you drink a cup of coffee save those coffee grinds for future use.
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Celebrating an eco-friendly and organic Easter
For many across the globe, Easter is a celebration of life. Why not have your Easter be one that celebrates a healthy, living planet as well? And your kids (big and small) can always enjoy a good organic Easter egg hunt!
Eco-friendly Easter Eggs
The best Easter egg is the one you can eat afterward! If you go the hard-boiled route, choose eggs that are cage-free and organic like Organic Valley Organic Eggs or Sparboe Farms Organic Eggs.
But what about the Easter egg dye or paint? You can actually make your own natural Easter egg dye from common foods, like grape juice, tea, lemon peels, and more.
If you don't think you'll eat the hard-boiled Easter egg, consider the Mexican tradition of cascarones (or confetti eggs). Here's how to make them:
- Take your (organic, cage-free) egg and open the top of the egg. You can use a pin, a knife, or even a chopstick.
- Empty out the inside of the egg into a bowl. (Tip: Sometimes it helps to make a very small hole at the other end of the egg and blow through to get the yolk and white out a little faster.)
- Rinse out the inside of the egg.
- Decorate with your natural egg dyes.
- Fill the egg shell with a bit of confetti (if you can, try to find some made from recycled paper or make your own from junk mail).
- Cover up the end with a bit of glue and tissue paper.
- Make scrambled eggs! (Or your other favorite dish with eggs.)
If you're looking for fillable eggs, check out these crocheted Easter eggs from SalvagedExpression -- not only are they handmade, they're reusable, and you avoid any plastic.
But if you do already have the refillable plastic eggs, don't fret! Just make sure to keep them out of the trash and reuse them for as long as you can. And if you don't want yours any more, take them to Goodwill or Freecycle them.
Organic Easter candy
Easter candy is a tradition! You've got your chocolate bunnies ... chocolate eggs ... even jelly beans. Instead of grabbing the standard Hershey's stuff or marshmallow Peeps that have been sitting on the shelf for ages waiting for Easter day, opt for organic and natural candies.
For your organic chocolate bunnies and eggs, try: Allison's Gourmet Vegan Chocolates, Sjaak's Organic Chocolate, and Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates.
For organic jelly beans, try Surf Sweets organic jelly beans. Or if lollipops are more your thing, try Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops.
Eco-friendly Easter toys and gifts
If you love giving away (or getting) stuffed animals on Easter, there are tons of lovely eco-friendly toys.
For soft and snuggly organic cotton bunnies and more, check out:
Reusable Easter baskets
Whether you make Easter gift baskets or have baskets for your kids (or yourself) to partake in an Easter egg hunt, choose a reusable basket. Not only will your baskets get used over and over again, they can be put to good use during the rest of the year as napkin holders or even as fruit bowls.
And try to avoid the green "floss" grass in the bottom of your baskets -- the most common kind is made from plastic and usually ends up in landfills. If you really miss the look of grass in your basket,there's always natural raffia ribbon which you can reuse later for gift wrap. You could even try edible Easter grass -- and even if you choose not to eat it, it will at least biodegrade. Or use up some junk mail, magazines, or old newspapers. Just shred them up and you'll have a great nest for your Easter eggs.
Organic Easter menu
There are all sorts of great recipes for Easter. For an eco-friendly meal, the best rule of thumb is simply to get as many organic and local ingredients as possible, regardless of where you get your recipes.
Beyond that, if you're looking to lower your impact, try serving a vegetarian meal.
For ideas for vegetarian Easter recipes, check out:
Eco-friendly Easter fun for the family
- Along with the Easter eggs and Easter candy, hunt for or give away packets of seeds. Not only are they super eco-friendly, you can have fun planting them together.
- Go for a walk. It's spring time! Get outside for a bit.
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Have an eco-friendly and organic Passover
Passover is the time to get the family together and celebrate Jewish traditions. Why not make it a new tradition to do it in an eco-friendy style?
The quick and easy list for an eco-Passover
- Matzo is a must. Why not try some organic matzo?
- Sip on some organic and kosher wine.
- Green your seder with organic horseradish, organic parsley, homemade charoset, and a free-range (organic) egg.
- Take some extra time to incorporate organic and local ingredients into the menu.
- Use reusable plates and cups if you can; but if you can't, use something biodegradable!
- Ask your guests to carpool or use human-powered transportation.
- Use soy candles for longer lasting and cleaner burning candles.
- Looking for a new special Passover outfit? Look into eco-friendly and organic clothing.
Whether you spell it matzah, matzoh, matza, matzo, matsah, or matze, there are a few options for organic spelt and organic whole-wheat matzah.
And if you're going all out, wrap your organic matzah in an organic cotton napkin when you hide the afikomen.
Just because it's Passover, it doesn't mean you have to drink Manishevitz. There aren't a ton of organic Kosher wines but there are a few. You just have to know where to look.
Odem Vineyard in the northern Golan in Israel has been farmed organically since 1998.
This chardonnay is fermented in French oak barrels and aged sur lies for seven months. It has a potpourri of aromas and flavors -- blossoms, citrus, pear, and tropical fruit, together with vanilla, wood and mineral notes. It is best paired with intensively flavored fish and poultry dishes. In general, cheese and butter sauces will complement this wine well.
You can buy it online at Kosherwine.com for $16.99 a bottle. (Not Mevushal)
Four Gates Winery
Four Gates, located in the Santa Cruz Mountins in California, produces organic and Kosher chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, and cabernet franc. The grapes are certified organic by the CCOF and the vines are not irrigated.
Wines range from $24 to $34 per bottle and can be ordered from Four Gates. (Not Mevushal)
Baron Herzog Wine Cellars
Ranging from cabernet sauvignon to brut champagne, Herzog Wine Cellars produces Kosher and Mevushal wines. While not certified organic, many of the wines use grapes that have been sustainably grown.
Wines range from $8 to $38 per bottle and can be ordered directly from Herzog's wine shop.
The Seder Plate
Horseradish for Maror
If you're looking for a prepared horseradish that's also organic, check out Silver Spring Organic Prepared Horseradish. It's certified organic by Oregon Tilth and it's kosher. Of course, you could always make your own.
Parsley for Karpas
Check your local grocery store's organic section for organic parsley to put on your seder plate.
Use your favorite charoset recipe, just make it with organic ingredients! Think organic walnuts, organic apples, organic wine, and organic spices. What could be better?
Eggs for Baytzah
Ideally, your hard-boiled egg would be both organic AND local. Check at your local grocery store, but keep in mind two brands of organic, free-range eggs are Organic Valley eggs and Sparboe Farms eggs.
There are all sorts of great Kosher recipes for Passover. From matzo ball soup to brisket to gefilte fish, there are lots of ways to green your Passover menu. But the best rule of thumb is simply to get as many organic and local ingredients as possible, regardless of where you get your recipes.
Beyond that, if you're looking to lower your impact, try serving a vegetarian meal (vegetarian matzo ball soup, sweet potato kugel, rice pilaf, stuffed zucchini or eggplant, even fruit compote for dessert)
Check out these sources for vegetarian Passover recipes:
If you can, try to use reusable cups, wine glasses, plates, and silverware. This way, you'll have the least amount of disposable waste -- and of course, make sure you put your dishes in the dish washer! It's far more water efficient than washing by hand.
If you are looking to pick up something new for the occasion, check out eco-friendly tableware like glassware made from recycled glass or plates made from bamboo.
If you do go with something disposable, look into biodegradable and compostable plates, cups, and utensils. For something a little less formal, check out the offerings from WorldCentric or the compostable cups from Greenware. For something with some eco-chic to it, check out VerTerra's plates, bowls, and platters made from nothing but fallen leaves and water.
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