This article, entitled Eco-friendly Halloween Costumes & Face Paints comes from Amanda Hearn at The Eco-Friendly Family.
Dressing up is a big part of the fun. But who wants to breathe PVC from a plastic mask all night? DIY costumes aren’t just frugal, they’re usually safer than store bought… and much greener.
- If your child’s costume won’t be complete without face paint, choose to stay away from conventional paints. They’re loaded with things like mercury, parabens, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, or coal tar dyes. Wee Can Too Art’s face paint is made from fruits and vegetables and completely safe to use.
- Another option is to DIY your own using safe food dyes & a safe cream like in this easy DIY tutorial. It’s so easy!
- Avoid conventional hair dyes. Instead look for those made with henna or other biodegradable, plant-based ingredients.
- Pull your child’s costume pieces together from secondhand clothing found at Goodwill or the thrift store. It might take a few extra steps, but you’ll save money and resources.
- Find a Costume Swap in your area and “Swap Don’t Shop”
- Skip plastics, especially PVC (polyvinylchloride), which is toxic to kids and the planet.
With these tips you can have a truly green Halloween! We’d love to hear the ways you’re greening up your Halloween traditions this year.
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