Saturday, October 30, 2010

* The WHY's * of Green Halloween


Ok, so you're all for healthier goodies that your kids love too.
 
But did you know that the Green Halloween initiative is about so much more?
 
Green Halloween helps you celebrate a :
 
  • spend less/save more Halloween
  • use less energy Halloween
  • more meaningful Halloween
  • creative Halloween
  • people over things Halloween
  • yummy Halloween
  • ethical Halloween
  • non-toxic Halloween
  • healthy Halloween
  • fun Halloween
And the list goes on...

There's really something for everyone! The Green Halloween initiative is not a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. It simply put the ideas "out there" and asks you: 

What ideas resonates with YOUR family? What's of most interest to you?

But why did THEY create Green Halloween? 

Why are they so passionate about giving the holiday a makeover?

Consider this:
  • 1 in 3 children born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime
  • 1/3 of America’s children overweight; 17% are considered obese.
  • The average trick-or-treater collected 5,435 calories worth of candy containing more than 3 cups of sugar.
  • Over 6,000 synthetic chemicals are used in the processed-food industry.
  • A 2004 study with 1800 three year old children found that behavior measurably improved after a one week diet without preservatives and artificial colors and dramatically worsened on the weeks they were given preservatives and artificial colors.
  • Store-bought costumes and accessories may contain phthalates, lead and other toxins.
  • One test of multiple brands of face paints found detectable levels of lead ALL OF THEM.
  • Cocoa beans used for chocolate that are grown in full sun (as opposed to shade) are susceptible to disease and therefore require heavy doses of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
  • Palm oil, a common ingredient used in candy, chocolate and snack foods, is often sourced at the expense of rainforests and the animals that live there, such as orangutans – and contributing to global warming.
  • According to UNICEF, cocoa-bean plantation owners are notorious for child slavery and paying low wages to farmers because of market deregulation.
  • Swapping 1/2 the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons (equivalent to the weight of 2500 midsize cars).

So, be it a Healthy Halloween, a Spend-Less Halloween, a Family-Focused Halloween or a Sustainable Halloween, Green Halloween has got you covered!

Thank you for joining thousands of parents across the U.S. to make a change for the better.

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