Five Tips for a Green Halloween

October 10, 2011

With Halloween fast approaching, it’s time to prepare for the inevitable rush of trick-or-treaters by stocking up on chocolate, adding devilish decorations to your home and choosing a creepy costume. To help you enjoy a sustainable and spooky holiday, the Rainforest Alliance has come up with five tips for a green Halloween.

  1. Choose Rainforest Alliance Certified™ chocolate for Halloween treats. Farmed on over 18 million acres of tropical land, cocoa supports some five million farm families. Unfortunately, many of these cocoa farmers live in poverty and cut forests to open up fields and grow cocoa more intensively. To help support healthy farmlands, forests and wildlife habitat -- as well as the well-being of farm workers and their communities -- look for chocolate that features the Rainforest Alliance Certified green frog seal! Find certified chocolate here.
  2. Make demonic decorations from Rainforest Alliance/Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper and cardboard. FSC certified wood products come from well-managed forests that protect wildlife habitat as well as the rights and well-being of forest workers. You can find FSC certified products at Staples, Office Depot and Home Depot. Find a full list of FSC products here.
  3. Teach your kids where their favorite chocolate treats come from and how they impact people, wildlife and the planet. Visit the Rainforest Alliance’s Kids’ Corner! Play the online game Track it Back to learn where the cocoa in chocolate is grown and how it is harvested! Also visit our virtual rainforest, “Living in the Chocó Forests of Ecuador: The Chachi Cocoa Farmers.” (Brush up on your own knowledge about cocoa farming here.)
  4. Ensure your little trick-or-treaters collect candy using reusable containers. Even better, use Rainforest Alliance reusable bags (your gift with a $50 donation) and they can promote our conservation work at every house they haunt!
  5. Make terrifyingly tasty treats with Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate, bananas and coffee. Check out our list of “Haunted Halloween Recipes” and find out where you can find ingredients from certified farms.

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