As with most seasonal celebrations, families can find numerous ways to be wasteful and hard on planet earth. Let’s talk about all the environmentally friendly ways to celebrate fall in contrast.
Ah, that slight, invigorating chill in the air . . . all the cultural nostalgia of pumpkins and costume planning . . 101 ways to ingest apples . . . Seriously, what’s not to love about fall?
I personally adore the changing of the seasons. It gives us variety, and something new to look forward to; new activities to share with our kids as they enter another level of understanding.
Let’s talk decor, activities and yummy autumn treats!
The unsure lure of fall decor
For us, it usually begins with the lure of a few adorable seasonally appropriate decorations to bring the spirit of autumn into our daily lives. I am a sucker for aesthetics, but knowing the environmental path of synthetic materials, I am more hesitant to just toss an item in the cart than I once was.
The hunt for earth friendly alternatives
Thankfully there are plenty of decorating alternatives that won’t last on this planet throughout all eternity. In fact, you can find many by simply doing a quick search on Etsy.com.
Or you can check out some of the fun reuse ideas in my recent blog post:
When shopping, you should try to stick to more pieces found in nature; such as acorns, pumpkins, and gourds. Fall florals and other plants are also a wonderful natural touch that will help you create the seasonal ambiance.
Wandering into the world of Pinterest
As usual, pinterest has loads of great ideas; especially when it comes to crafting them up yourself. Here are several that I was inspired by:
I remember having so much fun putting together a family of scarecrows when I was a kid. And the materials were all things we already had around the house (i.e. old pillowcases, clothing, etc).
The importance of “au naturel” scents
Many of us experience warm, fuzzy feelings that fall scents like pumpkin spice conjure within us . . .
But did you realize that with most of those scented candles and other scented products you end up purchasing, the scent you are so eagerly inhaling is actually made up of chemicals that aren’t required to be tested, or even listed at all?
The average fragrant contains about 14 secret chemicals that aren’t listed on the label, many of which are linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions.Environmental Working Group
No worries, though, because there are a ton of chemical free opportunities to get that pumpkin patch right up into your olfactory glands. Try one of these fabulous ideas!
This is such a great time of year to enjoy some family time together. I know I just did a search for events in my area this coming weekend, and was completely overwhelmed by the options. Here are a few that you can find in almost any city around the country:
I have yet to take my kids to a corn maze, but they look like so much fun! And there are so many creative designs out there. Check out this link to find one near you.
‘Tis the season of apples and pumpkins. Apples are high up on the dirty dozen list, so your local apple orchard is a wonderful resource. Getting your kids to the source of their produce is a very valuable experience. All those sweet, juicy apples can be turned into applesauce, apple butter and many other tasty yet healthy treats.
A day at the pumpkin patch can be so much fun. There are hayrides and petting zoos and play areas . . . AND you get to bring home your favorite pumpkin!
Head over to Local Harvest’s helpful website to find the pumpkin and apple opportunities near you!
And once you get your pumpkins home, you can carve, paint or decorate it in whatever way you choose. Then turn the pulp and seeds into healthy treats, and set the pumpkins on the front porch to add to your seasonal decor ensemble. It doesn’t get much more environmentally friendly than that.
Were you aware of all of the health benefits of eating pumpkin? The seeds are also high in antioxidants and magnesium, a vitamin that most of us are lacking.
Relish the Season’s Memories
Whether your kids are toddlers or teenagers, there are memory making opportunities in front of you this fall season. And don’t forget to capture those memories with photos!
Share your favorite things about fall that I may not have mentioned. And please share this post!
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