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[ Happy Green Halloween 1Thing Treats ]

Tricks to Make Your Halloween a Treat for Mother Nature! A Yummy & Fun 1Thing to try this Halloween

1.) Instead of buying a costume that will be worn once & thrown away, make costumes from old clothes & other items you have around the house. You can also get inexpensive costume materials from thrift stores or yard sales, or trade costumes with friends to get something “new” & different to wear. After Halloween, wash & store your costumes for use in subsequent years, trade with friends, or donate the clothing from which they were made to day care centers, homeless shelters, or charities.

2.) Use recycled & recyclable materials to create your Halloween decorations. Bed sheets hung from the ceiling or tree branches make great ghosts & can be taken down, laundered, & returned to the linen closet when Halloween is over. Turn off or unplug holiday lights during the day. Doing so will not only save energy, but will also help your lights last longer. Instead of throwing away your Halloween decorations each year, store & reuse them year after year, just as you do decorations for many other holidays.

3.) Host a Halloween party that features organic, locally grown pumpkins for carving, apples for bobbing, & other pesticide-free, locally grown foods appropriate to the holiday & the harvest season. Set the table with cloth napkins & reusable dishes, glasses, & silverware. Consider renting more formal tableware that you might not use very often.

4.) Once the jack-o-lanterns have been carved & the games have ended, apples & pumpkins can be used in pies, muffins, soups, or other dishes. You can also roast pumpkin seeds & serve them to your guests.

5.) If you don’t already compost, Halloween is a great time to start. You can add post-Halloween jack-o-lanterns to your compost bin, along with fallen leaves, food scraps, & other organic, biodegradable yard & household waste.

6.) When your little ghosts & goblins go trick-or-treating, make sure they carry reusable bags or containers that don’t need to be discarded after they are used. Cloth or canvas shopping bags, or even pillowcases, make terrific eco-friendly alternatives to paper or plastic bags, or to the molded plastic jack-o-lanterns many kids use to collect candy.

7.) When the neighborhood ghouls show up, give them treats that also treat the environment gently. There is a growing variety of eco-friendly candy—from organic chocolate to organic lollipops—available online and from local organic groceries, health food stores, or consumer cooperatives. Choose treats that use little or no packaging. Whenever possible, buy locally produced treats from local merchants.

8.) Rather than drive to other neighborhoods, stick close to home this Halloween & walk from house to house to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution. If you are attending a party, use public transportation or ride your bicycle. If traveling by car is really the only way to join in Halloween fun, try carpooling.

9.) Teach your children to keep candy wrappers in their bags until they return home, or to dispose of them in trash cans along their route. Preventing candy wrappers from becoming Halloween litter on the street is the right way to treat the environment. Take along an extra bag when you take the kids out treat-or-treating, and pick up litter along the way to help clean up the neighborhood.


More Green Halloween tips/ideas:

*Halloween Candy/treat ideas click here!

*More ways to celebrate a Green Halloween here


[ It’s Pumpkin Patch Time! ]

Pumpkins, Hayrides and Corn Mazes! Find some Awesome Pumpkin Patches around the Austin area thanks to DO512Family  When you get the Pumpkin for a natural Fall/ Halloween decoration and then do something cool and/ or yummy w/ it.. it’s a #1THING shared w/ family & friends.

Find out more here! Have Fall Ya’ll! Happy Halloween! 

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[ Look What You Can Do with a Box! ]

BabyPumpkinBoxCostumeBC 775x515Got Boxes that you have no clue what to do w/ them? It could be your snack machine, Barbie box or even a Lego. Check out these Cool Halloween costume ideas that started w/ a box. Upcycling can be Cool & Fun. A nice #1Thing for Halloween. Get Your Box on for Halloween





[ Celebrities are saying “NO!” … ]

Adelewiththehand775x515 Robert Credit USA todayInStyle magazine recently released a list of 33 Celebrities who have said ‘NO to Eating Meat’. Adele, Liam Hemsworth and more… Check out why they ‘Don’t Eat Meat‘ or very little when it comes to their diet. They are all doing #1Thing that is helping Mama Earth! Click here to see which celebrities are members of the ‘NO MEAT EATERS CLUB!’ 


[ Have a Happy Green Father’s Day ]

EcoFriendlyFathersDay 591x218 TExtDaddy’s Day is Sunday. There’s always room for doing #1Thing for Dad & Mama Earth.  Here are some ideas…

8 Things to Make it a Greener Father’s Day!

1.) Hit a local trail or park – Check out trail finder, visit a National Park, or make it a tradition to plant a Father’s Day tree!

2.) Pamper Dad the coffee lover.  Visit the Rainforest Alliance for eco friendly products.

3.) Get angling – Check out  sustainable fishing

4.) Give the gift of sun power – Hand-cranked solar powered chargers.

5.) Green the gym routine – Check out the  green fitness guide.

6.) Father’s Day grill – Here are some tips for keeping the “heat” out of summer cooking and preparing the perfect outdoor picnic.

7.) Ditch the disposables Razors – Go for a straight razor or a safety razor. Keep more plastic from getting into landfills and oceans/ waterways.

8.) Green Brew –  find out how you can green your brew

More here! 


[ Texas Lawn & Garden Water Smart Tax Holiday ]

LawnandGarden1thingshot 519 x 218 TEXTHere’s a Cool Green #1Thing for Mama Earth / ATX that will also help you save Green! It’s the 2nd Annual Lawn & Garden Water Smart Tax Holiday! I saw this mention on KXAN. Any item that has the WaterSense logo on it can be purchased tax-free all 3 days Memorial Day Weekend … Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29.

Other items that qualify include:

  • a soaker or drip-irrigation hose
  • a moisture control for a sprinkler or irrigation system
  • mulch
  • a rain barrel or an alternative rain and moisture collection system
  • a permeable ground cover surface that allows water to reach underground basins, aquifers or water collection points
  • all plants, trees and grasses
  • water-saving surfactants
  • soil and compost

Click here for lots more 411

Have a Happy, Safe & Greener Memorial Day weekend!


[ Happier Easter Eggs… ]

NaturallydyedEggs 780x520Happy Easter Weekend!  Also Happyy Earth Month. You can celebrate both when it comes to your Easter Egg creations! Click Here you can find several Eco- Friendly Egg choices. If you plan to dye eggs, rather than chemical dyes, go the Natural Dye Way, which will be better for you and your family and Mama Earth!

Thingies for this 1Thingie you’ll need… 

  • Hard boiled eggs ( preferably white )
  • Dye Ingredients listed below
  • White vinegar ( 2 Tablespoons per quart of water )
  • Pots for boiling ingredients
  • Egg decorations and crayons in case you want to add some pizazz to your eggs
  • Egg cartons for drying the dyed eggs

Color ideas…

RUDDY RED – 3 beets, skinned and chopped or red onion skins from at least 4 onions
YELLOW – 3 Tablespoons of tumeric
GREEN – spinach leaves or liquid chlorophyll
BLUE – a head of red cabbage, chopped

Click here for all the details how to prepare and cook up the ingredients for a cool all natural color for your eggs! Have a Happy & Safe Easter! Try1Thing to make it an even Happier & Safer Easter for you & your family & Mama Earth!


[ Happy Earth Hour! ]

EArthHOurclock 591x218 2Shannon sent me a  reminder heads up about Earth Hour tomorrow night. Unplug it all. Turn off the lights.. enjoy the company of your family and friends while saving energy. It’s a Win / Win for all.

Tomorrow/ Saturday  from 8:30p-9:30p local time, turn off your lights for the hour(or even longer)…you’ll be raising awareness for the planet(and saving energy and combatting light pollution) during Earth Hour

Things to do during the hour with the lights off…click here.

Here are a few healthy things(wellness committee shout out) to do during Earth Hour…find them here.

And you can find out all about Earth Hour here.


[ Keep Austin Beautiful… ]

Keep Austin Beautiful Tips 591x218I received an email with lots of great Holiday 1Thing Tips from Keep America Beautiful, that can be done right here in ATX! Click here to see what you can do to make ATX even better after the Holidays and into 2017! Find your 1Thing and do it!


[ Tree Recycling for the New Year! ]

CHRISTMAS TREE NON DECORATED PARTIAL 727X520If you will be enjoying a Real Tree this holiday season, Enjoy. But don’t just toss it when you are done. Recycle/ reuse and bring more life to your tree for 2017.  ATX has options whether it’s curbside collection or dropping it off with the option to get mulch for free, and other options too. It’s 1Thing you can do to start 2017off right for Mama Earth!

Share this with everyone you know! Here’s some 411:

Curbside Collections

City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees at the curb! Please remove all decorations from tree. Please set out your tree by 6:30 a.m. on your regular collection day and remove all decorations and stands from the tree. Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half. Do not place tree in a plastic bag.

Zilker Park Drop-off

Not a City of Austin curbside customer? No problem! All residents can drop off their trees (decorations and stands removed) for recycling at Zilker Park between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017
  • Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017
  • Saturday, Jan. 31,2017

Trees collected will be turned into mulch and will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis to Austin residents starting Thursday, January 21. Please plan on bringing your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch.

Click here for more! Have a Happy Holiday Season. May 2017 be Awesomely Green!


More Options:

*Cedar Park residents Saturday, January 7th recycling your tree for free 9am-Noon. Click here.

*Leander residents have December 26- January 17th. Click here.