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5 Tricks (or Treats) to Make your Fall Sustainable!

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1. Hand out sustainable chocolate on Halloween

 

We love Alter Eco fair trade chocolate truffles because they’re made with thoughtful, organic ingredients (like coconut oil instead of palm oil) sourced from small scale farmers. Plus the wrappers are certified compostable!

 

The 60 piece Truffle Medley tub is perfect for feeding zombies that will emerge on Dia de los Muertos; they’re to die for! What sustainable treats do you love to pass out on Halloween? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

Alter Eco Salted Caramel Truffles.

Alter Eco Salted Caramel Truffles.

 

2. Cook and eat pumpkin seeds

 

Carving Jack-o’-lanterns is a blast, and pumpkin-guts are surprisingly delectable despite their gooey first impression. When munching on roasted pumpkin seeds, you are not only reducing food waste, you’re also boosting your health! Pumpkin seeds are chock full of Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, and many more vitamins and antioxidants.

 

Cook them with salt and olive oil for a savory flavor or roast them with cinnamon and sugar to cure a sweet tooth. If you’re really looking to spice things up, try this recipe for Chili Lime Pumpkin Seeds!

 

3. Compost your fall leaves

 

The leaves are changing and boy they are gorgeous! Once they’ve completely fallen from the trees, though, they can become quite the burden. Once you’re done raking up the leaves (and jumping in them, of course!) add ‘em to your compost pile so next spring you can harvest FREE fertilizer for your plants.

 

For a lower maintenance approach, mulch the leaves with your mower (chopping them into little pieces) and leave be for the winter or look to see if your city has a leaf composting program like this one in Denver, CO.

 

Don't forget to play in the leaves this fall!

Don’t forget to play in the leaves this fall! Photo by Kelsey English.

 

4. Compost pumpkins once they start to decompose.

 

Jack-o-‘lanterns are one of the best parts of Halloween, but they go bad faster than avocados (just kidding, that’s impossible). When your spooky pumpkin starts to get all droopy-eyed, compost it!

 

Fear not, if you don’t have your own composting system or curbside pickup, the local Whole Foods might have a Jack-o-‘lantern graveyard, perfect for your Hallow’s Eve leftovers.

 

 

Look for a pumpkin graveyard at your local Whole Foods!

Look for a pumpkin graveyard at your local Whole Foods!

 

 

5. Buy Local: Eat seasonal fruits and veggies

 

Support your local farmers and head to a pumpkin patch near you! There’s sure to be fun family activities like hay rides and corn mazes that make for the perfect October outing.

 

While you’re there, pick up some seasonal produce like zucchini, winter squash, corn, eggplant, apples, beets, sweet potatoes, figs, blackberries, or oranges. This tangy apple and beet salad is a wonderful combination of fall flavors. Have a favorite seasonal recipe? Tell us in the comments below.

 

 

Beets at the Boulder County Farmer's Market.  Photo by Caitlin Kraft.

Beets at the Boulder County Farmer’s Market. Photo by Caitlin Kraft.

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