Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Eco-Friendly Chemical Free Halloween Costumes
It was a nice reminder of why I normally shy away from buying things that have been mass-produced. And I know, I know I have heard it from friends... "It is only one day" and "We wore them as kids, our kids have been wearing them. We just never knew before" etc. etc. I get it. I am just saddened by it, I guess. All of these chemicals just seem so unnecessary to me and they are accumulating in our bodies and the bodies of our little ones and I have been trying so hard to avoid them when at all possible.
My rant is done. In short, yes, I am going to let my daughter be Merida this year for Halloween and my oldest is planning to be a witch, complete with some wierd rubber material broom that she insisted upon...but it has opened my eyes to yet another thing I plan to change in my life. Before next year I will learn to sew! I can sew a little. Buttons, pillows, curtains. Easy things. But I think a sewing class is in order to learn to make next year's costumes. My three daughters (my third is due in six weeks!) deserve better than a costume that "might contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm." If I want to avoid it, it is time to get creative.
Some great links with lots of resources:
Green Kids: Halloween Costumes
The ecofabulous Guide to Halloween Costumes
Natural and Non-Toxic Halloween Make-up Kits