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It IS East Being Green- Halloween “Good”ies

JJ says "Happy Halloween!" on behalf of Reclaimed Threads

JJ says "Happy Halloween!" on behalf of Reclaimed Threads

Halloween is such a fun holiday. You get to dress up, eat candy and spend time with friends. Halloween can also be one of those holiday where you buy tons of things that you use once and then throw away. This year why not try to find some ways to be one of the people who celebrate sustainably?! Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing…

General Party Ideas:

Kids Konserve, Party Pak

Kids Konserve, Party Pak

Utensils, plate and platters. Even though this may seem scarier to you then the scariest Halloween costume, try using reusable utensils, serving plates and platters instead of disposable ones! You can use them year after year and won’t contribute to the massive amounts of trash during any holiday season!  Here is a great Party Pak from Kids Konserve: http://store.kidskonserve.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=KKPP. You get 25 of each item: plates tumblers, fork, knives and spoons. All of the items are made from 100% recycled yogurt containers and are BPA, Lead and Phthalate free. Great deal.

Green Planet Parties

Green Planet Parties

Decorations and other “Good”ies. If you are looking for your one stop sop for green Halloween decoartions and such, look no further! Green Planet Parties has everything you need. I was blon away at the selection of great products they have. This is a defite must see so check them out here: http://www.greenplanetparties.com/category_43/Halloween.htm

Children Party Activities/ Decorations:

Make some Scarecrows! This is a really fun activity and give you the opportunity to use up some old cloths and newspapers. You can form a couple of groups and have a contest!

Reclaimed Threads' Trick or Treat Bag, now available at Lil' Green Wagon in Southern CA

Reclaimed Threads' Trick or Treat Bag, now available at Lil' Green Wagon in Southern CA

Decorate Trick or Treat bags! Every year we used pillowcases as trick or treat bags. You can do the same and let you children decorate theirs with fabric scraps and old clothing. Either glue them on or this would be a great opportunity to teach your children how to hand sew!

Starched T-Shirt Ghost at Kaboose.com

Starched T-Shirt Ghost at Kaboose.com

The Starched T-Shirt Ghost. I used to love making these when I was little. You can use an old T-shirt and some clothing starch to create a little ghost decoration for your house! Here is are some nice instructions for this project: http://crafts.kaboose.com/starched-tshirt-ghost.html.

Tombstones, coffins and other decorations can be made out of cardboard. Get creative and use those materials again before you recycle them. If you have scrap wood laying around use those too and save them for use again next year!

Costumes

Costumes on Etsy.com

Costumes on Etsy.com

You can always make your own costume, but you can also go on Etsy.com and find handmade costumes! http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=handmade&search_query=halloween+costume&order=date_desc&ship_to= There are many people who can probably work with you too, to make something really unique. Check back this Thursday, October 22, for other Halloween items off Etsy.com.

I can’t remember where I heard this idea awhile back but you can have a costume exchange party! No one uses a costume more than a couple of times so you can get them in really good condition and get rid of your child’s costume from years past! Plus it’s an excuse to get your friend’s together!

Trick or Treat! – What Will You Be Handing Out?

Global Exchange for Fair Trade Items

Global Exchange for Fair Trade Items

The Global Exchange Store is another one stop shop, this time for all Fair Trade goodies. They can be found at: http://www.globalexchangestore.org/category-s/263.htm

Little bags of popcorn

Caramel apples! (you can use locally grown apples if you live near an orchard!!)

Dried Fruit

Pamela's Products

Pamela's Products

Home-made gluten-free cookies. Listen, you might be think EWWWW but hear me out. I thought I had a Gluten intolerance, turns out I don’t but for a few weeks I was eating a gluten free diet. I came across Pamela’s products, you can find them in the baking section of most grocery store’s “naturals section”.  But I got the pancake and baking mix and OH MY GOD! I am telling you these are the best cookies! I still make my cookies from this mix because they are that good! Anyways if you want to offer cookies, definitely use this mix and don’t tell people that they are gluten-free so that they give them a chance! http://www.pamelasproducts.com/

To Wrap Up

Try using as many repurposed items as you can in your projects! You can use these opportunities to educate your children on recycling and how it is important to use up what you already have before buying something new. If you have favorite Halloween craft ideas, share them here!

Also try to buy items that can used year after year. Not only is this good for the environment but for your wallet as well! Why buy new things veery year?! If you want to have different things each year, then think about bring that costume exchange party to a new level and have a Halloween items exchange party and include any and all things Halloween!


About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company launched by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to form the company.  Every bag is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of style bags and products to chose from! Her shop is at: www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.


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RECLAIMED THREADS IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

I am happy to announce that Reclaimed Threads at www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com/ is now open for business!

GRAND OPENING SPECIAL! Free handmade Reclaimed Threads coffee/tea cozy, a $10, value, with purchase while supplies last! These cozies are wonderful, I use mine all the time. This is my way of saying thank you for supporting me and I hope you come back soon!

So stop by the store, www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com/, browse through, tell your friends and let me know what you think!

I am looking forward to providing sustainable bags to you and your family and friends for birthdays, holidays and guilt free shopping stops! Please don’t hesitate to email me with any question or comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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Find me on my new Facebook account!

I am now on WordPress, Twitter and FACEBOOK!

I have created both a User Profile and Page under the business’s name, “Reclaimed Threads”, on Facebook. To become a “fan” of Reclaimed Threads’ Page, as well as befriend it’s user profile, simply search for Reclaimed Threads while logged into Facebook and you will find it!!  (if you are not familar with Pages on Facebook, you need to click on the box that says “Become a Fan” near the top of the page). I would love to have you all as fans and have another fantastic way to convey all that is going on with the shop and products!! I cannot wait for our grand opening tomorrow, September 2 after 12PM to be able to offer up my products for your enjoyment. So make sure to stop by, tell your friends and come back regularly to see what’s new!

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So tomorrow is the big Grand Opening…

I have everything ready to go for tomorrow’s  Reclaimed Threads Grand Opening! The only thing that is giving me a hard time is finalizing the pricing  for shipping and handling. I am looking all over for the best price for you! I am leaning towards using the US Postal service but am now going back and forth between flat rate boxes or my own packaging. We will have an answer by the morning and I promise the result will be the best price I can manage as a small business! I hope everyone is out there telling their friends and family about the opening being tomorrow and to stop by and browse through the shop!! I am working on the Reclaimed Threads Facebook Page now and will update about that later here.

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Clutches

These two clutches were little side projects while I was putting together the tote bags. They were fun to make and I hope that they bring someone lots of joy and compliments. The white and pink clutch is made from reclaimed table napkins, The dimensions are H: 6”; W: 12”. Price $32. The floral clutch was started years ago and I found it recently. I completed it by sewing in a liner and adding on the leather roping taken from an old broken bag. The dimensions are 12” diagonally from corner to corner and the opening is 7”. Price $35


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The Diana Tote

These are examples of the “Diana” tote bag. These great bags are lots of fun. The straps on each side cinch the top of the bag together when it is not full. When the tote is nice and full, the straps can easily be unbuttoned and tucked into their loops on each side of the bag. The dimensions H: 13.5”; W: 14”; Deep: 4”; with 23” straps and a pocket inside. Price $32.

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The Muriel Tote

These are examples of the “Muriel” tote bag. This is a nice bag, again, for the school or work bound but in addition the wide bottom lends itself as a perfect market tote. The dimensions for these bags are H: 11.5”; Top Width: 17” ; Bottom Width: 11”; Bottom of bag is 6 X 11” with 24” straps and a pocket inside. Price: $32


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