Good Matters™ Blog

Posted on October 8th, 2010

5 Great Ways to Do Good This Autumn

Perfectly breezy bike rides. Holiday cooking. Football! If you ask us, there’s a lot to love about autumn. And to help you make the most of it, we came up with these 5 great ways to enjoy the goodness of the season. From helpful to heart-warming, why not try them all?

  1. Use natural decorations. This autumn, forego plastic witches and glowing goblins that suck up energy and take years to decompose. Instead, find natural decorations at local farmers markets if not in your own backyard. Not only do these pine cones, branches, pumpkins and gourds look good, they likely support local farms and are renewable resources. So, why not let Local Harvest help you find a farmers market near you?
  2. Compost your decorations and fallen leaves. When the season’s over, you can toss natural decorations into your compost, keeping them out of landfills and producing a soil enhancer that’ll help you grow even healthier pumpkins and gourds next year. Plus, the same goes for leaves, weeds and other yard waste. Believe it or not, the EPA estimates more than 25% of all waste in U.S. landfills comes from yard trimmings or food scraps. If you’ve got a patch of yard (or even countertop) to spare, there’s no better season to start your compost. And, eHow™ can tell you how to make compost.
  3. Go consignment shopping. Secondhand stores allow you to get something that’s new to you and help the environment at the same time. Trendy re-sale shops are popping up all over the place. Check them out for this year’s sweaters, skinny jeans and boots. Or, stick with the secondhand staples, such as the Salvation Army, for some one-of-a-kind Halloween costumes. Resaleshopping.comwill help you find whichever type of consignment store you’re looking for.
  4. Have a green Halloween. In addition to re-using clothing for costumes, consider choosing candy that avoids excessive or unnecessary packaging, or go all out and serve Fair Trade chocolate from Endangered Species® ChocolateEqual Exchange,Green & Blacks®Nirvana® or Sjaaks. And, send the kids trick-or-treating with pillow cases or eco-fabulous grocery totes that can be put to good use time and time again.
  5. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen or food pantry. These organizations see a surge of volunteers during the winter holiday season (and fortunately so). But as we all know, hunger knows no season, so it’s the months in between that soup kitchens and food pantries need help the most. Now’s the time to help the hungry people in your community and find out how to volunteer at a soup kitchen from How Stuff Works.

So, there you have them – 5 ways to do good this autumn (and 5 reasons we love the season). Tell us what you love most about fall and share your tips for joining in its goodness. These things have a way of inspiring others!

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