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Kelly Caiazzo
Kelly Caiazzo

Kelly is a plant-based runner living in Wellesley, MA.

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  • This fabulous up/re cycled scarecrow was one of many created for the Bates Pumpkin Fair. All materials were sourced from Wellesley RDF, Home Depot’s throw-out twine, old clothes, hay.  Clothes were washed and given away to Planet Aid, twine was reused numerous times, hay was composted and used as winter mulch and then composted.  Kids had great fun! Way to go Bates School.

      Scarecrow seen at the Bates Pumpkin Fair last week!

    This fabulous up/re cycled scarecrow was one of many created for the Bates Pumpkin Fair. All materials were sourced from Wellesley RDF, Home Depot’s throw-out twine, old clothes, hay.  Clothes were washed and given away to Planet Aid, twine was reused numerous times, hay was composted and used as winter mulch and then composted.  Kids had great fun! Way to go Bates School.

Sustainable Wellesley’s Eco-Friendly Tips for Celebrating

  1. Swap decorations and costumes: You knew we were going to say Halloween Costume swap, right? Yes! But how about Halloween Decorations, too? Swap with friends or neighbors, check sites like Craigslist and freecycle.org to list your unwanted items or request decorations you’d like. Start now so your items have a good chance of finding a new home.

  2. Take One: Don’t be afraid to be the house on the street that gives children one piece of candy on Halloween. The majority of kids end up with more candy than they need, and many parents have kids donating their leftover candy to charity, or swapping it out for a toy so their kids aren’t consuming so many unhealthy calories. There’s no need to let kids take a handful!

  3. Make better candy purchases: Look for candy that doesn’t contain palm oil, an ingredient that contributes to deforestation of rainforests. Consider buying less candy, and keeping track for next year so you don’t over-buy.

  4. Decorate with local produce: There’s an abundance of fall produce waiting to become decorations. Forage for biodegradable and locally sourced decorations. Paint pumpkins from the farmer’s market, make wreaths from fall leaves. Scour Pinterest for ways to make spooky skeletons or witches brooms from twigs in the backyard.

  5. Avoid disposables for parties: You don’t need Halloween themed cups, plates and napkins to set the mood for a party. Let the food and decorations take center stage, and commit to running that load of dishes through the dishwasher. It’ll make your party feel even more sophisticated! For more event ideas check this SMART event guide.

  6. Go home-made: Consider it a fun challenge! Shop at home first, and make costumes from scratch. Children take delight in the creative process of making their own costumes. Pajamas, hoodies and leggings can all provide a great base for costumes.

 

Kelly Caiazzo

Please welcome and thank Sustainable Wellesley’s new contributor, Kelly Caiazzo!

Last Saturday the Wellesley Farmers’ Market held a Cycle Day, encouraging people to ride their bikes to the market to load up with local goods, free coffee in BYO mugs, and fitness offerings. Shoppers picked up beautifully displayed fall produce, which they could stow away in their complimentary reusable bag.

Hillary Keenan participated in Cycle Day by riding her bike to the Wellesley Farmers Market, and she’s no stranger to bike riding. A Wellesley resident who workbike-to-works in Boston, she often commutes to work on her bike.

“It’s that or get up to exercise before I commute,” she said with a laugh. She says the new bike lane in Wellesley does help, though Wellesley could look to Newton for inspiration where bike lanes are even more common.

The new bike lane is on the westbound side of Washington St. across from Hunnewell field, and bike arrows remind drivers and cyclists on the eastbound side that bikes are allowed to use the full lane. Wellesley’s Bicycle Safety Committee plans to continue making Wellesley an easier place to bike.

Sustainable Wellesley is encouraging residents to take advantage of the town’s new bicycle lanes. It’s zero emissions, and an efficient way to exercise! You may find that for short trips, choosing to bike instead of taking the car doesn’t add much time. Google maps allows users to select a bicycle icon and get cycling specific directions, helping riders find backroads routes to familiar destinations.

Have thoughts on the biking topic? Reach out to Wellesley’s Bicycle Safety Committee and help make Wellesley an even better biking community.